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Seoul Introduction


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Much of Seoul bears the distinct stamp of the 21st century: Multilane highways carry a constant stream of traffic among steel-and-glass skyscrapers. But look closer and you'll find ancient temples miraculously spared destruction in the Korean War, as well as painstakingly restored historic palaces whose designs date back centuries. Great effort has gone into preserving Korean history and culture despite a headlong rush into the future. Mere steps away from the bustle of commerce, you can find the serenity of a traditional garden or an open marketplace overflowing with ginseng, jade and dried squid.   Click here to see the full Seoul travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seoul Geography


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Seoul is surrounded by mountains, which offered the city natural protection from invading armies. Namsan (South Mountain) is an easily recognizable landmark in the city's center. (As its name implies, it used to be south of the city, but Seoul has grown around it.) The east-west flowing Han River bisects the city. Though no longer much of an island, Yeouido (do means "island"), on the Han's southeastern bank, is home to major broadcasting companies and securities firms and is being established as the financial heart of Seoul, with hotels, parks and shops creating a mini-Manhattan and an ever-growing skyline. Existing attractions include the 63 Building—one of Korea's tallest—with its observatory, aquarium and restaurants.  Click here to see the full Seoul travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seoul History


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Human settlements have existed in the area of modern-day Seoul for about 6,000 years. However, the city of Seoul really came into prominence in 1392, when King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty (sometimes referred to as the Yi Dynasty), decided to move the capital in an effort to build political stability. For his new capital city, he chose the area known as Hanyang because of its strategic location on the Han River, surrounded by mountains. He renamed the area Seoul, after the old Korean word for capital city, "seorabeol" or "seobeol."  Click here to see the full Seoul travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seoul Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Hidden among the skyscrapers of modern Seoul are many landmarks of the city's past. The royal heritage is especially visible in the older part of the city, where Gyeongbok Palace and Deoksu Palace can be found in parklike settings with halls and pavilions among the gardens. Biwon (the "Secret Garden"), located within the grounds of Changdeok Palace, is worth visiting in its own right. You also should take time to visit Bongeun Temple, home to one of the largest Buddha statues in South Korea. Museums, palaces and other government buildings tend to close on Monday (or sometimes Tuesday), so plan accordingly. Seoul also is home to sports shrines: Olympic Park, the venue for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, as well as the Seoul World Cup Park and Stadium.   Click here to see the full Seoul travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seoul Nightlife


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Seoul has a few built-in hindrances to late-night festivities: Some establishments close at or before midnight, most subways and buses only run until 12:30 am, and taxis impose a 20% surcharge midnight-4 am. Some Korean-style bars and nightclubs normally don't charge a cover, but they do require guests to buy a minimum amount of drinks and high-priced side dishes (called anju). If costs are divided among a large group, it's not too bad; if you're alone, it can be expensive. However, these hindrances do not stop people, especially younger Koreans and the expatriate crowd, from enjoying the nightlife.   Click here to see the full Seoul travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seoul Restaurants & Dining


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Korean food is all about bold flavors and balance. Seeing all those little side dishes (banchan) can be daunting at first. But a little experimentation will bring many pleasant surprises. Meat eaters should try galbi (beef short ribs) and bulgogi (marinated sliced beef)—these dishes are usually cooked at your table. Though Koreans eat a wide variety of vegetable dishes, strict vegetarians will have a tough time, as meat and fish are hidden in many meals, including the broths for vegetable soups and salted seafood in many kinds of kimchi. Opt for temple-style food since the monks eat vegetarian for purity of mind, body and spirit.   Click here to see the full Seoul travel guide on Travel42 »

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