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Seoul is emerging from the long-cleared rubble of the Korean War as a new city. With 600 years of history, this is one city you don’t want to miss out on. Fly with KLM for £533 (return, tax included) this June from London Heathrow to Seoul.

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If you saw Seoul before the Korean War, you probably wouldn’t recognise the city today. Having undergone a total face lift, there is more than a handful of reasons why this is one of the most under-rated cities in Asia. Newly crowned the World Design Capital, Seoul is a city with style and taste. There’s something to discover 24h a day, there’s no time to sleep in Seoul.

Wondering what to see and what to do?

  • Namdaemun Market – The city’s oldest and most famous market, located at the Great South Gate, has been around since the 1440s. Nowadays the market is open day and night.
  • Bukchon Hanok Village – Nestled between Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace, this neighbourhood has preserved its traditional Korean houses. It’s easy to lose yourself in the small streets, but every minute of it is enjoyable.
  • Cheonggyecheon – As part of a massive urban renewal project in the city centre, this stream and recreation space cost a whopping $280 million (USD).It’s an 5km-long stream with green park space on either side, a great place to hang out.
  • Inwangsan – If hiking is your forte, climb this beauty in central Seoul. With huge granite peaks, enjoy the impressive views of the city, not missing the Inwangsa temple and Guksadang shrine on the way.

Have you ever been to Seoul? What would you recommend to see and do?

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