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Seoul at a Glance
Situated astride the Han River, Seoul is an intriguing mix of old and new, where multilane highways and towering high-rises merge with ancient temples and tranquil gardens.

- J.B.


Korean Folk Village
Seoul's version of Colonial Williamsburg, this 240-acre site treats visitors to a slice of Korean life as it was in the days of old.

Seoul Tower
Hike or take a cable car up scenic Mount Namsan to reach this 774-foot-high beacon, complete with an observation deck and a rotating restaurant.

Changdeokgung Palace
A spectacular series of residences, pavilions, and secret gardens that dates to 1405, Changdeokgung Palace was built as a royal villa for King Taejong. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Itaewon Street
Along this mile-long street and its adjoining alleyways, you'll find top-notch shopping (nearly 1,200 stores!) and countless restaurants and nightclubs.

Sejong Cultural Center
South Korea's large arts and cultural complex is also one of the world's top performing-arts centers. The playbill includes everything from opera to ballet to traditional Korean folk dramas.

Lotte World
A small city within a city, Lotte World is the world's largest indoor theme park. It has shops, a skating rink, a pool and water park, a hotel, a health club, an art gallery, a barbershop, and more.
Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site A 1925 flood first exposed this ancient colony, now preserved to reveal mud huts, earthenware, stone tools, and other artifacts from the Neolithic era.

Mount Gwanaksan
One of the several peaks punctuating the Gyeonggi Province on the southern limits of the city, Mount Gwanaksan is a favorite among outdoor lovers for its proximity, panoramas, and plentiful hiking paths.

Namdaemun Market
Korea's largest marketplace, with some 10,000 stores, Namdaemun is also the city's oldest market, having been around for almost 600 years.

Moga Buddhist Museum
This museum offers a fascinating look at the 1,600-year history of Buddhism in Korea through artwork, handicrafts, classes, and more.

Go Figure
Seoul boasts the world's largest Starbucks.
Most buildings in the city don't have a fourth floor because the number four is considered unlucky in Korea.
There is no set system of street addresses, and there are very few street signs.
The word seoul, which happens to be the name of the capital of South Korea, is Korean for "capital."
Hines Ward, the MVP of last year's Super Bowl, was born here.