The capital of South Korea is a vibrant, modern city that really lives up to the ‘24-hour party’ tag that other cities can only pay lip service to. A buzzing urban expanse that is striving to reshape its hardened concrete and steel edges with gorgeous city parks, cultural landmarks and tasteful design, Seoul is rebranding itself for the 21st century and leaving a big impression on its visitors. With Seoul's economy surging, there's never been a better time to grab a bottle of Makgeolli and take to the streets of Seoul.Read More
Seoul was the World Design Capital in 2010, an accolade that has encouraged creative and aesthetically pleasing solutions to the city’s development, expansion and use of space. You’ll find a host of exciting places to eat, drink, shop and relax, whether you’re in Hongdae’s chic bars and restaurants or the stylish boutiques of Apgujeong. Those shopping for arts, crafts, jewellery, antiques or souvenirs, should head to the wonderful markets and shops of Insa Dong.
Whilst Seoul is embracing all that is modern, it is also rich in history. In the city there are five major palace complexes, which were built under the Joseon Dynasty and provide fine examples of traditional architecture. Whilst all of the palaces are worthy of a visit, Changdeokgung Palace with it's beautiful Secret Garden and the ornate Gyeongbokgung Palace which has an hourly changing of the guard ceremony with soldiers dressed in Joseon-era uniforms are highly recommended.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Seoul
If you are planning a Seoul holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
April Hotel Seoul
Modern, immaculate and cosy, the April Hotel in Seoul is without doubt one of the city's hidden gems. Guest rooms have high ceilings and exposed brickwork giving them a very cool New York City loft apartment vibe. Although minimalist, rooms have everything you need for the perfect stay. Choose from four different types of room from Deluxe to the ever so palatial Gallery Room complete with private jacuzzi. Definitely the one to really treat yourself with. The hotel is located in the famous Gangnam district of Seoul.
IP Boutique Hotel Seoul
From the funky abstract statues outside to the swings in the lobby, the IP Boutique Hotel is definitely for those that like their surroundings a bit off the wall. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated in white with colourful, quirky drawings and artwork on the walls. The luxury en suite bathrooms are complete with showers and full size baths and are designed with misty glass all around. Meals are buffet style in the onsite restaurant. The hotel is in the Itaewon district within walking distance of many good restaurants and bars.
Seoul Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Seoul.