Travel guide - Seoul

Capital of the Republic of Korea, Seoul is a tourist destination which is becoming increasingly popular. The city has preserved its cultural and architectural heritage, its traditional festivals and a strong Buddhist culture, all the while opening itself to the world and developing cultural exchanges.

Gathering a good panel of Korean artists, the Hi Seoul festival is a key event that is not to be missed if you are visiting Seoul in springtime.

A great way to enjoy with friends and immerse yourself in the modern dynamism of Seoul, don't miss the Seoul Jazz Festival. Visiting with the family? Head for the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival which will take you deep into the world of Korean animated film.

In search of traditional Korean culture? Make sure you visit the Namsangol Hanok Village during your stay in Seoul. This presents traditional Korean life as it was during the era of the Joseon dynasty. Continue your exploration of the city on foot as you head to Namsan Park to stroll among the cherry trees.

Complete your trip to imperial Korea with a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Namdaemun Gate. You can also experience traditional Korean festivals such as Korean New Year or the Lotus Lantern Festival which celebrates Buddha's birthday.

There is no question of leaving Seoul without having tasted typically Korean dishes such as Bulgogi, Korean barbecue or Bibimbap, a mixture of rice and vegetables. But the symbol of Korean gastronomy remains kimchi, a fermented cabbage dish with chilli which reflects all the spicy character of Korea in one mouthful!

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