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Seoul at a Glance

A mix of ancient and modern, Seoul has skyscrapers and shopping centers mixed with ancient temples and palaces.  

Seoul is a shopping destination and many people come here simply to hunt down that perfect dress or make an amazing bargain. Shop in dozens of different districts and malls around the city. You'll find everything from luxury goods to department store clothing. For more adventurous shopping, head to the markets where you will never know what you'll find and you can barter for your own price. 

For outdoors, turn to the former 1988 Olympic Park. This area has been turned into a popular recreation destination. Look at the stadium buildings, walk along paths, or simply admire the tranquil ponds that help make this green space a respite from the city. 

Seoul has a long tradition of building and maintaining grand complexes. Don't forget a visit to the sumptuous palace complex, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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July - August, December
Low Season
January - June, September - November,
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Incheon International Airport
      • Major Airport Gimpo International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists do not need visas to enter South Korea if they intend to be there for fewer than 90 days. It is important not to overstay your visa as you will be fined before leaving the country. All travelers need a valid passport from their country of origin with at least one page for stamping and at least six months of validity remaining. For more information, contact a Korean embassy or consulate. American travelers can augment their research using the U.S State Department's website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Seoul Express Bus Terminal
      • Railroad Korean National Railroad
      • Railroad Korea Train Express
      Need to Know

      Severe WeatherMonsoon season starts in July and the remainder of the summer can be unbearably hot and wet. Wintertime is cold and snowy, especially in the far north. 

      Safety ConcernsPedestrians and drivers should watch out for drivers running red lights. Traffic can go up onto the sidewalks and drivers may park there as well. Stay alert when walking or driving. 

      Health ConcernsTravelers need no special immunizations to visit Korea.