We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Seoul as recommended by the most popular travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.
Seoul, or officially the Seoul Special Metropolitan City, is the capital of South Korea and the largest metropolis of South Korea. Together with some surrounding metropolis and province, Seoul holds almost half the population of the country, making it the most important city in the country.
Seoul is a city with a rich history which is why its city center has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Changdeok Palace, the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, Hwaseong Fortress, Namhansanseong and the Jongmyo Shrine.
In modern times, Seoul has become a city more associated with major modern landmarks and architecture that includes the N Seoul Tower, the famous 63 Building, the Lotte World Tower, Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, Parc1 Tower and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Futuristic designs like the aforementioned structures are the reason why Seoul was named the 2010 World Design Capital.
Seoul is also popular for being the birthplace of K-pop, a genre of music that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and the Korean Wave. Seoul is one of the top tourist destinations in the world; it is among the top ten most visited city in the world and among the largest earners in tourism.
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