Seoul Travel Guide

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  • Gyeongbokgung Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Among the Four Royal Palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbok Palace is the most popular for tourists and is the one included in a half day City Tour of Seoul if you have a really long layover from Incheon Airport if riding Asiana or Korean Airlines (these tours are complimentary). Gyeongbok Palace was the Main Palace of the Chosun dynasty until it got...

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  • Namsan (South Mountain) and Seoul Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    We took a ride on the ropeway up to the top of the mountain, and then went up the tower to have a look around. It gives you a good idea of the scale of Seoul/Incheon. My favourite thing was though, that in the building that houses the ropeway entrance, there is a restaurant where I had some excellent bulgogi! Update May 2016 We revisited Seoul...

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  • DMZ - DeMilitarized Zone - Tours

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I came here with my friend, it's a hour and half driving far from Seoul. Anyway it's plenty of bus tour leaving from the capital. Ticket price for 3 hours tour is 8700 wong. You are suposed to have your passport with you, bt if you ignored that as I did and you have a Korean friend with you, then he/she can guarantee for you, she will guarantee...

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  • Street Vendors

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seoul is no exception than any other Asian country, street food in Seoul is remarkable. I was so curious about their local specialty. At first I'm doubting, this is a first time in my life see this kind of food. I have to stare at it for long time before I able to try it Now I'm on the food, which is one of the better aspects in Seoul. Tasty,...

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  • Korean Customs

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We lived near Namsangol Hanok village which was full of restaurants and cafes around. As it was my 21 Birthday, we decided to go the Korean BBQ restaurant. This type of restaurants is more expensive than usual Korean restaurant, but we loved this place! Korean BBQ restaurant means that you will cook meat by yourself ( System: customers decide, how...

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  • Namdaemun Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    Namdaemun has lots of little street vendors that sell jeon (pancakes), chicken on a stick, mandu, Tteokbokki, soups, beer, and much more. I had a great lunch of a vegetable jeon (5,000 Won), Tteokbokki (3,000 Won), and a huge beer (4,000 Won), and the food was ready fast and it was tasty. A great option if you need a break from shopping.

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Seoul Nightlife

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  • Western Bars and Hofs (Korean Bars)

    A must Go in Itaewon, just to taste the milk cocktails, but also to fell that the atmosphere is different from the other bars, it look like you are not in Seoul anymore but in a strange parallel world inspired by Stanley Kubrick, mannequin are everywere in the bar and staff is costumed ! After travelling a lot i just open this place for making...

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  • Hip Hop/Clubs

    There are many clubs in Korea, especially in the posh Gangnam district. However, Club Arena is the most exclusive out of all clubs in Korea, where Korea's socialites and celebrities are frequently spotted. The music is mainstream EDM but it is the atmosphere and the crowd here that differentiates club Arena from other clubs. If you are looking for...

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  • Live Music Bar

    Unfortunately, this fantastic place to relax and enjoy rock/blues music -built around the original founder's private music collection- with some nice refreshments in Gangnam is a bit hard to find. I was happy enough to be back for a couple of days a little while ago - so here's a snap of their small outside sign, which you will need to spot in...

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Seoul Transportation

  • Subway

    The undergound transport system in Seoul, the Metro, is good and easy to understand. The trains run often, the stations are numbered in addition to their names and both names and numbers are shown in the station and in the train, in Korean, English and Chinese. Some trains are express trains and do not stop at all stations, but this is indicated...

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  • Buses

    We took this bus, it was our cheapest option. The last bus depart when the last flight landed. We landed in Incheon almost midnight due to delayed and so concerned about the train and bus to Seoul that stops running at 12 midnight. Arriving in Seoul, the ticket desk were closed already, we asked the people around what's the best way to reach Seoul...

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  • Taxies

    I took normal taxi on my hotel (incheon) to Thai embassy (Seoul) and cost was 45000krw to embassy and 40000krw to back hotel (price included toll cost), taxi driver waited me when i was in embassy. I took the taxi drivers phone number to take me same trip next day, but unfortunately he was propably sleeping when i tried to contact him so i had to...

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Seoul Shopping

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  • Dongdaemun (Great East Gate)

    Dongdaemun is a famous shopping area near the Dongdaemun -- or Great East Gate. It has sporting goods, clothing, used books, carpets, and many other things at great prices. We spent about three hours here one afternoon and we saw just a quarter of the market or less. We looked at clothes, military surplus items, books, jewelry, kitchen supplies,...

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  • Electronics

    Well after spending 10 days in Seoul last week on business I was excited to visit the worlds largest electronic market which has been advertised as having the largest selection and best prices. I have to say I was terribly disappointed. Not only did virtually every vendor carry EXACTLY the same products but the prices were highway robbery. I am...

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  • Namdaemun (Great South Gate)

    Seoul's Namdaemun Area has hundreds of small shops selling everything from clothes and housewares to souvenirs at discount prices. There are also several decent restaurants on "food vendor alley." This is one of the largest and most traditional markets in Seoul and it offers a wide variety of goods from authentic Korean pottery to knock-off...

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Seoul Local Customs

  • Eating & Drinking

    Nori Seaweed Paste made from kelp are popular in Japan and South Korea and are wrapped around assorted sushis and maki in Japan and in Kimbap in South Korea and both contries also have Nori Snacks that are sold alongside other snacks and the nori snacks are flavored into many kinds like with chili, with sesame seeds, wrapped in rice crackers and...

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  • Customs & Oddities

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has a program that names the city's most outstanding toilets of the year. As you sight see in the city, look for these bronze plaques reading "Seoul Best Toilet." You'll be glad you peed in one of these magnificent urinary attractions! And you thought your government wasted taxpayers money! This photo was taken...

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  • Gift-giving

    bought them as gifts to female friends. it cost about 5,000 won each if your buying 5 or more and 7,000 won if youre buying one. (no haggling means 7,000 won for 5 or more and 10,000 won for a single piece). Available in any market.

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Seoul Warnings and Dangers

  • Other Stuff

    I needed to use a public restroom in an underground metro station/shopping center. I go into the stall and there are no seat covers. Eh, I can live with that. I'll just put toilet paper down on the seat....WHAT no toilet paper! I get out of the stall and see a toilet paper dispenser on the wall. Cost is 500 WON. So, I run out to yell at my...

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  • Language Barrier

    Due to the imperfect nature of translating Korean writing into romanized characters, you will find a lot of confusing variation in place names. For instance "G" and "K" seem to be used interchangably and what is spelled with a G on map might be spelled with a K on signs. An example is that Gyeonbok Gung palace is alternatively known as Kyongbok...

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  • Protests

    Seoul has frequent protests throughout the city, usually at the US military bases, the US embassy, or the Korean ministry of defense. Occasionally these protests will get violent, such as when the president was impeached in March 2004. You would probably be safest if you avoid these gatherings. Say no to US cows no matter what they say to you.

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Seoul Tourist Traps

  • Itaewon

    My 1st time in Korea, read a lot about Seoul and Itaewon. It is a very big let down, day and night. Its raining, and the fake apparels by the road side is not as I had expected. Compared to the sprawling bangkok with lots more everywhere. At night, the bars are too mild for my liking. I ended up early to bed and read the emalis. I wanted to get a...

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  • Getting Around

    We just finished shopping in Dongdaemum district and about to go back in the hotel but it rained so hard so my friend and I decided to take a taxi. We were waiting for a taxi when this big black cab that just looked like a private car stopped in front of us. It's a taxi with a writing that says "TAXI" and with other writings that clearly says its...

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  • Other Stuff

    it costs 30,000 won to pose with pictures at Gyeongbok Palace (included in it is the wardrobe rent plus posing with beautiful korean girls in Hanbok dresses plus a glass framed picture of it) well what can i say, I fell for it hehe! but seriously, if you don't like to shell out big bucks, then just refuse them ok! you have the power of choice, you...

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Seoul What to Pack

  • Essentials to Bring

    I still don't like to bring Digital SLR Camera in my travels as these cameras as to bulky and cumbersome to operate and you must change the lens often and since I'm not a professional Photographer, prefer to bring a pocket ultrazoom camera that you can combine taking pictures and videos at the same time like an Olympus SZ MR-31 and a water proof...

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  • Ready for the Weather

    Seoul is a shoppers nirvana catering to all budgets and tastes. If you have forgotten something make a beeline to E- Mart, a local, mid priced supermarket where you will find most things you need on your trip. Seoul have cold but pleasantly sunny winters. Cotton jackets and coats are not suitable for the dry cold which will seep into your bones if...

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  • Clothing

    A Big 24" luggage (preferably extendable and of light material) and a little carry-around bag for the to keep your important stuffs inside. (for autumn and start of winter... that's the time I went, so I'm not quite sure about the rest of the seasons) Thermal wear, plain comfy clothes and a good down-feather or appropriate autumn/winter coat....

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Seoul Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Place to Go

    On our first visit to Seoul we did a day trip to Suwon on the underground. We found people here really helpful. At the information stand near the station they wrote me down bus information, gave me maps and free postcards. None of them could speak English but they called out to passers-by until someone who could speak English came to help. We...

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  • Hiking

    There are some smallish mountains (hills) near Gupabal Station that have some well-maintained trails carved through a densely wooded setting. In this area it is also possible to see: - A very large artificial waterfall (See Photo #4) - Some remnants from the Korean war, or that's what I think they are (See Photo #3) - Modern luxury apartment...

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  • Korean Historical Landmark

    While trying to find a path through to take pictures of the buildings along the river I came across this shrine. Although of relatively recent construction (1984), the building is of pleasant traditional Korean architecture. Where many holy sites in Korean charge admission, this site offers free admission. Check their website for a history. Check...

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Seoul Sports & Outdoors

  • Skiing

    High1 is the best winter resort I've seen in Korea. A brand new resort, '08 is their first full season of winter operations. A multitude of slopes and lifts, and their terrain actually has real snow instead of the typical man-made crap most of the other resorts here offer. They run 5 chairlifts (4/6 person) and 3 gondolas (8 person). I think a...

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  • Skating & Blading/Inline

    There are a few skate parks in Seoul. One is at Yongsan Garrison, but you need to be US military (or a guest) to go there. Another is in Hangang Park near Yeouido Park (but it is closed in the summer, I think, as the area is usually a massive swimming/wading pool in the hot months) and another is in Hangang Park near World Cup Stadium (but it is...

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  • Baseball

    If you want to watch a baseball game, go to the Jamsil Baseball stadium and you can watch either the LG Twins or the Doosan Bears. Both of these teams call this stadium home. Tickets are really cheap.. about 6,000 Won and fans really get into it. One difference from Major League baseball is that there are Cheerleaders at Korean baseball games.

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Seoul General

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  • Other Stuff

    Speak a little Korean. So here's the Korean ABC for you to practice. Well, it's always good to learn Good morning, Good afternoon and Good evening; and Hallo how are you and Thank you! Counting is a second to learn, but as most salesmen have calculators; just punching numbers starts the business.

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  • Gyeongbokgung (Palace)

    Gyeongbokgung was the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). One of five palaces in Seoul, it has a 500 year history. It was built by the founding King of Joseon dynasty, Lee Seong-Gye, in 1395 as he moved the capital city from Gyeseong to Seoul. Located in the northern part of Seoul, it is sometimes called “Bukgwol.” Gyeongbokgung is...

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  • Shopping & Money

    South Korea's monetary unit is the won (KRW) and due to the financial crisis, It had depreciated 35% to the US Dollar. The Exchange rate today is 1 USD: 1,380 KRW! The Won is available into ₩1, ₩5,₩10, ₩50, ₩100, ₩500 coins and ₩1000, ₩5000, ₩10000 denominations! Foreign Currencies can be...

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