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Stopover in Seoul

The South Korean capital is a dynamic 24-hour city, both deeply traditional and cutting-edge, mashing up temples, palaces, contemporary design and mountain trails.
People gather at Cheonggyecheon Stream by night
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Protected within a 109-hectare park and crowned by N Seoul Tower, Namsan is the most central of the city’s four guardian mountains. Locals come here to keep fit on hiking paths, including one that follows the line of the old Seoul city walls. The summit is commercialised but still worth visiting (; 10am–11pm Mon–Fri & Sun, to midnight Sat; tower £7).


In a city at the cutting edge of 21st-century technology, this neighbourhood stands as a testament to an age of craft when citizens of Seoul lived in one-storey hanok (wooden homes). Get lost wandering the labyrinthine streets and visit the hanok exhibition inside the Bukchon Traditional Culture Center (; subway Line 3 to Anguk, exit 3).

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