Transportation is convenient be it by metro/bus/taxi, restaurants are good too, shopping is extremely fun and tax refund is extremely easy, so convenient and fast compare to what I experienced in other countries inclusive of Europe countries.
Basically, this is nice city to visit. The only barrier will be the language and the sign are 99% written in Korean language( foreigner will see it as fear and this is really unknown character except to the native)
seoul is very electic city. I feel safe travel alone and public transport is very convenient. English might not their first language, but you can easily find tourist helper/ information in almost every subway.
It might be too crowded sometimes
Things are more expensive now. People are less friendly and more restriction for dining. Eg. We need to order minimum 3 dishes for 4 diners even though the diners include children.
We still face some communication barriers at times. Overall pleasant stay.
We ecounter a taxi driver who dropped us in the middle of the street at 11.30pm while I have 2 young children with us in mid-January when temperature is below zero degree outside.
He couldn't find the hotel and stop the car in the middle of the block and told us to go down.
Korean are very friendly and eager to help us when we asked for help. Normally, they cannot speak English and Mandarin well but they tried their best to reply us.
Korean people are very welcome and friendly but only few people who speak English. There are many tourist information center that is very usefull for tourist.
Food are excellent (I am are frequent traveler to Seoul as I love their food). But if you want very good local food, there are only Korean menu available.
if you speaks mandarin that's quite convenience nowadays in Korea.
Seoul is a excellent city to shop! Foods, clothing and cosmetics are at reasonable price. Shops open till 6am in the morning, totally worth to go again!
Basically Korean is for foreigner but has fear to speak to English. public peace is almost perfect. if you drink at 4:00 am and sleep on the road.
maybe your packet will still OK. various food is in Seoul and mostly taste good. but the price is like Europe's one. it's irony. but you can save your money and time with public transportation. bus and metro is so cheap and many lines. You determine to stay only in Seoul. you can move all site with bus and metro, no need use the taxi.
Insadong is where you can experience korean culture. The palaces are interesting attractions. Shopping for masks and BB creams is a must.
Namsangol hanok village itself is an experience. If you were lucky, you may even catch an eye opening taekwondo performance
Seoul is a bustling, evert changing city. The metro is cheap and well connected, the busses are great, and everyone is super helpful.
Lookout of the foreigner only taxi's as well!
I've only been to Myeondong for shopping but the people are genearlly very nice there and must have the korean BBQ!!!! It is amazing.
Shopping is heaven, if you find good cheap places, but avoid the myondong main shopping street, as they will drag you to buy the cosmetics and facemasks. They tell you it's one of a life time chance of a deal, and you'd feel about good about buying 50 facemasks made out of snails but when you go home, do you really use them???? Overall, great food and great shopping. Recommend for layover stays in transit.
This is my 2nd trip to Seoul after 20 years interval, the city has changed a lot, the communication has improved but not yet there.
I find the city confusing, got lost all the time, which is unusual for me.
It's such a nice, clean city. It's nice to walk around it without having to worry too much about getting lost or being mugged.
People are generally nice. Some do kind of bump against you sometimes in busy areas, like the subway. Most locals are not very keen with English, so that could be an issue. Even in Western stores sometimes, like say Forever 21, they have staff members who can't understand/speak English. But a lot of them are familiar with English, so it's not too much trouble. Maybe a little bit with the accent, but nothing major. I loved Seoul! Hope to come back soon!
Best for shopping, but if you want to have something outdoor or historical sightseeing, other cities would be better choices.
Bushan and Gyeongju are recommended.
Hongdae is a very nice place for shoppers with younger children. A lots a good restaurant & food stalls a long the street.
Not so packed as Myeongdong & Dongdaemun
I love Seoul. Not so expensive, great food, and happy people. You will really enjoy this city without burning your cash.
Honestly, I love this city more than London. The food/price makes the difference
The nightlife in Seoul is unmatched by any other Asian city. Beautiful people, great vibe - they love to party hard.
the cosmetic here is very cheap and so many choice. but the older people is kind a rude. other than that it is fun
GOOD SERVICE, KIND AND MANY AMENTITIES TO ENJOY IN THIS CITY. SHOULD VISIT THIS PLACE IN DIFFERENT WEATHER TIMES.
IN FALL SEASON, RECOMMEND SEORAK MOUNTAIN, WINTER SEASON FOR SKIING, SUMMER AND SPRING SEASONS, SHOULD GO TO BEACH. NIGHT TIME, EVERYWHERE IN SEOUL WOULD BE GREAT ! NAMSAN TOWER IS THE ONE TO VIEW AT NIGHT TIME. FOR SHOPPING, SHOULD GO TO MYEONG DONG, BUYING CLOTHS, SHOULD VISIT DONG DAE MUN, FOR SMALL TRADITIONAL SHOPPING PLACE, NAM DAE MUN TO VISIT.
Mandarin is more common than English in Korea. Shopping, ski, food, nature, historical......etc. All are good.
Higher foreign exchange rates and more food options in Maengdung. Cheaper prices for shopping in Dungdaimun.
Eat and shop in Myeongdong and Gangnam. Travel by the metro everywhere as it is super efficient and cheap.
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Learn some basic Korean however you can still survive with body language as people are generally helpful.
The tax refund is a highlight, better than all Europe countries, fast, advance and convenient.
Busy city that never sleeps (shopping mall in Dongdaemun closes at 5am, restaurant operates until late)
there are a lot of activities to do in seoul. there are many shopping area many good bar and ppl so kind
Great vibrant city with 24 HR restaurants and night life. Great food choices and street food available.
Accessible via trains and subway, buses. Good to know abit of Korean. My daughter could read and speak a little and that helps. If not, can still survive with English and mandarin.
Clean and modern! Impressive mass transit system. Taxis, Trains, Buses and Subways are easy to use.
Bus service from airport is recommend if your hotel is close by the stops. Always make sure the Taxi drivers use the meter and the GPS to get you to your destination. Ask the Hotel staff to write the destination in Korean and take a hotel card with you for the return trip.