Seoul

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.

Seoul Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Seoul

Myeongdong featuring a city, shopping and street scenes

Myeongdong

Enjoy the popular shops in Myeongdong. Myeongdong Street is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Euljiro 1-ga Station or Myeong-dong Station to see more of Seoul.

Myeongdong
Dongdaemun Design Plaza featuring modern architecture as well as a couple

Jung-gu

4.5/5Wonderful!(263 area reviews)

N Seoul Tower and Myeongdong Street are top sights in Jung-gu, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Chungmuro Station or Dongguk University Station to see more sights in the area.

Jung-gu
Insadong which includes shopping as well as a small group of people

Insadong

Insadong is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Cheonggyecheon and Insa-dong while in the area.

Insadong
Seocho-gu showing a bridge, a river or creek and modern architecture

Seocho-gu

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Seoul Arts Center and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Seocho-gu. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Sadang Station or Chongshin University (ISU) Station.

Seocho-gu

Top hotels in Seoul

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SIGNIEL SEOUL
SIGNIEL SEOUL
5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$439 per night

Located in Songpa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lotte World Tower, Lotte World and Lotte World Mall. Olympic Park and COEX Convention and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (848 reviews)

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Reviewed on 22 Jun,2020

SIGNIEL SEOUL
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$323 per night

Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,013 reviews)

"This has been the most delightful experience I had ever. The staff is super friendly and helpful- all aspects of the Hotel are first rate. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb,2020

The Shilla Seoul
L7 Gangnam by LOTTE
L7 Gangnam by LOTTE
4 out of 5
The price is SG$104 per night

Located in Gangnam, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namsan Park and National Museum of Korea. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,621 reviews)

"Hotel location, staff and amenities are the best. Hope to come again very soon."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jun,2020

L7 Gangnam by LOTTE

Popular places to visit in Seoul

N Seoul Tower
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N Seoul Tower

4.5/5(92 reviews)

This Seoul landmark can be seen from miles around and offers the finest panoramas of the city.

Gyeongbok Palace
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Gyeongbok Palace

4.5/5(122 reviews)

This royal palace has been destroyed on more than one occasion, but today it stands as one of Seoul’s finest examples of classic Korean architecture.

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
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Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

4.5/5(83 reviews)

This sizable commercial district is home to a staggering number of shopping malls, specialty stores and traditional Korean marketplaces. 

Myeongdong Cathedral
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Myeongdong Cathedral

4/5(57 reviews)

Dating back to the late 1800s, this Gothic church is the final resting place of martyrs and offers a pleasant respite from Seoul’s hectic streets. 

Namdaemun Market
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Namdaemun Market

4/5(75 reviews)

This traditional Korean market is the largest and oldest in Seoul, and where you’ll find all manner of clothes and food at very reasonable prices.

Olympic Park
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Olympic Park

4/5(10 reviews)

Go to “Olpark” in Seoul to visit a sports museum, attend a pop concert, watch South Korea’s top athletes perform or enjoy a long walk in its Eco Park.

Top things to do in Seoul

Morning Excursion to the Korean DMZ (No Shopping)
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Morning Excursion to the Korean DMZ (No Shopping)

SG$46
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
DMZ Tour including Hotel Pick up
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DMZ Tour including Hotel Pick up

SG$53
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Petite France & Nami Island Tour
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Petite France & Nami Island Tour

SG$56
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Full Day Palace Tour (including Gyeongbok Palace)
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Full Day Palace Tour (including Gyeongbok Palace)

SG$94
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Palaces, Temple & Folk Museum Morning Tour
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Palaces, Temple & Folk Museum Morning Tour

SG$45
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Incheon Airport Transfer- Private service between Airport and Seoul (1-7 pax)
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Incheon Airport Transfer- Private service between Airport and Seoul (1-7 pax)

SG$141
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Seoul

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
237
5 - Excellent 57.2463768115942%
4 - Good
151
4 - Good 36.47342995169082%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 6.038647342995169%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.24154589371980675%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jun 2020

Seoul is the best holiday I've ever had and plan to go back as much as possible

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Unfortunately the Covina-19 virus meant, understandably, many things we had planned did not happen. However, Seoul seemed like a wonderful city that I would very much like to return to at some time in the future.

5/5 - Excellent

Arparus(penny)

13 Feb 2020

Great City

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

I love to go to korean many time. There are many attactive thing to do there every season. Nice wheather, food and shopping places

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

It's a regular business location for me. A unique city, very westernised with friendly people and good attitude towards service.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Good and kind people, they are trying to help me when I need help in walking direction and also good transportation.

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