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Seoul Travel Guide, South Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea is the fifth largest city in the world. It is one of the favorite destinations of tourists from all over the globe. From sky high skyscrapers to ancient buildings, from trendy shopping malls to road side shops, Seoul has it all. For those who want to shake their leg and party all night, there are a good number of discos and night clubs in the city. There are fantastic adventure parks for children. Therefore, Seoul has something to entertain the visitor of every age group. Seoul is one of the safest cities for traveling since it has a very low crime rate. The natural attire of the city will enchant you. The sparkling waters of Han River divide the city into two. The rocky cliffs encircle the city giving it a natural magnificence. The best time to visit is Seoul is during autumn which offers mild climate making your stay and travel comfortable in Seoul.  


Area: 605.25 sq Km

Population: 11 million

Languages spoken: Korean

Monetary unit: Won

Architectural Heritage

The ancient temples and palaces of Seoul speak of the past of the city. One of the most remarkable monuments in the city is the Seoul Tower. Another architectural marvel is the Hwaseong Palace. The nearby Yongjusa Temple is another great piece of constructions from the older times.

Infrastructure and economy

Seoul was almost destroyed in the Korean War. The reconstruction of the city started in 1960. Efforts of the government came out to be fruitful and Seoul started moving on the path of economic development with quick steps. In 1988, Seoul was the host for the Olympics which brought a lot of attention from foreign companies. Today, Seoul is the head quarter of many known brands like Samsung, Hyundai, LG etc. The city is the major exporter of machinery, automobiles and electronics. Seoul is now the economic backbone of South Korea. The unemployment levels in the city are very low. The city has a sound infrastructure that speaks of its high economic standards.

People and culture

The people of Seoul are extremely social, helpful, kind and down to earth. The culture of Seoul is very fascinating. The people of Seoul are modern but very close to their traditions. It is a unique experience to know the beliefs and traditions of the people of this city. Knowing a bit of Korean is the best way to come close to the people and get an insight to their traditions and culture. The major religion of the people here is Buddhism but you will come across a good number of people following other religions like Christianity and Judaism. The people of Seoul are very tolerant and respect every religion. 

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  • sushikedvencSadong Myeonok Restaurant
    travel tip by sushikedvenc posted more then 30 days ago
    This cozy little restaurant is a bit hidden, but once you found it, you will not want to go away, or you will definitely come back. I loved all about Sadong Myeonok. They have the most largest manduguk (rice dumpling) you'll ever...
  • zloriFolk Village Museum near Seoul
    travel tip by zlori posted more then 30 days ago
    We fell asleep while we traveled by bus to the Korean Folk Village and we got down from the bus it was like we went back in time several hundred or thousand years. They managed to recreate buildings and surrounding so perfectly, you felt...
  • athenaloveMyeong-dong Shopping Area
    travel tip by athenalove posted more then 30 days ago
    Seoul's most trendy and popular shopping area, Myeoing-dong is an attarction in itself. Full of all kinds of shops ranging from big brand-chains to traditional Korean souvenir shops, the street is a shopping-mecca for visitors. At...
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Seoul City Ratings

  • Rating93%
    City Rank59
  • History & Culture: rated for 98%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 100%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 80%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 88%
  • Food: rated for 98%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 88%
  • Shopping: rated for 100%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 95%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 100%
Seoul is one of the "must visit" tourist destinations in the world. This rank is based on what other travelers shared about their experiences in Seoul
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