By Summer Brons
Seoul
South Korea
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With a population exceeding 10 million, South Korea's megacity of Seoul is a major hub for everything from entertainment to commerce. Seoul truly has something for everyone with its historic sites, sports involvement, shopping and business centers. Plan your travels to Seoul with EscapeWizard.com and experience the energy of this special city!

Serviced by two international airports, flying into Seoul is a breeze. Incheon International Airport (ICN) opened in 2001 and has risen to be one of the busiest airports in the world, leaving Gimpo International Airport (GMP) to mostly handle domestic flights. Book your own flight through EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to take advantage of our fantastic rates on airfare! We can help with hotels too, just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and choose your preferred accommodations. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends selecting the InterContinental. It offers deluxe accommodations so you can experience luxury at an affordable rate.

To get a feel for the history and impact of this vibrant city, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit some of the many local museums. Start with the National Museum of Korea, home to a collection of 150,000 items representing all of South Korea. Next, get in touch with Korean culture by visiting the National Folk Museum located on the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Be sure not to miss the Seodaemun Prison history museum, the Seoul Museum of Art and the Ilmin Museum of Art, just to mention a few of Seoul's more than 100 museums.

History buffs are sure to also appreciate Seoul's four United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Sites. Enjoy wandering the Changdeokgung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Each of these sites are architecturally fascinating, bear historic and cultural importance and are EscapeWizard.com must-see venues.

Once you've had your fill of education, get out and experience Seoul's unique shopping industry. Times Square is the city's newest and most modern shopping mall, and even features the Guinness World Records world's largest cinema screen. Additional popular shopping areas include the Dongdaemum Market, Namdaemun Market and the Myeongdong shopping distract in downtown Seoul. Looks for arts and antiques? EscapeWizard.com knows that Seoul can satisfy those shoppers too. Try the Insadong cultural market, the Hwanghakdong Flea Market and the Janganpyeong antique market for your hard-to-find items. Finally, tourists tend to frequent the area known as Itaewon both for shopping needs and for food. This district features restaurants of international flavor that may not be as widely found in other areas of the city, so if your palette requests familiar flavors, Seoul has you covered.

Although unquestionably a massive city, EscapeWizard.com assures you that Seoul has opportunities to get outside and sample a taste of nature during your visit. Stretch your legs in Namsan Park and take in some stunning views of the Seoul skyline during a gentle hike, or visit the 10-tier Wongaksa Pagoda in Tapgol Park. Tancheon stream and Cheonggyecheon stream also offer recreational areas for when the hustle and bustle of big-city life begins to overwhelm. Then once a year, the city celebrates the Seoul Lantern Festival. During this festival there are hundreds of lanterns from all over the world extending from Cheonggye Plaza to the Samilgyo Bridge which is approximately one mile. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends checking out the festival if you are in the city during early November.

Sports enthusiasts will feel at home in Seoul, the city has hosted many important sporting events throughout the years. Tour the Seoul Olympic Park to see the home of the 1988 Summer Olympics, or check out the Seoul World Cup Stadium where the first game of the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament was held. While taekwondo is the national sport of Korea, Seoul also takes part in other popular sports: football, baseball, basketball, volleyball and even horse racing are enjoyed in this active city.

If your next vacation calls for a city of excitement and cultural, consider traveling to Seoul. As always, EscapeWizard.com is happy to help you plan your adventure! With endless entertainment options and ample historical interest, your experience in Seoul is sure to be a memorable one.
Hotels in Seoul
By Chrystyne Jackson
Sheraton Grande Walkerhill
177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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When visiting Seoul, Korea, experience the tranquility of a private location with the convenience of easy access to the city by staying at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill. Located on the 139-acre site of the ancient A-Cha Fortress, the hotel offers transportation to Seoul by complimentary, though limited, shuttle service, taxi or subway.

The 589 tastefully appointed guestrooms and suites of the Sharaton Grande offer many amenities, including a free daily newspaper and in room movies. You can even unwind at the end of the day with an in room massage treatment.

For your convenience, there is an on site florist, as well as a beauty/barber shop. Enjoy a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool or swim any time of year in the heated indoor lap pool. Later, you may choose to relax in the sauna. Outside guests will find a jogging path and lighted outdoor tennis courts. There are plenty of choices in dining. Kiyomizu serves Japanese food. Linger over coffee or tea as well as assorted pastries and baked goods at The Pavillion. The Deli is a gourmet bakery and delicatessen. Four Seasons offers a buffet for lunch and dinner. Myongwolgwan or Ondal have Korean fare for lunch and dinner. Pizza Hill offers Italian dishes. At Clock 16 you will find French, Italian, Spanish and other European cuisine. Golden Dragon features Chinese dishes. You can enjoy a good meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner at The View. When exploring Seoul, be sure to visit the National Palace Museum of Korea, the National Folk Museum of Korea, The Seoul Museum of Arts, the War Memorial, Mt. Acha, and Jogyesa Temple.

Make the most of your visit to Seoul by staying at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Seoul
By Chrystyne Jackson
Grand Walkerhill Seoul
177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Set on the slope of Mount Acha and overlooking the Hahn River, the Grand Walkerhill Seoul (formally called the W Seoul-Walkerhill) is like a tranquil oasis, just a convenient 15 minutes away from the bustling Gangnam financial and business district. The hotel’s chic and spacious rooms and many amenities make this the place to stay when traveling to Seoul.

Grand Walkerhill Seoul has 252 rooms. Starting with the 452-square foot Wonder Room, each unit offers comfortable, contemporary accommodations. The largest unit is the 2,551-square foot Extreme Wow Suite. Here you can watch any of three 50-inch plasma televisions, or entertain up to 10 dinner guests in a room highlighted with an LED-illuminated floor that changes colors from green to red to blue. The Extreme Wow Suite even has its own wine cellar. All rooms have high speed Internet access available. Pets are welcome at the hotel.

The Away Spa has 17 treatment rooms, as well as saunas. Have your hair styled along with a manicure/pedicure at Stylelab. If you like to swim, the hotel boasts an indoor heated pool, an outdoor Olympic pool, and children’s pools. You can take a run through the mountain forest on the 2-km jogging course. There are two tennis courts and a driving range. Sweat Fitness Center features cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights. Guests can participate in weight training, spin, yoga and pilates. The Kitchen offers homestyle dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can enjoy Korean cuisine at Tonic. Woobar is the longest bar in Seoul, and offers a huge vodka and wine selection. Namu/Liquid Bar has Japanese food. At the Living Room you can have light fare and cocktails.

Whatever your reason for visiting Seoul, make it memorable by staying at Grand Walkerhill Seoul. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.