Seoul

A hidden gem amongst Asian cities - with quick transfers from the airport, a very accessible city centre and plenty to see and do, this a brilliant stopover.
Andrea Selig
Asia Product Manager
A hidden gem amongst Asian cities - with quick transfers from the airport, a very accessible city centre and plenty to see and do, this a brilliant stopover.
Andrea Selig
Asia Product Manager

Summary

Becoming increasingly more popular as a stop on the international travel circuit, Seoul is a fascinating and vibrant city with an infectious energy.

Available as a stopover option for skiing holidays in both South Korea and Japan, the proximity of Incheon International Airport to the city, just an hour away, makes it a hassle-free and convenient stop, even just for one night.

We would recommend staying in the Insadong area in the centre of Seoul. The pedestrianised central street is lined with antique shops, art galleries, teahouses and restaurants. The traditional South Korean atmosphere makes it a unique place to visit and the perfect spot for picking up the necessary souvenirs. Other main attractions are within easy reach, including the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Square, the Myeong-dong shopping district (largest in Seoul) and Seoul Station. The contrast between the traditional architecture of the temples and shrines and the modern high rise buildings makes every turn in the city an exciting discovery.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224067 for advice from our ski specialists.

Attractions

‘Must-visits’ in the city include:

  • N Seoul Tower - catch a cable-car to the main landing area followed by an ear-popping elevator ride to the 360° viewing tower which offers an awesome panorama of the city.
  • Bukchon Hanok Village is a hilly area with small and winding streets filled with traditional houses where members of the royal family and nobility used to live. It is frequently used as a filming location for movies and TV dramas and some houses are even open to tourists for viewings and tea ceremonies.
  • Gangnam is one of Seoul’s most vibrant hot spots, recently made famous by Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’. Though the area consists mostly of office blocks, the streets around the station have become a gathering spot for the young and trendy South Koreans and is where the most famous Seoul nightclubs can be found.
  • The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), about 1 hour 30 mins outside Seoul, is the 248km coast to coast cease-fire line separating North and South Korea. The best way to visit the area is on a guided tour from Seoul. Viewing platforms give you a rare glimpse across the border and you can enter the 3rd Tunnel which was dug by the North in an attempt to invade the South and was uncovered in 1978.

As with most cultures, food plays a vital role in South Korea’s society and tradition. Koreans have a reputation for their love of spicy food but milder options can also be readily located for the more sensitive palettes. The fermented vegetable speciality, kimchi, is available in almost every dish and there is even a theatre show named after the famed bibimbap rice dish. Wash down your food with a soju (rice liquor) ormakgeoli (milky rice wine) as the locals do. The South Korean version of a local pub is the ubiquitous fried chicken and beer restaurant, known as chi-mek - chi for chicken and mek or mekju for beer. There are a number of food markets in the city which give you a glimpse of traditional methods of shopping and trading - make sure to try the freshly made jeon (South Korean savoury pancake).

Interesting fact - there are 3 types of taxis in the city; standard taxis, deluxe taxis with luxurious upholstering and higher quality service, and international taxis for which drivers need to pass Japanese and English speaking tests.

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Price Guide

A 2 night Seoul add-on starts from just £80pp at the 3* CenterMark Hotel.Transfers from Seoul Airport by express train cost approximately £4.50pp.

Request a quotation or call 01273 224060 for a price that’s tailored to your requirements.

Accommodation

We recommend staying the CenterMark Hotel to make the most out of your time in Seoul.

  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
With a convenient location in Insadong, the cultural hub of Seoul, the CenterMark is the place to stay on your stopover.

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