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Visiting Seoul

The South Korean capital of Seoul is becoming a popular destination for tourists. This ancient country with its rich history has a lot to offer any visitors when they arrive and more than one travel blogger have now suggested some of the best attractions that visitors should try and see whilst they are. Here is a summary of some of the more interesting attractions:

Hiking is very popular for locals and visitors alike in South Korea and some of the best hiking routes start just outside of Seoul, plus there is Namsan, a mountain located in the centre of the city which is also available for people to hike up. In Seoul hiking is so popular you must not be surprized if people travel the subway with back packs and full hiking gear. Another favourite place in Seoul for those that like to walk is the Cheonggyecheon Stream, an 8.4km path that follows a stream right through the heart of the city.

Bukchon is a part of the city which is also known as the old village. This is a part of the city which was spared renovation in the 60s when the local community protested it. The outcome of the protests was that this one part of the city avoided having the high rises that were built throughout the rest of the capital and because of that, it remains a beautiful place which gives reminders to people of how things once were in the city.

Bomun Pavilion which is situated on a duck pond is probably the best place to witness Korea’s different seasons. It may only be a Gazebo but it has a vantage point from where the cherry blossoms of spring, the lush green leaves of summer, the brown foliage of autumn and the white snows of winter, can be seen at their best.

If theme parks are what you like when on vacation, then Seoul is also the place for you as, in Lotte World, Seoul has the largest indoor theme park in the world. Although the indoor park alone is huge, it is also joined by monorail to an outdoor park called Magic Island and so between the two, there is sure to be a ride or two that appeal to everyone in the family.
Although today, only 40% of the Royal Palace exists, it is still a very impressive sight. Originally built in 1395, it was partially destroyed by slave revolts in 1592 but then rebuilt again in 1867 after which time the palace covered an area of 410,000 square metres and had 5,792 rooms.

One of the memorable things to do whilst in Seoul is to get up early and visit the city’s fish market. The Noryangjin fish market has 6,000 square meters of floor space, dedicated to the selling of fresh fish and other marine life. You will probably see many creatures that although you may not know what they are, will still be sold. If you do see something you recognize and decide to buy it, you can have it either cooked or served as sushi in a nearby restaurant.