TRAVEL POSTCARD: 48 Hours in Seoul

Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:21pm EDT
 
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By Dan-bee Moon

SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - South Korea's dynamic capital boasts an abundance of ultra-modern and historical attractions, decadent eateries, and an unforgettable nightlife.

Increasing numbers of visitors are pouring into this city, which is hosting the 2010 G20 leaders summit in November.

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

Friday

6 p.m. - Experience the modern and fashionable in the Gangnam district. Have a quick browse in upscale Apgujeong's Galleria Department Store, and enter Rodeo Street, an area dotted with chic cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

Grab a refreshing drink from one of the quieter cafes tucked away from the main street near Dosan Park. Handel and Gretel (02-514-3282) serves fragrant coffee, to which you can ask the owner to add a dash of vodka for an interesting twist.

7:30 p.m. - Time to pamper yourself with a gloriously luxurious dinner. Just about anything on the menu at Gourmet Eo (02-3443-0717) will delight the palate, with its authentic Italian pasta and meat dishes. Or sink your teeth into sushi and crab meat soup at Sushi Hyo (02-545-0023), arguably one of the best Japanese restaurants in Korea.

10 p.m. - Add some glitz to your evening at Cafe 74 (www.cafe74.co.kr) where you'll find a dazzling array of cocktails. The mojitos come highly recommended.   Continued...