Seoul is an impressive metropolis where you can witness a truly unique mix of high-tech modern living alongside ancient Buddhist temples and cultures.
If you want to experience history and modern living in one place then this capital of South Korea is somewhere where you can achieve that aim.
Here is a look at some of the top attractions that help to make Seoul a compelling vacation destination.
A remarkable ancient palace
If you want to take a trip back in time and witness a residence that was created back in 1395 the Gyeongbokgung Palace has to be on your list of attractions to see.
Although large parts of the original palace were destroyed by war, they have been faithfully restored and there are parts of the palace like the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion that have remained intact.
Visiting this beautiful palace is a real treat and there are neighbouring palaces to enjoy in the area too.
A complete contrast
To highlight the amazing diversity of the attractions in Seoul you should pay a visit to the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
The plaza has already become an iconic landmark and it is a venue that offers a combination of culture with shopping.
If you choose accommodation in the city such as the Courtyard Seoul Times Square you won’t be far away from the plaza where you can enjoy a show or an exhibition before heading to the mall that is always open for shoppers.
The majestic beauty of the landscape
Hiking is a popular activity for the locals in Seoul and it’s not hard to see why when you see the stunning national park that lies just outside the city.
Bukhansan National Park allows you to wander through spectacular scenery and view some inspiring temples and ancient fortresses situated within the park.
An aerial view of the city
Another popular attraction to consider would be Namsan Park.
You can take a cable car up to the top and enjoy a great view of the main city from such a lofty position.
Mount Namsan is considered a symbolic mountain and is hard to miss as it occupies a prominent spot at the centre of Seoul. You can also gain access to Seoul Tower, which has a rotating restaurant where you can enjoy a prime view of the city while enjoying a meal.
Visit the centre of Zen Buddhism
If you want to connect with the religious and cultural heritage of South Korea a good way to do that would be to pay a visit to the Jogyesa Temple.
This attractive and colourful temple is the spiritual home of Zen Buddhism in Korea and it is a very calming and fascinating experience to visit this important landmark in Seoul.
These just five examples of the many reasons why Seoul manages to stand out as an outstanding place to visit.
If you want to see so many uniquely different and memorable attractions during one vacation, Seoul has the ability to deliver on that promise.