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Seoul Sightseeing
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Seoul features a seemingly endless collection of sights, from the sparkling skyscrapers to the elegant palaces.

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 engaging getaways.

Tourist Information

Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO)
Seoul Help Centre For Foreigners
Euljiro 1, Jung-gu
Telephone number: (02) 731 6800.
Website: www.seoul.go.kr

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 (KNTO)
40 Cheongyecheonno, Jung-gu
Telephone number: (02) 1330 or (02) 729 9497.
Website: http://english.tour2korea.com or www.knto.or.kr/eng/

Passes

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.

Key Attractions

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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 staircase.

1 Sejong-no
Telephone number: (02) 732 1932.

National 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.

168-6 Yongsan-dong
Telephone number: (02) 2077 9000.
Website: www.museum.go.kr

Jogyesa Temple

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.

45 Kyunji-dong
Telephone number: (02) 732 5292.
Website: http://international.jogyesa.or.kr

Seoul Tower

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.
Website: www.seoultower.co.kr

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.

2-71 Waryong-dong
Telephone number: (02) 762 8262.
Website: www.cdg.go.kr

Further Distractions

Lotte World

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.
Website: www.lotteworld.com

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.
Website: www.seoulworldcupst.or.kr