Seoul: Why it Should be on Your Bucket List

Although most people don’t automatically think of Seoul as a vacation spot, the South-Korean capital is a surprising and exciting destination.

The city is vast, being home to over 11.5 million people – 25 million if you count the suburbs – and it’s a fabulous choice for shopaholics, tech fans, party lovers, and history buffs. Seoul is a food lover’s paradise, and you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants and Korean BBQ joints alongside street vendors serving up treats like Tteokbokki (top) and tteokkochi (bottom) rice cakes smothered in spicy sauce. In short: Seoul should certainly feature on your travel to-do list.

Seoul – Southeast Asia’s rising star

Seoul is popular with Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian tourists thanks, in part, to Korean pop culture. However, over the past few years, the city has caused a huge surge of interest among western visitors who are choosing the city over rivals like Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Its excellent transportation system makes getting around easy, so you’ll have no trouble making your way from touristy hotspots like Gangnam and Jongno to the bustling, vibrant Myeong-dong and Dongdaemun local markets.

What to do: something for everyone in Seoul

Visitors will love exploring the city’s unique and exciting districts. Jongno is the historic heart of Seoul; wander through the pretty Bukchon neighborhood with its ancient houses or visit the Changdeokgung Palace, the capital’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Five Grand Joseon Palaces. Discover “Gangnam Style” as you party till dawn in the friendly nightclubs and bars of this district, or shop in the upscale stores of Myeongdong in the Jung quarter. Head to the Yangjae Citizen’s Forest for a change of pace, or take the kids to Namsan Park, an urban ecology-island and symbol of Seoul.