Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Take a brief journey now through the four Seoul districts of Gangnam-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Jung-gu and Songpa-gu for inspiration on your next trip to South Korea’s capital city. Whether traveling in spring, fall or even winter, these districts have something great in store for visitors.
Experience the Real Gangnam with Themed Weekly Tours
Presenting diverse themes each week, Gangnam-gu invites travelers to explore its culture, history, trends and even relaxation methods through a series of small-group, lifestyle-focused tours. These tours include exploring Bongeunsa Temple and Seolleung Royal Tomb for a healing and cultural experience, a series of dance classes to channel your inner K-pop idol, and a nighttime city run along Yangjaecheon Stream. Art enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the world of art by strolling through Art City Gangnam, while those interested in exploring the lifestyles of the district can visit Daechidong academies and Eunma Shopping Street.
Immerse Yourself in the Healing Powers of Mount Bukhan in Gangbuk-gu
Gangbuk-gu marks itself as the ultimate “K-Mountain Tourism” hot spot. Home to Bukhan Mountain International Climbing Center, Seoul Hiking Tourism Center and Ui-dong Mountain Culture Hub, there’s no shortage of well-structured outlets, many catering to international tourists, to experience and enjoy the great outdoors and the regenerative properties coming from such experiences.
In addition to these centers, Gangbuk-gu also offers a wide variety of tofu and vegetable dishes, with produce hailing from the very same mountains for an authentic tasting experience
Discover the Flavors of Seoul at Myeongdong Beer Festival in Jung-gu
This year’s second annual Myeongdong Beer Festival, which ran Oct. 6–8 in Jung-gu, now begins to look to 2024 to invite even more visitors and locals to taste the wide variety of beer and food available. At this year’s festival visitors enjoyed more than 50 craft beer varieties and more than 100 Myeongdong street food vendors.
Visitors unsure of their beer palate got to try the all-new Beer Connoisseur’s Pharmacy, a comprehensive experience guiding newcomers to find their perfect beer to match their taste preferences. Visitors also collected stamps at different outlets while enjoying craft beer.
Witness the Enchantment of Seokchon Lake in Songpa-gu
Situated within Songpa-gu district, Seokchon lake is the city’s only natural lake, drawing visitors and locals alike from far and wide. In spring, cherry blossoms along the lake erupt into vibrant colors, while hues of red, yellow and orange burst on the scene in autumn. Further highlighting the lake’s beauty, through Dec. 3, the district is showcasing a media, art and photo exhibition around the west side of the lake. Media art installations transport viewers into a whimsical world featuring the beloved Songpa-gu characters Haha and Hoho.
As the new year quickly approaches, family travelers are busy making lots of plans for a year of great travel and a healthier 2024. And what better way to combine the two than with a beautiful hike through nature at one of California’s most beloved state parks?
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
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When the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent its three pandas to China in November, it left only one other U.S. zoo with these fascinating animals. Families now must travel to Atlanta to see pandas, but even those will soon return to China.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.