Hanok guesthouses

Stay a night in a hanok – a wooden building kept warm in the winter by underfloor fires – an authentically Korean experience.

Confucian palaces

Five beautiful palaces remain from Seoul’s time as capital of the Joseon dynasty, each with its own merits.

Insadonggil

There’s enough to fill a day on Seoul’s most popular street – tearooms, galleries and traditional restaurants crammed into a network of alleys.

Bukchon Hanok Village

Despite its central location, this area remains markedly traditional and filled with wooden hanok housing.

Dongdaemun

Head to this huge market, which never sleeps and is at its most atmospheric around midnight, for an assault on the senses.

Namsan at sunset

Make sure you’re at the top of Seoul’s mini-mountain for sunset and the spectacular city’s transition from grey to neon.

Nightlife

Seoul’s nightlife gets better and better, and is best soaked up in the throbbing university area of Hongdae.

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