Namdaemun Market, South Korea’s biggest market, serves up a colourful mix of food, handicrafts, kitchenware, clothing, gadgets, novelties, ginseng, souvenirs and more – all at very reasonable prices. The market has been bustling day and night since 1964. Get ready to snag a bargain at this Seoul shopping extravaganza. This... more »
The Jongmyo Shrine is home to the sacred spirit tablets of the deceased Joseon Dynasty kings and queens, Korea’s last monarchs. These sacred tablets purportedly hold the spirits of these royals. Owing to its architecture and the hallowed ancestral rites and rituals that have taken place – and continue to... more »
Seoul is fortunate to have a magnificent national park right on its doorstep. Hop on the subway – yes, it’s as easy as that – and in just 45 minutes, you’ll be in hikers’ heaven, scaling Bukhansan National Park’s picturesque granite peaks, enjoying sweeping mountain vistas, admiring the abundant flora... more »
Seoul boasts five major palaces, but the most beautiful of the bunch is the architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site Changdeokgung. Blending in perfectly with its surrounding natural landscape and sprawling over almost 462,000 square metres, this palace served as the royal residence of the longstanding Joseon Dynasty for... more »
Bukchon Hanok Village has become a hotspot for travellers to South Korea, and it’s easy to see why. This quaint residential neighbourhood between the Gyeongbokgung and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung palaces of the Joseon Dynasty is home to some 900 hanok , elegant traditional Korean houses. Wander its streets... more »
While you were doing that bizarre horse-riding dance move of Gangnam Style, you may have wondered vaguely (a) why you were doing it and (b) what Gangnam style is, anyway?
Gangnam is Seoul’s swankiest district. In a nutshell, it’s the home of the big label: think Vuitton, Prada, Burberry. [...]
Fifty million people: that’s a lot of faces. That’s more than 500 people for every square kilometre.
You can feel Korea’s energy pulsating through its cities, fuelled on a new-found wealth due largely to computer chips, mobile phones and small cars.
But to discover the heart of the country, you must turn your gaze east. [...]