Seoul is bustling city which easily lives up to expectations. Enthralling culture, great food, a fascinating history, frenetic shopping and, its trump card...supurb nightlife.
Eleven million people live in this dynamic hotchpotch of a city; majestic palaces and K-Pop, narrow cobbled streets with traditional hanok homes below futuristic skyscrapers. The constant contrast between old and new is utterly fascinating and, for anyone heading to Korea on a ski holiday we beg you to allocate some time to Seoul, even if it’s only for a couple of nights.
Unless you have strong feelings otherwise, we’ll place you in a hotel in either Insadong or Myeong-dong, central and somewhat hap-hazard neighbourhoods made up of restaurants and bars, Korean teahouses, souvenirs shops and funky art galleries. From here, it’s easy to reach Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon – a village of alleys, cafés, small shops and nearly a thousand hanoks (traditional courtyard houses). Gangnam is south of the river, a mainly commercial area with a dazzling array of shops selling everything from expensive designer gear to unique vintage clothes. The young, beautiful and fashionable gather here in force, all exuding a certain … style.