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Seoul City Hall, Seoul

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Seoul City Hall actually comprises two buildings: the first, a modernist feat of architecure displaying glistening, glass curves resembling a large wave and the second, a Renaissance-style stone building dating to 1926. Out front, an oval lawn hosts events and festivals. Forty-eight lights encircle the lawn, which also contains a round outer-wall clock and a water fountain with 35 underwater lights. Head inside the older building--which now serves as a library--to check out its collection of 200,000 books. Plan trip to Seoul with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • I am a huge sci fi and futurism fan and loved this building and architecture. It could be out of an Interstellar-esque space station. Despite it being very cold outside the inside feels like a warm ga...  more »
  • When we try to explain Seoul City Hall, we have to consider other components. The location of the City Hall is perfect and if you like walking you can find temples, museums, sculptures etc. around the...  more »
  • One of the best architectural building in Seoul. We went to see the building up close & personal on a Sunday morning. Very nice building with walls of foliage & looks like a glass building from far. A...  more »
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  • This is a really cool city hall! It's actually more of an art gallery. There is even a small excavation site inside. It seems like there are constantly events going on inside and outside. When I went, there was a concert in the field next to the city hall which was a lot of fun. This is probably the most interesting city hall that I've been to.
  • Central spot that I can start my city tour. There is always event at front of this building. The architecture looks amazing.
  • It's a neat thing to look at. But the top has foggy views due to the window, and you have to go to the old city hall (Seoul library) to step outside for outside views.
  • Very beautiful city hall, free entrance to it, you can climb to the top floor of the elevator and walk along it, many green plants, very eco-friendly, unusual and beautiful
  • Great park in front of the City Hall itself which looks a giant wave cresting. Should definitely be part of your walking itinerary around the centre of the city.

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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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