Christmas in Seoul
Arts & Culture
Food & Wine
Seoul is a fantastic destination where modern technology meets historical tradition at every turn. There is never a boring moment when you travel to Seoul, no matter what time of year you go. Whether you plan out each moment of your trip in Seoul or just go and enjoy, you will easily find things to experience and enjoy.
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Where to stay in Seoul
Staz Hotel Myeongdong 2
Where modern comforts meet the vibrant heart of Seoul, creating an unforgettable stay in the city.
ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
Trendy hotel in Seoul with colorful rooms, two restaurants and a rooftop bar.
Grand Hotel Riviera
Where timeless coastal charm and luxury create an enchanting retreat.
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Things to do in Seoul
Myeongdong is known as the Korean beauty capital of the world. No matter where you turn, there is somewhere you can purchase Korean beauty products, from makeup to skin care.
Seoul Lantern Festival
The Seoul Lantern Festival is held at Cheonggyecheon Stream every year. This beautiful festival highlights life-size lanterns depicting past and present events. While here, you can visit Seoul City Hall, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Square.
Have you ever watched a historical K-drama and wish you could wear the beautiful hanboks on display? This is your chance. Hanbok rentals are available throughout Seoul, which include the hanbok, shoes, accessories and hair decorations. Even better, if you are wearing a hanbok, you can get into all the palaces for free.
You can find an abundance of animal cafes throughout Seoul, including cat cafes, meerkat cafes and dog cafes. Some cafes only require you to purchase one drink to spend time with the animals. Others do require an admission fee. Make sure to bring a camera or take pictures with your phone of all these adorable animals.
Night Life: Seoul has a bustling nightlife to check out at any given time. From karaoke bars to cinema and night markets. You will never be lacking for things to do.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Places to eat & drink in Seoul
Boseung Hoegwan Myeongdong Branch
Check out this traditional Korean restaurant with some of the best soups and side dishes.
A restaurant that specializes in porridge dishes and fresh-squeezed fruit juices.
Kkanbu Chicken Myeongdong Branch
A perfect place to try out Korean fried chicken.
A cute cafe with delicious drinks and desserts. You can purchase a bottle of wine in their accompanying store to have as you relax.
Street Food Markets
Check out any of the street food stalls available at night to experience a wonderful staple of Korean culture, from Korean hot dogs to Ttekbeokki, hotteok and more.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Anderson Orlandi’s guide, The Perfect 5 Days in Seoul.
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