Visit the South Korean capital, Seoul | Private jet charter
Seoul, the sprawling capital city of South Korea, is a variety of modern architecture and futuristic dynamism, set against a backdrop of Buddhist temples, royal palaces, landscaped parks and rugged mountains. Home to some 10 million people, Seoul offers World Heritage sites, an outstanding restaurant scene, buzzing night markets and world-class museums.
Seoul’s most famous market in the Jongno-gu district offers visitors an enticing selection of local Korean street food. Among the 200 stalls you’ll find tourists and locals tasting the much-loved mung bean pancake (bindaetteok), gimbap, sundae (blood sausage), noodles and more. The rice wine (makgeolli) is a great accompaniment to the bibimbap or boribap – mixed rice and barley with a veggie topping. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 10pm.
Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace)
Some say this is the most beautiful of all Seoul’s five palaces. Changdeokgung is World Heritage listed and served as the main royal residence until 1872. It is built on feng shui principles with a mountain backdrop and a small river in front. Once through the impressive main gate, the largest palace – the Injeongjeon – has a paved courtyard and open corridors.
Visit the Huwon Pavilions by the lily pond and enjoy the woodland glades. There are moonlight tours of the place and grounds between April and June.
Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
Head to Gwanghwamun Gate at the entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace for this extraordinary ceremony that dates back to 1459 and the Joseon Dynasty. You’ll be given a rare insight into this honoured tradition that takes place hourly beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm. Take the subway to Gyeongbokgung Station Line 3 and follow signs to Exit 5.
Shopping at Myeongdong
Fashionistas will love Seoul’s most popular shopping district. From international brands to unique Korean crafts and cosmetic brands such as Etude House and Skin Food. Shop til you drop and recover in one of the many restaurants in the area all with Korean, Western and Japanese options.
N Seoul Tower
Located on Mount Namsan, N Seoul Tower is an iconic symbol that offers panoramic views from its summit at 236m. The Tower is a popular venue for cultural events with movies, exhibitions and restaurants.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Located between the palaces of Gyeongbokgung to the west and Changdeokgung to the east, this traditional Korean residential area has homes that are about 600 years old. Each hanok dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. Many are now guesthouses, teahouses or cultural centres giving foreigners a chance to explore this fascinating culture among the myriad alleyways.