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Gleaming skyscrapers, Vegas style neon lights, majestic palaces, ancient Buddhist temples and beautiful pagodas all find a place in Seoul. The city offers its visitors with a fascinating mix of the ancient and modern sights. It is not only known to be a hub for businesses around the world, but is also famous as a major tourist attraction of Asia.

The city has an extremely rich and diverse history that stretches back to 18BC. However, its history as a capital dates back to the 14th century, when it was transformed into the capital of the Joseon Dynasty. The Joseon Dynasty had built most of the major landmarks of Seoul such as the Namdaemun and the Five Grand Palaces. After the Japanese surrender in the year 1945, the city was given its present day name and made the capital of South Korea in the year 1948.

Seoul is divided into numerous neighbourhoods with each area having its unique character. The main landmark of the city is the Han River that bisects the city into two and runs in an east Ė west direction. It is home to a number of World Heritage Sites such as the Jongmyo shrine and it also showcases exotic modern day architecture in its new age constructions such as the City Hall and the Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza.

What makes a trip to Seoul so special is the fact that it is known to be a food loverís paradise. Right from gorging on the street side food to sampling delicate dishes in fine dining restaurants, the city offers some of the best tastes and dishes in the world. The Hanjeongsik, a multi-course banquet is a must try while in Seoul. Equally important is the hotteok, pancakes that are filled with sweet fillings. And donít even get us started about tea. You could start your day with tea; have three or four more cups throughout the day and still long for more.

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Seoul holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
1 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu
What is it? The jewel of Seoul's five historic palaces, Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 by Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, who established the city as the capital of Korea. The magnificent rectangular palace, which now contains the National Museum of Korea, features Royal apartments and state rooms, gardens and elegant lotus ponds. The palace is still in process of restoration. Hours of Operation: Daily except Tuesdays 9am to 7pm, closes at 6pm November to April Phone:(0)2 734 2458



2. Namsangol Hanok Village
84-1 Pildong 2-ga, Jung-gu
What is it? Set among the skyscrapers, the Namsangol traditional Korean village comes as a pleasant surprise. Centred on five restored Korean historical homes depicting various social levels from the Joseon Dynasty, the village is a time capsule in the midst of the city with its peaceful pond and pavilion. Visitors can not only explore the houses, but also enjoy traditional tea, shop for souvenirs, browse traditional crafts, or try their hand at ancient games like 'neolttwigi' (jumping on a see-saw) or arrow throwing. At weekends in summer traditional wedding ceremonies are held at midday. Hours of Operation: Daily (except Tuesdays) 9am to 6pm (March), 9am to 7pm (April, May, September and October); 9am to 8pm (June to August); 9am to 5pm (November to February) Phone:(0)2 2264 4412



3. Lotte World
40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu
What is it? Fun and thrills are the order of the day at Seoul's main theme park, which draws about six million visitors annually. The park is divided into an indoor and outdoor section. Inside 'Adventure Land' covers acres of streets representing different countries, which are filled with hundreds of activities, entertainments, shops, restaurants and ongoing parades. Outdoor Magic Island, with its fairy-tale castle, offers thrilling high-altitude rides, laser shows and pleasant walking trails around a lake. There is also an indoor ice-rink and a fascinating Folk Museum complete with miniature villages. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 11pm Phone:(0)2 411 2000



Seoul holidays - Top Events


1. Modafe Dance Festival

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-06-30

What is it? The Modafe international modern dance festival has been held annually for a quarter of a century, showcasing new trends and directions in modern dance in Asia and around the world. The festival has grown every year to become the Mecca of contemporary dance in Asia, attracting numerous foreign dance companies and artists. In recent years it has expanded to include the fields of contemporary art, film, architecture and drama, encompassing workshops, exhibitions and performances. Where is it? The KCAF Arts Theater and Mary Hall at Sogang University



2. Lotus Lantern Festival

From 2007-04-30

To 2007-04-30

What is it? The annual celebration of Buddha's birthday is a delightful experience for visitors to Seoul, who are welcome to join in the many festivities and activities that take place in and around Jongno Street and the beautiful temples of the city usually in early May each year. Included is an exhibition of wonderful traditional paper lanterns that come in every shape and size depicting various symbolic animals and objects. The associated Buddhist Street Festival is packed with activities, from folk dancing, traditional games and lantern-making lessons to temple food tastings. The culmination of all the excitement is the spectacular Lantern Parade when thousands of Buddhists carry their lanterns along Jongno Street. Where is it? Jongo Street and various temples



3. Hi Seoul Festival

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31

What is it? Seoul's spring festival provides fun for everyone, locals and visitors alike, with a vast and varied programme of events that keep the city centre even more abuzz than usual, day and night. Among the events are a light show, musical and dance performances at Seoul Plaza, tea ceremonies, exhibitions of traditional costumes, fireworks, magic show, rock festival, triathlon and marathon, art exhibitions and a food fair. Where is it? Around the Seoul City Hall Plaza, Gwanghwamun Gate, Cheonggyecheon stream, and Deoksugung Palace




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