Why not try the Diverse Attractions of Seoul?

Why not try the Diverse Attractions of Seoul?

Full of vitality with 10.3 million people, soaring skyscrapers and traffic, Seoul is the capital of Korea with over 600 years of history. It is also a global city in which about 10 million foreign visitors arrive every year.

As the center of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics, Seoul surprisingly well blends the cultural heritage of the nation and the modern aspect of decades of economic growth and urbanization.

While the city boasts bustling shopping and entertainment districts and the world’s best information-technology infrastructure, you will find that the city is the home to centuries-old historic sites such as royal palaces and temples.


The city also features spectacular natural settings with a river and mountains – Mt. Bugaksan, Bukhansan, Inwangsan, Namsan and Gwanaksan. Each mountain that boasts natural scenic landscapes and views overlooking the city of Seoul can be easily accessed via public transportation. In addition, Han River which runs through the center of the city offers a great recreational area for residents and tourists.

With the Korean wave, called Hallyu, booming abroad, Seoul, which is filled with numerous boutique stores featuring the latest fashion trend in fashion items and cosmetics, has been emerging as a center of fashion, culture and shopping in Asia, seeing the number of foreign tourists to Seoul increase remarkably.

CNN reported in 2011, “There’s a reason Asian tourists have ranked Seoul as their favorite world city three years in a row. There are 50 of them,” listing various reasons such as Galbi, Kimchi, royal palaces, and heated floors (ondol). And, the underground mall COEX Mall was on the list of 50 reasons.

Actually, Seoul’s landmark shopping centers like renovated COEX Mall and Lotte World Mall as well as traditional shopping districts such as Namdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Market also draw a large number of tourists every year.

Visitors to Seoul can stay comfortably in diverse accommodations offering a variety of tantalizing service and prices – business hotels, guest houses and youth hostels, including the following luxury hotels.


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Seoul City Tour Bus

Seoul, the capital of Korea, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of country. Packed with countless sights to see and places to visit from traditional royal palaces to trendy shopping districts Seoul is a city with so much to offer that you might not know where to start.


Seoul City Tour Bus


If this is your first time in the city and you’re not quite sure what to see or do, your best bet would be Seoul City Tour. As you ride around the city on the Seoul City Tour bus, an onboard multilingual audio guide will give you a detailed description of each point of interest, making sure that you don’t miss a thing.

Seoul City Tour is a convenient hop-on, hop-off bus tour that hits all of the major tourist attractions in Seoul. With one ticket, people can see markets like Dongdaemun Market, shopping districts like Myeongdong, ancient palaces like Gyeongbokgung Palace and major landmarks like N Seoul Tower in addition to discounted admission fees to many of these

There are two types of buses available; single-decker buses and double-decker buses. Every bus comes equipped with wide, reclining seats with individual audio guides at every seat. The audio guides are available in several different languages including Korean, Japanese, English, and Chinese and provide detailed information on every stop on the route.


Bus Routes & Operating Hours

There are three tours available: the City Circulation Tour, the Cheonggyecheon (Stream) & Palace Tour and two Night Tours.

City Circulation Tour: 26 stops – 09:00-21:00 / Last departure: 19:00 / 30 min. intervals / Travel time: 2 hours
– Fee: Adults 10,000 won / Children 8,000 won

Cheongye/Palace Course: 12 stops – 09:00-17:00 / Last departure: 16:00 / 30min intervals / Travel time: 1 hour

Night Course: 9 stops – 19:50, 20:00 / 2 times a day /
Travel time: 1 hour, 30 min. – Fee: Adults 5,000 won / Children 3,000 won


* Travelers can visit

City Circulation Tour Route

If you want more information about ‘Seoul City Tour Bus’, please contact us.
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Koreana Hotel in the heart of Seoul

Koreana-HotelThe Koreana Hotel is conveniently located in the business district of downtown Seoul.

Since it opened in 1992, the hotel has provided top quality service and a peaceful retreat for business travelers and tourists to Seoul.

Located midway between the Deoksugung and Gyeongbokgung palaces and within easy reach of Mt. Namsan, the hotel offers different scenic beauty depending on the four seasons.

It is within walking distance of the country’s ancient palaces such as Deoksugung and major tourist landmarks such the Cheonggyecheon Stream, it is the perfect place for experiencing the traditional beauty and modern, trendy developments of the country at the same time.
The Koreana Hotel has 337 guestrooms with a wide selection of choices to match the needs of different guests. All of the guestrooms in the hotel are equipped with an array of modern amenities to help make each stay a more pleasant one. Some of the items featured in these rooms include alarm clock radios, cable television, minibars, and refrigerators.

To offer even better service, the hotel refurbished its executive rooms and lounge in 2008. It has a banquet room that can accommodate up to 220 people for VIP receptions.




Guests staying in the Koreana Hotel can enjoy access to a variety of onsite restaurants that serve Western, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. After a long day, the bar provides a comfortable place to relax with a fine drink or cocktail. Business travelers can make use of the hotel’s well-equipped business center. The gym and sauna give guests a place to keep in shape and unwind with a good workout.


executive rooms


The Koreana Hotel’s emphasis on the time-honored Korean tradition of warm hospitality and impeccable service will make the guest feel more than welcome. For these reasons and many more, the Koreana Hotel is the top choice for those who appreciate and expect excellence.



• Koreana Hotel
61-1, Taepyung-ro 1-ga, Chung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: (82-2)2171-7000
Fax: (82-2)734-0665
Website: koreanahotel.com

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Hotels in Seoul

Lotte Hotel Seoul

One of the most prestigious and largest hotels in South Korea, the Lotte Hotel Seoul is a first class hotel located in the heart of Seoul in Sogong-dong, which a reasonably short ride from Incheon International Airport, it is also conveniently served by Euljiro subway Station – at its doorstep.
The central location offers easy access to key government offices, corporate headquarters, the financial district, royal palaces and major sightseeing attractions.

For further convenience and enjoyment of the guests, the hotel provides an hourly shuttle bus between the Lotte Hotel Seoul and the Lotte Hotel Seoul Jamsil every day.

The hotel’s 1,120 guestrooms offer one of the most distinguished amenities and services. It is also equipped with a variety of restaurants and bars, a variety of grand conference halls and banquet halls, a Club Floor for businessmen, one of the best duty free shops in Asia, a fitness club, and a variety of other facilities to accommodate their guests.

Lotte Hotel Seoul was selected for 2011 Best Business Hotel in Seoul by Business Traveller, a renowned business travel magazine.

Club Floor for VIPs

Club Floor, an exclusive area for business travelers, breakfast buffet, lunch snack, afternoon tea, and evening chocolate and pastry are prepared. Meeting rooms, workstation, separate smoking room and library are also available.

In order to provide distinguished advantage to female guests, it opened Lady’s Floor, a women-exclusive floor, for the first time in Korea in September 2008. The floor is gaining good feedback from foreign women guests, and Korean female guests also enjoy the floor for a pajama party.

Distinguished Interior and Services

With years of renovation, Lotte Hotel Seoul provides more upgraded services. The main building underwent a renovation for all guestrooms from 2007 to 2009, and its lobby was moved to 14th floor in 2006, offering more spacious check-in/check-out area.

The renovation of the main building was put in tenders, with four design companies – SOM, Wilson&Associates, HBA and Babey Moulton.

Not only the interior but also the service has been innovated. Under the motto of “Lotte, the World Best Hotel,” the hotel has improved service and encouraged its staff to change their mindset for better hospitality. It allows prominent staffers to inspect overseas hotels and hosts sommelier or culinary competitions.

● Lotte Hotel Seoul
1, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: (82-2)771-1000
Website: lottehotelseoul.com

Westin Chosun Seoul

Opened back in 1914, the Westin Chosun Seoul is located in the heart of the thriving and fast-paced business world of downtown Seoul. Within walking distance of major multinational companies and trendy shopping centers such as Lotte Department Store and Namdaemoon Market, the Westin Chosun Seoul is the perfect place for business gatherings and pleasure seeking travelers.

The Westin Chosun Seoul recently completed a fourmonth transformation of total 3 floors. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the world renowned hotel and restaurant designer, the areas that were renovated include lobby areas, business and banqueting facilities and fitness center.

The newly refurbished business center which is fully equipped with cutting-edge technologies and our top class services including secretarial support by multi-lingual associates and a mobile phone rental service with free of charge will fulfill every need of business guests.

World Class Services for Business Travelers
For weary travelers, our guest rooms and suites offer a peaceful retreat in the middle of bustling Seoul. Refreshing touches such as an anti-allergy carpet, Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed covered with soft Heavenly linens, a premium espresso coffee machine and LCD TV with digital TV information service offer the finest in personal comforts.

Also the Westin Chosun Seoul provides Express Check-in service for guests to enjoy convenience from the
very beginning. Guests are welcomed with a personalized escort and luggage service at the airport and when they arrive, they go directly to their room without the check-in process. Numerous awards and recognitions by globally influential travel and financial magazines such as Institutional Investor and Travel+Leisure also proved that the Westin Chosun Seoul is the most preferred hotel for business and leisure in Seoul.

International Awards and Plaudits
Recognized for its impeccable levels of service, luxurious accommodation and breathtaking dining venues, the Westin Chosun Seoul has been chosen as the ‘World’s Top 100 Hotels’ for 4 consecutive years, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Institutional Investor, an influential financial magazine based in the United States. The hotel was also voted as one of the ‘World’s Best 500 Hotel 2010’ by the leading travel magazine, Travel+Leisure.

Asiamoney, a leading regional finance magazine based in Hong Kong has once again, for the third year in a row, 2008, 2009 and 2010, honored it as the ‘Best Hotel in Seoul.’

● Westin Chosun Seoul
87, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: (82-2)771-0500

Seoul Plaza Hotel

The Seoul Plaza Hotel is one of the city’s leading fivestar hotels situated right in the heart of the nation’s capital, Seoul, which is blended with rich cultural traditions from the past and the technological wonders of the 21st century and was long a capital of the 600-year-old Korean kingdom, Joseon.

The building overlooks the city’s major attractions in Seoul such as Deoksu Palace, Gyeongbok Palace and Gwangwhamun, offering one of the best views of the inner city skyline. The location also provides easy access to international and domestic financial institutions, trading firms, large enterprises, major government organizations as well as shopping areas in Namdaemun, Myeong-dong and Jongno.

The hotel has built a world-wide reputation of creating the best environment for an international business hotel thanks to its continuing efforts at renovation of facilities, improvement in service areas, recruitment and training of employees and expansion to the dining and catering businesses.

The Plaza Hotel has recently reopened after renovation as a boutique business hotel under the theme “creative inheritance and development.” The newly enhanced hotel features aesthetic interior designs, nearly perfect personalized customer service, and ultimate convenience for conducting international business. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Seoul, the Plaza is the premier choice for even the most discerning business travelers who pursue both style and convenience.

The hotel’s logo design represents the image of a link that weaves together the past and present, and the three knots represent the links of past heritage, present, and future development. The gaps between the knots mean that a creative break-through in development has been made and the links are now new-dimensional rather than in a sequence.

The color purple symbolizes the “prestige” and “dignity” of the Plaza as Korea’s most exclusive hotel, while reflecting the trendiest design concept of the hotel. The logo design best represents the Plaza’s original and future-oriented values that are dedicated to continued development, rather than being content to remain unchanged through the passage of time.

Located in the lobby, the Concierge is dedicated to providing extensive services in various fields to ensure that guests experience the most comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable stay. Ranging from tourism, hotel, restaurants, flights and transportation, to entertainment and shopping, and professional secretarial services, the Concierge provides a wealth of information and also helps to make reservations and recommendations that meet the specific needs of its guests.

Providing timely and accurate information with warm hospitality, the Concierge enables travelers to enjoy an unforgettable experience during their stay. The operating hours are from 6:30 to 22:00 on Monday to Sunday.

● Seoul Plaza Hotel
119, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: (82-2)310-7750
Website: hoteltheplaza.com/eng

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