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A Mini Guide to Seoul
Tell me More About Seoul
Seoul is one of Asia’s biggest cities with over ten million inhabitants within the city boundaries. Seoul is a manic place and at all times of day you’ll see people milling around whilst cars zip back and forth along the city’s streets. Everywhere are the sounds of the city, car horns, gabbled conversations, and the rumble of the public transport system but it’s the sights and smells that grab the visitor. Neon lights glare out at you from almost every street and otherwise tasteful modern buildings are swathed in lurid fluorescent colours after dark. Street vendors sell steaming pots of unrecognisable fare which smell delicious for next to nothing. Then, despite the overall modernity of the city there are the underlying smells of humanity added to the mix.
How do I get to Seoul?
Seoul has two major airports, Seoul Incheon and Seoul Gimpo. Whilst both are classed as international airports, Gimpo deals mainly with internal flights and flights from China
. Most flights from America and Europe fly into Incheon Airport including Korean Airlines and Asiana Airlines who operate daily flights from London Heathrow
. Other European airports are also featured including Amsterdam
. Once at Incheon, onward travel is simple with the superfast underground taking travellers directly from the airport to the city or to Gimpo Airport for domestic flights. Car hire is available at both airports and cars can be booked online at Rhinocarhire.com.
What is There to See and Do in the City?
Being the seat of power in the region for over two millennia, Seoul is not short of royal palaces with five worthy of a visit. Gyeongbok-gung is the most important and opulent of the palaces. Destroyed twice in Japanese invasions, Gyeongbok-gung has been restored again on both occasions. Changgyeong-gung is the oldest palace dating from the early 12th century. Originally a summer palace it grew in importance and links to a beautiful shrine.
Elsewhere in the city, visit Bukchon, the old part of Seoul where the homes of minor royals and part of the royal entourage lived for over 500 years. The buildings are typical examples of traditional Korean architecture. Also you should make sure you climb N Seoul Tower which was once the highest building on the continent. The views are marvellous, of city, mountain, countryside and the nearby forest.
What is There to eat in the City?
Korean food is a revelation and available all over the city from a range of outlets. There’s the street vendors with their steaming carts of take away and the high end restaurants where the food is presented exquisitely. Wherever you go, you’ll be assailed by flavoursome piquant food which, whilst unusual, grows on you.