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SeoulSouth Korea

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.

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Where to stay in Seoul

Top hotels in Seoul

SIGNIEL SEOUL
SIGNIEL SEOUL
5 out of 5
Lotte World Tower 76F-101F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
The price is AU$482 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.

Located in Songpa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lotte World Tower and Lotte World Mall. Lotte World and Olympic Park are also within 2 mi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,080 reviews)

"Well - organized, good location, friendly staffs,"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

SIGNIEL SEOUL
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is AU$349 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,076 reviews)

"Luxury 5 star hotel with great city view. I was happy with the stay."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

The Shilla Seoul
InterContinental Seoul COEX
InterContinental Seoul COEX
5 out of 5
524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellation
The price is AU$178 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.

Located in Gangnam, this luxury hotel is steps away from Starfield COEX Mall and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. SMTOWN coexartium and Seonjeongneung ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (961 reviews)

"The room was very clean and well maintained. The staff was helpful and able to accommodate my needs. Overall, I am very satisfied with staying in this hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel to my friends visiting Seoul."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2021

InterContinental Seoul COEX
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Seoul

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is AU$246 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.

Located in Gangnam, this family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seven Luck Casino Seoul Gangnam Branch, COEX Convention and Exhibition ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (820 reviews)

"Large room. Lots of closet space. Fully stocked kitchen. Comfortable mattress."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2020

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is AU$123 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in Jongno, this family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbok Palace and Gwanghwamun. Bukchon Hanok Village ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,111 reviews)

"Excellent location, clean property, great stuff! They also provided a crib"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Somerset Palace Seoul
Vabien Suites II Serviced Residence
Vabien Suites II Serviced Residence
3 out of 5
114, Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is AU$86 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.

Located in Jung-gu, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Agriculture Museum, Nanta Theatre and Korean National Police Heritage Museum. Appenzeller Noble ...

3.9/5Good! (1,196 reviews)
Best Residence Hotel in Downtown Seoul Area

"The Residency is located only 1 minute away from subway station no.5, and only a stop away from the famous KyungBokGung Palace. The apartment was clean and spacious with lots of dining & cafe options around. I really recommend this place!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

Vabien Suites II Serviced Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Seoul

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 61.92468619246862%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.380753138075313%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.439330543933054%
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3/5 - Okay

PQ

13 Feb. 2020

High expectation usually leads to disappointment. Not everyone, but most of the people wasn’t friendly at all. Does not make you feel welcome at all.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Feb. 2020

Loved Seoul. The people, food and experiences you can have.

5/5 - Excellent

David

22 Jan. 2020

Wide streets, friendly people, excellent subway system.

5/5 - Excellent

Lyn&Rocky

21 Jan. 2020

Loved the city and people. Will be back soon

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jan. 2020

People in Korea is respectful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jan. 2020

Definitely use the subway but if unsure taxis are really cheap , 5000KWN for 10 min trip.

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