Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Seoul. WTR's Seoul map shows you the location of the National Folk Museum and the Leeum Samsung Musuem of Art.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Braai Republic and what to order at Hamlagat .
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Welge Travel Report Notables in Seoul
Getting around Seoul
Public transportation in Seoul
WTR's Tony Transit says getting around Seoul is a breeze. Check out this site for the best public transportation in Seoul (kias.re.kr/sub06/sub06_06.jsp)
People Watching in Seoul
Our Francois Flaneur says for the best "PW" go to Mueong-dong and garosu-gil.
Dining in Seoul
WTR's Carlota Cuisine says the best dining in at Chung Dam Il Mak - L & D: Daily, 334 Dosan -daero, Gangman-gu, 82 2 548 5529
Seoul celebrity hangout featuring a glass domed ceiling and live music by underground artists. Signature dish is BBQ pork neck salad.
Nightlife/Entertainment areas in Seoul
WTR's Shauna Showtime says the best nightlife is The Itaewon Strip and Myeongdong.
Botanically Yours in Seoul
WTR's Greta Gardner lists Interesting gardens for our horticultural friends.
The Namsan Botanical Garden - San 1-103, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, 82-2-753-2563 offers 13 gardens featuring 269 species that include a garden of herbal medicine, apricot trees, wildflowers, royal azaleas, shrubs, commercial plants and a garden for the blind.
Another interesting garden is the Seoul Iris Garden – Daily: 7 AM- 8 PM, 916, Madeul-ro, Dobong-gu, 82-2-954-0031. The garden has a wide array of irises, plus a ‘Medicinal Plant Garden’ and ‘Wetland Park.’
Beverage Experience in Seoul
A note in regard to beverages in Seoul: When ordering tea your expectations will no doubt be exceeded. Korea has many unusual teas that include: Omiga tea, Citron tea, Chrysanthemum tea, Daechu tea, Green plum tea, Corn tea and Barley tea.
Our Larry Lager says local beers are pretty good.
WTR's Winnie Winesnob offers the following advice on pairing wine with Korean cuisine. "For Asian cuisine wine needs the ability to adapt to a wildly diverse array of flavors."
"Lighter bodied wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol work with most Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food. A cool climate Pinot Noir works well because of its high tannins and high acidity. (We like a Zinfandel)
Many white wines work for the same reasons. Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio and Albarino are good choices.
Avoid highly aromatic varieties like Gewurztraminer and lightly sweet Rieslings."
Pudoju is a fruit wine made from rice and mixed with grapes, it’s cheap. Makgeolli is Korean rice alcohol that is also cheap and sweet. Wolhyang is a little more upscale alcohol. Soju is distilled liquor made from sweet potatoes. Popular brands of Soju are Chamisul and Chum Churum. Androngsoju, a step or two up, is hand crafted liquor. Korea imports wines from around the world that are found in most restaurants.
Shopping in Seoul
Shopping in Seoul is world-class. Our Shari Shopper says to find the best shopping to check out: Shinsegae Department Store at 52-5 Chungmuro, 1-ga, Jung-gu, Hyundai Department Store at 429 Apkujong-dong, Kangnam-gu, and Lotte Department Store at 1 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu. Shari also recommends the Myeongdong Shopping District in Jung-gu and the Namdaemun Market at 49 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu.
Seoul Jungang Traditional Market – Daily: 6 AM-9 PM, Seoul Jung-gu Hwanghak-dong 409, large market providing food items as well as crafts.
Business Information for Seoul
Here is help in regard for your business in Seoul: (koreabusinesscentral.com/page/seoul-global-business-suppor)
U.S. Embassy:( usembassy.gov) U.S. Embassy, Consular Section/American Citizen Services (ACS), 188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-710, Tel: 82-(0)2-397-4040
Recognition for Seoul
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Seoul
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: The National Museum of Korea
August 14 to October 28, 2018 see Stories of Space, Time, and Human: 500 Years of Cartography in Joseon Dynasty
The National Museum of Korea presents "Stories of Space, Time, and Human: 500 Years of Cartography in Joseon Dynasty". This special exhibition sheds light on the cartographic culture of the Joseon dynasty, focusing on its great importance as records of human traces. It offers an exclusive opportunity to appreciate the cartographic achievements of the time which inherited cartographic traditions dating back to the Three Kingdoms Period.