Prospering not far from the Yellow Sea, Seoul, the political, economic and cultural capital of South Korea, symbolizes the dynamism of the megacities of East Asia, where modern skyscrapers and buildings - such as the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza Congress Centre - flourish alongside ancient Buddhist temples. Travelled by more than 10 million Koreans living at high speed, the sprawling city with its staggering population density is indeed an astonishing combination of the future - with its acid pop culture and unconditional penchant for high-tech - and millenary traditions, both religious and commercial, something that will be measured against the countless holy places and street markets. The many UNESCO World Heritage monuments, such as the Gyeongbokgungou Palace or the Jogyesa Temple, are exceptionally well preserved, witnessing an illustrious past. It is this profusion of urban treasures that the Seoul tourist guide proposes to explore, not neglecting the stops in the green spaces dotting the city, but also the good places to eat and, as the world shopping capital, the shops not to be missed. You can also take a short break from the city frenzy to visit the famous demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, but also the islands of Incheon Bay and traditional villages, passing through the historic landmark of Suwon, an essential stopover. Welcome to Seoul! 서울

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When to go to Seoul? The high tourist season is during the summer (July-August) and yet it is one of the least pleasant. The weather is hot and very humid, the beaches are crowded and prices are doubling. Spring and autumn are the mildest, cheapest and by far the least crowded seasons, making it the best time to travel to Seoul. We advise you especially in September and October to make the most of the region. This is also the time of the Chuseok national holiday, a kind of local All Saints' Day, and, as on the other national holiday - Seollal, early February, the Lunar New Year - millions of Koreans invade the roads to pay tribute to their ancestors in their native land. Many stores are closing. But don't think there's nothing you can do: on the contrary, it's time to go to places that are usually crowded with tourists, because there's no one there. All you have to do is avoid the main roads (motorways) and take the train or plane instead of the bus. Be careful, for these dates, Koreans book their transport several months in advance! An idea could be, for example, to go to Icheon by subway, 1 hour from Seoul, and then take a boat to one of the islands. When to go to Seoul? In spring or autumn if possible!

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There are specialists from South Korea who have forged long-term partnerships with tourism agencies and structures in Seoul. As a result, there are quite a few offers and going through this channel often greatly facilitates the process in a country where the language can be a barrier for Francophones. The rates offered by this type of travel structure are also often attractive enough to visit Seoul.

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The average price of a flight between Western Europe and Seoul is €800 in high season, €600 in low season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the reservation time. As with accommodation, to obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Remember to buy your tickets six months before departure!

Transportation is very convenient in Seoul. And they are also very safe at any time of the day or night. The metro is the best way to get around is the metro: cheap, fast and with information in English, the network covers the entire metropolis, and even allows you to go to nearby cities, including Incheon and Suwon. Seoul also has an impressive number of buses, which is an excellent complement to the metro, to get to some areas. Taxis number in the thousands and criss-cross the city day and night. The main tourist districts offer distances between each site which, for the most part, can be covered on foot.

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When to travel?

When to go to Seoul? The high tourist season is during the summer (July-August) and yet it is one of the...
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Weather forecast

Seoul's weather depends on the four distinct seasons that punctuate the Korean year. Winters, from late November to e...
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Budget

The South Korean currency is the won. Overall, life in Seoul is cheaper than in major Western cities, but a stay can...
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Formalities
French nationals travelling to Seoul do not need a visa for a tourist or business stay of less than 90 days (60 day...
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Health

There is no particular health risk in Seoul, nor is there a mandatory vaccine. The hospital facilities are of very go...
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How to travel by yourself?

The average price of a flight between Western Europe and Seoul is €800 in high season, €600 in low s...
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How to get organized?

There are specialists from South Korea who have forged long-term partnerships with tourism agencies and structures in...
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Getting around

Transportation is very convenient in Seoul. And they are also very safe at any time of the day or night. The metro is...
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