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Old and new coexist in Seoul, South Korea's capital and largest city. Skyscrapers dominate the sprawling metropolis, whose streets are lined with mega malls and karaoke bars blasting K-pop alongside well-preserved remnants of Korea's past. Against a backdrop of glass and steel buildings, Bongeunsa Temple and Jogyesa Temple are tranquil respites where visitors can witness the lifestyle of Buddhist monks. Jongmyo Shrine – the world's oldest Confucian shrine – honours Joseon Dynasty rulers.

Seoul's grand palaces offer an atmospheric lesson in Korean history and culture. You'll see ancient architecture, throne rooms and banquet halls as well as picturesque pavilions at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. The National Museum of Korea, meanwhile, offers a wider overview of Korean history and art.

Shopping is a favourite pastime in Seoul, where you'll find endless opportunities to lighten your wallet. Dongdaemun, one of the city's largest shopping districts, sells everything from silks and electronics to traditional Korean cuisine. At Gwangjang Market, the country's oldest street market, you can pick up fresh produce, handicrafts, textiles and more. You'll also need ample time to explore Lotte World Mall's 17 floors of retail space, aquarium and indoor theme park.

Navigating a city as big as Seoul can be daunting. Luckily, the capital features one of the most extensive transit systems in the world. Seoul Station services commuter and intercity trains, which can take you to the plethora of shops near Myeongdong Station or Gangnam Station for entertainment and nightlife.

Tonight

From $20 per night

This weekend

From $77 per night

Next weekend

From $52 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency KRW 10,000 = $7.67
Language Korean
Average weekend price $19 per night
Average weekday price $14 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Seoul is an amazing city.

August 6, 2022

Seoul is an amazing city. Such diverse touring options. Loved the museums and most were free. Palaces, markets (Gwangjang for food) upscale shopping, bargains. Great street food or beautiful restaurants (Parc Seoul by Leeum Art Museum) Nice hiking areas. And efficient, cheap transportation — definitely purchase the transportation card for 3,000 won and then just add more money as needed. Look

Jennifer
Jennifer United States of America
10

The accommodation was very close to the subway station.

August 5, 2022

The accommodation was very close to the subway station. There are convenience stores and many restaurants just a minute away from the hotel, so it was convenient. The dining table was a folding table, which was a bit inconvenient, but the bed was large.

KURAUCHI
KURAUCHI
10

I had only one and half day in Seoul on my bussiness trip...

July 27, 2022

I had only one and half day in Seoul on my bussiness trip but it was splendid! I enjoyed the food market which is famous from netflix and I can totally recommend. I visited the lotte world tower with amazing view. i tried Sul-bing icecream and lots and lots of food like traditional Korean BBQ, street food, kimchi and so on as well as japanese sushi. I went on a party in Itaewan.

Daniel Vlček
Daniel Vlček Czech Republic
10

Love the public transport system.

July 20, 2022

Love the public transport system. Very well connected and minimum walking was required to even the most obscure of destinations. Love the Han River. Would love to come back and spend more time cycling along the waters or eating convenience store food at their benches here when I'm back. If you're crazy about skincare and makeup, the shopping here can take up to three days of your itinerary. Pro tip is to carefully plan for food because there's just so many korean food that you need to try. On my next trip, would avoid Lotte World though and opt for Everland instead, just an hour ride outside of Seoul. It's less crowded and more value for money. Lotte World is crowded by 12pm so you spend more time in queues than on rides.

Tang
Tang
10

Seoul is a perfect place for shopping and food.

July 14, 2022

Seoul is a perfect place for shopping and food. They have lots of hidden gems such as cafes and restaurants around! Sometimes, you just got to look up and explore the upper floors for better food! If you haven't check out dongmyo, the vintage shopping is amazing! Seoul is also very advance in its transport system, so get a t-money card & get on your way with buses and trains!

Bao Yun
Bao Yun Singapore
10

Be prepared without Google navigation or use Naver or Kakao...

July 12, 2022

Be prepared without Google navigation or use Naver or Kakao map instead. It's a great city. I've been there 4 times. Will still go back. Also a good travel base for going to everywhere else in Korea.

Yi
Yi United States of America

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