Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Seoul

Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:10am EDT
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By Eun Jee Park

SEOUL (Reuters) - From busy lanes along the feet of skyscrapers and a throng of commuters armed with cutting edge technology, to shamanistic shrines and grand palaces, Seoul - a city of ten million - is an amalgamation of a modern high-tech metropolis retaining the legacy of age old traditions.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in Seoul.


6 p.m. - Start your trip by looking out on the entire city from the top of Naksan Park, at the summit of a mountain called Naksan. On the outer side of the park are stone walls with battlements over ten meters tall, part of a much larger structure connecting major and minor gates that once served as the perimeter of Seoul.

Enjoy the panorama of a brightly lit-up modern city with the remaining castle wall in front of it, an amazing contrast of old and new Seoul.

8 p.m. - Walk to Deahangno, Seoul's colorful theatre district, which is full of young people. Try dinner at Sao Paolo (02-764-6079), a Brazilian restaurant that serves savory Picanha, a cut of meat sliced from a skewer.

Have drinks at Jazz Story (, which hosts house bands playing laid-back music every night. The live music venue looks like a junkyard complete with smashed bicycles and recycled treasures. To truly appreciate it, you have to go there at night when the vintage mood and soft music creates its own unconventional end to another strenuous working week for Koreans, who work the longest hours in the OECD.

Saturday   Continued...

Models present traditional Hanbok during a rehearsal of an event for the spouses of leaders who will attend the G20 Seoul Summit, at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul November 9, 2010. REUTERS/Truth Leem