Flights to Seoul (SEL)

South Korea might be known as the Land of the Morning Calm, but there’s nothing low-key about its buzzing capital.
Region - Asia and the Pacific Selected (Selecting an item from the list will refresh the page)
Select city - Seoul Selected (Selecting an item from the list will refresh the page)
  • Emirates destinations:
  • Seoul

Search flights to Seoul

Flights from TND 1,650
 Please choose your departure date
 Please choose your return date

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

What to do in Seoul

Stay up all night in Hongdae

Many of the city’s best nightlife venues can be found in Hongdae, a buzzing student neighbourhood. In between venues you can snack on some local street food, shop the market stalls or pop into a 24-hour barbecue restaurant. Start your journey at Hongik University, where there's a handy metro station.

Hongik University Metro Station
165 Donggyo-dong
Mapo-gu
odsay.com (Korean language website)

Shop the night markets

Skip the mega malls – haggling at one of Seoul’s markets is much more fun. For the best fashion finds, head to Dongdaemun Market near the Dongdaemun Station. Fuel up with some tasty South Korean street food, such as mandu (fried dumplings) and tteokbokki (spicy, gooey rice cakes).

Dongdaemun Station
Changsin-dong
Jongno-gu
english.visitkorea.or.kr

Relax at the Dragon Hill Spa

A trip to a jimjilbang (bathhouse) costs next to nothing, and is a must-do while you’re visiting Seoul. Dragon Hill Spa is one of the best. Soak and steam in the baths and saunas to your heart’s content – there are even areas to nap – before splashing out on a full body scrub.

40-713 Hangangno 3-ga
Yongsan-gu
+82 2 792 0001
dragonhillspa.com

Hike in Bukhansan National Park

Bring your boots – South Koreans love to hike, and even urban Seoul has mountains to explore. Just a 20-minute drive from the city, you’ll find Bukhansan, a beautiful mountain with its own national park. You can reach its highest peak (Baegundae at 836m) in around three hours and the views of the city from up there are amazing.

262 Bogukmun-ro
Seongbuk-gu
+82 2 909 0497
english.knps.or.kr

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung is a terrific place to learn more about South Korean culture and tours of this stunning former palace take place throughout the day. It’s also home to the brilliant National Folk Museum of Korea. Make time to visit nearby Bukchon Village and see its restored traditional wooden houses.

61 Sajik-ro
Jongno-gu
+82 23 700 3900
royalpalace.go.kr

Sing at the Luxury Su

Nothing beats some late night karaoke, and noraebangs (private singing rooms) will stay open as long as you can keep on belting out Bon Jovi. You can find noraebangs pretty much everywhere, but it’s worth making the trip to Luxury Su in Hongdae, if only for the funky rooms and free ice cream.

367-39 Seogyo-dong
Mapo-gu
+82 322 3111
skysu.com

Where to eat in Seoul

Tosokchon (Korean)

In need of some comfort food? The signature dish here is samgyetang, which may as well translate into ‘chicken soup for the soul’; slow-cooked chicken stuffed with chestnuts, ginseng and garlic, served in a soothing rice broth. It’s so good that the late Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun was said to be a fan.

5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil
Jongno-gu
+82 2 737 7444
tosokchon.com

The Beastro (New American)

The Beastro has had a strong crew of followers since arriving on the Seoul dining scene. Located in trendy Hongdae, this bistro serves modern American comfort food, with creative twists on everything from Philly cheesesteak sandwiches to southern fried chicken. The rooftop seating is lovely when the weather is warm.

358-32 Seogyo-dong
Mapo-gu
+82 2 334 2500
thebeastroseoul.com

Byeokje Galbi (Korean)

Whenever Seoulites argue about where to find the best galbi (barbecued beef ribs) in the city, you can bet Byeokje Galbi’s name comes up. The fact that all the meat is from organically-fed, farm-raised cattle makes the Korean barbecue here a little bit pricey, but very tasty.

205-8 Bangi-dong
Songpa-gu
+82 2 415 5522
ibjgalbi.com (Korean language website)

Jungsik (Fusion)

Chef Yim Jungsik is a bit of a genius. Luckily for Seoulites, he’s taken all the molecular gastronomy know-how he picked up studying at New York’s Culinary Institute of America and brought it home. His excellent fusion restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Seoul.

11 Seolleung-ro 158-gil
Gangnam-gu
+82 2 517 4654
jungsik.kr/seoul

Plant (International/ Vegan)

Vegan restaurants in Korea are becoming more and more common, and Plant is a real treasure. Seoul-dweller Mipa Lee (of the brilliant vegan food blog Alien’s Day Out) serves tasty Korean and international dishes, plus healthy baked treats, in this cosy, quirky cafe in Itaewon.

1F
63-15 Itaewon-dong
Yongsan-gu
+82 70 4115 8388
facebook.com/STUDIOPLANT

Le Saint-Ex (French)

Tucked away down a side street in Itaewon, this hidden gem is the best French restaurant in Seoul. It’s bright and elegant, and the food is impeccable, with a chalkboard menu that changes daily. The baguettes are the best in town, brought over from the French-run Guillaume Bakery.

‪119-28, Itaewon-dong
Yongsan-gu
+81 2 795 2465
facebook.com/lesaintex

Places to stay in Seoul

Sophia Guest House

This traditional guesthouse makes a superb base if your main interest is sightseeing. It’s right next to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and just a short distance from the fascinating neighbourhoods of Samcheong-dong and Insa-dong. The rooms are comfortable, even though you’re sleeping on mats, and the home-cooked food is superb.

Sogyeokdong 157-1
Jongno-gu
+82 2 720 5467
sophiagh.com

ShinShin Hotel

For a three-star hotel, ShinShin is really quite luxurious. The rooms are stylish and spacious, loosely based on traditional Korean designs, and perfect for a family on a budget. The hotel is located in Myeong-dong, which is great for shopping and makes a good base for visiting downtown Seoul.

17-5 Namdaemun-ro 5-gil
Jung-gu
+82 2 2139 1000
hotel-shinshin.com

Conrad Hotel

For a luxury stay, but in a low-key neighbourhood, try this five-star hotel. Located in stylish Yeouido-dong, you can keep fit by doing laps of the 25m indoor swimming pool or practising your golf swing in one of the seven driving ranges. If you’d rather just relax in your room, be sure to ask for one with views of the Han River.

23-1 Yeouido-dong
Yeongdeungpo-gu
+82 2 6137 7000
conradseoul.co.kr

Sopoong Guest House

Want a unique stay in Seoul? Skip the hotels and go to a hanok (traditional Korean guesthouse) instead. Sopoong’s a popular choice, thanks to its lovely owners. They’ll give you tips on the best places to visit in Seoul and make sure you’re well fed before you go exploring.

18 Gyedong 2-gil

Seoul Backpackers

Nothing beats staying in a hostel for meeting fellow travellers, and Seoul Backpackers is one of the best and most sociable. It’s just a short walk from the metro (Hoehyeon Station) so you can easily hop on the subway to explore the rest of the city. The rooms are basic, clean and comfortable.

205-125 Namchang-dong
Jung-gu
+82 2 962 3113
ndseoulhotel.com

Park Hyatt

This five-star hotel in Gangnam is perfect if you want to splash out on somewhere stylish. Soak up gorgeous city views from the heated indoor infinity pool, and in the evening head for the Timber House Restaurant to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine and live jazz.

606 Teheran-ro
Gangnam-gu
135-552
+82 2 2016 1234
seoul.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel

  Seoul