A Fascinating Blend of Ancient and Modern

Seoul is a vibrant and modern city with an ancient history. A bustling metropolis with over ten million residents, Seoul's landscape is dotted with links to its past, including the original city gate and sections of the 16-kilometre city wall, plus four UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites.

Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts and contradictions, with a fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology. Immerse yourself in the Korean culture with a visit to a traditional Korean Folk Village. Or take a tour to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom Village, where the armistice that ended the Korean War was signed. Eating is a national pastime; sample the local cuisine, including the famous Korean barbecue, always served with a huge array of complimentary side dishes.

Seoul is a place where your shopping dollar goes further. Explore the 600-year-old Dongdaemun markets, with over 1000 stalls selling everything from clothes and shoes to ginseng product.

Insiders' Tips

  • Feast at a Korean Barbecue: Be sure to enjoy some of the local favourites at a Korean barbecue.
  • Hike Up Bugaksan: Take a hike up the ancient fortress walls, to be treated to commanding panoramic views of the entire city
  • Gain some Insight: Visit the War Memorial of Korea to learn about the troubled history of this fascinating country, especially its relationships with its near neighbours

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Seoul chapter in our online Asia Cities brochure. Click here.

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