From its rambling palaces – dressed in hues of red and jade – to its historic hanok houses and wealth of museums and galleries, Seoul is a top hub for art and culture in Asia. And what better way to soak up all it has to offer than from a base that’s also giving you an authentic local experience? The hotels listed below give you easy access to the city’s top attractions, while also giving you an authentic taste of Korean culture, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Spending a night at boutiquey HOTEL April almost feels like staying inside a piece of art – its Gallery Room is decorated with giant green polkadots on the walls and a minimalist staircase, along with mirror TV and jacuzzi. If you’re more into the location – right by Namsan Park – than the quirkiness, there are lower-key rooms too; the Spa Room, with its exposed brick wall and kitchenette, or the terraced Standard Room.
With Changdeokgung Palace a short walk to the east and Gyeongbokgung a stroll to the west – you’re spoiled for choice with cultural sights when you book into Rak Ko Jae. But you don’t have to leave to get a culture fix. The hanok-style hotel lets you sleep in traditional Korean accommodation, with tiled roofs, wooden detailing and rollaway >yo< mattresses. Another highlight is the chance to sample a traditional Korean feast, complete with fiery kimchi and grilled beef.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Andrew Kingsford-Smith.