For an eclectic experience abroad, Seoul, South Korea, one of the most cosmopolitan and hip cities in Asia, is the perfect location to visit. With its mix of contemporary themes and historical gems, you can experience a traditional and trendy trip in one visit.
Getting to Seoul
South Korea largest airport is Incheaon International airport(ICN) which is sometimes called Seoul-Incheaon International airport which serves the Seoul Capital area.
The airport has received several commendations over the years for being the best airport in the world and the world’s cleanest airport. It’s conveniently located by one of the subway stops and offers a variety of amenities while you wait.
There are several other airports including Gimpso or Seoul-Gimpso, Yangyang, Jeju, Ulsan, Muan, Yeosu in South Korea.
Getting Around Seoul
Getting around Seoul is very efficient with its world-renowned subway system. The extensive network traverses across Seoul, and payment is simple when you use a T-money card. There’s also no shortage of taxis or buses.
Where to Stay in Seoul
Some of the best places to stay provide convenient shuttles to and from Incheaon International airport(ICN). These accommodations are conveniently located and vary from, luxury five star hotels to low budget accommodation.
Attractions and Things to Do in Seoul
Each of Seoul’s distinct neighborhoods offers interesting activities. If you’re looking for authentic Korean fashion, visit the district of Dongdaemun where Korean boutiques abound and stores run until dawn.
The city offers a variety of cuisines suitable for anyone’s palate and is the perfect place to try authentic Korean food.
On your visit,While strolling down the Gwangjang Market, grab a bite from one of the many vendors offering delicious Korean dishes, like seafood pancakes.
Get a variety of authentic Korean famous dishes such as the Gomtang, a type of beef soup and some of the best Korean barbecue from Seoul’s top restaurants.
Take a step beyond the contemporary skyscrapers and check out the traditional Korean houses in Bukchon Hanok Village. To catch a glimpse of the past, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace where the Joseon dynasty resided.
Seoul also hosts an annual cultural event called the Namsan Bongsudae Traditional Culture Concert where you can watch martial arts demonstration.
Take a visit to the National Museum of Korea to view one of the biggest collections of Korean art. If you’re looking for some simple entertainment, the whimsical, indoor theme park Lotte World will ignite the child in you.
The interior is adorned with a number of fake palaces and trees reminiscent of childhood playhouses, and it also has an indoor skating rink.
If you’re interested in real trees, Namsan Park is an idyllic location filled with wildlife and views of nature.
Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to visit the Republic of Korea, so make sure to check the guidelines of your country.
If you plan to take a stop over to Japan, China or Taiwan, Gimpo National Airport (GMP), located in the western part of Seoul, offers flights to those three countries and provides domestic flights.
A train ride from GMP to the center of Seoul is only 30 minutes, so you can make the most of your visit. Seoul is a great place to experience a vibrant city and learn about the customs of South Korea.