Seoul, the capital of South Korea, offers travelers the chance to visit ancient palaces and modern skyscrapers all within a few steps of their Seoul hotels. Home to over 10.5 million people, the city combines an intriguing mix of cosmopolitan living and traditional Korean culture. A recent push towards adding more parks and green space has made this vibrant metropolis even more attractive and appealing.
Exploring Seoul's Districts
The Jongno district, north of the Han River, is a historic area that offers every type of Seoul hotel. The oldest part of the city, Jongno is home to many famous landmarks, palaces, and temples including the Gwagnwhamun Gate marking the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is also near the expansive Dongdaemun Market, the largest shopping area in South Korea. The still-traditional Isan-dong neighborhood is found within this district as well. With tea shops, art galleries, and a range of hotels, Isan-dong is also a great place to sample time-honored Korean dishes.
Gangnam, just south of the river, offers a more modern side of Seoul with large entertainment complexes, restaurants, and bars as well as a number of upscale hotels. The Hongdae and Sinchon districts, populated by university students, offer hip bars and boutiques and are good options for Seoul cheap hotels.