About Seoul

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Language: Korean, also referred to as Hangu
Currency: won (KRW)
Time Zone: Korean Standard Time
Telephone Country Code:

Korea (South) Phone Code: 82
Seoul Area Code: 2
Seoul Dial Code: +82 2

Weather: In September, the average temperature reaches a high of about 79°F (about 26°C) during the day, and only dips to a mild 62°F (about 16°C) in the evenings.

Exploring Seoul

Seoul-city-viewWith its population of over 9.7 million, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a metropolitan city where high-tech and pop culture meet ancient Buddhist temples and palaces. In 2019, South Korea was named the “World's Most Innovative Country” by the Bloomberg Innovation Index – a position it held for 6 consecutive years. In the 21st century, South Korea has been noted for its globally influential pop culture, such as K-pop and TV dramas, a phenomenon referred to as the “Korean Wave.”

Visit Seoul and roll back time by spending a day at any of the 5 Grand Palaces: the Seoul-lanternsGyeongbokgung Palace, the most historically important and impressive palace which boasts more than 7,000 rooms; Changdeokgung & Changgyeonggung (the East Palace complex) for their antiquity and surrounding gardens; Deoksugung & Gyeonghuigung smaller palaces that house the Seoul Museum of History, and offer views of sculptures and eateries.

Stroll the many shrines and Buddhist temples; visit your choice of museums of art, history, even interactive. Seoul offers a diverse selection of music, verbal and non-verbal stage performances and street performances to entertain any spectator.  Find your inner Seoul, at the Pureun Arboretum, at the Seoul Botanic Park, or in the Seoul Forest.

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