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Seoul
Travel Guide

Seoul showing 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 with youthful vibrancy. Art galleries, cinemas, bars and boutiques are dotted all over the city. Seoulites are also in touch with their past, and you’ll find plenty of instances of traditional Korean culture in palaces and theatres.

Korea has suffered from many conflicts, and some of the bruises still show in Seoul. The city’s Five Grand Palaces are testament to this; all of these complexes have been destroyed or badly damaged. Today they have largely been restored to their former glory and house national treasures, art and traditional architecture. For particularly fine examples of these palaces, visit Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung and Changgyeonggung.

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

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

Soak up classic Korean culture at venues like Chongdong Theatre. Here, you can marvel at spectaculars featuring traditional music, dance and costume. Sample local cuisine at well-priced stalls and restaurants that serve Korean classics such as kalguksu (“knife noodles”) or donkas (deep-fried pork cutlets). Foodies will want to pay homage to the Korean national dish (kimchi) at the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable (cabbage, radish or cucumber) dish seasoned with spices. Finish your dining experience with a visit to one of Seoul’s excellent teahouses.

When you want some quiet time, escape to one of Seoul’s regenerated areas, such as Cheonggyecheon Stream. 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 and cold winters. The best time to visit is around March through May (spring), or September through November (fall) . Navigate the city using the well-priced and efficient subway system, considered one of the best in the world.

Where to stay in Seoul

Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is RM758 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,234 reviews)
Good stay
"The Mountain View room had a great view! Comfortable beds. We booked this hotel because of the outdoor pool. It is beautiful (was quite chilly this time of year, so we just sunbathed and used the hot tub). What was annoying was that there was so poolside service. You needed to walk up to place the ..."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2020

Grand Hyatt Seoul
Millennium Hilton Seoul
Millennium Hilton Seoul
5 out of 5
50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is RM527 per night from 11 May to 11 May
This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in a regional park, just steps away from Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Namsan Park. Namdaemun ...
4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)
"The mountain view was awesome"

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Millennium Hilton Seoul
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellation
The price is RM487 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Gangnam, this luxury hotel is steps away from Starfield COEX Mall and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. SMTOWN coexartium and Seonjeongneung ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (913 reviews)
"The room was very clean and well maintained. The staff was helpful and able to accommodate my needs. Overall, I am very satisfied with staying in this hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel to my friends visiting Seoul."

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2021

InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
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.
The Sweet Castle Apartment
The Sweet Castle Apartment
2.5 out of 5
603-5, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
The price is RM290 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Gangnam, this apartment building is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bongeunsa Temple, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Itaewon Antique Furniture Street and Lotte World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (157 reviews)
"Perfect property for a short stay in Seoul. Within a 4 minute walk of 2 subway stations and with a 7 eleven right next door. Very comfortable and clean property with all you'd need as a base for day trips around Seoul. Excellent communication from Kevin, the property owner, who responds quickly to ..."

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The Sweet Castle Apartment
Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
3.5 out of 5
7, Sinchonnyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is RM289 per night from 5 Jun to 5 Jun
Located in Seodaemun-gu, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yeonsei University and Ewha Woman's University. Hongik University and Lotte Outlets - Seoul ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,709 reviews)
Amazing front desk and great service
"Amazing experience at ever8, amazing people running the place, nice and kind. I spent my 14 day quarantine leriod there. They provided everhthing for 14 days, and they keep calling me to make sure i am ok and safe and if in need of anything. Such an amazing people."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
UrbanStay The Namsan
UrbanStay The Namsan
3.5 out of 5
24, Chungmu-ro, Seoul, Seoul
The price is RM183 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Jung-gu, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park are also within 15 minutes. Chungmuro ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"청결상태가 가장 마음에 듬"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

UrbanStay The Namsan
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

4.5

Top Destination

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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.