Seoul, South Korea
What to say about Seoul (서울)? There’s way too much!
Korea’s bustling capital, and an altogether different city to any other you’ll find in the country. History,
technology, shopping, world cuisine – Seoul really does have it all. And with over 10 million people living there,
as well as another 15 million in the surrounding areas, Seoul is sure to leave your head spinning as you experience
its wonderfully fast paced and dynamic atmosphere.
A rapidly developing city, Seoul is constantly changing, updating itself and providing the traveler with more and
more delights to feast upon! You will find many great parks here – something that is rare throughout the rest of Korea,
as well as many newly developed areas with design concepts that are reminiscent of many western cities. The transport
system, although busy, is easy to navigate, efficient, and ‘foreigner friendly’.
Seoul is also the place to go if you’re living in Korea and are craving things that you ‘can’t get in South Korea’:
Western chain restaurants, Thai, Indian and Mexican food (to name but a few), large sized clothes, English speaking
doctors and dentists, good haircuts (and waxes!), health food shops with western products, western style bars and
nightclubs, etc, etc, etc.
You’ll find some of the most beautiful, cute and kooky cafes, shops and restaurants that you’ll ever experience in
Seoul – and English levels among natives are much higher here than in other areas of Korea, so you’re certain to make
some new friends during your travels!
Despite it’s modern, edgy and fashion-conscious image, Seoul is also no stranger to history, and you can spend an
age exploring its many palaces, markets, gardens and gates. Or why not venture just outside of the city and partake
in some gorgeous hiking (the city being surrounded by mountains)?
One thing about Seoul – there’s more to South Korea than its capital city!! And any traveler who neglects to discover
the lives and lands lying outside of this buzzing metropolis is really missing out on a fantastic and often highly
That being said, enjoy Seoul and explore it thoroughly – it has a lot to offer you.
Seoul consists of 25 ‘gu’, (구) or ‘districts’. In order to help you understand and navigate the city more easily,
we have organised these districts into 5 geographic groups; Central Seoul,
North West Seoul, North East Seoul,
South West Seoul and South East Seoul.
For more information, check out Seoul’s Wikipedia page