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Seoul Republic of Korea

Seoul is a true megacity. More than nine million people live here, keeping the post-war economic miracle alive. Many have claimed the title, but this is truly a city that never sleeps thanks to its inherent ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality. Boisterous barbeque meals, karaoke rooms and neon-lit bars will carry you through till sunrise. But you can also take the slow road. Walk up to remote temples, peruse silent art galleries or take tea, kneeled in ceremony, in a historic hanok (traditional Korean house). Whether you like it fast-paced or easy-going, Seoul has something for you.

What to do

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Mount Inwang

Hike one of the city’s mountains. At 338m high, mystical Mount Inwang is steep but manageable, and rewards you with views across S...


Seoul Museum of Chicken Art

Go “bird spotting”. First at the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art, closely followed by the nearby – and equally quirky and engaging – O...


Jjimjilbang, Seoul’s ubiquitous saunas

Exfoliate at a jjimjilbang, Seoul’s ubiquitous saunas where friends and families go weekly to scrub and be scrubbed. Foreigner-fri...

What to do in Seoul - Gangnam  

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What to do in Seoul - Learn to make Kimchi  

Learn to make kimchi


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Where to eat

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Where to eat in Seoul - Braai Republic

Braai Republic

This gem grew from the success of the owner’s shop where he sold homemade biltong (cured meat) and sausages. Now that it’s a fully-fledged restaurant, expats and locals come for a full range of South African treats from grilled lamb chops to meat pies baked fresh to order. First timers should order the meat platter to share, to taste a bit of everything. It comes with two lamb chops, two different sausages and three side dishes. Be sure to ask for some peri peri sauce if you like a bit of spice; it's made from the owner’s own recipe and complements the sausages perfectly.

Insider Tip: This laid-back eatery is incredibly popular. If you plan on visiting between 6pm and 9pm (the restaurant’s busiest time), call at least an hour before so that they can fit you in. Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Tel: 82 708 879 1967s


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