Welcome to Seoul
Welcome to Seoul – the city confronting modernity and history
Information and facts :
Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. It is the political, economical and social center of South Korea.
It is divided into two parts because of the Han river. The North is more about culture and tradition, whereas the South is more business-related.
Best places to visit :
The four palaces of the Joseon dynasty : Changdeokgung Palace and his Huwon garden, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Deoksugung Palace.
Jongmyeo : It is a sanctuary where Joseon kings were venerated.
Insa-dong : a district where traditional objects are exposed. There are many art galleries.
Namsan park : A beautiful and huge park under the Namsan mountain.
Itaewon : It is a touristic place
Lotte world : a korean amusement park
Namdaemun and Dongdaemun markets : These markets are the most famous in Seoul.
And so many more!
Famous dishes to eat :
Tteokbokki : rice cakes with hot pepper sauce
Gogi-gui : korean barbecue. It has to be eaten with soju (korean alcohol)
Bibimpab : rice, vegetables, meat, hot pepper sauce and an egg. All of these ingredients are served in a large bowl.
Bungeoppang : sweet cakes stuffed with red bean paste . They are usually shaped as fish.
Fried chicken and beer
tornado potato : a snack made of a sausage wrapped into fried potatoe.
Hotteok : pancakes stuffed with red bean paste.
and so much more!
In South Korea, the subway is the easiest way to move around the town.
The subway system is not the same as in Europe. Indeed, in South Korea, you can buy a ticket for a delimited station and you have to pay an extra which is proportional to the station you are trying to reach.
The longer your travel, the more expensive your ticket.
Hopefully, most of the information displayed by the transport vehicles are translated in english and in few other languages.
There are some risks of peaks of pollution.
High quality medical care is available in Seoul.
119 : Ambulances and Fire brigades
112 : Police
1339 : private emergency system : possibility to contact an english-speaking doctor.
02-3140-1700 : International SOS Assistance. This service is in english.
Seoul or Gyeonggi dialects are the standard language in all Korea (both North and South).
The currency in Seoul is the same as in all South Korea : the Won (KRW).
The rent is especially expensive in South Korea and even higher in Seoul. For example, in Gangnam district, the rent for a tiny apartment is about 2.000.000 won/month. (1168 pounds.)
Korean restaurants are affordable. A meal in the cheapest ones only costs 5.000 won (2.98 pounds) and for the highest quality, it is more about 15.000 won (8.96 pounds).
Food supermarket are affordable too. Be careful with fruits, though, as they can be expensive.
Credit cards can be used in Seoul, but make sure that you always have spare change in case a small shop does not accept your card.
A passport is required for South Korea, but a visa is not.
Sensitive topics :
Asking questions about North Korea is not recommanded.