Seoul

Immersed in cultural heritage, and traditions, while at the same time, a place of economic, social, cultural and political movements that resonate the entire country, it is a modern metropolis, central to the identity of the nation's, prestige, identity and heritage.


Considered to be the second largest metropolitan area, in the world, roughly 25 million people inhabit the Seoul National Capital Area, while within the capital city confines, approximately 10 million inhabitants exist. With almost half of the South Korean population living within the SNCA, and with nearly a quarter in Seoul, this region unquestionably encompasses the very essence of the nation.



Hot spots to visit

Palaces and historical complexes:

Gyeongbokgung Palace

One of the most renowned and grandeur palaces, commonly known as the Northern palace, it encompasses the vivid, cultural heritage that is prominent throughout Seoul. Constructed in 1395, destroyed by fire during the Japanese occupation of 1592-1598, and then rebuild in the 19th century, it has survived the ever flowing ravages of time.



Changdeokgung Palace

The second royal villa after Gyeongbokgung, built in 1405, it housed many of the kings of the Joseon royal linage, burned down during the Japanese occupation, rebuild in 1611, it is the best preserved royal palace out of the five Joseon residents.



Changgyeonggung Palace

Built by the 4th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, in the 15th century, it was transformed into a park, which included a zoo and a botanical garden during the Japanese colonial occupation. The palace was then restored, after many years and regained its former prestige in 1983. Enthralled with many myths and tales, from gods to mortals, the enchanting beauty of this place, is not only its history, but also its spectacular scenery, surrounded by pines forests and 200 other varieties of trees, amidst the beauty of the sea.



Deoksugung Palace

Situated amidst the bustling downtown areas in Seoul, it is a palace that sits amongst western buildings, that gives it a character that is reminiscent to the Korean empire, during the first decades of the 20th century, as the nation progressed through its modernization.



Jongmyo Royal Shrine

A shrine that is central to the historical and cultural heritage of Korea, as it holds and performs the royal ancestral rite (Jongmyo Daeje) that is held once per year.



Namsangol Hanok Village

A time capsule in realistic terms, the village envisions the time period of the Joseon dynastic eras, with five distinct houses, encompassing, immaculate details that highlight the social, economic and cultural structures during the dynastic eras. From peasants to kings, with encasing white walls, and gardens entwined with paths of sand and step of stone, it gives an ambient atmosphere of a society during the age of kings.




Modern Korea:

Daehangno Street

A street that is filled with over 40 small and medium sized theatres, that bustles and is filled with the exuberance of the young. Featuring numerous music halls and concert halls as well as theatres, it highlights the artistic and musical fervor of youthful imagination and entertainment.



Insa-dong Shopping Street

Through the bustle and hustle of downtown Seoul, Insa-dong, caters to the needs of any tourist who wishes to obtain souvenirs, in particular traditional Korean wares. Filed with shops lined with traditional to the modern, craft items, while dotted with restaurants and cafes, the street echo's the need for a souvenir shopping spree.



Namdaemun Market

Largest of all the traditional markets in Seoul, it accommodates any traveler's shoppings needs, from cloths, shoes, books, children's toys, miscellaneous goods, kitchen wares, local and imported goods.



Dongdaemun Market

The saying "shop till you drop" is epitomized within the confines of this district, as there are over 20 shopping malls, littered with restaurants and cafes, with retail outlets and wholesalers mingled in between. Be it underground, or up on the 10th floor, the shopping malls and centers, emphasis the ever growing consumerism in Korea.



Myeongdong Shopping Area

Situated in the very heart of Seoul, it comprises the headquarters of numerous banks and security brokers, while entrenched with many western traditional restaurants. Immersed with brand-name shops and shopping malls, with restaurants and cafes dotted between, it resembles Nandaemun and Dongdaemun markets, in character, except perhaps the price.



Apgujeong Rodeo Street

With the ever-growing consumerism, and consequently consumer trends, has allowed this district to become quite renowned for its shopping, fashion stylists, plastic surgery clinics, and a variety of hair salons.



Seoul World Cup Stadium

Chosen to host the 2002 FIFA world cup with Japan on a joint venture, Seoul in turn constructed a purpose-built stadium to host the world cup. It is the largest soccer only stadium in Asia, while its architectural design resembles a Korean kite, its practical application, and the geometrical design that upholds the vast stadium roof, allows for a sensational experience, in any weather, be it day or night.



Namsan Park

Being in the center of Seoul, mt Namsan, although small in comparison to other mountains in Korea, nonetheless stands as a symbolic icon, with its historical site, and cultural influences. With Seoul tower located on the mountain itself, a spectacular view of Seoul, and the West Sea, past Incheon can be observed.



Bukhansan National Park

Located within the boundaries of the city itself, the park offers a quiet respite from the tumultuous atmosphere of the city below. With walking trails and mountains tracks entwining the mountain itself, it allows for an all-encompassing view of the city, while at the same time, an observation of the natural wilderness.


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