Today Seoul is a bustling metropolis full of charm, where the old and new harmoniously coexist. There are many skyscrapers and ideal highways, ancient palaces, temples and beautiful gardens. Although Seoul is one of the most high-tech cities in the world, traditional culture remains surprisingly untouched.
We have prepared top 7 of the most interesting places. The most convenient way to explore them is by car. The decision to move around Seoul on a rented car will provide the tourist with freedom in choosing the route. It is better to choose luxury car rental at Seoul airport. There is a great list of luxury cars: Lexus, Porsche Cayenne, Hyundai Tucson, Audi A8, Jaguar JX, Hummer H3, etc.
Seoul’s buildings are impressive not only in history, but also in scale. To really appreciate them is possible only when climbing on the observation deck of one of the skyscrapers. The most famous skyscraper in Seoul is the Yuksam Building with 63 floors. Its golden reflecting glass walls make the surrounding area pale with golden light, that’s why it has the name “Golden Tower”. There are a lot of attractions, among which are also an IMAX cinema, restaurants and cafes, shopping center and aquarium with about 400 species of river, tropical and marine creations.
Seoul is famous for its palaces. The most noteworthy are “The Five Great Palaces” – this is the conventional name for five palace complexes, built more than 500 years ago. The palace with an interesting name Gyeongbokgung (which translates from Korean as “palace of radiant happiness”) is considered the largest of them. Changdeokgung Palace is considered the most remarkable, because it is the only one from all “The Five Great Palaces” that preserved the initial.
Jongmyo Shrine included in the UNESCO World Heritage list and considered the oldest of all Confucian temples of Korea preserved to this day.
The bridge “Rainbow Fountain” is the longest building of its kind in the world: its length is 1140 m. The bridge over the river Hangang, equipped with light and music fountains, was opened in May 2009. Fountains are located on both sides of the bridge, the length of their jets reaches 20 m. The jets of water are illuminated by colorful LED lamps of bright colors, creating an iridescent glow. In the dark, the light show is accompanied by the sounds of music. The bridge is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest fountain bridge. The fountain does not work constantly, it turns on every 20 minutes (it depends on the season). But even for a minute of work of the fountain the water consumption is simply enormous – about 190 tons!
Trick Eye Museum is an interactive museum where all the paintings are made in 3D style, and visitors have a unique opportunity to feel directly as part of the Art’s works. If you do not like to be photographed or you have an overvalued self-esteem, do not even come near this museum, but all the rest, especially children, get ready to have a great time! The museum offers galleries on different topics, where visitors can get to know the canvases more closely. To touch and photograph the exhibits is not only not prohibited, but also encouraged. Inside the museum is another museum – Ice Museum. There you can find sculptures made of ice on completely different subjects.
Namsan Mountain is a symbolic mountain in the center of Seoul and enjoying great popularity as a place to relax. One of the main attractions of Seoul is the Seoul Tower, located on the top of Mount Namsan. In addition to the viewing platform, the Seoul Tower serves as a place where you can get to know Korea’s culture, try on the traditional Korean hanbok dress, enjoy viewing various exhibitions and fascinating cultural performances, and, of course, beautiful views of the city.
In general, Seoul is an ideal place for recreation whether you want to visit cultural attractions, relax in nature, make a lot of successful purchases or have fun with all the heart.