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  • SeoulPro 2014
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    Seoul has a lot of different sides: traditional, modern, nature friendly, metropolitan, traffic, foodie, trendy and some more. What I like most about Seoul is that you can feel the traditional and modern side at the same time. When you walk inside of Gyeongbokgung (one of the main palace in Seoul), you'll see the view of palace with high rise buildings on the back. It's a complex feeling.

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    I have yet to have a good experience in Seoul.

    Last trip to Seoul was a miserably cold day in January. I have perhaps never been so cold. Everyone we met was grumpy and argumentative. Fortunately we found warmth in a piping hot bowl of soup.

    The prior visit my flight got rerouted to Jeju island due to heavy fog in Seoul. 747s and 777s were parked everywhere with upset passengers stuck on the plane until they could take off again for Seoul.

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  • SeoulPro 2014
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    Seoul is a city that rewards digging. On the surface, it's an ugly mass of squat concrete blocks sprawling over an area of more than 600 square kilometers, an urban jungle spawned from the ashes of the city's near-total destruction during the Korean War. The city plan may be relentlessly utilitarian, and hopelessly low on green space (with the exception of the rounded mountains sprouting from its midst), but the more time you spend in Seoul the more likely it is that this rough, vivacious city will win you over. The Korean capital is the true 24-hour city that other places bill themselves as, a place where you can go shopping for luxury fashions at 3am, or chow down streetside on rice liquor and blood-sausage at 7am right after the clubs let out. Indeed, many of the best experiences here involve food and drink, and tableside is one of the finest places to appreciate true Korean culture -- garrulous, warm, and typically involving a prodigious quantity of alcohol. You won't find the soul of, well, Seoul in a guidebook, so make a local friend or two and dive in! You'll be surprised where you might end up.

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    Seoul is a modern, metropolitan city that also retains a traditional personality. This is a really awesome city for visitors who could learn about the past, present, and future of a wonderful culture via its sites, people, and food.

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    Beautiful city. It's crammed a bit, but the city is within the mountains and offers pretty much anything you can imagine. From indoor ice climbing and skiing in the summer to shopping in myeongdong, partying in gangnam, to the art of hongdea. It's beautiful, but the Koreans can be a bit racist.

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  • SeoulPro 2014
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    At last Seoul is shedding its reputation for being one of the more sleepy Asian capitals. The city is rising again but thankfully not totally at the expense of some of its older and more traditional buildings; simultaneously some of the contemporary structures going up ooze confidence. The city's many markets are especially atmospheric. Seoul is a foodie capital too, with palates satisfied at places ranging from top-end gourmet restaurants to fantastic and inexpensive street food. There's much to see and do - well worth spending at least two nights here before exploring the rest of this fascinating country.

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    This is the city hall area in Seoul. You can walk along here are there are two statues. Great place to go for pictures in the middle of the city!

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    I love this city! Its a very big city but the transport system is meticulously superb! Many famous places are very close by and if you like walking, you can cover most of them especially which are in the heart of the city like Gyeonbuk palace, cheongyecheon stream, city hall, namdemun market, myeongdong, catholic church, namsan tower, etc.

    The best website I found really helpful is this: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto

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    Seoul is a huge city with palaces, museums, markets, and great restaurants and nightlife. One overlooked aspect is some nice hiking right within the city.

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    A big, sprawling city with a massive railway system. Seoul is not a scenic city, but there are lots of street stalls, restaurants, KTVs, and a lively, bustling crowd that's always on the move.

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    So many things to do in such a beautiful modern and traditional city, I recommend to go on Autumm or Spring. Not so cold, not so hot. During summer, it rains a lot!

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    Woodstock music bar in Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam -- hard to find, but a real gem, since it's a real bar, but not the typical expat bar. My understanding is that it was started out of pure love for the music - blues and rock - and that spirit still gives the place its unique character. (www.facebook.com/Woodstock.Music.Bar.Gangnam)

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  • SeoulPro 2014
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    Seoul is HUGE. There is some much to do in the Seoul region. There is night life, eating, eating, and more eating. Then there is the night life. Seems like Koreans like to eat and drink. Especially in Seoul.

    I am not a party goer, there are definitely other things to do in Seoul. There is a lot of shopping. Especially if you are an electronics junky. Korea is the second largest consumer of electronics, and Seoul caters to that.

    There are PLENTY of museums, a great way to learn about the Korean war. There are nice gardens.

    In the week I was in Seoul I could not come close to accomplishing everything there is to do while there, which is why I recommend Seoul for anyone.

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    I love Seoul. We came here with my 80 year old Grandma, a short 2 hour flight from Beijing. When we stepped off the plane, there was no glamour of Shanghai or skyscrapers of Beijing. But this is the city of little wonderful surprises.
    The people are amazing, the courtesy and welcome we got was astounishing. Whether they spoke English or Chinese or did not understand us at all, everyone tried to help us wherever they can. We booked semi-private tours for because of my Grandma and the next day they sent a private car with private tour guide for us because they saw her having a hard time following the pace of the rest, never for a second were we rushed for falling behind. We stayed at a hotel right next to the famed Insadong street - Art and Antiques, the small local shops displayed their exquisite art, creativity and all the fine things in life. The food joints are immaculously clean, walking into any restaurants along the street, and you are welcomed with delish food, clean and comfortable atmosphere. The hotel rooms are not packed with luxury but the amount of technology details present is probably one of the most advanced in the world. The people of Seoul also embraces their culture to the fullest extend, they are proud of their heritage and it comes through with every word they speak.
    Our tour guide said it the best - "we may not make many big glamorous things, but we make the little things perfect." Seoul is the city of perfection at every little detail.

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  • Seoul

    For less than 10 dollars, you can do a comfortable and safe city tour,available night time as well but different routes.
    I recommend anyone to explorer Seoul at night, it is very different from any other big cities in the States. See more detailed informaiton on bus tours at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_4_10.jsp

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    You cant experience Seoul without visiting it four times! Every season it gives you a different feel to it.

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    My favorite parts about Seoul: FOOD!, 24 hour access to most things, and superb public transportation

    Other cool things: people watching, vast number of activities and busy night life. I also love that Seoul is getting more and more clean every year!

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  • Seoul

    Capital cit of Korea. over 10mil people live in Seoul. We can feel most of Korea in Seoul. very crowd and various places to accomodate, eat, play. But heavy traffic is the worst thing... sometimes...

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  • Seoul

    It's been over twenty years since I last visited Seoul, so the anticipation was immense, but the city has delivered so far.

    Seoul is an amazing city. From the food, to the sights, to the general energy of the city, it truly captures your attention.

    I'll add more to this review as I continue experiencing the various aspects of the city. More to come.

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  • Seoul

    인구 1,000만이 사는 도시로 역동적입니다. 24시간 내내 즐길거리도 많은 도시랍니다 :)

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Ever since Seoul’s meteoric rise to global prominence in the late 20th century, the South Korean capital has gained recognition for its sleekness, nightlife and size. However, some of Seoul’s most prized possessions unfortunately get lost in the shuffle and vacationers to this 'Asian tiger' should check out Seoul’s softer side. A highlight in the city is a visit to one of the five palaces that formerly housed the Korean royal families, where you can watch reenactments of ancient ceremonies or learn a few Taekwondo moves. Stick with history at the National Museum of Korea, which houses almost a quarter of a million pieces of Korean archaeology, history and art. Like most residents of chaotic Seoul, you'll likely want peace and quiet. Good thing Seoul is surrounded by a chain of sloping mountains, all within walking distance of Seoul's good public transportation system. Restaurants abound, and street food is everywhere. Since Seoul is a business city, book your hotel in advance, as they fill up quickly.

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