Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600
years, since the time of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910).
Seoul was referred to as “Han Yang” during the Joseon
Dynasty, but after the liberation from Japan, in 1945,
the newly founded Republic of Korea officially changed
its capital city’s name to Seoul. Seoul has developed
into a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political,
economic, social, and cultural matters. The Han River
runs through the heart of the city. The river divides
the city in two; the northern part of the city is a focal
point for culture and history, while the southern part
is well known for its business district. Seoul has hosted
many international events including: 1986 Asian Games,
1988 Olympic Games and 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup.
The success of these events has shown people that Korea
is truly an international city.
On the outskirts of Seoul you can find Seoul Land, Everland,
Caribbean Bay, The Korean Folk Village, Suwon Hwaseong
Fortress, and Namhansan Mountain Fortress.
Seoul City Bus Tour
City Tours are the most convenient and comfortable way
to explore cities. The major sights and attractions of
big cities are presented on a single tour. Now City Tours
are available in Seoul, Incheon, Suwon, Deajeon, Jeonju,
Gwangju, Daegu, and Ulsan.
Nestled around the Hangang River is the Korean capital
Seoul, a city of old and new. With thousands years of
history, it has well preserved royal palaces, historical
relics, and cultural treasures, yet state-of-the-art facilities
and infrastructures as well. The Seoul City Tour bus runs
a course that covers major points of interest in Seoul.
Food in Seoul
Seoul cuisine is renowned for its elegance and variety.
Seoul, Gaeseong, and Jeonju are the three top cities in
Korea known for their exquisite cuisine. Being the capital
of the country for over 500 years since the early Joseon
dynasty, the cooking style of the dynasty still remains
on cusines of Seoul.
Accommodations in Seoul
There are many different types of accommodations in Korea
from super deluxe hotels and traditional Korean hanok
houses to homestays and camping grounds. Tourists can
choose the type of accommodations based on their respective
plans and budget. Korea offers accommodations with both
western-style rooms and traditional Korean-style ondol
rooms (with heated floors and futons). Generally, hotels
offer western-style rooms, however some offer traditional
Korean-style ondol rooms. However, certain motels and
yeogwans may only offer ondol rooms, so it is a good idea
to check beforehand.
The Tourist Information Center (TIC) provides you with
up-to-date and accurate information on Korean tourism.
Make it your first stop on your visit to Korea. Visitors
can get helpful information on travel, accommodations,
tourist attractions and much more at TIC in the Korea
National Tourism Organization (KNTO). TIC is located at
the 1st underground floor of KNTO's main office in downtown
A subway map is usually located above of the ticket window
(see left). Most subway maps are written in Korean and
English. The numbers next to the name of each station
on the map (700/800) indicates the subway fare for the
destination from the present station. Simply tell the
worker behind the ticket window your destination, and
they will issue you the appropriate ticket. The yellow
box next to the ticket window contains free subway maps
which you can freely take and keep. Some subway stations
do not provide free subway maps. Subway fares are as below.