Seoul is the capital city of South Korea and yet the biggest city with enormous population (10,000,000+) among the country. Seoul located in Northwest of South Korea, the city are spread along Hang river. Important businesses, shopping, living areas are all surrounded either above or below Hang river. Seoul is the key center which having politic, economy, technology, art and culture all under in one place. Korea has once encountered finance crisis back in late 1990s, local government intended to invest on technology to rebuild the city afterwards and thus leading Korea as one of the country with key influence in technology development nowadays. Technology brands like Samsung and LG are well-known to the world and headquartered in Seoul.
Nonetheless, Seoul is also a city filled with rich history. Along with the global influence of Korean culture, such as K-pop, Korean dramas & movies, local cuisines and fashion, driving more than 10 million tourists make their visit to Seoul to explore and experience its unique cultures every year. Check out below travel tops from Hong Kong to seoul.
From Apr 1, 2020, South Korea has put travel restrictions on all foreign travelers to avoid COVID-19 spreading. All travellers entry into South Korea has to undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine upon arrival. Tourists without accommodation will be requested to undergo 14 days quarantine in designated quarantine facility.
*Latest update as of Apr 1, 2020
From HK to Seoul, flight time is around 3 hour 50 minute; Cathay Pacifics, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju air , Jin Air , Cathay Dragon , Hong Kong Express are airlines offering direct flight service from Hong Kong to Seoul. International flight from hk seoul, will arrive in Incheon International Airport (ICN).
Metro is one of the most convenient transportation for tourist to commute around city hotspots. Seoul’s subway system is one of the busiest metro system in the world, comes with total 9 metro lines and other rapid transit rails, which links to Seoul metropolitan areas and its suburbs. T-money is the transport payment card which can be used on various public transportations, like metro, bus, and taxi; it can be purchased in local convenience stores and often comes with lower transportation cost and transferring discounts between metro lines.
The Seoul city tour bus is also another way to explore the city attractions. Simply get a one day pass to hop on and off your ideal attraction within town. To explore the country in-depth, tourist can use the train system and reach to other cities of South Korea by mainly operated by Korail.
Shopping places are widespread within Seoul Metropolian area. Myeongdong, Hongdae, Dongdaemun, Insadong, Kangnam, Sinsadong area are some famous shopping area in Seoul. Other than these popular shopping areas, shopping mall & department store like Times Square Mall, Starfield COEX Mall, Lotte Department store myeongdong, Common Ground, Mecenatpolis Mall, Shinsegae department store, and Hyandai department store are also the best places to visit for shopping Korean brand product.
Speaking of Seoul attractions, Seoul has a lot to offer in traditional Korean culture. Popular cultural attractions such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace always amazes travelers with its rich culture & profound history. Plenty of workshops and cultural events often take place in these palaces in cultivating traditional Korean cultures to foreigners.
Other than cultural landmarks, Seoul has many other leisure attractions, not limited to N Seoul tower, Yeouido Hangang Park, etc.