A bridge over a pond in the Gyeongbokgung palace, Seoul, South Korea
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Cruise to Seoul (Incheon), South Korea

When you arrive at the port of Incheon city, surrounded by historic hot springs and vast rice fields, a quick train ride will bring you to the bustling capital of Korea — Seoul, an adrenaline-pumping mix of technological advancement and cultural charm. Cruise to Seoul, Korea and take the cable car up to N Seoul Tower at the top of Namsan Mountain for expansive views of the city. Visit elaborate Gyeongbukgung Palace — on its enormous grounds, you can cross one of three stone bridges to an artificial island in the center of picturesque lake. Then, zen out at Jogyesa Korean Buddhist Temple with is huge golden Buddha statues, and stroll the grounds planted with trees that are over 500 years old.
National Language Korean
Currency Accepted South Korean Won (KRW)

Things To Do in Seoul (Incheon)

Serene view of the Gyeongbokgung palace with cherry blossoms

Seoul, South Korea Gyeongbokgung Palace

Palace Park

Palace Park

After you take the train in from Incheong (around an hour), visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, a truly awesome display of traditional Korean architecture complete with ornate buildings, rolling gardens and a large pond with a pavilion in the center. Catch the changing of the guard ceremony, which happens every hour between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.

View of the city from the Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea Cheonggyecheon Stream

Urban Hiking

Urban Hiking

Experience Seoul's vibrant feel on foot. Start at the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a popular promenade and recreational area surrounded by the city's modern skyscrapers on either side — you can relax in the shade or dip your toes in the cool stream on hot days. Or take on Namsan Mountain for some more vigorous hiking: Panoramic views of the city await you at the top.

Buddhist statues in the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea Jogyesa Temple

Zen Out

Take a break from the bustle and center yourself at Jogyesa Zen Buddhist Temple. Pass through the one-pillar gate to hang out with the golden Buddhas within. Or walk the contemplative gardens and participate in a traditional tea ceremony at Bongeunsa Temple, nestled in the forested hills just behind central Seoul.

Sweet Crispy Chicken Dakgangjeong street food in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea Dakgangjeong

Local Cuisine

Seoul's restaurants and street food stalls is overflowing with authentic Korean delights. Kim chi (fermented cabbage with chilies) and spicy Dakgangjeong fried chicken are local favorites. If seafood is your thing, try jogae gui, a mix of local shellfish served freshly grilled at your tableside. Pair your meal with Soju, a clear, sweet alcoholic drink flavored with fruits; a must try with you Seoul cruise vacation.

Traditional wooden Hahoe masks in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea Hahoe Masks

Shopping

Shopping in Seoul is a thrilling, energetic experience. Head to the Namdaemun Market, where shop owners often make their own crafts and sell everything from traditional garments to ceramics. The Insa-Dong district has a wealth of teahouses, art galleries and antique shops — pick up a traditional hahoe ceremonial mask. Shop for modern fashions, electronics and more at the mega mall COEX.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 South Korea is the most connected place in the world; you'll find a Wi-Fi hotspot around every corner.
2 Public transport via train and bus is fast and reliable, but taxis are available if you prefer.
3 Gentle, respectful haggling is acceptable at small marketplaces. Tipping is welcomed in Western-style restaurants but is not expected.

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