South Korea’s dynamic capital is a melting pot of the old – Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets, and the new – shining skyscrapers, shopping malls and pop culture. For anyone considering a holiday to South Korea – which everyone should – here are our top picks of sensational Seoul’s highlights:
Standing at 236 metres with a 360-degree panoramic view of Seoul – this is one view you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to also try the Sky Restroom which is located in the observation deck with breathtaking views.
Gyeongbok Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty, built in 1395. The palace has been rebuilt after destruction several times and today houses two museums, ornamental gardens and some of Seoul’s most outstanding architectural sights.
Shop til you drop!
Myeongdong Street is a shopping mecca with many stores open until 11pm. You can find all sorts of items including cosmetics, clothes, and popular dining options. Not only is Myeongdong a popular retail precinct, it is also Seoul’s commercial, banking, and culture hub.
Insadong Antique Alley
Experience traditional Korean culture and art in Insadong Street. Stretching over 700m, stores here specialise in a wide variety of Korean goods including Chima Jeogori (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), hahoe masks, teas, pottery and folk crafts.
Street food is one of the best ways to experience the local culture and Seoul is no exception. Try Gangjeong, Korean fried chicken coated with a sweet soy sauce or Buchimgae, a delicious pancake with seafood and kimchi. Gyeran-ppang is a popular street snack consisting of a light, fluffy sweet bread with a whole egg inside or if you love spicy food you should definitely try Tteokbokki, stir-fried rice cakes marinated with Korean traditional spices.
Scenic South Korea
13 days from £5590pp
Fully Inclusive of Tour & Flights
Bustling Seoul - Picturesque Busan - Gyeongju - 'the museum without walls' - Scenic Mt Seorak National Park