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From swoon-worthy scenery, to kimchilicious food, 7 reasons why Seoul should be your next travel destination!
A blast from the past on the streets of the present
Along with the modern streets bustling with futuristic innovations, there are many historical gems that you can easily find all around Seoul. From the Five Grand Palaces located in Jongno and Jung-gu, including the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace. UNESCO World Heritage listed Changdeokgung Palace to be one of the perfectly preserved Buddhist temples, such as the popular Jogyesa and Bongeunsa. Seoul is full of historical places to keep alive its culture and traditions.
Go on a shopping spree
There is no doubt that Seoul has proved itself to be one of the most fashion-forward cities. You can get massive discounts on trendy clothes through their ‘all-must-go’ policy at the end of each season, and get tax refunds by visiting tax-free large departmental stores. So, quickly grab those trendsetting clothes and high-quality skin products and shop till you drop!
Good food and great vibes
Along with Seoul’s thriving nightlife, experience the heaven of authentic mouth-watering Korean food all around the city. Visit themed cafes (animal-themed, cartoon themed, etc.), go on a barbecue and soju trip, or simply taste the street food of Myeong-dong Street, Seoul’s food for the soul. Experience the vibrant city of Seoul through its amazing nightlife. Visit a noraebang (karaoke) in the heart of the city or the opulent sky rise clubs in Gangnam, even the expat-heavy Itaewon or trendy student-occupied Hongdae, there is a little something for everyone.
The biggest reason why tourists visit Seoul every year is none other than hiking. Seoul is one of the mega-cities surrounded by mountains and hence, countless hiking adventures are waiting for you all around! Bukhansan, Inwangsan, and Namsan are popular choices for local hikers. Once you reach the top, simply enjoy the magnificent view or let out a loud yelp of “Ya-ho!”
Enjoy the festivities
South Korea is one of the world’s colourful Kaleidoscopes and knows the art of combining tradition with modernity. And the best way to experience this gorgeous celebration is by immersing ourselves in the wonderful festivals held throughout the year. Enjoy the Yongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, Sinchon Watergun Festival, Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, or the Lunar New Year. Festivals in Korea are a feast for the eyes.
Though South Korea may not be as cheap as other Asian countries, it is a lot cheaper as compared to Western ones. The food is quite inexpensive and if you can find proper accommodations to suit your budget, like Goshiwons and cheap hotels, the stay can be quite affordable for you.
Experience Hallyu right at the heart of it
South Korea is undoubtedly the Home of Hallyu, and Seoul is the perfect destination to bring this heaven right from your dreams into your life. From Visiting K-pop and K-drama themed museums and parks (SMTOWN Museum, MBC World: Hallyu Theme Park) to taking professional K-pop lessons to even making your own K-pop recording in Gangnam, Seoul has it all. Visit the iconic K-drama locations or simply visit the top K-Pop Entertainment Companies & Idol Restaurants. It is a dreamland for every K-enthusiast.
So, when is the best time to visit Seoul?
According to U.S. News Travel, “The best times to visit Seoul are from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is mild (average daily high temperatures stay below the mid 70s (Fahrenheit)) and travel expenses are low.” According to the calendar, this is during Fall or Spring.
While visiting Seoul, remember that
Seoul itself is made out of 25 districts divided by the Han River into two parts: North and South. In the mood for a party? Feeling like dancing the night out in a fancy club? Don’t worry. Seoul’s got it covered. Head straight towards Hongdae or Itaewon and party like there’s no tomorrow. Feel like going on a shopping date with yourself instead? Don’t worry. Seoul’s got that covered too. Just visit Myeongdong or Gangnam and shop for the latest local fashion. Or visit a historical place such as the Korean Folk Village. Check out as many places as you can and don’t limit yourself!
Try taking public transportation and use apps such as KakaoMap, KakaoMetro, KakaoBus, and KakaoT to navigate and travel swiftly. Try to live like a local. Get “Korean style” accommodations, eat as much street food as you can, just walk through those bustling streets, and have as much fun as you can. Also, don’t forget to learn basic Korean phrases you need to survive without issues!
All in all, Seoul, South Korea is one of the safest, cheapest, and most convenient places you can visit. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags now and let’s go!
Have you ever visited Seoul? If yes, then what is your favorite place? Where do you wish to go the most and what food would you like to try out? Let us know all about it in the comment section below!