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Falling For Seoul


As the Autumn Leaves Change Color, There’s Never Been A Better Time To Visit Seoul



If you’re in the South Korean capital on business during the Fall, you’re seeing the city at its best. With the fires of Summer quickly receded and the snows of Winter several months away, Seoul’s comfortably cool Autumn proves the ideal time to see the 600-year-old capital. Yet it’s not just about Technicolor splendor; the temperate season will also appeal to business tourists for the city’s many outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in cool comfort. Below are just some of the many options available.

Hiking
In Seoul, you are never more than 30 minutes away from the city’s nature trails. A major part of Seoul’s character is the many mountains bordering its outer districts. Due to the great popularity of the sport, hiking trails abound throughout such peaks as Bukhansan, Suraksan, and Achasan to name by a few, with new trails opening each year. Examples closer to town include the Fortress Wall walk and Namsan.

 For more info on Seoul’s Mountains: http://tinyurl.com/6blsxlg
 For more info on the Seoul Fortress: http://tinyurl.com/69frr4f


Riverside
The Han River and its tributaries offer a huge wealth of outdoor options. Extensive development of the area, as part of the Han River Renaissance Project has led to the creation of pedestrian and cycle paths along both sides of the waterway, as well as parkland, free gym equipment, basketball courts and soccer fields. Bikes may be rented at various points along the river, as can wind sails and waterskiing equipment for those wanting to make a splash. Islands such as Seonyudo have been converted into parkland, while the Seoul Forest is an ideal green urban getaway. Right in the heart of the city, the Cheonggyecheon’s waters flow into the Han, with pedestrian pathways either side and flora and fauna within. There are also river cruises and water taxis for those preferring a more leisurely pace.

 For more info on the Han River: http://tinyurl.com/69cqh7q
 For more info on Cheonggyecheon: http://tinyurl.com/63v3yut


Culture
Visitors to the Namsan Hanok Village will see the Korean houses of the city’s dynastic past. Various activities for tourists include traditional performances, games, and craft-making. The autumn leaves also come alive at Seoul’s Five Royal Palaces – Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, Gyeonghuigung, and Changgyeongung. See the nation’s seats of power during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) – many rooms of which are now being made available as event spaces.

 For more info on Palaces: http://tinyurl.com/5tzp4e8
 For more info on Namsan Hanok Village: http://tinyurl.com/5s8wl45


Whatever your itinerary, Seoul has outdoor options to suit all tastes. Visit www.visitseoul.nets for more information, or download the free i Tour Seoul smartphone app from the Apple Store or Android Market and receive a wealth of information about how you can make the most of your Fall visit to the city.