Chandeokgung Palace, Seoul, Korea

About Seoul

The capital of South Korea, Seoul sits on the Han River and together with the neighbouring metropolitan areas of Incheon and Gyonggi Province is the world’s 16th largest city with a population estimated at 25 million. The city hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup football tournament. It has a well-developed metro rail system, and high-speed trains (the Korea Train Express or KTX service) to Incheon Airport and Busan.

  • Changdeokgung Palace
  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • War Memorial
  • Trickeye Museum - full of optical illusions and surreal images

Because of the distances involved in travelling around the city, visitors to the city for the hot springs usually stay locally in the onsen areas; many of the onsen facilities are open very late.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo, fly to Oita and take airport bus service to Beppu
  • From Osaka or Kyoto, take the Bullet train to Kokura and then local express train
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