Recently Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea, has become a favorite destination for American travelers. The city combines all of the modern conveniences of the 21st century with large amount of ancient temples and historic palaces. The Korean people have put great effort into preserving their culture and history while at the same time managing to push forward in to the future. Many Americans will be amazed to find world-class commerce happening just a short distance from an open air market or an ancient shrine.
Traditionally, the best time of the year to visit Korea is in the spring (April - June) and autumn (September - early November) as the summer months tend to be both hot and wet and the winter months can be very cold.
Korean food is an under appreciated cuisine that has not gained the attention it so well deserves. The local Korean cuisine has many distinctive tastes that are easily identifiable by even the least experienced gourmand. There's sesame oil, garlic, ginger, fermented soybean paste, soy sauce and red pepper powder which are applied to many types of meat, specifically beef, pork and chicken. Probably the most famous, or infamous of Korean foods is kimchi which is generally made with Chinese cabbage or radish that has been preserved with various spices including red hot pepper powder and pickled fish sauces. Kimchi is the country's staple food and is served at most meals.
Seoul is undeniably a city of culture, and as such it houses many world-class museums. Most notably among these are the National Museum of Korea, considered the flagship museum of Korean history and art, and the National Folk Museum, which uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the folk history of the Korean people.
If you are looking to find cheap flights to Seoul, a consolidator database can offer savings of up to 60% of off regular published airfare prices. Most consolidator database are updated daily with new inventory from their consolidators. The pricing on Seoul flights will change regularly through consolidators, so it's always a good idea to check back often. You will want to purchase your tickets around four weeks ahead of your planned departure date to find the best pricing and availability.
Seoul has many grand modern hotels, as well as a superior public transportation system. Recently the city has become a major transportation hub to reach eastern Asia due to its connections to Japan and China via their ultra modern airport. If you fly to Seoul directly, you will land at the Incheon International Airport (ICN). The city center is about 30 miles from the airport and it should take about 60-90 minutes via a limo bus to get to your hotel. Express buses and taxi's will take about 50 minutes.
Before you start planning your next trip, be sure to check the State Department's web site to view the consular info sheet for South Korea. This invaluable site offers up to the date information from the U.S. government regarding traveling to Seoul.
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