Fly To Seoul
This sprawling metropolis with its modern skyscrapers, high-tech buildings and vibrant culture is contrasted by the many Buddhist temples, palaces and busy street markets. Explore this city from the neon-futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, to the Gyeongbokgung Palace which are magnificent architectural wonders.
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Why visit Seoul
- Seoul is one of the few cities in the world that have royal palaces which are hundreds of years old sitting next to huge modern skyscrapers -this city holds nothing back.
- Experience the high-octane streets of Itaewon which offer such diversity- it’s the only place in Seoul where you are guaranteed a good night amongst an eccentric crowd.
- Seoul is known for having some of the best street food from Namdaemun Gate 2 which offers the most tantalising Korean BBQ, to the traditional Gwangjang Market food.
The best time to visit Seoul would be during March through to May and from September through until November. During this time the weather is mild and travel expenses are relatively low.
The most spoken language in Seoul is Gyeonggi and/or Seoul dialect.
- Seoul has served as a royal capital since 1394.
- Most bars, restaurants, cafes and street vendors in Seoul stay open till 3am or 4am.
- The number “4” is considered to an extremely unlucky number, it is such a strong belief that most buildings in Korea should not have a 4th floor.
Seoul is a city that has a good combination of culture, tradition, heritage, and modernism which is what makes it one of the top cities in the world. This city is filled with dozens of colourful and detailed Buddhist temples like Jogysa, Myogaksa, and Bongeunsa which are magnificent sights to see. A visit to Seoul will not be complete without a trip to Busan which is the second largest city in South Korea.
Busan is world-famous for its pristine beauty and lively atmosphere. Other amazing places to visit in Seoul include:
- Hae-Un-Dae beach
- Bukhansan Mountain
- Lotte World
Food in Seoul is very affordable and extremely diverse. Everything from hot bubbling stews which are served with warm sticky rice or cold noodles, to traditional Korean soup and fried meat, there is something for every set of tastes bud to enjoy.
Some of the best restaurants to try out in this city include:
- The Beastro
- Tosokchon-Chicken soup restaurant
- JYOTI Restaurant Seoul
- Pierre Gagnaire à Séou
Koreans are the friendliest of people. Traditionally they will always give a proper bow when greeting as they do not shake hands, and they always use two hands when giving and receiving something as a sign of politeness. The most followed religions in Seoul and Korea are Christianity and Buddhism. Buddhist temples in Seoul are very beautiful and secluded compounds which are located high in the mountains. Buddhism is generally associated with conservative, old fashioned thinking, as it has been part of the Korean culture and upbringing for centuries.
Seoul is a remarkably safe city when compared to its other neighbouring cities. Even though it is a safe city, it is advised to remain vigilant at all times especially at night as certain places tend to look different and it can be easy to get lost.
South African citizens travelling to Seoul for recreational purposes don’t require a visa for trips of up to 30 days. Business trips, however, do require a visa. Whatever the reason for your trip, you’ll need to ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
Address: Seoul. 1-37 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-Ku, Seoul 140-884.
Telephone: + 82 2 2077 5900
Fax: + 82 (0)2 792 4856
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 89.75|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 38.46|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 58.88|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 12.82|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 57.70|
Incheon International Airport – ICN
Food and beverages:Coffee Bean, Gloria Jean’s, Café Vita, McCafé, Caribou Coffee, Starbucks and Café Amoje.
Currency Exchange:Shinhan Bank, Korea Exchange, Hana Bank and Kookmin Bank can all be found in Terminal B1.
Lost luggage:Lost and found items within the airport terminal can be reported to the Incheon International Airport Police, or at the Lost and Found Centre, located in Passenger Terminal B1.
Car hire:Kumho, Avis.
Airport hotels:The Incheon Airport Transit Hotel is located within the airport, near the Duty Free Area.
Airport hub for:Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Korean Air and Polar Air Cargo.
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