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Travel in Seoul; Amazing Places in South Korea

Updated on September 14, 2013

Whether you like to travel for leisure, or simply take a number of business trips, Seoul South Korea is one of the stops along the way that you should take the time to look at properly. It is filled with amazing displays in terms of city landscape and also natural scenery, Seoul is slowly becoming one of the more popular tourist attractions that South Korea has to offer. That's not even considering medical tourism, for which Seoul is one of the leading cities, providing affordable and extremely advanced cosmetic surgery.

Seoul is a bustling city, where skyscrapers dwarf over the nearby towns and yet it still manages to feel clean and spacious. The streets are full of cars, shoppers and tourist, but here you will not feel crowded (unless you are in a party zone or on the underground) as the city has been extremely well thought out. In nearby alleyways, you will find tiny shops and incredible restaurants that sell everything from dried squid to cell phones. The side streets are the best places to explore, as they often throw up the best surprises. What is more, unlike most cities, Seoul is amazingly safe to travel!

If you are looking for things to do while in Seoul South Korea, you might want to visit the Gyeongbok Palace which happens to be South Korea’s most famous palace. As it is located on the Southern end of Seoul’s main boulevard, Sejongro, you could conveniently fly in at any of the numerous South Korea Airports for a quick visit. However, it really is a large place and worth taking a good look at, so you would best give yourself at least an hour or more to explore the grounds and the palace itself. The grounds are truly stunning, especially the area dedicated to the king's mother. You can also pickup guided tours from the nearby subway, as local students that are studying history will be keen to share what they know and to practice their English ... which is actually extremely good. However, even without a guide, it is not a problem to find your way, as this palace has English guides and information. There is also a beautiful coffee shop where you can take a break and recharge, while taking in the views and watching the people go by. When you come out of the Palace entrance, if you turn right, you can head up the street to the main 'art zone'. This area is great, full of Korean paintings, arts and crafts, with galleries, shops and some INCREDIBLE KOREAN RESTAURANTS. The food in this area is some of the best I have tried.

However, it can be quite difficult to carry out your shopping in foreign currency and as such, it is advisable to change any money that you have into South Korean Currency either when you arrive at the airport, or at a nearby bank. There are plenty of exchange bureaus at the South Korea airport - Incheon and all the staff are fluent in English, so getting your cash arranged won't be a challenge.

Major brand name department stores are the places you would want to visit if you want to see the locals drop quite a lot of cash, as it is definitely a 'high image' society here that loves good food and high quality products. For instance 'Shinsegae', a well known department store in the city, has plenty of merchandise for sale, along with many dining options and at the time I was there, even entertainment for the kiddies. In the basement of the department store, you will find local women bustling about purchasing fresh seafood as well as prepared dishes, not to mention that there are huge amounts spent on fashion in this area. South Korea is a place where quality is very high, but thankfully prices are affordable.

While here, there are plenty of native dishes that you should taste. One such dish is the world famous Kimchi. A favored side-dish among Koreans, Kimchi refers to a spicy cabbage dish which is often fermented in large earthen jars that are normally sunk into the ground. Most meals will come with a set of up to 10 side dishes (incredible eh!). Another meal that I personally love is called Cheese Duck Galby ... this is like a spicy chicken curry that is cooked in front of you and has cheese mixed into it, just the thought makes my mouth water.

You could also take your time and relax on the rooftop of the department stores or hotels in the summer, as you can get amazing views while enjoying the weather South Korea has to offer. Be warned though, it can be hot in the summer months. Relaxing on the rooftop of the department store or hotel will normally be amongst a beautiful rooftop garden, and it is a welcome rest from the city’s hubbub on a busy day touring. Combine this with a cold drink and a tasty meal and you have a nice peaceful break for a few hours.

I will look at some other possible nearby destinations in a future hub ....

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Really love reading your hubs about South Korea and other foreign places because you have been there and can give first hand descriptions and advice about visiting these places. Almost like having a friend as a guide. South Korea sounds like an interesting place that's a little bit different than the usual and I often like things that are a bit different. Thank you for sharing your travel experiences.

      Voting you UP, interesting, useful, and sharing with my followers.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Interesting! I wish I could visit to South Korea someday.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I wish I could travel there someday. I would love to see the palace! Voted up, interesting and sharing! Have a great day! :)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I love Korean food, especially Kimchi...I hope to travel to S.Korea in the near future. I might try to lose 10lbs first just so I could eat all their food!

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Really tempting hub! I need to travel. Thanks for sharing.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Lot of useful information about Seoul packed in one hub.

      Very useful for anyone who wishes to visit Seoul

      Voted up as useful

      Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and awesome. Wow, what a beautiful monument that is. You really did a great job writing this article and helping us learn about beautiful Seoul. Great stuff.

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      extended-stay 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Thanks much for an info-filled hub! You really did a great job, you convinced me to be in Seoul. :) And I would really go there if I have time.

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      wmhseo 5 years ago from Canada

      Seoul South Korean is one of the places in Asia that I will to visit.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      You packed a lot of information into this hub including the fact of Seoul being a mecca for less expensive cosmetic surgery. I was unaware of that. The shopping, the food, the sites...all sound interesting. One of our favorite food channel shows right now showcases a lot of South Korean foods. Am familiar with and I like kimchi but have never tried the Cheese Duck Galby. Sounds good! Voted up and interesting and others should like reading this.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'll be honest, I've never really had much interest in visiting the Far East (long story). But Seoul sounds like the kind of place I usually go for. I just may add this to my list of 'must see' places.

      Thanks for SHARING.

      Voted Up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds like an interesting place. Nice to read about it from someone who's been there and get a feel for the place as opposed to what comes across in the news.

      Thank you for SHARING!

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Brett. Nice tour to Seoul, but I was expecting some lovely pictures of skyscrapers and the city images. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      macquelinedc 5 years ago from Philippines

      South Korea is a magnificent place. Lots of good food and places to visit. Why not try visiting the Philippines too? A lot of Korean celebrities spends their summer here. Our beaches are the best in the world. Boracay @ Puerto Galera always tops different surveys.I'm sure you heard about it. Plus everything is cheaper. You will feel like your a millionaire when your here. All of us Filipinos are friendly. Hello alocsin! How was your vday dear?

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      Thanks for the information Brett. Clean, beautiful, and safe. Sounds like a great place for a vacation. My personal preferences are quiet beaches and forests. There are times when a city is preferable which is when great food, shopping, and ambiance are called for.

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good points to remember if I ever visit Seoul. Voting this Up and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Flickr 5 years ago

      i wonder if it's safe to go. nice hub, thanks for sharing.

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