Cheap Flights To Seoul
Sprawled along the banks of the Han River and the capital city of South Korea, Seoul is a vibrant and modern metropolis that's steeped in history and culture. This outstanding region is renowned for many of its iconic landmarks and is rated as Asia's most livable city that boasts a high standard of living for its populace of which there are more than 50 million. The region's climate is a combination of humid continental and humid subtropical with warm and humid summers tempered with showers and cold winters -- particularly in the months of January and February.
The earliest historical records indicate that the first settlement in the area was circa 4000 B.C. and a number of city walls dating back to 18 B.C., when the region was known as Wiryeseong, still remain. Today, the city contains no fewer than five UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty: the 40 tombs of the Korean Joseon Dynasty which are dispersed throughout the city. The area is also hailed for hosting some of the most spectacular and colourful festivals including the Lotus Lantern Festival. This event marks the birth of Buddha and the city is decorated with a host of beautiful lanterns. Participants dress in colourful regalia and march from Dongdaemun Gate to the beautiful and ornate Jogyesa Temple.
Things to do
Seoul and the region boasts an eclectic selection of attractions and activities for visitors. Whether your interests include browsing the city's host of historical sites or admiring the skyline from one of the impressive and futuristic skyscrapers, this city has something for everyone.
- For the sightseers
Visit the Namsan Seoul Tower's digital observatory: an impressive viewing platform containing 32 LCD TVs and offering panoramic views over the city and across the Han River. Later, take the elevator to the roof terrace to see the 'locks of love', where young lovers attach a padlock to the fence to profess their love and commitment.
- For the history enthusiasts
Marvel at the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace -- the last residence of the Joseon Dynasty. This beautiful edifice was built in 1395 and is surrounded by tranquil gardens and contains a selection of both antique and contemporary art.
- For the shopaholics
Any visit to Seoul would not be complete without a visit to one of its impressive markets. Browse the fine collection of artisan products at the Cheongwadae Sarangchae Souvenir Shop. The shop specialises in handcrafted, Korean goods and onlookers are able to observe the craftsmen at work.
Calendar of Events
The residents of Seoul take tradition very seriously and each year celebrate a host of historical and cultural events with parades, traditional costume, song and dance.
Lotus Lantern Festival. The Lotus Lantern Festival occurs each November and spans two days. The city is decorated with an array of beautiful and ornate lanterns and a procession makes its way from Dongdaemun Gate to Jogyesa Temple. The participants wear traditional Korean costume and the event is marked by dance, song and competitions.
Jungnang Rose Festival. The Jungnang Rose Festival is held each May when a huge temple constructed entirely from roses is erected and flanked by a five-meter-long path of roses. The event features a parade and song.
Seoul International Fireworks Festival. Every October, teams of fireworks professionals travel to the city to prepare the largest firework display in the world. The event is hosted outside 63 City Building and more than 100,000 fireworks are used to the illuminate the region.