Explore Seoul, South Korea: a modern metropolis rising from ruins

Seoul, South Korea, is undoubtedly an energetic emblem of the modern Asia, but it’s also a fascinating place to dive into the history of the Korean peninsula, writes Tom Hall

Changdeokgung Palace in South Korea

Seoul is undoubtedly an energetic emblem of the modern Asia, but it’s also a fascinating place to dive into the history of the Korean peninsula. The city centre continues to develop at a fierce rate, with high-rises and a rejuvenated riverside park that can be explored alongside designated national treasures and more workaday delights like the bustling Gwangjang Market. Spend an evening here to find every type of Korean street food and rub shoulders with locals enjoying some downtime.

With its heritage damaged in the early 20th century by both occupation and war, more recent reconstruction and preservation of undamaged buildings has left a cluster of historic palaces to visit, of which Changdeokgung is arguably the pick. A moonlit tour is an unforgettable way to experience it.

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