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South Korea is becoming one of the must-see countries quickly and confidently. And Seoul, as a new trendy place for tourism, attracts fans of Korean culture, fashionistas, exotic lovers and ones just wanting to see a completely different world.
Each new unusual dish, each new k-pop group or dorama falls in love with Korea more and more. And the main concentration of this Korean madness that has swept the world is in Seoul. It's a great city, and Seoul must be added to your list of must-visit places on the planet.
It is one of the largest airports in the world. In addition, it is quite new — open since 2001. It has everything a traveler needs, and even a little more. For example, at Incheon Airport you can play a casino games or golf, take a walk in the winter garden right inside the building or go for a massage. This Seoul airport constantly falls into first places with different ratings for passenger comfort. If you give the airports the stars like a hotel rating system, Incheon pulls on all five stars.
There are practically no queues, it is impossible to get lost, and a long wait for a transplant will not become torture, as is often the case in other cities. So, getting off the ramp, passengers immediately get acquainted with the level of development of Seoul and concern for tourists.
Incheon Airport is 70 km away from the city center. And there are four main ways to overcome this distance.
Airport Express (AREX): This is the fastest way. It works like clockwork and takes you to Seoul Station in exactly 43 minutes. Trains are very comfortable with free Wi-Fi on board. One way ticket costs $ 7.5. The train leaves every 40 minutes.
South Korea has been a leader in technology, automotive and entertainment in recent years. Korean brands such as Samsung or Hyundai do not need to be introduced anywhere in the world. In addition, the whole world is now watching K-dramas and listening to K-pop. The Korean cosmetics beloved by girls travels from here to different countries. And, of course, everyone is crazy about Korean food! South Korea is thriving now, and Seoul is at the center of all this development.
There are five royal palace complexes of the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul. Is it obligatory to look at them? And how! Each of them is interesting in its own way and is not like the others. But if time is running out and you want to get the most, then special attention should be paid to the palaces of Chhandok and Gyeongbok.
Chhandok is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its stunning beauty. And Gyeongbok is the main palace, which has gathered all the traditions of the Korean imperial dynasties. If you make time, then you can watch the special ritual of changing of the guard.
No matter how ultramodern Seoul may be, right in the center of the city you can accidentally wander into a traditional Korean village. This is an inspiring example of how careful you can keep your own story.
Bucheon Village is a maze of narrow streets and traditional Korean houses called Hanoks. Here you literally feel in the past, returning about 600 years ago. The most important attraction for tourists in Buccheon is to wear a traditional Korean Hanbok costume and take some atmospheric photos.
As for the magnificent views, this TV tower can show you the best of them. Tower Namsan or popularly Tower N rises 480 meters above sea level. This is perhaps the best place to explore the city from a bird's eye view.
To reach this height, use the Namsan cable car. Entrance to the tower is paid, but worth the money. And it’s also customary for couples to hang locks with their names on the tower. So it is better to stock up with an iron talisman in advance.
Delicious food in Seoul is literally everywhere. And there is no mention of Korean carrots here. The most traditional snack in Korea is peking cabbage Kimchi. Almost every family cooks Kimchi in large volumes and serves this snack for any meal.
Kimchi is one of the ingredients in a set of Banchan. When ordering Banchan in a restaurant, get ready for an abundance of tiny small bowls with a variety of ingredients. There will be algae, and pickled eggs, and vegetables, and some unusual beans. All this is usually served before main courses.
One of the most delicious Korean dishes is often called Ganjang Gejang. This is a raw pickled crab in an abundance of spices and chili peppers. A whole crab with a serving of rice can be ordered for about $ 25 — not such a big price for the most delicious dish.
You will find a Korean barbecue in almost every place in Seoul. A set of pieces of pickled meat of your choice and a small portable grill are brought to the table. Fry for your pleasure and eat meat literally just taken from the fire.
And if you prefer street food, then Seoul will definitely please you. Fried pies, lobster tails, ice cream in cookies. No matter what you choose, you can be sure of the taste of each piece.