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Seoul Highlights
Introduction to Seoul Nighttime sightseeing in Seoul Tourist Information
Seoul’s main tourist attractions Festivals and regular performances in Seoul Transportation
Tourist attractions on the outskirts of Seoul Food in Seoul Links to cool things in Seoul
Seoul City Tour Bus Accommodations in Seoul Photo Gallery
[Introduction to Seoul]
Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600 years, since the time of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910). Seoul was referred to as “Han Yang” during the Joseon Dynasty, but after the liberation from Japan, in 1945, the newly founded Republic of Korea officially changed its capital city’s name to Seoul. Seoul has developed into a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political, economic, social, and cultural matters. The Han River runs through the heart of the city. The river divides the city in two; the northern part of the city is a focal point for culture and history, while the southern part is well known for its business district. Seoul has hosted many international events including: 1986 Asian Games, 1988 Olympic Games and 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup. The success of these events has shown people that Korea is truly an international city. In Seoul you can find ancient palaces and Royal Shrines of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as Seoul World Cup Stadium, 63 CITY building, Lotte World, Han River, Namsan, Bukhansan Mountain National Park, Daehangno, Insa-dong, Itaewon, Myeong-dong, Apgujeong, Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Markets. On the outskirts of Seoul you can find Seoul Land, Everland, Caribbean Bay, The Korean Folk Village, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, and Namhansan Mountain Fortress.
Land size: 605.27㎢
Population: 10,456,000 people (Statistics from 2008)
[Seoul’s Main Tourist Attractions]

Gyeongbokgung Palace Changdeokgung Palace Changgyeonggung Palace Deoksugung Palace

Jongmyo Shrine Cheongwadae
Home to the Presidency
Hangang Parks Daehangno Street

Insa-dong Shopping Street Namsan Park Namsangol Hanok Village Namdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market Myeongdong Shopping Area Apgujeong Rodeo Street Itaewon Tourist District

COEX Mall Lotte World 63 CITY Seoul World Cup Stadium

Bukhansan National Park Mt. Inwangsan N Seoul Tower Flea Markets

[Tourist Spots on the Outskirts of Seoul]
Korean Folk Village Everland Caribbean Bay Seoul Land
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Namhansan Mountain Fortress
[Seoul City Bus Tour]
City Tours are the most convenient and comfortable way to explore cities. The major sights and attractions of big cities are presented on a single tour. Now City Tours are available in Seoul, Incheon, Suwon, Deajeon, Jeonju, Gwangju, Daegu, and Ulsan.
Nestled around the Hangang River is the Korean capital Seoul, a city of old and new. With thousands years of history, it has well preserved royal palaces, historical relics, and cultural treasures, yet state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructures as well. The Seoul City Tour bus runs a course that covers major points of interest in Seoul.
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[Nighttime Sightseeing in Seoul]

Hongdae Club Day Pojang-machas
(Beer and Food Tents)
Seven Luck Casino Nightlife in Seoul

[Festivals and Regular Performances in Seoul]

Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony
Lotus Lantern Festival Hi Seoul Festival Jongmyo Daeje Royal Ancestral Rites

King Gojong and Queen Min’s Royal Wedding Ceremony Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Festival Traditional Korean Stage by Chongdong Theater Traditional Arts Performance at the Korea House

The National Folk Museum's Saturday Performances Nanta Non-verbal Performance B-Boy Performance Dance Musical 'Love Dance'

Korean Traditional Performing Arts's Saturday Regular Performance JUMP, Non–verbal Performance Based on Taekwondo
[Food in Seoul]
Seoul cuisine is renowned for its elegance and variety. Seoul, Gaeseong, and Jeonju are the three top cities in Korea known for their exquisite cuisine. Being the capital of the country for over 500 years since the early Joseon dynasty, the cooking style of the dynasty still remains on cusines of Seoul.

- Best Culinary Day Tour in Seoul
[Gourmet Restaurants in Seoul]
1. Myeongdong: A Favorite Street of Gourmet Restaurants
2. Insadong: The Street Where Flavor Meets Art
3. Sinchon: The Street of Food Festivals
4. Jongno: A Street of Traditional Restaurants
5. Apgujeong: Where to Enjoy Elegant Korean Table d’hôte
6. Gangnam: Hip New Restaurants for Young Clientele
7. Itaewon: Delightful Tastes from Around the World
8. Sindangdong: The Street of Spicy Tteokbokki
9. Samcheongdong: Gourmet Lover's Lane
10. Jangchungdong: Jokbal Street
11. Bukchang-dong: Offering a Taste of the Past
[Accommodations in Seoul]
There are many different types of accommodations in Korea from super deluxe hotels and traditional Korean hanok houses to homestays and camping grounds. Tourists can choose the type of accommodations based on their respective plans and budget. Korea offers accommodations with both western-style rooms and traditional Korean-style ondol rooms (with heated floors and futons). Generally, hotels offer western-style rooms, however some offer traditional Korean-style ondol rooms. However, certain motels and yeogwans may only offer ondol rooms, so it is a good idea to check beforehand. >> more info

[Affordable Accommodations in Seoul]
- Myeongdong District                     - Jongno District
- Jongno District: Bukchon Hanok Village
- Sinchon and Hongdae District        - Gangnam District
- Near Incheon Int'l Airport and Gimpo Airport
[Tourist Information]
The Tourist Information Center (TIC) provides you with up-to-date and accurate information on Korean tourism. Make it your first stop on your visit to Korea. Visitors can get helpful information on travel, accommodations, tourist attractions and much more at TIC in the Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO). TIC is located at the 1st underground floor of KNTO's main office in downtown Seoul.
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[Transportation]
A subway map is usually located above of the ticket window (see left). Most subway maps are written in Korean and English. The numbers next to the name of each station on the map (700/800) indicates the subway fare for the destination from the present station. Simply tell the worker behind the ticket window your destination, and they will issue you the appropriate ticket. The yellow box next to the ticket window contains free subway maps which you can freely take and keep. Some subway stations do not provide free subway maps. Subway fares are as below. >> more information

[Links to Cool Things in Seoul]

The Top 5 Seoul Tourist Sites The top 5 foods in Seoul The Top 5 Traditional Cultural Events in Seoul The Top 5 Most Sought After Items

Korean Traditional Weddings Korea’s 3 Largest Amusement Parks Seoul’s Vegetarian Restaurants Seoul’s Novelty Museums

Sightseeing around Gyungbokgung Palace Make Your Visit to the National Museum of Korea Even More Enjoyable The National Palace Museum of Korea Traditional Culture Hands-on Programs

Best Hiking Mountains in Seoul Windsurfing on the Hangang River Open Cafés in Korea Wine Bars in Downtown Seoul

Enjoy a Tour of Mt. Namsan for Free Art Museums in Seoul SEOUL CITY PASS

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Date 10/14/2009



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