Seoul is a mega-city of 12 million people surrounded by majestic mountains; it’s also a city of high tech sensibilities and a distinct reverence for its past.
Visitors to the capital of South Korea will see high-tech financial centers and ancient palaces, plus digital marketplaces alongside traditional calligraphy shops.
Plus, Seoul is home to more than 100 museums, and numerous green belts and parks that are perfect for recreation including Seoul Olympic Park, built to host the 1988 Olympic Games. It’s also where you’ll find the world’s largest indoor amusement park, Lotte World
Whether you’re interested in outdoor fun, music and nightlife or learning about an exciting and vibrant culture, Seoul has adventures waiting for you.
Flights to Seoul
Flying to Seoul is simple, and finding cheap flights to Seoul is even easier.
Incheon International Airport in Seoul (IIA): This award winning airport is a hub for Korean Air and Asiana Airlines; it is also served by Delta, United and numerous European carriers.
Attractions in Seoul
Seoul is steeped in history; see what you discover. More suggestions can be found in the visitors sites below.
Changdeokgung Palace – The entry gate dates to the 15th century and some of the buildings are even older. Korea’s last emperor lived here; see the beautiful gardens that were once the pride of royalty.
Seoul Tower – Head to the top of Namsan Mountain and see stunning views from this former satellite tower; today, it’s an entertainment center with children’s play areas, free movies and the Sky Cafe
World Heritage Sites – Korea is home to several World Heritage Sites, including temples, pagodas, palaces, fortresses and tombs; tours are available. See the Visit Korea site below.
Shopping and Restaurants in Seoul
Dining: You’ll find cuisines from around the globe in the restaurants of Seoul; look for numerous Asian-fusion dishes incorporating Japanese and Thai specialties, plus excellent beef and shellfish. Try Korean favorites like char-grilled baby octopus.
Shopping: World-class department stores vie with traditional market where you can purchase handicrafts, textiles, pottery and antiques. And check out Seoul’s food stalls for exotic Asian produce.
Visit the U.S. State Department’s “country specific information” section for South Korea, where you’ll find embassy contacts in Seoul, visa/passport requirements, and tons of practical tips for tourists on everything from transportation to safety concerns. The comprehensive guide is available at Travel.State.Gov.
More Information on Seoul
Visit Korea – The official tourism guide lists attractions by region and activities; find hotel, dining and nightlife listings as well.
Visit Seoul – See upcoming events and festivals, plus a variety of tours (bus, walking, biking and more), plus theme parks, art galleries and off-the-beaten-path attractions.
Seoul – TripAdvisor – See how other travelers rate Seoul’s hotels, restaurants and top attractions.