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Seoul City Travel Information
Seoul listen is the capital of South Korea. As a Special City, it is administered directly by the national government. With over ten million people, Seoul is South Korea's largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world.
The city is located on the basin of the Han River in the country's northwest. The North Korean border is about 50 km to the north.
Mountains circle Seoul on all sides with Namsan (South Mountain) springing up in the center. Although the Han River once marked the southern boundary, the city has sprawled across to the southern side with some 2 dozen bridges crossing it and one subway tunnel underneath. As Korea's capital and most populous city, Seoul represents the country's center for business, education, and modern culture. It offers many activities for everyone, including museums and palaces, parks and mountains, and amusement parks and night clubs.
Seoul is, in a word, modern. The city is fast-paced, wired, and tech-efficient to the teeth. It’s also endowed with a dizzying wealth of cultural facilities where visitors can take in the creativity of Seoul’s artists, learn about its history, or acquaint themselves with new cultural experiences.
When to go
The worst times to be in Seoul as a traveller are during holiday periods, in particular July and August. Accommodation is expensive, transport is crowded and people are everywhere. Especially avoid Lunar New Year (first day of the first moon).
Despite its tall buildings and neon lights, Seoul offers the visitor a wealth of cultural sights. The central city area is ringed with royal palaces, and around the old city gates are enormous bustling markets. Skyscrapers jostle with a maze of traditional-style Korean houses and inns.
Korean cuisine is gaining increasing popularity among world diners. Kimchi, the spicy side dish that is considered by many to be Korea’s “national food,” has earned praise for its amazing health properties. Korean cuisine, at first glance, may seem quite exotic to foreign eyes and taste buds, many non-Koreans eventually fall in love with the varied flavors of Korea’s diverse dishes. Korean cuisine has something for everyone---meat lovers will no doubt welcome such dishes as galbi and bulgogi, while vegetarians will love such favorites as bibimbap and Korea’s rich noodle dishes. To finish off a meal, Korea has a plethora of traditional rice cakes and teas as well as traditional alcohols that visitors will enjoy.
Korean cuisine is complex, varied and rich in tradition. At the peak of the cuisine hierarchy is food of the royal court, a cultural treasure that has been passed over countless generations. In regional cuisine, ingredients and preparations are elaborate and follow principles of balance commonly found in Korean and other eastern philosophies.
Korea has an extremely well-developed transportation grid, and Seoul is well on its way to becoming a major transportation hub in Northeast Asia. Seoul is well-connected internationally and domestically via air, land and sea routes. Getting around within the city itself is a piece of cake thanks to Seoul’s well-organized and simple-to-use system of subways, buses and taxis.
Seoul City Pass and Pass Plus
The CITY PASS PLUS CARD is a new, flexible version of the city pass card. The CITY PASS PLUS CARD has an unlimited validity, and can be ‘charged’ with an amount of your choice (up to 50…
City Bus System
Getting around Seoul by bus used to be a somewhat complicated affair. That is no longer the case. On July 1, 2004, the Seoul bus system was completely revised
Seoul has one of the most well-developed subway systems in the world. It`s also one of the busiest, making some 8 million trips daily across its 10 lines. In terms of passengers…
Korea has an extensive railway system linking the entire country. Operated by the Korean National Railroad, rail service in Korea is fast, reliable, comfortable and…
Want to get somewhere in Korea fast? Korea has a well-developed domestic flight network serviced by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines that can get you to 13 major cities within an…
Like traveling on the road? Your destination not on a rail line? Couldn’t get tickets on the KTX? Fret not, because if the town exists, it’s connected to Seoul by intra-city bus.
It is, in fact, possible to come to Korea by sea, although this is obviously less convenient than flying. Depending on where you are sailing from, however, it is an option, and for…
What to see
Seoul Museum of Art
Housed in the former Supreme Court, the Museum was restored and renovated to meet contemporary needs. The original building, including its preserved facade was constructed in … Tel. 02-2124-8800
National Theater of Korea
The National Theater of Korea opened in 1950 and it constitutes four associate performance company groups: The National Drama Company, The National Dance Company, Tel. 02-2280-4114
N Seoul Tower
It is located on top of Namsan Mountain and is a place where you can get fine views of Seoul. The tower first was built in 1969 as a satellite tower to accommodate Television and radio … Tel. 02-3455-9277
Art Sonje Center
Art Sonje Center in Sogyeok-dong, opposite Gyeongbokgung Palace, is a landmark in Seoul’s burgeoning art scene. Tel. 02-733-8945
Chongdong Theater is one of the most representative places for Korean traditional art performances. The traditional art performance is on every Thursday and Friday. It … Tel. 02-751-1500
Mokdong Sports Stadium
Started up as a baseball field in 1987, Mokdong Sports Stadium was established in Western Seoul, consisting of a main stadium and indoor sports spaces... Tel. +82-2-2640-3801~8
Jamsil Sports Complex
Olympic Stadium aside, there are also various indoor and outdoor sports fields, two swimming pools, baseball field, gym, golf range, ping-pong table, Olympic Exhibition … Tel. +82-2-2240-8801
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