Destination Guide - Seoul

The Seoul National Capital Area is currently home to more than 24.5 million residents and four UNSECO World Heritage Sites, and has hosted the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and a G20 Summit – not bad for a 2000-year-old who was nearly left for dead after the Korean War.

The Basics

Currency: Korean Won (KRW)
Population: 9.8 million (24.5 million in Seoul National Capital Area)
Language: Korean
Time zone: +9
Daylight savings: N/A
Country code: +82
Area code: 2
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 60Hz
Electrical plugs: European socket with two round pins; American-style with two flat parallel prongs, with or without grounding pin
Mobile network: AMPS/CDMA

Highlights

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Dongdaemun and Namdaemun Markets
  • Mt. Namsan

Events

  • 3 October
    Festival of the Opening of Heaven/National Foundation Day
  • 1 March
    Samil Jeol/March 1 Movement
  • 5 May
    Children's Day

Weather

Seoul experiences four distinct seasons. Winter (December to February) average temperatures are just below 0 (degrees Celsius). Summer (June to August) average temperatures are in the mid-20s, however, this is also a monsoonal period so be prepared to get wet. Spring and Autumn are on average drier and temperatures are in the low to mid-teens.


Getting there and around

Seoul is very well covered by a subway system – the method of choice for those who wish to avoid the very heavy road traffic. Maps at most stations are written in Korean and English. There is also an extensive bus network and taxis are plentiful.

Incheon International Airport is located around 50km outside of central Seoul. Buses, trains (passengers must transfer at Gimpo Airport) and taxis are available.

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Further reading

Here are some travel highlights for other destinations around and near South Korea.

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