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Seoul, Korea

Korea's capital and most densely populated city, Seoul is the cultural, political and economic hub of the country. The city is situated in north-western part of South Korea nearly 40 km east and 60 km south of the yellow Sea and Korean Demilitarized Zone respectively. The city is roughly divided into two portions by the "Han River", which travels from east to west across the country. The weather in Seoul, Korea is usually of the temperate kind with four separate seasons.

Weather-wise, the perfect time of the year to travel to Seoul, Korea is certainly autumn, which occurs from September to November. During this period, the skies are extraordinarily blue, and there are bright colors all around. Spring, occurring from April to early June, is another good season, with warm temperatures and scintillating sights of various flowers and blossoms in full bloom. Winter falls between December and March, and it is dry and sharply cold during this season. But it is the best time to stop by if you are looking forward to snowboarding, skiing or ice-skating. Besides, temple roofs topped with white snow are very picturesque to gaze upon. As much as possible, try not going to Seoul during the summers, which occurs from July to August. It is a very hot, humid and the wet season in Seoul. Summers are typhoon-prone and temperature sometimes exceeds 40 degree Celsius.

Today Seoul is one of the most sought-after trip destinations. It offers several great travel places, excellent cuisine and a rip-roaring nightlife to travelers from all over the world. No matter whatever interests you have, places to visit in Seoul Korea are wide and varied and there is surely something for everyone in this place. For travelers, there is never a shortage of things to do in Seoul, Korea. However, listed below are the city's must-see sights and must-do things that you should include in your itinerary if you wish to experience the best of Seoul in the time you have.

Gyeongbokgung Palace: Located in the heart of the city, Gyeongbokkung Palace is perhaps the most popular royal palace in Seoul. It was constructed in 1394 and has been demolished and reconstructed many times during the times of invasion and war. Situated far away from the busiest areas of Seoul, this palace is one of the best places to visit in Seoul. Here, foreigners can learn a great deal about Korea's history and architecture while enjoying the spectacular view.

Changdeokung Palace: Erected in 1405, Changdeokung Palace is not only a single building. In fact, it is a vast complex filled with bridges, courts, pavilions, halls, and secret gardens. It is also regarded as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Here, you can also rest in its delightfully landscaped botanical garden.

Bukchon Village: Located in between two palaces, Gyeongbokung and Changdeokong in the west and east respectively, Bukchon Village is full of beautiful traditional wooden homes known as "hanok". Also, the village has quaint cafes, restaurants, and art galleries that are waiting to be explored by the travelers.

Insadong: Located in the middle of the city, Insadong is a very busy shopping street. The main street is lined with traditional souvenir shops, antique stores, art stores and restaurants, while alleys are full of traditional restaurants, traditional tea houses, cafes, and galleries. On top of that, there is a free classical music concert every Sunday.

Itaewon: This is the only place in Seoul where one can encounter people of different cultures and nationalities. Itaewon is full of shops, stalls, bars, restaurants, and clubs. Here, you will also discover one of the best dance clubs in the city, Club Volume, situated in a cellar of the Crown Hotel. Itaewons fashion shops specialize in many imported clothes, fur goods, leather products, shoes, handbags, and antique furniture. Another unique thing aspect of this place is its diverse food culture, which incorporates cuisine from all over the world. Several restaurants catering international foods are found in this region including cuisine from Thailand, China, India, Pakistan, and many more. So many things to enjoy and that is also in one place, this is what makes shopping Seoul, Korea one of the must-do activity for tourists.

Now as you decide to take tour to Seoul, Korea, one of the important things you need to consider is the place to stay. Though there are plenty of hotels available in this big city, the three hotels that are close in proximity to the shopping areas and tourist spots include:

* Best Western Dongdaemun Hotel
* Yim's House Hotel
* Ibis Myeong Dong Hotel Seoul

With so many top travel spots, undoubtedly, travel to Seoul, Korea will be a vacation that you will treasure for a lifetime to come.

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