Seoul.  Photo credit:  “Nearby Han River” by Patriotmissile. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Stopovers to Australia: Seoul

If you’re seeking a bustling prelude to laid-back Australia, spend your stopover in Seoul.

Stopover in Seoul

Stopover in Seoul

Image credit: “Nearby Han River” by Patriotmissile. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Seoul is busy

It feels busy and sounds busy. And, with a myriad alleyways each harbouring adventurous things to eat, it even smells and tastes busy. If you’re ready for the assault on the senses Seoul is an exciting place to be.

Visit the Gyeongbok Palace on Seoul’s main boulevard. Take to the trails of Bugaksan mountain – although go midweek as it’s slow going amid the crowds at weekend. Browse the Namdaemun market and sample some of the famous local cuisine.

Do I need a visa for Seoul?
No. You can stay for up to 90 days provided you have a British passport with at least 90 days (and preferably six months) left before expiry. South Korean border control likes stamping things so make sure you have a full page or two of your passport free, just in case.

What vaccinations do I need for Seoul?
Check with your GP eight weeks prior to departure to ensure your standard UK vaccinations (diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and TB) are all up to date.

Additional recommendations: Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B. If you’re planning on visiting rural farming areas get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis too.

Best time to visit Seoul?
August is hottest (avg. 30°C), July rainiest, January coldest (the average is freezing) and September carries a risk of typhoons. We’d suggest late April for the gorgeous cherry blossom or autumn for the bright, rich colours.

Whilst in Seoul you must see...

Gyeongbok Palace

The defining image of Seoul was built in the 1300s (and rebuilt several times since).

Formerly the seat of power, it’s a majestic, uplifting place sitting proudly at the end of Seoul’s main boulevard.

English tours are available.

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