Where to stay in Seoul

Où dormir à Séoul ?

Are you planning a trip to South Korea soon? Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Seoul.

A sprawling city, Seoul is the capital and largest city of South Korea. With 10,140,000 inhabitants within its walls and 25,620,000 in the entire urban area, it is the world’s third-largest conurbation after Tokyo and Mexico City. Since the 1990s, Seoul has been the scene of galloping industrialization, generating dazzling economic development. When arriving on Korean soil, finding accommodation is the first thing to do, but housing in Seoul can be expensive.

Hotels, youth hostels, guesthouses, homestays, villas, traditional Korean houses(hanoks, etc.): Seoul’s accommodation offer is abundant. Seoul has an abundance of accommodation on offer. As usual, we recommend you stay in the central districts to avoid getting lost in the immensity of the city.

Jongno-gu

Jongno-gu, loger à Séoul

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Jongno-gu is Seoul’s historic district, home to most of the city’s historic and institutional buildings: the Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces, the Unhyeongung royal residence, the statue of Admiral Lee Sun-Shin and the Blue House (residence of Korea’s heads of state). Crossed by Insadong, the district’s main pedestrian shopping street, the area is packed with antique shops and local craft boutiques. The district is very popular with tourists, as it offers a singular blend of tradition, history and modernity: numerous cafés and restaurants line the streets, alongside Buddhist temples (Joggyesa, for example) and shrines (Jongmyo). Jongno-gu is a good place to stay in Seoul, but beware: it’s gigantic!

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Jung-gu

Jung-gu, loger à Séoul

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If you’re looking for a place to shop, this is the place to stay in Seoul, as you’ll find dozens of pedestrian lanes and a myriad of stores of all kinds. And as well as finding a thousand and one wonders, it’s not expensive! The other gem of the district is Namsam: don’t miss the chance to climb the district’s eponymous mountain, a 262-meter-high hill overlooked by the N Seoul Tower, for a postcard panoramic view of the city. To the north-west of the district, Deoksugung Palace and Sungnyemun Gate are must-sees in Seoul. In the evening, stroll through the veins of Namdaemun Market, a famous pedestrian zone where you can sample Asian specialties at street stalls known as hotteok.

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Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun , loger à Séoul

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If you’re more of a night owl, this is the district for you. This is the fashion district par excellence. Very central, it combines modernity and tradition with a disconcerting charm. Fashion, design and the clothing trade are in full swing at Dongdaemun market, but the popular atmosphere has withstood the onslaught of modernity, especially at the traditional Gwangjang, Bangsan and Pyeonghwa markets. Fashion lovers: don’t look any further for accommodation in Seoul, you’ve come to the right place.

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Gangnam-gu

Gangnam, loger à Séoul

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This is Seoul’s wealthiest district. Built later than the northern districts, it features wide, Western-style avenues and tall, high-end buildings. A favored area for web start-ups, it attracts many young people both for work and for partying. Many bars and restaurants are densely populated. And the district never sleeps, like the bustling streets of Bangkok or New York. Stores open 24 hours a day, neon lights, people everywhere – partying and shopping – at all hours of the day and night: It’s « the place to be » when it comes to renting accommodation in Seoul.

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