Seoul: Everything You Need to Know About Seoul

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40 Unique things about Seoul

Seoul is indeed a fascinating city, and it’s no wonder it attracts millions of visitors each year. From ultra-modernism to history and culture, Seoul truly has everything. According to GoWithGuide, over 17.5 million visitors arrived in South Korea in 2019, and this number continues to increase day by day.

 As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is an extensive urban center and ranks as the world’s fourth-largest metropolitan city. I am going to unravel fifty secret that you need to know about the city and these are 50 unique things make Seoul different than any other city in the world.

  • Can you imagine a world without the internet? Absolutely not. Having lived in Seoul for more than 6 months, I am really happy to use the world’s fastest internet connection here. The broadband speed is 139.83 Mbps, and the mobile speed is 45.25 Mbps.

World's best airport

Incheon international airport

Incheon International Airport is rated by SkyTrax as the world’s fourth best airport, best international transit, and one of the cleanest airports. From a golf course, museum of Korean culture, casino, high-end spa, to restaurants, this airport has it all.

Beautiful women

Seoul has beautiful women who are well-dressed. Whether or not they have had plastic surgery, you will keep falling in love with them.

Korean girl

Beautiful men in the would

Some of the most handsome men in the world exist in Seoul. Whether or not they wear BB cream, you will not care once you see them.

koean handsome men

Celebrity's nightmare

In Seoul, every Korean celebrity faces the problem of stalking due to real-time updates in the most connected city in the world. If you want to join the fans on a star search, the posh Apgujeong hair salons and Sinsa karaoke spots are solid bets for a sighting and an acceptable public freak-out.

Soju is cheaper than water

Soju is an alcoholic beverage that is very famous in Korea. It is often said that you can afford it if you can afford to buy water, indicating its affordability and popularity.


World's cheapest internet Phone

You can sign up for a 070 internet phone, which allows you free wireless and free calls to other 070 phones. It’s pretty much like using Skype with a handheld phone.

Popular date spot

N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, is a popular date destination after being featured in TV dramas and reality shows. Lovebirds can take a cable car ride, just like Jan-di and Jun-pyo did on their first date in the 2009 hit Hallyu drama called “Boys Over Flowers”.

N Seoul Tower lock

Myeongdong Gyoja

Gyoja is a type of noodle shop that has been serving steaming kalguksu noodles since 1966. The lines out the door remain long with locals and tourists. It’s a must-try if you are anywhere in Korea.

street food of myeongdon


Korea is renowned for its cutting-edge technology. The innovations of Samsung and LG originated from Korea. You should visit the Yongsan Electronic Market, where you can find many buildings and stores that specialize in one or two of the latest high-tech items.

The kimchi hub

Do you like healthy dishes? You can try a dish called Kimchi, which is a spicy cabbage dish that is very popular among locals. It is also good for preventing bird flu and Newcastle disease.


World’s most remarkable bridge-fountain

Banpo Bridge is famous for its Moonlight Rainbow, and it holds a space in the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest bridge fountain at 1,140 meters. The bridge features 10,000 dazzling LED nozzles, creating the most photogenic and stunning rivulets of water. It was such an outstanding moment for me when I was able to go there.

Banpo Bridge


Galbi is a popular food item found in Korea, and it is very popular among foreigners. It includes marinated barbecued ribs. I love this dish; nowadays, I try it several times a week. I think you will also fall in love with it if you try it.


24-hour study rooms

How many hours do you read? In Korea, studying is considered one of the most important activities, with a significant portion of the average household income being spent on after-school tutoring (about 15%). You can hire a 24-hour study room, which will cost around $7 a day. These rooms provide a quiet atmosphere where no one will disrupt your studying. More information…


Social commerce sites

Coupang and Ticketmonster, social commerce sites, are massively popular in Korea, though Amazon is also available. These platforms offer a wide range of products and services to cater to various shopping needs.

Eating “Live” octopus

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul is a popular destination for seafood lovers. I had the opportunity to try sannakji, or “live” octopus, which was the one thing I was most excited about on this trip. I couldn’t wait to try it.

live octopus eating in korea

Booking chance

Financiers and consultants fly to Seoul from all over Asia on weekends for the clubbing experience at Seoul nightclubs. A unique form of speed dating occurs, where waiters escort girls into rooms rented by groups of guys.

Largest underground shopping mall in Asia

Seoul boasts Asia’s largest underground shopping mall. If you are here, visit Samseong-dong, Coex, which features arcades, restaurants, theaters, and the Kimchi Museum.


Hygienic food

People in Korea love hygiene products and prioritize a healthy lifestyle. They are willing to eat anything in the name of longevity, including organic foods and long-life tonics.


Seoul is one of the most modern cities in the world. While you might expect it to be busy and hectic, Seoul has it all, including places where you can find peace. Visit Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, which houses museums, and Gyeonghuigung. These are part of a route of Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) edifices known as the Five Grand Palaces.

Gyeonghuigung palace

Trip to the North

You never wander in North Korea, but a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is possible for a couple of hours. U.S. Army personnel will be your tour guide, and you can actually step into the North, but only inside a strictly guarded building.

Huge side dishes

I was shocked to learn that a typical Korean meal comes with seven or eight separate side dishes. Then, I experienced the feeling of having a plethora of side dishes myself.

side dishes

Green tiramisu

Could you imagine that you can find green tiramisu, which is one of your favorites? I think your trip will not be complete without tasting it.

Tech giant

Seoul is home to the second-tallest building in the world after Burj Khalifa, called The Lotte World Tower. Moreover, around 557,000 square meters of electronic nirvana are dedicated to home broadcasting, film production, games, telecom companies, cable channels, online shopping, and an e-learning center, making Seoul truly fulfilling.

Couple theaters with couches

You are married and looking for a space to make your time memorable. Seoul has everything you need; just book a couple of couches at movie theaters, and you can get a lot more facilities out there.

24-hours McDonald's

Maybe you are hungry and there is no food in your home. In the meantime, your mind wants to go to McDonald’s, but it’s 2 am. What to do? No need to worry, as you are in Seoul.

McDonalds french fries

Smart Homes

Seoul is advancing towards its ultimate modernism. Smartphones and robot vacuum cleaners, called Yawn, are available in Seoul apartments that can be controlled by your phone in the palm of your hand.

Flight Excellency

Korea Airline

Korean Airlines as well as Asiana Air are a favorite amongst many Koreans.


At Korean restaurants, tables are low and chairs are swapped for comfy cushions. You might get a numb butt or stiff limbs during long meals, but heated floors (ondol) keep you warm. They’re great for traditional sleepovers too – just a cozy blanket on the floor!

Perfect Stew

In Korea, people love to drink and party a lot. They even have special food to help with hangovers. One popular dish is called haejangguk, which is a spicy beef soup with cow blood and bean sprouts. It’s supposed to make you feel better after a night of drinking. If this soup doesn’t help, you might need serious help! You can try this soup at Cheongjinok restaurant for a real Korean experience. It’s a laid-back place where you can enjoy authentic food.

Sleepless entertainment

If you are feeling bored and you are in Seoul, I think your mind will easily be refreshed. Cafes, PC bangs (gaming rooms), restaurants, spas, shopping centers, and fast food joints are open 24 hours. Moreover, the streets of Gangnam, Hongdae, or Dongdaemun are always there for you to explore.

Pride of Korea

Kim Yuna known as the luminous ice queen, holds a special place in the hearts of all Koreans. She’s an absolute superstar, being the first female skater to clinch the top spot at the Olympics, World Skating Championships, Grand Prix Final, and Four Continents Championships. Beyond her remarkable achievements on the ice, she’s also served as a global ambassador for the Visit Korea campaign, shining a bright spotlight on her country to the world. Kim Yuna’s grace, talent, and achievements make her a true pride of Korea.

Kim Yuna

Conquering the Global Stage

In Seoul, girl groups are everywhere you look, from TV screens to billboards, even on ramen packages and water filters. Now, these groups are making waves globally. The Wonder Girls have made their mark in New York and the U.S. fashion scene, while 2NE1 is dominating in the Philippines, the home country of member Sandara Park. Meanwhile, Kara and Girls’ Generation are engaged in a fierce battle for the top spot on Japan’s prestigious Oricon charts. These girl groups aren’t just confined to Korea anymore; they’re taking the world by storm with their talent and charm.

K-Pop Style Icons

Since their 2006 debut, the leader of K-pop group Big Bang has been a fashion icon in Seoul. Known for their bold style, they’ve rocked everything from Alexander McQueen scarves to vintage Chanel ensembles. One standout moment was at the Big Show 2008 concert, where they wowed in head-to-toe Chanel paired with Kanye West’s neon high tops. Their audacious fashion sense continues to turn heads.

Korea's Gaming Cable Networks

There are dedicated cable channels in Korea that exclusively focus on online gaming.

gaming time


When it comes to food, trying local dishes is a nice way to explore the culture, isn’t it? Another dish called Bibimbap, a signature Korean dish, is a flavorful rice bowl mixed with sautéed vegetables, marinated beef, and chili paste, often served in a hot stone pot. It was Michael Jackson’s favorite and remains a staple on Korean Air flights and at local spots like Go-gung.


International appeal

Seoul attracts international artists weekly for exhibitions and collaborations, drawing attention from art aficionados worldwide. Local artists are also gaining recognition for their unique multimedia creations. In Cheongdam-dong, Nature Poem, a single building serving as a work of art, hosts 18 galleries, showcasing the city’s vibrant art scene.

Delightful Freebies

Seoulites love their freebies, making even simple moments like breakfast cereal or clothing purchases exciting with complimentary gifts like socks or designer kitchen knives. Known as “service,” these free gifts can range from Kleenex with a tank of gas to chicken with a pitcher of beer. The perfectionist mentality of the service industry ensures incredibly cheerful service, and the best part? No need to tip.

Kumgang Taekwondo: Try It Out!

Interested in taekwondo? At Kumgang Taekwondo, you might not be snapping planks with your head right away, but you can certainly give it a try. In their taster classes, you’ll have the chance to test your skills on a two-centimeter-thick wooden board, experiencing the essence of this martial art firsthand.

Kumgang Taekwondo

Swinging Away at Screen Golf

In Seoul, golf enthusiasts don’t let a good walk get in the way of their game. At screen golf venues across the city, players don golf shoes, rent clubs, and swing away at large canvas screens. Cameras capture your swing, allowing you to watch replays and fine-tune your technique. So, while Mark Twain may have called golf a “good walk spoiled,” in Seoul, it’s an opportunity for serious players to hone their skills indoors.

Seoul golf

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