The South Korean capital is energetic and sprawling; it’s a 24-hour city that’s home to some 10 million people and plenty of brightly lit billboards, skyscrapers and shops. But that’s not all. We’ve amassed our favourite architectural feats – from a leafy women’s university to an ivy-clad red-brick church – and sipped our way through the snappiest coffee shops, including one in an old printing press. The hotels we long to hunker down in vary from glittering glass towers to traditional hanok. Plus, we’ve mapped out four top-notch itineraries. Hike up your handbook and come and meet the people putting their hearts into Seoul.
The Monocle Travel Guide series reveals our favourite places in each city we cover, from the ideal route for an early-morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature detailed design and architecture pages, neighborhood walks to get you away from the crowds and our favorite places to eat everything be it tasty fast food or something truly celebratory.