Seoul is one of the fastest growing cities in the world today. In just 50 years, South Korea transformed itself almost miraculously into a vibrant, modern country that is making it big in word economics, entertainment, music and tourism, while maintaining its rich traditional culture. Seoul, the capital, is truly a fascinating city; more and more tourists from around the world are packing their bags and getting to Seoul.
Where is Seoul exactly? Seoul (coordinates: 37°34’08”N 126°58’36”E) is a new modern metropolis located in the north-western part of South Korea, about 40 kilometers from the Yellow Sea and 60 kilometers from the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Pronounced as “soul” and inhabited by 10.5 million people, Seoul is South Korea’s largest and most important city. The popular Han River runs through it. Below are a few recommendations on how to get to the capital city.
Getting to Seoul by air involves a number of international flights from major cities in the world. Flights come in at the Incheon International Airport every day from Bangkok, Beijing, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Moscow, Mumbai, Nagoya, New York, Osaka, Paris, Qingdao, Sendai, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, and Vladivostok.
From the airport, visitors may take the bus, taxi or rented car. The cheapest way from the Incheon International Airport to several destinations within and around Seoul is onboard a Limousine Bus for only 7,500-8,000 won. Limousine Bus tickets are sold at the Transportation Information Counter at Exits No. 2, 4, 9, and 13 at the arrival area.
Getting to Seoul by land involves a rented car, bus or train (KTX high-speed line). There are three KTX stations within Seoul that are connected to the rest of the country. These stations are Seoul Station (connected to Busan, Ulsan, Kyeongju, Daegu, Daejeon, Asan and Suwon), Yongsan Station (to Gwangju, Mokpo, Daejeon, and Cheonan/Asan) and Youngdeungpo, a new station that leads to southern destinations.
By bus, there are five intercity bus terminals that service Seoul. They are the Central City Terminal (or Honam Terminal) for buses from the North and South Jeolla, Dong Seoul Bus Terminal for buses from the East, Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gangnam Terminal or Gyeongbu-Yeongdong Terminal) for buses from to Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and other eastern destinations, Nambu Bus Terminal from the Southwest, and Sinchon Bus Terminal for buses coming from Ganghwa Island.
When driving by car, all the major roads – expressways (Gosok Doro) and national highways (Gook Do) lead to Seoul. Travelers on the road will find it easy to locate the capital city but should be reminded that major highways are tolled. Self driving makes travel to Seoul a fun and adventurous experience.
Finally, getting to Seoul by sea involves a ferry boat ride from a number of points in China going to the port city of Incheon. There are also incoming ferry services to Busan, and from Busan, travelers may take the KTX or bus to Seoul. Seoul is an exciting city and vacationing here offers plenty of perks. No matter how one does it, getting to Seoul is definitely worth the ride.