Seoul

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Seoul featuring a high-rise building, a city and a river or creek
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 withyouthful vibrancy. Art galleries, cinemas, bars and boutiques are dotted allover the city. Seoulites are also in touch with their past, and you’ll findplenty of instances of traditional Korean culture in palaces and theatres. 

Korea has suffered frommany conflicts, and some of the bruises still show in Seoul. The city’s FiveGrand Palaces are testament to this all of these complexes have been destroyedor badly damaged. Today they have largely been restored to their former glory andhouse national treasures, art and traditional architecture. For particularlyfine examples of these palaces, visit Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugungand Changgyeonggung. 

Locals possess optimismand friendliness in abundance. Younger Seoulites will be eager to use theirlanguage skills to help you out, and older residents, although not asproficient with their English, are still overwhelmingly warm. 

Shopping opportunities inSeoul are boundless. Choose from designer outlets in Myeongdong,traditional craft shops at Insadong and bargain malls at the huge DongdaemunMarket. Wear your new attire while exploring the city’s nightlife. HongdaeYoung Street has an eclectic collection of bars, clubs, live music andindependent cinema. 

Soak up classic Koreanculture at venues like Chongdong Theatre. Here, you can marvel atspectaculars featuring traditional music, dance and costume. Sample localcuisine at well-priced stalls and restaurants that serve Korean classics suchas kalguksu (“knife noodles”) or donkas (deep-fried pork cutlets). Foodies willwant to pay homage to the Korean national dish (kimchi) at the PulmuoneKimchi Museum.  Kimchi is a fermented vegetable (cabbage, radish orcucumber) dish seasoned with spices. Finish your dining experience with a visitto one of Seoul’s excellent teahouses.

When you want some quiettime, escape to one of Seoul’s regenerated areas, such as CheonggyecheonStream. 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 andcold winters. The best time to visit is around March through May (spring), orSeptember through November (fall) . Navigate the city using the well-priced andefficient subway system, considered one of the best in the world.

Where to stay in Seoul

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
3.5 out of 5
27 Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Fully refundable
The price is HK$784 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan
HK$784
per night
4 Jan - 5 Jan
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,008 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2022

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 140-738
The price is HK$1,617 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
HK$1,617
per night
7 Dec - 8 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,158 reviews)
"Beautiful location."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2022

Grand Hyatt Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 100-721
The price is HK$1,348 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan
HK$1,348
per night
3 Jan - 4 Jan
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"This hotel is expensive and not worthy of the price. The service is ok but not amazing and they charge for the coffee you make yourself in the room, which is pretty stingy given the price of the room. The location is excellent however"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2022

Lotte Hotel Seoul
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.
Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Uljiro Co-Op Residence
3 out of 5
246, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
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! (2,050 reviews)
"Good service but uncomfortable bed…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022

Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 135-525
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,030 reviews)
"Will definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2022

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Western Coop Residence Dongdaemun
Western Coop Residence Dongdaemun
3 out of 5
228, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 100-196
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant and the spacious ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,731 reviews)
"Hotel is near shops for you to buy grocery for cooking like the market dry market nearby. Hotel is located near an Uzbek area where you can get Uzbek and halal food easily if you need them. Hotel staff speak english well."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022

Western Coop Residence Dongdaemun
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

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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.