Seoul

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The South Korean metropolis has some of Asia’s busiest markets and nightlife districts alongside tranquil teahouses and palaces surrounded by gardens.

Seoul is brimming with youthful vibrancy. Art galleries, cinemas, bars and boutiques are dotted all over the city. Seoulites are also in touch with their past, and you’ll find plenty of instances of traditional Korean culture in palaces and theatres.

Korea has suffered from many conflicts, and some of the bruises still show in Seoul. The city’s Five Grand Palaces are testament to this; all of these complexes have been destroyed or badly damaged. Today they have largely been restored to their former glory and house national treasures, art and traditional architecture. For particularly fine examples of these palaces, visit Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung and Changgyeonggung.

Locals possess optimism and friendliness in abundance. Younger Seoulites will be eager to use their language skills to help you out, and older residents, although not as proficient with their English, are still overwhelmingly warm.

Shopping opportunities in Seoul are boundless. Choose from designer outlets in Myeongdong, traditional craft shops at Insadong and bargain malls at the huge Dongdaemun Market. Wear your new attire while exploring the city’s nightlife. Hongdae Young Street has an eclectic collection of bars, clubs, live music and independent cinema.

Soak up classic Korean culture at venues like Chongdong Theatre. Here, you can marvel at spectaculars featuring traditional music, dance and costume. Sample local cuisine at well-priced stalls and restaurants that serve Korean classics such as kalguksu (“knife noodles”) or donkas (deep-fried pork cutlets). Foodies will want to pay homage to the Korean national dish (kimchi) at the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable (cabbage, radish or cucumber) dish seasoned with spices. Finish your dining experience with a visit to one of Seoul’s excellent teahouses.

When you want some quiet time, escape to one of Seoul’s regenerated areas, such as Cheonggyecheon Stream. This stretch of water in the city center features greenery, wildlife and local art. It’s a great example of Seoul’s ability to innovate, educate and entertain all at once.

Seoul has hot summers and cold winters. The best time to visit is around March through May (spring), or September through November (fall) . Navigate the city using the well-priced and efficient subway system, considered one of the best in the world.

Where to stay in Seoul

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 04513
The price is S$85 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,664 reviews)
"The location was great, right near City Hall station and only about 10 minutes (by walk) to myeongdong, a popular shopping area! :)"

Reviewed on 13 May,2022

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LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-220
The price is S$85 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,509 reviews)
"automated, modern hotel, and center of Seoul, good location. Good security system"

Reviewed on 10 May,2022

LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 135-975
Fully refundable
The price is S$235 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (927 reviews)
"Location, facility, service, staffs are awesome but price too high."

Reviewed on 12 May,2022

InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
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Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Uljiro Co-Op Residence
3 out of 5
246, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is S$47 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,988 reviews)
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"As always, a great stay. Thank you."

Reviewed on 28 Nov,2021

Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 135-525
The price is S$293 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"This hotel is located at the best place. Kind staff and very clean. Recommend."

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2022

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110320
The price is S$237 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (806 reviews)
"This hotel is very comfortable. The suite (apartment) is well equipped and modern. My only complaint is the pillows. Maybe consider giving extra pillows on the bed for those of us who prefer fluffy over flat pillows."

Reviewed on 30 Dec,2021

Orakai Insadong Suites
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