Seoul is the capital of South Korea, and one of the country’s sixteen administrative divisions. It is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. Whether you are lodged in an exclusive hotel or one of the cozy budget hotels in Seoul, you will soon see that you are in a city of great contrasts. Here, time honored tradition exists in harmony with the ultra-modern world. Skyscrapers of steel and glass tower over ancient palaces. The Joseon Dynasty Palaces are a link between modern Korea and its monarchical past. The Gyeongbok-gung (Palace of Shining Happiness) dates back to 1394.
Even though it has been reduced from its original grandeur, the former royal residence is still a magnificent complex, and one of Seoul’s main tourist attractions. Many of the discount hotels in Seoul are near remnants of the City Walls and the Nine Gates that once protected the capital. These date back to the 14th century. The City Walls were eighteen kilometers long. Other important sites are the 3rd century Mongchon Fortress and the Gojong Memorial which was erected in 1904 and dedicated to King Gojong. For a break from the bustling city, take a walk through beautiful, tranquil Nam-san Park. This is Seoul’s largest green area, and is famous for its gardens and statues of Korea’s great leaders and poets.
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