Seoul, South Korea
ZipTipz Seoul Travel Guide

Capital of the "Land of the Morning Calm," Seoul is an historic city of contrasts: Ancient palaces juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers; traditional markets competing with department stores; and fast-food aromas mingling with spicy Korean cuisine.

District Guide

At first glance, Seoul appears to be a sprawling concrete mass of high-rise apartment buildings and modern buildings interspersed with historical treasures. But on closer investigation, the city can be divided into numerous smaller districts with their own distinct characte...

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Historical Background

The beginnings of this fast-growing and increasingly important world-class city are difficult to pinpoint, but archaeological evidence indicates human settlement in the area during the prehistoric age, some 6,000 years ago. Artifacts found here reveal an agricultural people, who used stone tools...

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Where To Stay

From corporate executives to budget-conscious backpackers, travelers to Seoul are sure to find accomodations with services, facilities and prices suited to their needs. What's more, you can be certain that the hotel management will provide not only a clean, comfortable room with plenty of hot...

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Dining and Drinking

Seoul is a great place to experience a wide variety of spicy yet mouth-watering foods, especially the local cuisine with its distinctive tastes based on garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper powder and fermented soybean paste. Korean dishes, such as bibimpab (vegetables mixed with...

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There is no reason to be bored in Seoul. Whether you are visiting for a few hours or staying for a few weeks, Seoul offers round-the-clock opportunities for shopping, performing arts and cinema going, sightseeing, sports activities, nightlife and more, suited to every travel budget.

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Recommended Tours

The wide, well-kept sidewalks of downtown Seoul make for an excellent walking tour of the city. With no stops, the following route can be covered in just an hour or two, but if you take time to explore the many sites recommended here, the stroll could easily stretch a day or two.

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Seoul is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). The city served as the capital during the Baekje and Joseon Dynasties. Upon the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, Seoul became the capital once again and was designated the nation's only Special City.

With over ten million people living within its city limits, Seoul is one of the most populous cities in the world. However, with an area of only 605 square kilometres, smaller than cities such as London or New York City, it is one of the most densely populated major cities, like Tokyo and Hong Kong. Seoul's population density has allowed it to become one of the world's most digitally-connected cities. It also has more than three million registered vehicles which often cause widespread traffic jams.

The larger Seoul National Capital Area and commuter belt, which includes the major port city of Incheon, has over twenty-one million residents. This makes it the third most populous metropolitan area in the world, after Greater Tokyo and Mexico City. About one-quarter of South Korea's entire population live in Seoul and its environs. The city is the country's political, cultural, social, and economic center, as well as an international center for many financial and business organizations, and is considered one of the top 20 "world-class cities".

As the symbol of the "Miracle on the Han River", Seoul has played a key role in South Korea's economic development. In recent years, the metropolitan government has carried out an extensive cleanup of the city's air and water pollution. The revival of Cheonggyecheon, a stream that flows through downtown Seoul, has been lauded as a major success in urban renewal and beautification.

Seoul is located in the northwest of South Korea on the Han River, only about 30 miles (~50 km) from the de-militarized zone (DMZ) border shared with North Korea.

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