We came, we Seoul-ed and we conquered and managed to grab some downtime in South Korea’s hottest spots. Check out our destination guide packed with the most quirky things to do.
Where to stay in Seoul
The Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul is located in the heart of Seoul and consists of 274 rooms and 43 suites over 25 floors. The hotel itself oozes sophistication, where rooms have floor to ceiling windows drawing in natural light and displaying breathtaking views of the bustling city including the N Seoul Tower, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Cityscape. The interiors combine the past with the future of the city, teaming classic Korean design with modern aesthetics and super technology. Gone is the traditional form of hotel rooms, the hotel allows users to book taxis, make requests and order room service through a tablet.
Saemunan-ro, Sinmunno 1(il)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Prices from £230 per night
Where to stay in Busan
Busan is a popular coastal tourist destination nestled 325km away from Seoul. The Hilton Busan lies on the private Ananti Cove and is ultimate beach goals. The Hilton opened its doors to guests two years ago and sets a new standard for destination hotels. The 310-room establishment overlooks the Ananti Town and boasts access to a unique hot spring spa for guests to enjoy. Architectural design lays at the heart of this destination hotel giving tourists a futuristic and sophisticated ambiance to relax in.
268-32 Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang, Busan, South Korea
Prices start from £166 per night
There are dozens of cafes where our furry little friends (and our reptilian ones) live, giving tourists and locals direct access to some R’n’R amongst natures cutest. Animal cafes in Korea include the famed Dog Cafes, Cat Cafes and Racoon Café nestled in and around Seoul’s epicenter. You will find that the entry fee is the first drink and the conditions are clean and relaxed, where the animals appear to adore the customers sitting in them. T he best dog café found would be the Wal’z and Joypia located in Gangnam, Seoul.
134 Yeoksam-ro, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
If you are looking for a destination to both shop and eat then Myeong-dong street market is probably your best bet. Located in Seoul, Myeong-dong hosts hundreds of food trucks with Korean delicacies and stalls filled with every product imaginable. The area boasts shopping malls and is extremely busy where an estimated 2 million people visit each day. The best time to visit this area is when the sun goes down, where you can truly feel the atmosphere of Seoul.
83-9 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Busan
This temple sits peacefully on the coast of Busan, which makes it unique as most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. This is one of the oldest temples built in 1376 and offers tourists and visitors a more tranquil experience for those practicing Buddhism and those sightseeing. April is perhaps the best time to visit where you can immerse yourself in the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang, Busan, South Korea