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Friday, August 19, 2011

Seoul - The City Of Infinite Discoveries

Seoul, South Korea is now fast becoming as one of the world's hottest tourist spots. One of the reasons is that it is one dynamic metropolis in which past and present intertwine. Visitors can explore both the modern and traditional, from today's glittering skyscrapers to centuries-old architecture, priceless antiques and untouched natural beauty that flaunt the city's illustrious history and culture.

Seoul has 5 most visited palaces - Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Gyeonghuigung, as well as the royal shrine, Jongmyo which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty from 1392-1910.

Korean traditional houses called "hanok" offer a glimpse into long-ago lifestyles. They bear the aesthetics and wisdom of the Korean tradition of utilizing nature rather than conquering it with their understated style of construction, furnishings and decors.

The Namsangol Hanok village, once inhabited by the powerful literati of the Joseon Dynasty is a colorful hub where visitors can experience traditional cultural fare such as plays, dance performances and folk games. In addition to hanok and traditional Korean restaurants and shops selling clothes and paper, there is Insa-dong which is now a home to an array of modern art galleries. The district is a potpourri of art and culture, offering books, photos, pottery, and calligraphy dating back to the Silla era (668-935), as well as sculptures and ceramics.

Seoul boasts a wealth of natural assets. Some of the most reputed are the Hangan River and the majestic mountains of Bukhansan and Namsan.

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