Seoul Travel Guide

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    by jckim
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim

Seoul Things to Do

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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

    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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Information & Sources

    4 out of 5 stars

    Most of the local restaurant and food outlets are closed during the Korean's Chuseok holidays. This is the time when most of the locals leave for their hometown and desert the city. There are some food outlets that remains open but they are few and far in between. The pictures are those meals during the Chuseok (in Seoul & Donghae) for those...

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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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  • Other Things To Do

    This place is good, prettty much better than any other club in Korea. Volume brings in many of the world's higher ranked DJs, and the Friday/Saturday entrance fee reflects this. Entrance is usually 20,000 won before 11pm, with a free drink. After 11pm, price is 30,000 won with a free drink. DJ spins in the center of a large LED lightbank...

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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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Seoul Transportation

  • Subway

    We know Seoul has extensive subway system, and its one of conveniently to used around. We find it easy to get around Seoul using the subway, because besides Korean, subway signs and train announcements are also in English. Truly, Seoul’s subway, and Korean subways in general, are a haven for commuters, Koreans and foreigners alike Seoul's subway...

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  • By Air

    Cheapest is by AREX all stop train from the 3950 Won (Hongik University for instance) plus 500 deposit (you get it back when leaving the station if you drop the ticket in a machine) or more if you change to an other metro line going further away (the metro ticket price is based on distance, basic price is 1150 Won plus 500 deposit, good for several...

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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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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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  • 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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  • Other Shopping Info

    I haven't done a lot shopping while traveling in Seoul, and I'm sure the city has plenty to offer for public shoppers. The city of Seoul has different shopping street, for shopaholic is never a problem where to shop, there are so many around. In Gangnam district for example is one of the high end shop, once were out the underground subway station,...

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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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  • Health & Well-Being

    When you wake up at 5.00am with a blocked runny nose and itchy throat you haven't had for years and wished you had brought along a nasal decongestant spray, that's a bad indicator of not just Seoul's infamous air pollution but your dust mite allergy acting up! :( Which means the floor carpeting vacuuming wasn't thorough or strong enough though I...

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  • Driving et al

    In addition to some of the various other rules you might see in Seoul or other areas, beware that buses are on a schedule and stop lights, signs and various traffic controllers do not apply to them. They will make left turns around other traffic stopped at a stop light from the right turn lane, et al. Terminator trucks, ditto. These are 4 axle (or...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • Parks, Zoos & Stadiums

    Seonyudo (선유도) is an island in the Hangang (River) just west of Yeouido. This man-made island was originally built to be a sewage treatment plant. From these humble beginnings, the island has been transformed into one of Seoul's most unique parks. The park just opened in April 2003. After the sewage treatment plant closed,...

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  • Religious & Memorial

    This early Baekje period burial site, dating from 500-400 BC, was excavated by the Museum of Seoul National University during the 70s and 80s. These six burial mounds are built in two styles. Some are like 4-sided pyramids with three horizontal levels of stone and earth. The others are large mounds of soil. This is an interesting stop for about 30...

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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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  • Football/Soccer

    This place are The opening ceremony of 2002 Korea Japan World Cup opening ceremony and Semifinal of Korea Japan World Cup. it was completion 12.27. 2001. Sangam 2002 World Cup Stadium is the Top 10 most beautiful stadium of the World.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pleasent/Amusing Surprises

    If you happen to be a non-Asian in Seoul (a Caucasian, as shown in photo), do not feel alarmed if some students approach you with a notebook, a camera, and/or a tape recorder. A lot of the kids there have school assignments which is to talk to a foreigner in English. Being that you, non-Asian person you, will stick out like a sore thumb, you will...

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