About Seoul

Seoul is a city of skyscrapers, high-tech subways, Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets. It's one of the rare cities in the world where pop culture mingles with Buddhism. There are many attractions in this busy capital of South Korea. The futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple, the site of ancient locust and pine trees are among its top attractions. Moreover, Seoul is a city with extraordinary dining places with a variety of mouthwatering dishes. It is a safe destination for tourists of all genders. The city offers many other cultural and artistic attractions, such as the Museum of Art, which features traditional porcelain, textile, and jewelry exhibits. Besides, cultural events are held throughout the year. It's a city full of life and entertainment.

Public Transport System

Seoul has one of the best transportation systems in the world. There are three most popular modes of transportation: subway, buses, and taxis.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High; Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Subway    

Adults: 1,350 won
Teenagers: 720 won
Children: 450 won

Blue Bus (mainline bus), Green Bus (branch bus)    

Adults: 1,300 won

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.21
Cup of Coffee USD 4.04
Milk Carton Pack USD 2.12
Rice/Kg USD 3.86
White Bread USD 3.01
Eggs (12) USD 3.10
Combo Meal USD 5.41
Fine Dining USD 40.87
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.46
Domestic Beer USD 3.41
Imported Beer USD 4.26
Bottle of Wine USD 17.03
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 3.83
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.68
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 1.06
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 687.02

Do’s

  • Use public transportation in Seoul. Its public transport system is one of the best in the world. 
  • Try Korean food: Korean food includes good galbi, some spicy kimchi, or the icy sweetness of patbingsu. Live octopus and blood sausages are some other Seoul specialties.
  • Embrace the local culture and learn Korean etiquette. 
  • Check out Korean Bath Houses (Jjimjilbang).
  • Arrive slightly early to events in Seoul to avoid crowds.
  • Enjoy the South Korean festival culture: Seoul hosts the World DJ Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, and Lantern Festival.
  • Enjoy soju, a local drink.
  • Explore Seoul’s most dynamic nightlife.


Don’ts

  • Don’t ignore the museums and cultural sites in Seoul. 
  • Don’t mumble in cabs/taxis. Speak very slowly and clearly. Cab drivers don’t like people who speak loudly. 
  • Don’t fall prey to fake agencies.
  • Don’t leave the table until you are done with the meal. If you need to go to the bathroom, try to go before sitting at the dining table; it is rude to leave the table while eating.

Night Life

Nightlife in Seoul is completely different from other Western cities. In Seoul, heavy drinking sessions are held every night. Koreans prefer to party in cha, or rounds, eating and carousing at multiple locations until the early hours of the morning. As such, most bars, clubs, and restaurants are booked for parties. For a visitor, it's better to book a table in advance. There are a number of bars in Seoul. Koreans favor the "self-bar," where you can grab your own beer from one of the many refrigerators and pay when you leave. So expect impressive drinking techniques, outrageous drinking games, and even a few Seoul Trains.

Must See

  • Trick Eye Museum
  • Nami Island
  • DDP White Rose Garden
  • A walk along the South Korea Demilitarized Zone 
  • Itaewon
  • Seoraksan National Park 
  • Attend the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony 

Experiences

  • Take photos at the common ground 
  • Have fun at Lotte World
  • If you love Korean snacks, then go to Lotte Mart
  • Explore Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Buy cosmetics at Myeongdong
  • Be a part of the guard-changing ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Ride the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster at Everland
  • Trek to Mount Namsan
  • Enjoy a hilarious non-verbal performance at Nanta Theater
  • Go shopping in Seoul's massive underground shopping paradise

Activities

Shopping

Seoul Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Distance From City Center
5.8 Kms
Dongmyo Outdoor Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
240-1 Sungin 2(i)-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Distance From City Center
650m
Hongdae Free Market
Handicrafts and Souviners
19-3 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Distance From City Center
9.3 Kms
Gwangjang Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Distance From City Center
2.3 Kms
Itaewon Antique Furniture Street
Antique Markets
Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Distance From City Center
5.5 Kms
  • Korean Beauty Face Masks
  • Traditional Korean Tea
  • Korean Cosmetics
  • Gim - Packed and Roasted Seaweed
  • Cute Socks
  • Korean Ginseng
  • Original Artwork by Korean Young Artists
  • Cute Phone Cases
  • TEOKBOKKI Snack

Official Language

Korean

Other Language

Gyeongsang, English, Cantonese... Read more

Spoken Language

Korean is widely spoken here a... Read more

Currency

South Korean Won (KRW)

Population

10.29 (Millions)

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Weather

Scattered Clouds 17.7°C

TimeZone

01:56 AM (GMT +09:00)

 

Ambulance

119

 

Police

112

 

Electric socket

Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type E
Type E ( 230 V 50 Hz)
Type F
Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Incheon International Airport - ICN

Airport Name / IATA Code

GMP - Gimpo International Airport

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June: The city erupts with budding trees and blooming cherry and other flowers.

Moderate time to visit

October, November, December, January, February: It's cold but sunny in winter. Warm and moist air sweeps Seoul during these months.

Worst time to visit

July, August, September: This is the worst season of the year as there are oppressive humidity and long torrential downpours.

Taxi

Start Tariff: KRW 3000.00

1 Km. Tariff: KRW 803.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: KRW 10310.00

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Monthly Average Temperature & Rainfall

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