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- Touring Prague, Czech Republic
- Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Seoul
- Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Seoul
- Touring Seoul, Korea
- Flight Review: Korean Air Business Class
- Hotel Review: Intercontinental Tokyo
- Touring Kyoto, Japan
- Flight Review: Japan Airlines Business Class
- Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class
Seoul is the capitol city of South Korea with a metropolitan population of 25.6 million people. It contains a mix of ancient temples and palaces with highly modernized buildings and infrastructure. There are many street food vendors, nightlife districts, shopping malls, and restaurants. However, during my short two day stopover, I was only able to book an all day tour of Seoul. Thankfully, Seoul has a robust tourism industry which provides ample amount of tour options.
For this trip I booked an all day tour using viator.com. Normally, I prefer to contact at least a dozen tour agencies and work out an itinerary and find the best deal. However, in this instance I did not have time so I just chose a tour with the highest ratings.
Places to Stay
Seoul has plenty of hotel options available for free hotels stays using hotel points. For my trip I stayed at the Hyatt hotels but as you can see on awardmapper.com, just about every major hotel chain is in Seoul.
Things to Do
My all day tour (8 hours) had the following Itinerary:
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Changdeokgung Palace
- National Folklore Museum
- Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
- Insadong Antique Market
- Namdaemun Market
- Ginseng Shop Tour
- Drive by of the Blue House
Whatever country I’m in, I always try to visit local markets to see all the various unique items and food products the local people purchase on a daily basis.
Other popular things to do in Seoul include:
- Organized Pub Crawl
- Bukhansan National Park
- DMZ and JSA Panmunjom Tour
- Bukchon Hanok Village
- Food Tours
There are thousands of great places to eat in Seoul, so much so it is hard to choose where to eat. For cities like this, I always try to do a food tour, however I was unable to book one on this trip. Also, there is so much great street food so, trying some is a must. My favorite meal was at a Korean BBQ place which has always been my favorite type of Korean food.
In conclusion, Seoul, South Korea is the perfect place to tour on a stopover. On a full day, its possible to visit a half dozen different ancient sites, stroll through markets, do some shopping, stuff your face with delicious food, and top it off with some great drinks at the end of the day at one of the thousands of bars in Seoul. The robust tourism industry makes finding a hotel using points and booking tours a breeze. The best part is how easy it is to plan and execute your trip with almost no planing required to have a great time.