Seoul (South Korea)

Seoul Travel Guide and Trip Resources


History, food and nightlife in South Korea's bustling capital

Seoul (서울) is the capital of South Korea, and with a population of over 10 million in the city proper and 25 million in the agglomeration, it is also one of the largest cities in the world.

Seoul is the seat of the South Korean government as well as the economic and cultural center of the country, and is a bustling and colorful city that has an enormous amount of things in store for tourists to do and see. Of course there are the traditional and historical sights that cannot really be omitted from any proper first-time visit of the city, such as the sometimes impressive palaces (Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and several more) as well as temples, shrines and gates (for instance Jongmyo Shrine and the iconic Namdaemun gate) that are sprawled mostly across the northern part of the city.

But then there are also the more modern architectural sights such as the N Seoul Tower, offering great views over the entire city, or modernities like Cheonggyecheon, a kilometers long stream that was paved over after the war and in recent years restored. It flows through the downtown areas and is a really nice place to escape the city for a short bit.

So that sets the backdrop for Seoul, and admittedly it is a pretty great one. But what adds flavour to any visit are some of the other things this city is famous for: food, shopping and nightlife. And don't think for a moment that these things are as predictable in Seoul as they may sound.

Food-wise you are absolutely spoiled for choice, but be sure to include a night of Korean street food in your itinerary. The nice thing about the street food here is that it tends to come in snack rather than meal sizes. Kalguksu Street and Gwangjang Market are some good places to get started. And about the nightlife... Well, let's say that the soju is cheap and this city is often regarded as one of the cities with best nightlife in the world. The choice is simply mind boggling. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Seoul is a city in South Korea's region of Seoul National Capital Area. It has a population of 10,442,426, is situated at an altitude of 138ft and the best airport to fly into is ICN (Seoul (incheon), Seoul)
  • The currency used in South Korea is the South Korean won (KRW)

Seoul Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

36 41 50 64 73 81 84 86 79 68 54 39

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.8 1 1.9 2.6 4.2 5.2 15.6 14.3 6.7 2 2.1 0.9

More Seoul travel resources

You can start out with the official travel guide to Seoul, followed by (or perhaps preceeded by) the official Korean tourism organization. Wikitravel, LP, Rough Guides, CNN, Fodor's, T+L are good for all the basics. As is this NatGeo list. Seoulistic answers pressing questions like "how do I attract Korean girls". Other than these, here are some blogs.

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