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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.

Food
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.

Transportation
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
Subways
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…
Trains
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…
Domestic Flights
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…
Intercity Bus
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.
By Sea
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
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

Activities
sauna
Many saunas are open 24 hours a day, but they are segregated and some only have facilities for men. More luxurious male-only saunas are available downtown.
Health and beauty tours in Seoul are popular with Japanese tourists, but these upmarket facilities are expensive. Less-expensive options with sauna, exercise room and indoor swimming pools can be found a little further out of downtown Seoul.
golf
Golf courses near Seoul are usually expensive and members-only, so it's probably best to stick to the driving ranges, which you can find all over Seoul as well as in some top-end hotels.
swimming
The best places for swimming are the sandy beaches of the unspoilt islands scattered off Incheon in the West Sea. In the hot humid months of July and August, outdoor swimming pools open in the parks along Hangang.
Large indoor pools are available at Lotte World and Olympic Park and are usually open to the public in the afternoons. Most luxury hotels have 25m (82ft) indoor pools and some are available to non-guests.
cycling
Cycle paths line both banks of the Han River and bicycles can be rented in many of the parks along it. Hire a bike on Yeouido from a rental hut near the swimming pool in Hangang Park, or near the ferry boat terminal in Yeouido Park. Padlocks and bicycle helmets are not supplied and some form of ID is required.
watersports
Along the Han River in summer, swimming pools, paddle boats, windsurfing, jet-skiing and water-skiing can all be enjoyed.

Climate
In common with the rest of South Korea, Seoul has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Koppen Dwa), despite the fact that South Korea is surrounded on three sides by water.[2] Summers are generally hot and humid, with monsoons taking place from June until September. August, the hottest month, has an average temperature of 72 °F to 86 °F (22°C to 30°C) with higher temperatures possible. Winters are often very cold when compared to places of a similar latitude, with an average January temperature of 19 °F to 33 °F (-7°C to 1°C). Winters are generally much drier than summers, although on average there are 28 days of snow in Seoul each year.

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