Seoul is a city of contrasts in which the ancient and the modern harmoniously coexist. In one sense, it’s a hi-tech 21st-century city awash with neon lights and the sights and sounds of a 24 hour metropolis, while at the same time, a city retaining the majesty and graceful ambience of the ancient dynasties that once ruled. Like the river Han on which it sits, Seoul is constantly moving as it strides boldly into the future, yet simultaneously managing to keep one foot firmly entrenched in its historical past.

Facts

Population

10,420,000

Currency

South Korean Won (KRW)

Opening hours

Generally opening hours from around 9am to 8pm. Several night markets are open throughout the night. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Newspapers

The Seoul Times The Korea Times

Tourist information

Gwanghwamun Tourist Information Center 215 Sejongno 1-ga, Jongno-gu (in front of Donghwa Duty Free) Opening hours: 9am - 10pm Languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai +82 2 735 8688 Korea Tourism Organization 40 Cheongyecheonno, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-180 Opening hours: 9am-8pm everyday +82 2 1330 (24 hours)

Travel to Seoul

Fly to Seoul with Etihad Airways and you can soak up some of the finest culture on the planet. The capital of South Korea is also the largest city in the country. People who fly to Seoul can trek up the surrounding mountains, like Mt. Bukhan. Folks also have plenty of fun at the world's longest bridge fountain, Moonlight Rainbow Fountain. Lotte World Tower stands as one of the world’s tallest buildings at 556 meters, or 1,824 feet. Tourists enjoy the observation deck on the 123rd floor. To top it all off, more than 100 different museums are located in Seoul.

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Seoul

  • Built in 1405, Gyeongbokgung Palace contains 7,700 rooms, with the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum located just outside of the impressive structure.
  • The beautiful Changdeokgung Palace has had a great influence on the development of Korean architecture, garden and landscaping for centuries.
  • Seoul’s primary & most famous shopping district, Myeongdong, features everything from internationally-recognized name brands to fine dining from around the world.
  • N Seoul Tower located offers visitors fantastic panoramic views of the entire city, as well as numerous performances, films, exhibitions and upscale restaurants.
  • Jongmyo Shrine is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Honoring kings and their queens for centuries, its wonderful ceremonies link music with song and dance.

Plan Your Holiday to Seoul

The climate in Seoul is rather humid. If a person flies to Seoul, he or she can expect a continental climate from November to April. The rest of the year is warm, not unlike the subtropics. The summers are hot, so a visitor can expect to sweat. Temperature can get up to 29.6 °C, or 85 °F, during the hottest month of the year, August. Expect a little snow during the cold winters when the temperature drops down to -5 °C, or 21 °F. Regardless of the time of year, make sure to book your flights to Seoul well in advance.

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