Seoul has been called a "shape-shifting city;" and as you travel its busy streets you'll find church steeples and ancient shrines visible against a backdrop of clustered high rise buildings. Hotels in Seoul range from charming boutique accommodations to world-class luxury experiences. In this diverse city, traditional stores without signs sit between tattoo parlors and contemporary art galleries. Amid clustered high rises you can still find "hanok:" old-fashioned houses with curved tile roofs and arched eaves.
Out and About in Seoul
Seoul is well-organized, and the best way to explore its palaces, parks, temples, and nightclubs from your accommodations is via the exceptional Metro system. This subway provides clean, cheap, air conditioned transportation with signage in English as well as Korean. A good place to encounter Seoul's old and new traditions is the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, in which you'll find modern work alongside traditional Korean art and ceramics. Hotels near Gangnam put you in the midst of this fashionable district, home to cutting edge designers and luxury merchandise. If you're a history buff, you won't want to miss the War Memorial of Korea, with its superb multimedia presentations. Countless city tours are available and all Seoul hotels can refer you to deals on a good one. If you want a break from urban bustle, head out for a refreshing mountain hike in Bukhansan National Park!
Eating and Drinking
Cheap hotels in Seoul will put you in the midst of the city's world-renowned nightlife. The Itaewon neighborhood is home to many clubs, bars, and one of Seoul's best-loved restaurants, offers the unexpected taste of prize-winning Scandinavian food. Of course you'll want to sample Korea's spicy local dishes, and a number of establishments in the Samcheong neighborhood can provide you with the best traditional spreads. This is a wonderful place for first tastes of dok kalbi (marinated beef ribs) and dok boki (spicy rice cakes).
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