Visiting Seoul

Time-Lapse Video of Seoul

Drone Video of Seoul


TOP 10 REASONS WHY VISITING SEOUL WILL GUARANTEE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

1) a city built for Conferences & Events

Ranking 1st in the UIA (Union of International Association) Global Meetings Statistics in 2017, Korea is the top-preferred destination for international events. It is a destination designed to meet business needs and leisure experiences. As a top convention destination, it offers a world-class infrastructure, a safe and sustainable meeting location with a variety of unique sights and experiences.

Seoul is easily accessible from most major international cities providing convenience and ease for all attendees across the map. More so, delegates arriving at Incheon International Airport will enjoy the comfort and luxury of the world’s best airport.

Seoul has an extensive network of public transportation and taxis as well. Consistently voted as one of the best in the world for its ease of use, cleanliness, and frequency of service, the Seoul subway system is one of the most efficient ways to travel around the city.

2) Rich in History

There are an abundant number of historic sites and attractions in the city. Gyeongbokgung Palace, for example, is a palace that was built in 1395 and an absolute must-visit when in town. This palace was the home to the kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings’ households, as well as the government of the Joseon Dynasty.

Another must-see in Seoul is Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon dynasty. Changdeokgung was the most favored palace of many Joseon princes and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period that were not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung Palace.

3) Advanced Technology
South Korea is known for being an extremely technologically advanced country. Seoul, in particular, has shown an incredible passion for innovation in both technology and the architecture of its cityscape. The readily available and utterly fast Wi-Fi speed is perhaps the best facet of Korea's tech-driven economy. In fact, South Korea is renowned for being the most connected country in the world, thanks to its widespread Wi-Fi availability (you can pick up a Wi-Fi signal from any coffee shop, restaurant or street corner). Seoul’s quest for constant innovation has seen the city become a hi-tech wonderland. It boasts the world’s fastest average internet connection speed, a mammoth Digital Media City, and some of the tech industry’s largest companies, including Samsung. No matter where you’re from, you’ll soon realize that Seoulites are already living in the future. From touch screen mobiles to tablets, Seoul’s workforce doesn’t just embrace new technology, it creates it.
4) A Land for Foodies

Come and taste the flavorful and nourishing cuisine of Korea. Korean cuisine, Hansik, is gaining much attention in the global culinary trend thanks to its delicious flavor, health benefits, and even aesthetic value. From the traditional Kimchi & Bibimbap, to the pop-culture inspired Chimaek (chicken & beer) & Korean BBQ - make sure not to miss this delicious journey.

The best place to get an authentic taste of South Korea is on the streets of Seoul where you’ll have access to the best bulgogi, bibimbap, and galbi around. Korean BBQ, the city's well-known cuisine, involves grilling fresh cuts of beef or pork tableside. Unlimited portions of side dishes, including soups, fresh vegetables and spicy sauces, alongside your BBQ dishes. Kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage dish and a staple of Korean cuisine, is usually mixed with rice or soup and is consumed with almost every meal. Almost all ingredients are locally grown, so the food is about as fresh as it gets.

Soju is the Korean spirit of choice for the most part, but whisky is increasing in popularity. Soju is a clear, colorless distilled beverage of Korean origin.

Click here to read more about Korean cuisine and typical Korean dishes.

5) Impressive Culture
Koreans live by a unifying "work hard, play hard" mentality. Respect is also heavily ingrained into Korean society, especially when one interacts with an elder or stranger. For example, Koreans will always give a proper bow when greeting (they don't shake hands), and they always use two hands when giving or receiving something as a sign of politeness.
6) Vibrant Nightlife
Seoul is a vibrant city – even more so when the sun has set and its population is eager to go out and have fun. In fact, South Koreans truly know how to have fun. The local nightlife culture has developed a “station system” with a restaurant for dinner being the first station followed by bars, pubs, karaoke rooms, and more food and drinks as subsequent “stations”. A city that never sleeps, there are cafes, restaurants, spas, shopping centers and fast food chains open any hour of any night. The streets of Gangnam, Hongdae or Dongdaemun offer countless any time venues for eating and entertainment.
7) Diverse Attractions
There are many must-see attractions to go to while in Seoul. Here are the top 5 places to visit:
  • Digital Media City: Seoul's Digital Media City is an electronic nirvana and the home for film production, games, telecom companies, cable channels, online shopping centers and e-learning. The 133-floor Digital Media City Landmark Building, completed in 2015, has become the second-tallest building in the world after Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
  • Lotte World Tower: The Lotte World Tower is a 123-floor, 555 meter (1,821 ft) supertall skyscraper located in Seoul. It is currently the tallest building in South Korea and the 5th tallest building in the world. Come ride the fascinating double-decker elevator that travels at ten meters per second and is the fastest of its kind worldwide. Moreover, the Lotte Tower holds the world’s first elevator with animated screens on all sides and ceiling projecting the development of Seoul from the Joseon Dynasty until today.
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace: Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.
  • Namdaemun Market: Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores that line the streets around Namdaemun (Gate), the main southern gate of the old city wall. Due to the wholesale nature of the market, shoppers can comparison shop for the lowest prices on all sorts of goods. Namdaemun Market is also packed with interesting things to see and eat, making it a popular destination for both locals and international visitors alike. So, whether you’re looking for traditional oriental medicine or traditional Korean food, Namdaemun Market is the place to go.
  • Seoul City Wall: Once used as a fortress in the past, it is now a beautiful, scenic way to explore the city. The Seoul City Wall was originally built in 1396, surrounding Seoul (then known as Hanyang) during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The wall stretches for 18.6 km along the ranges of Bugaksan Mountain, Naksan Mountain, Namsan Mountain, and Inwangsan Mountain. The wall stands at average heights of 7m to 8m high.
8) Fashion-forward Shopping

Each year, millions of tourists from neighboring Asian countries come to Korea for one sole reason: shopping. They want to pick up the latest trends in Korean fashion, get their hands on high-quality Korean skincare products, and visit one of the many large department stores for the ultimate shopping experience – tax-free!

Visitors can receive a tax refund at the airport when submitting their receipts at the tax refund booth. However, more and more tax-free stores are popping up in Seoul allowing foreign customers to get immediate tax refunds below a certain limit.

9) Incheon Airport

Seoul Airport, known officially as Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and the primary airport serving Seoul. It is located west of Incheon city and 30 miles west of Seoul. Incheon International Airport, which services Seoul and other nearby Korean cities, has been ranked the Best Airport Worldwide for the past 11 consecutive years by the Airports Council International (ACI). It is also rated as the world's cleanest airport and the world's best international transit airport by Skytrax.

Stuck on a layover or delayed flight? Not to worry. Incheon Airport is equipped with a cultural museum, high-end spa, golf course, skating rink, movie theatre, casino, and restaurants serving just about any kind of pre-flight meal you'd want. Not to mention the haven for shopaholics boasting a total of 90 duty free shops ranging from Korean food items (Kimchee, dried seaweed) to drugstore cosmetics and high-end luxury items.

10) Weather in September

Voted the Best month to visit Seoul by U.S News & World Report.

September is typically the 4th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 26°C (78°F), whilst at night 16°C (61°F) is normal. Total hours of sunlight 7.2.

Featured Articles


Walking Seoul: A Revealing Stroll Around South Korea's Megacity

Written by Jennifer Cox, The Guardian

In South Korea's thriving capital, discover the roar of technology and Gangnam-style shopping, but also a sense of reverence for nature.

Seoul, a city built among the mountains of South Korea.

You can't go wrong with a walk across a sprawling megacity like Seoul, home to about 24 million people – half of South Korea's entire population. The mighty Han river flows east to west through the centre of the South Korean capital, splitting the city north and south, as the Thames does in London. In a city where many of the streets have no name, and buildings are numbered according to the order in which they were built (rather than appear), following the river makes good sense – especially as a 40km cycling trail runs alongside it.

On the south side of the river, a tangle of busy roads leads to quiet streets of grocery stores and elegant patisseries, the first clue that we're on the edge of Gangnam, one of Seoul's richest neighbourhoods. The Coex, which is the biggest shopping mall in Asia at the World Trade Center on Samsung-dong.

Coex is an embodiment of Seoul's own riches to rags and back to riches history. Rapid industrialisation (dubbed the Miracle on the Han) after the devastation of the Korean war saw Seoul transformed into a fully-fledged economic and technological superpower. Construction projects boomed along with Seoul's fortunes, and by the 1970s, the city was in the grip of such building fever that developers were driven underground in the search for affordable space.


Why Korea Is A Best Bet for 2019

Written by Greg Kunstler, Feb 11, 2019 - Travel Zoo.com

In 2018, millions witnessed the Olympic flame light up the Pyeongchang sky. Local pride was palpable for an event year in the making. It was Korea at its most confident; a brilliant display of tradition and technology, of culture and K-pop, of progress and peace.

Fast-forward to today, and we think there’s never been a better time to visit. Flights and hotels are more affordable than during the Olympic rush, and years of investments have added attractions, hotels and infrastructure to an already wanderlust-worthy collection of heritage sites. Word-of-mouth is spreading – tourism to the peninsula has more than doubled in the last decade – and we expect the trend to continue.

But those aren’t the only reasons the country earned a coveted spot on Travelzoo’s 2019 Best Bets for travellers. Read on for only-in-Korea experiences that show why it should be on your bucket list.

See Where Old Seoul Meets New Seoul
Around 60 years ago, Korea began one of the most rapid periods of growth and modernization in history. The results are on spectacular display in the nation’s capital, where UNESCO World Heritage sites share the landscape with ultramodern skyscrapers.

Seoul’s royal palaces (of which Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung are the most famous) are great places to start a visit. ou can see all five locations and take English-language tours that delve into the country’s dynastic past.

Ride the Bullet Train
Korea is an easy country to get around. And it’s blessed with the KTX bullet train, which means you can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The best way to do it is to purchase a Korail pass – designed exclusively for foreign tourists – which gives you unlimited travel at speeds of up to 305 kilometres per hour. A five-day pass costs approximately $250 per adult and $125 per child.

Eat Your Way Around Korea’s “Food Capital”
Sit down for a some royal cuisine and you can say you literally ate like a queen or king. Just like olden-day monarchs, diners are treated to a banquet of small plates such as braised fish, steamed pork, hot pot, kimchi and pickled veggies. Goong is one of the better-known restaurants, though there are many to choose from.

Discover Jeju Island
What’s special about Jeju? It’s known as the “Hawaii” of Korea, due to a mild climate, spectacular volcanic landscapes and dramatic waterfalls. UNESCO designated the island a World Natural Heritage site, noting it possesses “outstanding aesthetic beauty” and “the finest lava tube system of caves anywhere.” You can visit the volcanic tunnels.

Spend the Night in a Buddhist Temple
Nestled within the mountains of Seoraksan National Park lies Baekdamsa Temple, the origins of which can be traced back to the sixth century. It’s less well-known than the park’s prime attraction (the Seorak Sogongwon Cable Car) but is among the most scenic places in Korea for a “temple stay.” Guests experience a day in the life of a Buddhist monk, joining in spiritual ceremonies and meditation and receiving a bed for the night as well as vegetarian meals.