So you’re doing it! You’ve booked a flight to Seoul, but aren’t sure about what to do. That’s okay, because all the stories you’ve read are different, and for good reason. Seoul has been on everyone’s radar for a few years but is still a bit mysterious to travelers lucky enough to set foot here. Read on through this Seoul city guide and learn exactly what to know, see, and do in Korea’s largest city.
Seoul City Guide
This travel guide is part of our series on South Korea Travel and East Asia Travel. It was originally created on April 10, 2015. It has been maintained and updated (as of December 28, 2018) to reflect current viewpoints and travel trends.
Once you’ve gotten into the city and found your room, it’s time to experience some Korean food in its natural setting. Seoul is truly an international city, with foreign flavors all around and heavily concentrated in Itaewon and Hongdae, among many others. In those parts of town, you’ll see Korea’s younger and more international side.
Though tempting, you came to enjoy authentic Korean food and in doing so, you should visit one of Seoul’s traditional markets spread throughout the city. Stop by Gwangjang Market and find a stall to enjoy some of Korea’s finest street food. If you’re feeling something else, then there are tons of highly touted restaurants throughout Seoul. You’ll never run out of choices.
Everything (and Everyone) is Connected
Seoul is a massive city but you’ll be amazed at how easily one can travel through and out of the city. Whether you are hopping around from the major tourist sites or looking to get out and see the rest of Korea, getting around is really easy. Seoul and the other metropolitan cities are well-connected by subway, with buses and taxis coming in where the underground leaves off.
If you need to do some quick research on a place and forgot to do so after leaving your hotel, then don’t worry. Korea hosts one of the world’s fastest Internet connections and is always working to improve an already-excellent availability for citizens and travelers who are constantly on the go.
Traditional and Modern Meet Everywhere
Most visitors will first hit the palaces in Seoul and trust me, there are too many to name. Gyeongbokgung Palace and neighboring Gwanghwamun Square are too fantastic to pass up, and you’ll see traditional and modern Korea meet head-on. Shopping is just about anywhere and depends on your taste, from electronics to clothes and jewelry.
One thing many don’t realize about Seoul (and Korea) is that it’s surrounded by mountains and filled with green spaces. You can hike or picnic and depending on where you go, can have meals delivered so there’s no need to pack a lunch. Seoul is truly a city where modern conveniences have combined with rich traditions and make it a wonderful place.
Our Thoughts and Yours, Too!
So if you haven’t realized, this guide truly shows how much I love Seoul and want to share its glory with you. This guide has covered the city’s greatest hits and if you’re looking for more of Seoul that’s uncovered, I’ve also written about that. You will certainly enjoy your stay in Korea’s capital city, so go ahead and get a head start on planning your adventure!