Seoul is the South Korean capital and also the country’s biggest city. This high tech city is one of the most wealthiest cities in Asia and plays host to huge numbers of tourists each year.
Before heading out to explore the delights other parts of South Korea spend a few nights in Seoul. Time spend in Seoul you’ll find to be full of surprises. In keeping with other well established major cities in Asia, in Seoul too you’ll find towering skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, an extensive number of restaurants, cafes, bars and a treasure-trove of ancient palaces, temples and beautiful gardens – the city is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Those keen on history and art will find the museums in Seoul to be of great value. Visit the National Museum of Korea, where archaeological information and art are successfully combined; the National Folk Museum of Korea, which boasts an enormous collection of pottery and earthenware. Further art works are on display within the acclaimed Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art and also at the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Many interesting South Korean attractions lie close to Seoul and are ideal for tourists considering possible day trips. The Korean Folk Village is nearby and known for its traditional culture, wood carving and dancing. Also suitable for an excursion is the Namhansanseong Provincial Park, which is located to the south-east of Seoul and contains the Chonggyedang Shrine. To the west, Yeongjong Island is where you will find the city’s Incheon International Airport, as well as Eulwangni Beach and other coastal attractions
Best time to travel:
Spring (March – May) & Autumn ( September – November)
Places of interest:
Gyeongbok-gung – Seoul’s grandest palace
Changdeok-gung Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage site
Namsan Park – home to many other attractions
The UNESCO-listed Jongmyo Shrine
The 63 Building – Seoul’s tallest skyscraper
Lotte World – the largest indoor theme park in the world