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

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$105 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
S$105
per night
20 Feb - 21 Feb
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,700 reviews)
"Very friendly"

Reviewed on 30 Jan,2023

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
Stanford Hotel Myeongdong
Stanford Hotel Myeongdong
3.5 out of 5
84, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 04534
The price is S$154 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
S$154
per night
8 Feb - 9 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Gyeongbok Palace and Lotte Department Store are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (205 reviews)
Great hotel in Myeong Dong
"Very good location, very helpful hotel staff, room is a bit small but new and clean"

Reviewed on 2 Feb,2023

Stanford Hotel Myeongdong
Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 100-721
The price is S$293 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
S$293
per night
8 Mar - 9 Mar
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,081 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel. Luxury throughout."

Reviewed on 29 Jan,2023

Lotte Hotel Seoul
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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! (873 reviews)
Loved the Orakai Insadong Suites
"This was a spotlessly clean, modern, large apartment. It is located around the corner from the shopping street in Invading, where our VIP tour took us. The washer and dryer worked perfectly, and it was great to not have to bring home a suitcase full of stinky, dirty laundry (you do need to bring ..."

Reviewed on 3 Feb,2023

Orakai Insadong Suites
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! (1,043 reviews)
"Large rooms, slightly dated but nice. Service was ok, expected better service for a 5 star hotel."

Reviewed on 23 Jan,2023

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110-885
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the family ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,236 reviews)
"Fantastic location and included breakfast"

Reviewed on 12 Sep,2022

Somerset Palace Seoul
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