21 Reasons You Should Visit Seoul! – Seoulistic

When people plan trips to Asia, Seoul often gets overlooked for cities like Tokyo or HongKong. But they’re missing out on one of the best cities in the world. Here’s our case to bring you to one of the most dynamic cities in the world, Seoul!

 

1. English

Korea is one of the better places in Asia when it comes to English; most high school student parttimers at McDonalds will understand basic English. In addition, all major signs and subway announcements are in English as well. Not everyone’s fluent, but most Seoulites have basic English skills that’ll make Seoul a great place to visit for those challenged with secondary language acquisition ;). Click here if you’re wondering, “Will People Understand Me When I Visit Korea“!

 

2. Safety

Seoul is a great place for people afraid of being murdered, raped or kidnapped as it has very low cases of these, especially for travelers. But safety is more than statistics. You might be glad to hear that it also feelsvery safe anywhere, anytime in Seoul. If you have a fondness of getting wasted by yourself in Korean drama fashion and walking the streets of Seoul late at night, you should still feel safe (including solo women travelers). The only person you have to worry about is you ;).

Oh, and see why you shouldn’t be afraid of North Korea.

3. Traditional and Modern

Credit: Romain John

Not too many cities in the world have royal palaces that are hundreds of years old sitting next to huge modern urban skyscrapers, but Seoul has an interesting balance with it’s ancient history and ultra modern development. The unique and beautiful contrast between old and new in Seoul is another reason you should find yourself in Seoul sooner than later.

 

4. Design

Seoul was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2010 and is part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. And that’s all because Seoul is on the cutting edge when it comes to design on both the government and individual levels. Government led redevelopment projects such as Cheonggye Stream, company sponsored hanok-designed libraries as well as quirky and unique cafes dreamed up by individuals will give you plenty of reason to say “Oh! That’s pretty!”

 

5. Technology & Innovation

(Concept car by Hyundai)

Design and technology go hand-in-hand, and Korea is also a world leader when it comes to technology. Seoul has giant touch screens at major transportation hubs to let you see Korea’s version of Google maps, unbelievably fast connectivity everywhere you go (see next) and the latest and greatest gadgets. Come to Seoul and you might just get a glimpse of the future :). Cool blog on Korean technology and design: Advanced Technology Korea!

 

6. Connectivity

Mountain peaks, moving subway trains and express busses got nothing on your connectivity (both wifi and phone signal). Cellular signals dropping and slow wifi speeds are rarities in Seoul, and you’ll most likely be connected with full bars and high speeds at pretty much all times. Even if you didn’t rent a phone at the airport, you’ll can still walk the streets of Seoul and find tons of free (unprotected) wifi spots that’ll let you Instagram every meal. Seoul is quite literally one of the most connected cities in the world!

Here’s a tip on how to get Get Free Wifi Anywhere in Seoul!

 

7. Open Late

Dongdaemun at night

Sure many cities have places open all day and night, but in Seoul, it’s not just convenience stores. Seoul is definitely a city that comes to life at night. There are plenty of restaurants, gyms, bars, cafes, entertainment options (i.e. noraebang, pc bang, jjimjilbang, movie theaters, shopping) open past midnight for you modern day vampires. If you like playing, come visit Seoul so you can play all day and night :).

If you missed the last train or bus, here’s what you can do!

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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