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Seoul

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One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers. It would take countless trips to Seoul to discover all of the city's many charms. Some visitors spend their time immersed in the city's vibrant food scene, while others walk for days on end between the notable cultural sights. Those wishing to combine outdoor pursuits with a bit of historical sightseeing can head to the surrounding four mountains, which offer sweeping views and numerous hiking trails flanked by photogenic temples. When using our South Korea trip builder website, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Popular things to do in Seoul

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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
History Museum
Gyeongbokgung Palace
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
N Seoul Tower ©
Lookout
N Seoul Tower
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Changdeokgung Palace ©
World heritage site
Changdeokgung Palace
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Insadong ©
Neighborhood
Insadong
4.1
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Seoul

Bukhansan National Park ©
National Park
Bukhansan National Park
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Jongmyo Shrine ©
World heritage site
Jongmyo Shrine
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Deoksugung ©
Architectural Building
Deoksugung
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Banpo Hangang Park ©
Park
Banpo Hangang Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Seoul

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Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Historic Walking Area
Cheonggyecheon Stream
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bongeunsa Temple ©
Religious Site
Bongeunsa Temple
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun) ©
Historic Site
Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun)
3.2
Duration: 2 hours
Namsangol Hanok Village ©
Historic Site
Namsangol Hanok Village
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Seoul

Namsan Park ©
Garden
Namsan Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Haneul Park ©
Park
Haneul Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Yangjae Citizens' Forest ©
Park
Yangjae Citizens' Forest
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Chungun Park
Park
Chungun Park
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Seoul

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National Museum of Korea ©
History Museum
National Museum of Korea
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
The War Memorial of Korea ©
Military Museum
The War Memorial of Korea
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Seoul Arts Center ©
Art Museum
Seoul Arts Center
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
National Folk Museum of Korea ©
Art Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Seoul

DMZ Haemaru Village ©
Historic Site
DMZ Haemaru Village Paju
4.3
Duration: 5 hours
Korean Folk Village ©
Theme Park
Korean Folk Village Yongin
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
Nami Island ©
Island
Nami Island Chuncheon
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hwaseong Fortress ©
World heritage site
Hwaseong Fortress Suwon
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Where to stay in Seoul

The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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