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TOP FIVE FOR SEOUL

TOP FIVE FOR SEOUL

When one thinks of Asian destinations, it’s easy to think of China, Singapore and Tokyo. But don’t overlook what South Korea’s capital of Seoul has to offer. Not only does it boast a vibrant nightlife and affordable luxury accommodation, its perfect blend of history and tradition mixes well with modern architecture.

#1 the MUST see…Seoul Tower. On a clear day you can see excellent panoramic views of the vast city of Seoul. It has several eateries with various cuisines that should match anyone’s palate. Be sure to take the cable car up to the tower so you can take in the views of both the city and nature that surround this peaceful and serene area. http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng

#2 the MUST eat…Korean BBQ. With easily over 100 Korean BBQ spots around this city, you will not go far before running into one. Yet deciding which one is the best is such a daunting task! Everyone in Seoul has their favourite spot but I can recommend a Korean BBQ that is also located in a great spot for nightlife in the Itaewon area. It’s called The Gogitjib and for about $15 you get all-you-can-eat beef ribeye steak and other trimmings (like kimchi and radish cubes) for 90 minutes.

#3 the MUST shop…Yeong-dong Street Market. Yeong-dong Street Market. Bustling with people all day and night, this street market is the place to spend a few hours strolling to see the sights or stopping along the various food carts to try some local delights. If you love tea, be sure to find the 100+ year old teahouse tucked away off a side street. Enjoy the delicious honey cookies with your tea.

#4 the MUST stay…Would a sauna, spa, indoor swimming pool, golf driving range, hotel museum and art gallery be on your list of things you would require from a hotel? If so you are in luck with Lotte Hotel Seoul. With over five restaurants on site and in a great location with spectacular views from every room, you will not be disappointed. Modern elegance and great service from the staff makes this the right choice for anyone seeking something that will exceed expectations. https://www.lottehotel.com/seoul-hotel/en

#5 the MUST do off the beaten path…Ride a train. South Korea has high speed trains that can take you from Seoul to Busan in just 2.5 hours. Considering the same ride on a bus takes 5 hours, this is amazing! There are trains that take you right next to the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea, to the Valleys, and even one sea train which has seats facing the windows so you can take in the views of the sea. This is a great way to get out of the city for a day or more. Be sure to monitor the weather as it may put a damper on your train plans. http://www.letskorail.com

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