Destination guide

Welcome to the heart and Seoul of South Korea

More than just a colorful backdrop for the "Gangnam Style" video, Seoul's a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that's home to a bustling street food scene, a thriving artistic community, and a skyline filled with a striking blend of contemporary and historic architecture. The capital of South Korea, Seoul boasts hundreds of museums, galleries, and live music venues, as well as regular art and cultural festivals throughout the year. With a Seoul vacation rental, you'll be surrounded by the city's biggest attractions, including the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Museum of Korea, and the iconic N Seoul Tower.

Things to do

Seoul's sights—palaces, museums, and epic views

You'll have to get up pretty early in the morning to see even a fraction of what Seoul's got to offer, but we believe in you. At the National Museum of Korea, you can peruse more than 300,000 cultural artifacts and artworks dating back to the 5th century and beyond. Then, head to Gyeongbokgung, a largely-reconstructed royal palace dating from the 14th century. For a unique perspective on Seoul, you can ride the elevator to the observation deck at N Seoul Tower. This hilltop communication tower offers a revolving restaurant and panoramic city views.

Activities

You'll get a lot more kicks with a little bit o' Seoul

With so much to check out in the city's 25 districts, sightseeing is a major pastime in this sprawling metropolis. First things first, you'll want to check out the lively Meyong-dong district, a major shopping and entertainment hub. Here, you can find upscale boutiques and department stores, as well as the 19th-century Myeongdong Cathedral, South Korea's oldest Catholic cathedral. For a taste of the city's famous street food, head to Gwangjang Market—this massive marketplace boasts countless vendor booths offering everything from handicrafts and produce to the tasty mung bean pancakes known as "bindae-tteok."

Weather

See you (mon)soon—wild weather in seasonal Seoul

Seoul has a humid continental climate, with hot, muggy summers, cold winters, and an annual monsoon season with plenty of rain. Average summer highs peak at 85 degrees in August, while average winter temperatures range from 28 to 35 degrees in January. The monsoon season sees more than half of the city's rainfall between June and September—umbrellas are highly encouraged! A popular destination throughout the year thanks to its wealth of world-class sights and attractions, you'll find that prices on Seoul vacation rentals tend to stay about the same from one season to the next.

Natural features

From the hilltops to the river in scenic Seoul

A few miles inland from the Yellow Sea, Seoul's downtown is situated along the banks of the Han River. One of the most densely populated cities in Asia, Seoul is divided into 25 separate administrative districts, each with its own distinct feel and history. You can find a number of parks within a short walk or train ride from your Seoul vacation rental, including the scenic Namsan Park. Here, you'll find picnic areas and hiking trails leading to Namsan Mountain's 860-foot peak, on top of which sits the iconic N Seoul Tower.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Seoul

Fly into Seoul (GMP-Gimpo Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Seoul (ICN-Incheon Intl.), which is 30.2 mi (48.7 km) away.

It's easy to get around Seoul by catching a ride on the metro at Euljiro 1-ga Station, Jonggak Station or City Hall Station.

Where to stay around Seoul?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 335 vacation rentals near Seoul. From 211 Condos/Apartments to 97 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Seoul for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Seoul?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Seoul:

  • Gangnam-gu: 41 vacation rentals
  • Jongno-1.2.3.4 ga-dong: 55 vacation rentals
  • Myeong-dong: 32 vacation rentals
  • Itaewon-dong: 21 vacation rentals
  • Sinchon-dong: 40 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Seoul?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Seoul. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Korea House: 329 vacation rentals
  • Hongdae Music Show Theatre: 332 vacation rentals
  • Bukchon Hanok Village: 329 vacation rentals
  • Myeongdong Cathedral: 330 vacation rentals
  • Hongik University: 333 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Seoul listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Seoul?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 211 Condos/Apartments in Seoul. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Seoul include:

  • Houses: 97 rentals available
  • Studios: 226 rentals available
  • Guest houses: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Seoul?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 300 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Seoul. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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