Seoul

The soul of Korea

Step into Seoul and discover a city at the crossroads of the past and future. Stroll through the streets and see modernity and traditions collide, with skyscrapers co-existing with traditional Korean homes. The Gyeongbokgung Palace is a must-see with its impressive architecture and intricate designs from a bygone age. For a bit of tranquillity, take a hike up the Namsan Mountain. It's an oasis of calm and the view is spectacular. No trip to Seoul is complete without a visit to Namdaemun Market, the largest one around – it's a bargain hunter's paradise with everything from homeware to clothes.

For techies, there are gadgets galore at Yongsan Electronics Market – whatever you're into, you're sure to find it there. Do try the bright orange ‘tteokbokki’, which is available around most street corners. This tasty fare is a Korean rice cake stew that's cooked with hot peppers and onions and is one of South Korea's most famous street foods.