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

Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
4 out of 5
366, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04323
The price is HK$510 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (940 reviews)
"It’s very pleasure staying this hotel. Staffs are very nice!"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 04513
The price is HK$516 per night from 7 Aug to 8 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,660 reviews)
"Great central locaton, close to Myeongdong (10 minute walk) as well as right next to the City Hall subway station and easy to get pretty much anywhere from there. Nice big room, very clean, and comfy bed! Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2022

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
4 out of 5
141, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 03995
The price is HK$756 per night from 7 Aug to 8 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,124 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

L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
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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 HK$248 per night from 19 Jul to 20 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! (1,996 reviews)
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"As always, a great stay. Thank you."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

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
The price is HK$1,413 per night from 2 Aug to 3 Aug
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! (995 reviews)
"excellent"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2022

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110-885
The price is HK$1,021 per night from 7 Aug to 8 Aug
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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