Seoul Hotels Guide
South Korea, East Asia
More intimately known as the "Soul of Asia", Seoul is the beating centre of South Korean culture, entertainment and history. Fast becoming a tourist hotspot, the city has burgeoned into a thriving urban capital that mixes the modern seamlessly with tradition. From the Joseon-era monuments that dot the cityscape to the hundreds of vendors selling their wares at Dongdaemun, travellers have the option of soaking in Korea's rich traditional culture while enjoying all the benefits that modern entertainment have to offer.
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With its pavilions, briges and courts, Gyeongbokgung Palace remains a majestic reminder of the Joseon Dynasty and splendid Korean architecture. Visiting a kogijip to eat delicious charcoal grilled beef ribs and marinated cuts of meat is a must, as is trying a full royal court-style banquet. For sightseeing, catch a cable car up to Seoul tower for magnificent views of Namsan Mountain as well as the Seoul skyline. Taking a leisurely walk down the Han river in the transformed recreational space of Cheonggyecheon is a great option for families with children.
Jogno is the historical core of Seoul and is home to the quaint streets and traditional shopfronts that make up Insadong. Hongdae features an innumerable number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, while Sinchon is known for its department stores. Dongdaemun and Gangnam are very popular with travellers and are well known areas for shopping. The multicultural district of Itaewon is a great place to find nightspots catered to tourists and during the day boasts a flea market that sells a wide range of custom-tailored suits, leather goods and antiques.