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Popular amenities for Seoul vacation rentals

Stay near Seoul's top sights

National Museum of Korea156 locals recommend
Gyeongbokgung Palace814 locals recommend
Deoksugung149 locals recommend
Yeouido Hangang Park142 locals recommend
War Memorial of Korea134 locals recommend
Hongdae Street86 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Seoul

  • Total rentals

    27K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    732K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    6.8K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.4K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    160 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    15K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Seoul

All About Seoul

Seoul is an always-thrumming, ultra-modern metropolis that truly never skips a beat. The beating heart of South Korea and one of the fastest-growing metropolises in the world, Seoul is a beautiful clash of old and new: glass skyscrapers rise up over the relics of 14th century shrines; noraebang karaoke bars and trend-setting shopping districts sidle up against the ancient fortress wall; night markets spill over with septuagenarians hawking traditional delicacies like bindaetteok scallion pancakes and other mysterious trinkets, while younger innovators set social media’s next viral trends (think cheese-stuffed, sugar-sprinkled corndogs). From K-pop tunes to K-beauty cosmetics to historic Buddhist temples, there is enough to keep you busy in Seoul for several lifetimes. All of which is to say that the city of Seoul never sleeps, and while you are here, neither will you.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Seoul

Seoul benefits from a full four seasons, with the weather to match. Summers are hot and humid, and are typically quite busy as many Koreans flock to the capital and rent houses during their summer holidays. Winters are cold, with temperatures dipping below freezing, but the trade-off is picturesque snowscapes and great skiing slopes just outside the city. Spring is probably the most popular time to visit, as April is when the famous cherry trees bloom, making the whole city look like a cotton candy-hued fairytale. The weather is warm and mild during this time, without being too humid. The autumn foliage rivals the spring cherry blossoms in beauty, with equally mild weather — aim for late October or early November for the best fall colors and nicest weather.

Top things to do in Seoul

Sing your heart out at a noraebang

Korea’s answer to karaoke, these are usually walk-in, private rooms where locals and tourists alike flock during the wee hours to belt out golden oldies and K-Pop bangers. With noraebangs on just about every street corner, you’re more likely to stumble into the nearest one than actively seek it as a destination, but if you do prefer to plan ahead, ask a local for their best recommendations — there are noraebangs for just about every budget, mood, and style.

Shop till you drop at a night market

Seoul is famous for its night markets, and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without spending an evening or two eating your way between neon-lit stalls, shopping for bespoke clothing, and picking up a few souvenirs. Gwangjang Market is the place to go for vintage threads during the day, while at night it’s a gastronomic paradise with hawkers selling everything from pig’s trotters to traditional gimbap. Dongdaemun Market sprawls out from behind the show-stopping Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, into a complex of open-air stalls and linked mall complexes open until 2 a.m.

Step back in time at Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a slice of Old Seoul in the middle of the city. Wandering through its narrow alleys lined with traditional hanok houses (recognizable by their deeply sloped eaves), is to take a step back 600 years in Seoul’s history. Today, this charming historic neighborhood is the site of several interesting cultural centers and museums, old school restaurants, and classic tea houses. Despite being a point of interest for visitors, this is still a residential neighborhood — so be mindful when you visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Seoul?

    Seoul experiences a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers, from June to August, are typically hot and humid with temperatures reaching 90°F (32°C). Winters, from December to February, are cold and dry, with temperatures often dropping to 14°F (-10°C) and occasionally, snowfall. Spring and autumn are mild and generally considered the most pleasant times to explore the city.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Seoul?

    In Seoul, you can explore vibrant neighborhoods like Hongdae and Itaewon, relish diverse street food in Gwangjang Market, or watch a traditional Hanbok fashion show at the Korea House. You may also enjoy a leisurely walk along the Han River or a visit to the Starfield Library in Gangnam.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Seoul?

    The most popular time to visit Seoul is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is mild and pleasant. Popular local events include the Lotus Lantern Festival in April and the Seoul International Fireworks Festival in October.

  • What are the best places to stay in Seoul?

    Popular areas to stay in Seoul include Myeongdong for its shopping and food scene, Hongdae for its youthful and creative vibe, and Gangnam for its upscale lifestyle. Those looking for a cultural experience might prefer Insadong or Bukchon Hanok Village, known for traditional Korean houses.

  • What are the best places to visit in Seoul?

    Popular places in Seoul include the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, the buzzing Myeongdong Shopping Street, and the cultural hub of Insadong. Also, travellers often enjoy a stroll along the Cheonggyecheon Stream and an excursion to N Seoul Tower for panoramic city views.

  • What are some hiking trails in Seoul?

    Seoul has several inviting hiking trails. Bukhansan National Park trail allows you to explore one of the highest peaks in Seoul, while the Seoul Fortress Wall trail offers stunning city views. The Cheonggyesan Mountain trail is also frequently suggested for its beautiful forest paths and serene atmosphere.

  • What are some family activities to do in Seoul?

    Families can explore the interactive exhibits at the National Museum of Korea, engage in fun learning at the Gwacheon National Science Museum, and visit the Seoul Children's Grand Park which has a zoo, botanical garden, and amusement park. If your family enjoys outdoor activities, take a leisurely stroll along the Cheonggyecheon stream, or enjoy a picnic at Namsan Park while admiring the N Seoul Tower. During winter, try ice skating at Seoul Plaza.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Seoul?

    For day trips from Seoul, consider visiting the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a significant historical site that marks the divide between North and South Korea. Alternatively, the coastal city of Incheon, Suwon's Hwaseong Fortress, or the serene Nami Island are also within easy reach.

  • Do hostel rentals in Seoul have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 140 hostel rentals with self check-in in Seoul. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Seoul vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 160 vacation homes with pools in Seoul, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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