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With forested mountains, ancient temples, traditional villages and large modern cities, South Korea fascinates visitors with its diversity. Shop in designer boutiques, travel through underground caves, drink tea with the locals and embark on mountain hikes.
Seoul straddles the Han River and is surrounded by mountains. The country’s business, cultural and economic hub has been South Korea’s capital for more than 600 years. Well-preserved ancient palaces, temples, shrines and monuments stand alongside modern skyscrapers, mega shopping malls and entertainment complexes.
Explore the many historic sights of this modern city. Tour the 14th-century palaces of Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace. The Great South Gate is one of the main gates of the old city. Shop for handcrafted souvenirs and antiques on the streets of Insadong. Enjoy a steaming mug of omija cha in one of the neighborhood’s traditional tearooms. Browse upmarket boutiques in Gangnam, the district made famous by the global hit song, Gangnam Style. Dine in European-style cafés and restaurants serving Asian cuisine in the Samcheong-dong district.
Seorak-san National Park is a vast protected area of mountains, forests, beaches and temples, a 3-hour drive from Seoul. Hike on trails that take from under an hour to three days to complete. Look for the park’s wildlife, such as the long-tailed goral and musk deer. Relax in the therapeutic waters of Osaek Hot Springs.
Visit Busan, the country’s second-largest city, to sunbathe on its beaches. Go on a guided tour of the Demilitarized Zone, the fortified border between North and South Korea. Venture through lava tubes in the volcanic Jeju Island’s caves formed by flowing lava.
Although South Korea has airports in several cities, most international flights arrive at Seoul’s Incheon Airport. To get between cities, use the efficient and extensive bus and train networks. Some major cities have metro and light rail systems. Alternatively, rent a car.
With great natural diversity, modern cities and a rich culture and history, South Korea offers the traveler numerous choices.
This Gangneung hotel is located by the ocean, offering direct access to the beach and only a short distance away from Gangmun Beach, Gyeongpo Beach and Gyeongpodae. Also nearby are Gangneung Olympic Park and Anmok Beach.
Located in the heart of Seoul, this family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of Lotte Department Store and Myeongdong Nanta Theatre. Also nearby are Shinsegae and Namdaemun Market.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Mapo), close to Trickeye Museum, Seoul World Cup Stadium and Hongik University. Also nearby are Seogang University and Yeonsei University.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Jongmyo Shrine, Dongdaemun Market and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Jogyesa Temple and Changgyeonggung Palace.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Gangnam), where area attractions include COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, National Museum of Korea and Namsan Park. Area attractions also include N Seoul Tower and Dongdaemun Market.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Myeongdong), close to Shinsegae, Sungnyemun Gate and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Dongdaemun Market and Deoksugung Palace.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Myeongdong), close to Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market and Gwanghwamun. Nearby attractions also include Gyeongbok Palace.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Jung-gu), close to Korea House, Dongdaemun Market and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Changgyeonggung Palace and N Seoul Tower.