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Vacations are all about relaxation, although it's definitely nice to take in some sights while you're at it! Rest assured, you'll be able to do plenty of both in Seoul.

This is an area of South Korea that approximately 10,300,000 people call home.

Internationally famous attractions like Dongdaemun Market and Gyeongbok Palace are just a part of what makes this destination unique.

Leave the grown-up world behind for a while and be transported into a realm of enchantment at Lotte World and Seoul Land. If you're looking for even more family fun, head onwards to Children's Grand Park and the Seoul Animation Center.

A variety of slippery sea creatures can be spotted at COEX Aquarium and Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan.

Whether you want to try your luck on the roulette wheel or just enjoy the sights and sounds, you'll find exactly what you're after at the Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch, the Seven Luck Casino Seoul Gangnam Branch and the Paradise Casino Walkerhill.

If you'd like to learn more about the local plant species, a visit to the Namsan Botanical Garden and the Seoul Iris Garden is a great idea.

When it's time for a break, grab a bite to eat and make your way over to one of the area's leafy green spaces, such as Namsan Park or Yeouido Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lie down in the grass at Seoul Forest and Tapgol Park.

With stacks of brochures and maps at the ready, Korea Local Information Center is the best place to discover what's happening in Seoul.

Need to escape the stresses of modern life? Make your way over to Bukhansan National Park and Mt. Inwang. Namhansanseong Provincial Park and Seoul Floating Islands are also popular among nature enthusiasts.

Broaden your horizons with some time at one of the area's intriguing cultural institutions. The Kimchi Museum and the Sejong University Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. The Lock Museum and the Hanseong Baekje Museum are also worthwhile.

Examine intriguing gadgets and learn about scientific advances at the Seoul National Science Museum.

Lovingly collected from the natural world, these fascinating specimens at the Abraham Park Kenneth Vine Collection Museum and the Seodaemun Museum of Natural History are full of wonder and intrigue.

Seoul is a hive of artistic energy, with gallery and exhibition spaces all over the place. Soak up the hip atmosphere at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Opera Gallery. If you're feeling inspired, wind up your afternoon at the Soma Museum of Art and the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art.

Take yourself back to a time long since forgotten and uncover stories of yesteryear at the National Museum of Korea and the Seoul Museum of History. The National Folk Museum and the Seodaemun Prison History Museum are also worthy choices.

The Sungnyemun Gate and the War Memorial of Korea are certainly worth looking into, even if history isn't your forte. You might also like to snap some photos at Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs and the Sungkyunkwan University.

Those with an interest in military history will enjoy taking a tour of Mongchontoseong Fortress and Seoul Fortress Walls, two examples of the area's historical fortifications. Many tourists are also dazzled by the scarred walls of Haengjusanseong Fortress and Bukhansanseong Fortress.

When it came to building Deoksugung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace, you'll see that money wasn't an issue. Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeonghuigung Palace are two more magnificent dwellings that have plenty of stories to offer.

The region's spiritual side can be found at the Jogyesa Temple and the Bongeunsa Temple. You might also like to have a walk around Yoido Full Gospel Church or Jongmyo Shrine.

Once you've ticked off all the star attractions in Seoul, consider visiting a couple of its less well-known sights. Apgujeong Rodeo Street and the Sejong Cultural Center are recommended options. If you can squeeze it in, also check out the Seoul Arts Center or the Jayu Theater.

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The Shilla Seoul

The Shilla Seoul

249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 1,173 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The Shilla Seoul is a prestigious global hotel combining traditional Korean aesthetics with modern sensibility. This premium hotel is located in Seoul's Chung-gu district, 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from the National Theater. The Dongdaemun Market, N Seoul Tower, and Namsan Park are about 1.6 km (1 mi) away.

Hotel PJ Myeongdong

Hotel PJ Myeongdong

71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 2,015 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the Dongdaemun shopping hub, this modern Seoul hotel is 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from Korea House and 1.4 km (0.8 mi) from Dongdaemun Market. N Seoul Tower is 1.6 km (1 mi) away. Convenient access to public transportation.

Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul

Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul

60, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 278 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This luxury hotel is located in Seoul (Jung-gu), close to Namsangol Hanok Village, Dongdaemun Market, and N Seoul Tower. Also nearby are Namsan Park and Sungnyemun Gate.

Royal Hotel Seoul

Royal Hotel Seoul

61, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 1,902 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Seoul hotel is conveniently located about 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from the Lotte Department Store and the Korea House cultural complex. The N Seoul Tower and Deoksugung Palace are both 1 km (0.6 mi) away. Myeongdong Cathedral is within walking distance of the hotel.

Grand Hyatt Seoul

Grand Hyatt Seoul

322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 899 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Set on Mount Namsan amid 18 acres of waterfalls and gardens, Grand Hyatt Seoul is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Seoul and the Itaewon shopping district. N Seoul Tower is 1.8 km (1.1 mi) away.

Four Points By Sheraton Seoul, Namsan

Four Points By Sheraton Seoul, Namsan

37-85 Dongja-dong, Seoul
of 5, from 750 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Seoul (Namdaemun), close to Sungnyemun Gate, N Seoul Tower, and Deoksugung Palace. Nearby attractions also include U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.

Lotte Hotel Seoul

Lotte Hotel Seoul

30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 1,972 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

In the midst of the central business district, the Lotte Hotel Seoul is one km (less than a mile) from several attractions such as Kyung Bok Palace and Dong Dae Moon Gate Market.

Lotte Hotel World

Lotte Hotel World

240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
of 5, from 1,249 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Seoul hotel is 0.8 km (0.5 mi) from the Lotte World amusement park. The Jamsil subway station and a shopping center are adjacent to the hotel. The COEX Convention Center is 4 km (2.5 mi) away, and the Lotte Tower Lotte Mall is nearby.

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