Big City Tales

Sole to Soul in Seoul | February 19, 2018

As the world’s best athletes converge on PyeongChang, South Korea to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, the best of Korean culture is on display for the rest of the world to admire.

The road to the games runs through the capital city of Seoul, which coincidentally hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics, and is a global dynamo. Seoul is a bustling metropolis that seamlessly merges ancient traditions with modern spectacles and its downtown core can be easily be enjoyed on foot.

Rest assured, with each step of your sole the beauty and grandeur of the city will surely touch your soul.

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Old Meets New

The heart of Seoul’s downtown area features the remnants of the Joseon Dynasty, a kingdom that lasted for five centuries before the establishment of the Korean Empire in 1897.

Grand palaces and elaborate temples from days of old hold their own against the glitz and glamour of Seoul’s sparkling waterfront and its epic shopping districts.

The Cheonggyecheon is a public recreation space built along the path of an ancient stream that flows east to west through the downtown. Jongno (known as Bell Street) contains many important historical landmarks such as the Bosingak belfry, Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park), and Dongdaemun (Great East Gate).  The Jongno Tower is a 33-floor modern office building with a restaurant/bar on the top floor that is known for its city views.

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Beyond Downtown Seoul

There are a total of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the broader Seoul Capital Area that include: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong (a mountain fortress city), and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

Modern landmarks such as N Seoul Tower, the 63 Building, Lotte World Tower, and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza demonstrate some of the city’s best architectural efforts in recent years.

Colourful City Collage

By day or by night, the bold and bright colours of Seoul reveal the gems of its rich cultural heritage that have paved the way for a new and equally charming modern aesthetic. In recent years the city has received numerous awards for its architectural design and general livability; little wonder that international visitors are attracted in droves to soak up the best that Seoul has to offer.

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