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About Seoul

From skyscrapers to Buddhist temples, Seoul has it all. Take a tour around this historic city and discover all about South Korea’s intricate past.

Whether you’re here for the architecture, the history, or an unusual vacation, you’ll find plenty to do and see. Make it a trip of a lifetime by booking your vacation rental with FlipKey today!

About Seoul

The history of Seoul spans back centuries – it was founded way back in 1394, and has been the capital of South Korea ever since.

The Han River runs through the city and divides it into two sections—the north side is the Old City with historic homes, ruins and temples, and the south side is the New City which has been rapidly developed to become a hi-tech business district. Both are worth seeing during your stay.

Make sure to try the local cuisine – it’s delicious, if a bit unusual. Most dishes are centered around a blend of rice, meat and vegetables. Kimchi, the national dish, is made from a mixture of fermented vegetables and served with most meals.

Practice using chopsticks before you visit, then you can eat like a true Korean!

Night owls will love Seoul. There are plenty of places to party, or you can head to the Dongdaemun district and shop all night – it’s fantastic!

What to do in Seoul

You literally can’t miss the Lotte World Tower. It the tallest in Seoul and the 5th tallest in the world. Take the elevator up and eat in one of the restaurants – you’ll have a great view of the city. The kids will also like the Lotte adventure and water park nearby.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Seoul. While it isn’t the original – that was destroyed in the 16th century – it’s pretty close! This one was built just over 200 years ago and attracts visitors from around the globe.

After exploring the palace and gardens, visit neighboring Bukchon Hanok village. See if you can identify what’s interesting about the roofs of the houses!

As you wander round, try some of the street food or eat in a traditional restaurant.

Visit the Jogyesa Temple in the business area of the city. It's a complete contrast to the surrounding high-rises and looks incredible. Ancient trees stand tall in the gardens making it a wonderful place to stroll around and find your inner peace.

Top travel tips for Seoul

The first thing to do is to try your mobile phone. If yours doesn't work because of the network, rent one when you land at Incheon Airport.

Transportation is great in Seoul so no need for a car! Subways run from 5:30 a.m. until midnight and all signs are in Korean, Chinese and English – it couldn’t be simpler.

If you want to catch a taxi, try to grab an orange one – they’re usually cheaper.

Come to Seoul and have a fantastic trip! The unique mix of old ancient temples and modern skyscrapers makes for a great vacation that you’ll never forget.

This vibrant city has so many attractions you’ll never be bored there! Book your perfect FlipKey vacation rental today and start planning what you’ll see first.