| Seoul features a seemingly
endless collection of sights, from the sparkling skyscrapers to the elegant
The ancient traditions and the rich folklore that once spread over
the city can be revealed within its lively markets, the Namsangol
Hanok Village and a swathe of museums that surround the city
providing everything from fine art and traditional music to the history
of cosmetic production. The most attractive museums include the Seoul
Museum of History and the National Museum of Korea,
where more than 5 centuries of history unfolds. The city’s
modern face can be surveyed at the Olympic Park
and the World Cup Stadium. Sports lovers can
also enjoy themselves at the Han-gang Riverside Parks. These ten
leisure parks has everything from windsurfing and water-skiing
to cycling and
tennis, as well as more leisurely paced river cruises.
The observation deck of the Seoul Tower takes the
strain out of sightseeing, while the Jogyesa Temple
and Bukhansan National Park are very peaceful and
Tourism Organization (KNTO)
Seoul Help Centre For Foreigners
Euljiro 1, Jung-gu
Telephone number: (02) 731 6800.
Tourist information is provided at the Information Centre and they can also give
advice about living in and doing business in Seoul. There are also
tourist information points located at the airport, Seoul Station,
Dongdaemun Market, Namdaemun Market and the Deoksugung Palace.
Korea National Tourism Organization
40 Cheongyecheonno, Jung-gu
Telephone number: (02) 1330 or (02) 729 9497.
Travellers can use the prepaid Korea Pass Card in selected
stores and restaurants, in deluxe taxis and to buy travel tickets
and discounted travel on public transport is also provided.
This late 14th-century palace was in the centre of the Joseon
Dynasty for over five hundred years. Today it is 1 of
the country’s most fascinating examples of the architecture during
this period, wonderful with its intricate roof tiles and a great
Telephone number: (02) 732 1932.
Museum of Korea
Korea South’s largest museum is home to over 130,000
artefacts that chart the country’s artistic development over
5,000 years. Highlights include the Buddhist statues and Joseon
era paintings. Temporarily closed, the museum is scheduled to reopen in
a slick modern facility by the end of 2005.
Telephone number: (02) 2077 9000.
Built during 1910, the temple is located in the centre of the Buddhist
faith in Seoul. It is well worth going to see the Daewongjun Hall or
Main Buddha Hall (a traditional wooden temple adorned with colourful
artwork and the scenes of Buddha’s life) alone. A major reconstruction
program started during 2003.
Telephone number: (02) 732 5292.
Situated 370 metres (1,214ft) above sea level and revolving 360º,
the tower has been pleasing visitors with the spectacular views over
downtown Korea and the encompassing scenery for thirty years. Currently
closed for renovations - set to reopen in December 2005.
San 1-3, 2nd Street Yongsan-dong
Telephone number: (02) 772 1622.
Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon
Numerous former Joseon rulers made Changdeokgung Palace their home.
Visiting the gracefully designed Huwon gardens, complete with
the pond and ornate pavilion, it is easy to see why.
Telephone number: (02) 762 8262.
This family amusement park combines white-knuckle roller coaster
rides, including the French Revolution and the ominously named Bungee
Drop, with more serene attractions and a much acclaimed Folk Museum,
which allows visitors to explore the history and culture of Korea South.
40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu
Telephone number: (02) 411 2000.
Seoul World Cup Stadium
Relive the 2002 football World Cup through this
photograph exhibition, video highlights and a tour of the capital’s
high tech stadium. Today the arena has been converted into a modern
shopping mall, with a cinema, sports centre and restaurants.
Telephone number: (02) 2128 2002.