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Seoul Travel Guide

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The blue and red yin and yang emblazoned on South Korea's flag represent balance — an ideal that was thrown off-kilter during the Korean War. But after the 1953 armistice, a modern Seoul bloomed anew. Today, the city is characterized by stunning architecture, vibrant culture and a thriving economy — all testaments to Seoul's resilience. continue»

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When to Visit Seoul

The best times to visit Seoul are from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is mild (average daily high temperatures stay below the mid-70s) and travel expenses are low. If you're a powder hound, you'll want to visit between December and February, when average daytime temperatures stay around the freezing mark, offering ample opportunities to sled, ski and ice fish. It's best to avoid the summer months, when uncomfortable humidity, tourist crowds and hotel room costs are at fever pitch.

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Getting Around Seoul

The best way to get around Seoul is the subway. You can throw in a taxi ride here and there if you plan on staying out late or a bus ride if your destination is too far to walk. Seoul is too massive to be explored solely on foot, but it does contain some neighborhoods that were made for walking (Bukchon Village, for example). Because Seoul's public transportation is so cheap and extensive, we advise against renting a car (plus, traffic in the city is legendary). If need be, you can rent a car at either of Seoul's two airports, Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Gimpo International Airport (GMP). The vast majority of international flights come in via Incheon. You can take a taxi from Incheon International Airport into Seoul, but you'll have to pay the Incheon Bridge road toll (about 7,700 KRW or $7 USD) on top of the meter fee. Alternatively, you can take the AREX train from either Incheon or Gimpo to five different subway transfer stations.

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