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The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is a landscape dotted with sky-rises, glittering street markets, Buddhist temples, and some glorious, rambling palaces. The futuristic feel of the city will hold your attention from the moment you set your foot in. Among top places to visit in Seoul, head to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza to marvel at its unique architectural style and spend some time at the rooftop park. During your stay, there are several activities in Seoul you can pursue such as a trip to the opulent Gyeongbokgung Palace which has about 7000 rooms and then proceed to the Jogyesa Temple where you will be amid a serene setting surrounded by age-old pine and locust trees.

Seoul is always on the go, everything about it is cutting-edge - its passion for technology, fashion, and then the way modernity blends with tradition at its many palaces and temples and spiritual stopovers is quite mind-boggling. There are several fun activities in Seoul you can sign up for, of which a trip down the Bukchon Hanok Village, home to traditional Korean houses ‘Hanok’ that go back to the Joseon Dynasty, will be a cultural experience. In the neighborhood of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, many of these hanoks operate as guesthouses, tea parlors, restaurants and cultural centres, and to a visitor it is a great way to mingle with the locals, share a cup of tea with them and experience traditional Korean hospitality first-hand. Soak up Seoul’s food scene with a walk down the Noryangjin Fish Market where you can tuck into a bowl of spicy crab soup. Another dish the locals swear by is the hotteok which is basically fresh pancakes with sweet or savory fillings.

Shopping buffs should make tracks to the Namdaemun or the Dongdaemun night market, and pick up some high-fashion clothes and accessories at throwaway prices. For a slice of nightlife, find your haven in Itaewon or Hongdae. But on the day you want to put your feet up and enjoy some pampering, the city is home to a veritable array of sauna and spas locally called jjimjil-bang. If you love to cycle around or are scouting for green spaces in the heart of the city, pay a visit to the landscaped parks along the Han River and the Cheong-gye stream. The area around is lush with cycling tracks etched out.