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Seoul: An Insider Guide to the Heart of South Korea

Seoul is a great city that offers a lot more than just the famous sights. Cecilie Saustrup Kirk has lived in Seoul and gives tips for the city.
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Seoul: An Insider Guide to the Heart of South Korea is written by Cecilie Saustrup Kirk.

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Seoul - past, present, future

South Korea's capital, Seoul, is a stunning fusion of past and future. Here, the ancient palaces, temples and traditional houses stand side by side with modern razor-sharp skyscrapers made of glass and steel.

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With a fifth place on the list of the world's largest metropolitan areas - and with a population of over 24 million people - it can come as no surprise that there is plenty to see in Seoul. And that it can easily become cumbersome to pick something out. 

There are, of course, sights that are obvious for a visit to Seoul. Gyeongbokgung, the largest of Seoul's ancient palaces, is one must see, and finally, do not deceive yourself for the view of Seoul from the Namsan TV Tower or 'N Seoul Tower' in English. If you are into shopping, head to Asia's largest underground shopping mall, COEX Mall, in the famous Gangnam district or the Myong-dong outdoor shopping district, which is teeming with shops.

But after living in South Korea and Seoul for half a year I found out that Korean culture is so incredibly much more than the big known sights. So here I have compiled an insider guide to what you can see, eat and experience in Seoul as well as some practical information for one of Asia's most incredible cities.

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About the travel writer

Cecilie Saustrup Kirk

For Cecilie, the world is her playground, and the more often she gets out there, the better.

She has traveled most of her life and experienced everything from the romantic streets of Paris to Tokyo's electronic neon signs and Accra's scenic game parks.

She loves to look for the hidden gems in culture, experiences and food, and always prefers the local food stall and the authentic performances, rather than the international chain stores.

She has lived in South Korea for half a year, and is determined to live in another country again sometime in the future.

Next targets on the list are Canada's magnificent waterfalls and Australia's colorful coral reefs

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