Seoul: Everything you need to know to plan a trip to the South Korean capital

Seoul is South Korea’s beating heart. It is known for its traditional palaces and technology. Seoul, home to 9.7 million people, is a modern metropolis with a strong sense of tradition.

It’s packed with historical restaurants and towering skyscrapers. This city is busy and likes to stay up late into the night. You can escape the crowds at Inwangsan, the city’s highest point and most popular viewing point.

Seoul’s subtropical climate makes it a pleasant place to visit in spring, summer, and autumn. Winter temperatures can dip to freezing. You can cool off in many leafy parks during warmer months, such as Naksan Park which is one of the best places for cherry blossoms in spring.

There is so much to do and see, this guide will help you plan your next trip.

Seoul’s travel guidelines

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Travellers coming from Europe or the UK must apply for a South Korea Electronic Travel Authorisation. This allows tourists to travel to South Korea without a visa. It is a simple online application that must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to travel. The ETA can be found here.about_blank

Here you can check if your country qualifies for the EETA scheme. Tourists coming from unauthorised countries might need to apply for visa.

What restrictions are there in Seoul?

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Seoul currently has level four social distancing, which means that masks are required in public places and public transport. A mask-wearing offense can lead to a fine up to 100,000 Korean Won (EUR73).

Under level four restrictions, restaurants are permitted to remain open until 10pm. Nightclubs and bars must close at night. Gatherings up to six people can be held before 6pm, provided that at least two of them are fully vaccinated. After 6pm, at least four must be fully vaccinated.

South Korea hopes to be free from restrictions by February 2022.

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Korean culture’s beating heart is food

Seoul is no exception. Food is the best way to learn about a culture. Although bibimbap and kimchi are the most popular dishes in Korea, there are many other traditional and modern dishes you can try.

Seokparang is the place to go if you want to eat as Korean royalty.

Seokparang is the place to go if you want to eat as Korean royalty. The restaurant sits on Buam-dong in the northern part of the city. It is surrounded by a beautiful walled garden that hosts regular weddings. Seokparang’s menu features traditional dishes that were prepared for the royal court.

The recipes were passed down from palace kitchens to historic aristocratic families. You can find these dishes: eomandu (fish dumplings), singitang (pine mushrooms stew) and jeonyuhwa (“seasonal flower pancakes”).

Onjium opened its doors in 2018 and offers traditional cuisine with a modern twist. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2019 as well as another in 2020. It overlooks Gyeongbokgung palace.

The institute is a place that houses housing and clothing studios. It was created to help people explore traditional Korean culture. Each studio studies traditional styles such as royal cuisine and hanok architecture. Then, they expand on these traditions with modern ingredients and techniques.

South Korea is known for its strong drinking culture. There are many bars in Seoul once the restrictions have eased. In recent years there has been a huge revival in speakeasy culture, with many bars modeled after the US popping up all over.

Le Chamber is one of the best examples. To gain entry, visitors must pull the right book off a shelf. There are over 200 whiskies available, as well as traditional fermented spirits and sophisticated cocktails. It is worth saving up as the prices for each cocktail are only $25 (EUR21).

Take a river cruise through the city

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A boat is a great way to get away from the crowds of Seoul. The Han River divides Seoul into two parts. It is the modern financial center of the south and the historical north.

River cruises are offered by many companies, both day and night. Moonlight cruises are particularly popular. Golden Blue Marina offers a luxury experience. They rent out yachts to up to eight people and provide a three-hour guided tour. You can then relax, enjoy the view, and sip champagne.

The tours take you to see some of Seoul’s most beautiful architecture.

Enjoy the Inwangsan mountain view

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Inwangsan mountain is another place you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital. This mountain, which rises 338m above the capital, offers a view of the city below. Visitors can walk along the trail, passing through trees and beside rivers. It offers spectacular views of the city and is easy to climb. The ascent and descent take only two hours.

It might take longer, but it is worth it if you wish to enjoy the cityscape views.

You can see Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Han River from the top. The Lotte World Tower is Korea’s tallest structure.

You can see Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Han River from the top. The Lotte World Tower is Korea’s tallest structure. You’ll be able see intricate granite rock formations as you hike along the trail. Night hiking is allowed and the Seoul City Wall trail has an illuminated sign to help hikers navigate safely.

What about K-Pop, you ask?

K-Pop is a popular genre of pop music that you have probably heard of. K-Pop has seen a boom in popularity over the last few years. It also enjoys a growing fanbase across Europe, thanks to its loyal and vocal stans (fans).

K-pop fans are encouraged to visit K Star Road to view a selection of Gangnam dolls that celebrate different K-Pop icons, from Psy to Girls Generation.

BTS fans can take a tour of the city, which includes the BigHit Entertainment building and Hakdong Park. This is where they used to hang out when they were younger.

Shopping and self-care in Seoul

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There are many places to relax and pamper yourself in Seoul. Seoul is known for its organic skincare products that are inspired by South Korea’s traditional Apothecaries.

Eath library is a great place to find new potions and lotions. The boutique uses carefully selected botanicals and draws from the rich history of Korean medicine that dates back to 3,000 BC. This is combined with the most recent skincare technology.

If yoga is your favorite way to relax after a long day of sightseeing, why not take a break at the top Korea’s tallest skyscraper (and fifth highest building in the world).

Seoul Sky, located on the 118th Floor of the Lotte World Tower is an observatory that offers 360-degree views of Seoul below. It also features a glass floor to accommodate those who are not afraid of heights.

If you feel brave enough, you can book tickets for the Sky Bridge to take a breathtaking walk outside the city at 541 metres.

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