Seoul

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Seoul showing a city, a high-rise building and a river or creek
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 centre 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.

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Where to stay in Seoul

Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
4 out of 5
366, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04323
The price is S$128 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Close to Seoul Station. Room size is small, dislike the dark interior and dim lighting at door entrance. Needs more lights."

Reviewed on 24 Sep,2022

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
3.5 out of 5
27 Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$139 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,015 reviews)
"I stayed here for 3 weeks, this hotel location is perfect, right in the middle of Myeongdong shopping streets. This hotel is very clean and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I really recommend it 😃"

Reviewed on 25 Sep,2022

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$136 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
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! (1,755 reviews)
"Great location and enjoyed our 5 nights here. Pool was only for 'premium customers' so not sure what that meant but we weren't allowed to use it. Staff at the front desk was helpful in answering any questions. We didn't realize there were mosquitoes in the room until 2 nights in after acquiring several ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep,2022

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Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Uljiro Co-Op Residence
3 out of 5
246, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
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! (2,018 reviews)
"The bathroom is too small. But it is a clean room."

Reviewed on 29 Jul,2022

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 135-525
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! (1,021 reviews)
"Third time at the property-still great in terms of convenience and also the units being like apartments"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2022

Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110320
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! (840 reviews)
Great room, prefect location
"Amazing room, great for a long stay with a fully functional kitchen, as well as a washing machine (which came in handy for the hot summer weather). It was in a great location near the tourist sites like the royal palaces as well as next to a really good metro link. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 4 Aug,2022

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