24 Hours in Seoul
Written by Nell McShane Wulfhart
June might be the best time of year to visit Seoul. The summer’s heat has yet to emerge in full force, trees are lush with leaves, and the city is ready to party.
High-energy and bursting with life, Seoul’s a compelling combination of traditional – gorgeous century-old palaces and temples, a charming deference to the elderly – and the very, very modern – lightning-fast Wi-Fi, edgy architecture, and an app for everything under the sun. Dive into the city’s unique style with stops at the major sites, refuelling at the city’s myriad cafés and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and plan to sleep as little as possible – this is a city that runs 24 hours a day. Expect efficient transport, excellent service, and plenty of welcoming smiles.
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s subway is the best option for getting around the city: it’s cheap, efficient, and goes absolutely everywhere. Signs and maps are in English and Korean.
The best place for a scenic cycle is on the banks of the Han River, where bikes can be rented by the hour.
Seoul is sprawling, so walking tours should be saved for exploring a particular neighbourhood rather than trying to take in all the sights on foot.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful (except at rush hour), but drivers don’t often speak English. Get your hotel to write down your destination in Korean.