Backdrop to many South Korean TV dramas, music videos, memorable K-pop albums and over 10 million metropolitans proves that they only need to be themselves to be successful!
With Gangnam, kimchi and BB creams used daily in our lives – it’s about time to visit Seoul, the iconic heart of Korea.
Seoul is surrounded by a mountainous and hilly landscape, with Bukhan Mountain located on the northern edge of the city. As with its long history, the Seoul Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Top 4 Must Do’s
If you are a Korean drama TV fan, check out the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace which has appeared in a number of TV shows, perfect for re-enacting your favourite drama scenes.
Today, the palace is arguably regarded as being the most beautiful and grandest of all five palaces in Seoul. It also houses the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum within the premises of the complex.
You’ve heard the song, now it’s time to see the real Gangnam district and bask in the glitz of its skyscrapers, neon billboards as well as the incredible variety of fine dining.
Lotte World is the place of dreams for both kids and adults as the world’s largest indoor amusement park houses Gyro Swing, ice-skating rinks, monorails, folk museums and the Atlantis Adventure!
Walk past the US military base and you will find yourself in Yongsan, the most famous electronics market in this gadget-obsessed country. Have no doubt that the latest models and best prices can be found here.
Quick Facts about Seoul
|Free Shuttle Bus||6 hours||Free (International visitors are entitled to 2 free passes provided by Korea Tourism for Visit Korea 2012 when they register through this link)|
|Korean Railways (KTX) – Take the Gyeongbu Line from Seoul straight down to Busan||2 hours 30 minutes||KRW 55,500|
|Currency||South Korean Won (KRW)|
|Electricity||220V AC 60Hz|
|Time zone||GMT +9 hours|
|Telephone code||+82 2|
|Religion||Buddhism and Christianity|
DEC – FEB
Winter, Average: -10°C
Pack your winter coats, as it’ll be icy cold out!
MAR – MAY
Spring, Average: 10°C
Blue skies all around but bring a light jacket for sightseeing.
JUN – AUG
Summer, Average: 32°C
Temperatures begin to rise during summer so make sure you bring sunscreen.
SEP – OCT
Autumn, Average: 15°C
Great time to view gorgeous falling leaves.
Need a visa to visit South Korea? Check out Korea Visa & Passports official website.