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 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.

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
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Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2022

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L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
4 out of 5
141, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 03995
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The price is AU$141 per night from 5 Jul. to 6 Jul.
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4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,145 reviews)
"I’ve been a long time client of the property and stay in L7 Hongdae each time I am in Seoul. I am always very pleased by the location of the property, amazing view over Mapo, cleanness of the rooms and staff gentleness."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 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 AU$117 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,418 reviews)
"Everything was great!! Thank u! Will stay again"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2022

LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
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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 AU$56 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
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! (1,994 reviews)
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"As always, a great stay. Thank you."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

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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 AU$328 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

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Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110-885
The price is AU$172 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star family-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! (1,207 reviews)
"staffs are nice great location will say here again"

Reviewed on 30 May 2022

Somerset Palace Seoul
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