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Seoul is a unique and exciting city that should be on everyone’s radar. As the capital and largest city in South Korea, Seoul is teeming with history and culture to experience. The city perfectly blends together its past and future like few other cities can. South Korea is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, but the people of Seoul still love to embrace their vast history. Within Seoul, you’ll see modern skyscrapers mingling with ancient architecture that has been part of the city for hundreds of years. In addition to its history, Seoul is known around the world for its many forms of entertainment. There is lots of great food and shopping, and the city is particularly known for its nightlife. Seoul offers a vast array of late-night restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. In addition, Seoul is a fairly affordable city for visitors travelling from New Zealand, so you can take advantage of all the activities available to you. Booking return flights from Christchurch to Seoul is ideal for visiting an under-the-radar destination within Asia. Enjoy the city, then head out to explore everything else that this incredible country has to offer.
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The best time to visit Seoul
Seoul experiences four distinct seasons throughout the year, giving visitors different experiences. Summer and winter are the city’s seasons with extreme weather. In summer, Seoul is hot and humid with regular rain. This is monsoon season in the city, so monsoons are also possible. Although summer weather isn’t perfect, this is the high season in the city. Seoul fills up with visitors, and hotels often increase their prices. On the other hand, winter is a quiet season in Seoul. Cold weather and snowy weather are common in this season, but it is when you can find the best deals on hotels in the city centre. The winter is also the season to experience South Korea’s exciting Lunar New Year. It is a celebration that marks the first day in the Korean calendar. The Lunar New Year takes place between late January and mid-February each year.
For gorgeous weather as well as great prices, plan your trip to Seoul in the spring or autumn. During these seasons, weather is mild with pleasant temperatures and little rain. Spring and autumn are beautiful times to visit Seoul as the city comes alive with colour. In the spring, cherry blossoms and other flowers bloom to signal the end of the cold winter. Then in autumn, Seoul’s parks burst with shades of red and orange with the autumn foliage.
Departing From Christchurch
Christchurch is home to one airport, which is located 10 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of the CBD. As the second busiest airport in New Zealand, Christchurch offers a variety of flights to South Korea.
Each week, there are about 600 cheap flights from Christchurch to Seoul. These flights include at least one stopover, which will get you into the Seoul airports in about 15 hours. Several airlines fly this route, such as Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, and Emirates.
Getting to Christchurch Airport
Travelling from central Christchurch, you can reach the airport on one of the city’s Metro Red Buses. Between central Christchurch and the airport, you can catch either the Purple Line or bus route 29. The Purple Line is available from several major stops, including the Bus Interchange, Ferry Road, and the University at Ilam Road. Bus 29 can be boarded at the Bus Interchange or Fendalton in central Christchurch. Ticket prices for each of these buses costs $8.50 NZD one-way and $15 NZD return.
If you are departing from central Christchurch, a taxi or Uber will get you to the airport in no time. Taxi rides take about 20 minutes from the CBD and inner suburbs and cost a fare of about $35 NZD.
Parking at Christchurch Airport
Christchurch Airport offers several car parks within walking distance to the terminal. If you’ll be driving to the airport, you’ll have both long term and short term parking to choose from.
Where to Park at Christchurch Airport
• The Long Stay car park offers uncovered parking. Rates start at $27 NZD per day and $135 NZD per week.
• Orchard Road car park offers the most affordable daily rate. Prices start at $22 NZD per day and $154 NZD per week.
• The Craddocks offer a cheap long-term rate. It’s right outside the airport with a shuttle to the terminal. Rates start at $24 NZD per day and $100 NZD per week.
Arriving in Seoul
Seoul is South Korea’s largest city and home to two of the country’s busiest airports. Incheon Airport (ICN) is the city’s main airport, which receives the majority of international flights. The airport is located 48 kilometres (30 miles) west of central Seoul and consists of two terminals receiving international flights. Gimpo Airport (GMP) is the second airport servicing Seoul. It is much closer to the city centre, located just 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) west. All international flights arriving into Gimpo Airport (GMP) arrive to Terminal 2. From each of these airports, you’ll have no trouble reaching the centre of Seoul to get your holiday started.
How to Get from Incheon Airport (ICN) to Your Seoul Hotel or Accommodation
Once your flight has arrived into Incheon Airport (ICN), you can catch the AREX train line into the city. The Express route offers a direct ride from the airport to Seoul Station in 45 minutes. Passengers can catch the Express train from both airport terminals. Tickets to ride this train cost 8,000 won (about $10.70 NZD). AREX also offers an All Stop train that travels to Seoul Station via several other major stops, including Gimpo Airport (GMP), Hongik University, and Gongdeok. The All Stop train will get you to central Seoul in about an hour. Tickets for this train are an affordable 4,750 won ($6.35 NZD). If your flight to Seoul was on Korean Air, you can also receive a small discount on your AREX train ticket.
The newest mode of transport from Incheon Airport (ICN) is its magnetic levitation train (the Maglev). The Maglev is a high speed train that is free to all customers. The Maglev departs from the airport every 15 minutes and arrives to Yongyu Station in about 12 minutes. From Yongyu Station, you can catch the Seoul Subway into the city centre. In Seoul, subway ticket fares are calculated by the distance you travel between stations. Tickets start at 1,250 won ($1.70 NZD) for the first 10 kilometres (6 miles), then add 100 won (13 cents NZD) for every 5 kilometres (3 miles) travelled after that.
Another transport option from the airport is the Korea Train Express (KTX). The KTX is South Korea’s high-speed bullet train system that offers routes all over the country. Five KTX routes pass through Incheon Airport (ICN) on their way to Seoul Station, arriving in about 30 minutes. KTX trains only run every couple of hours, so be sure to check the KTX schedule in advance to see if any of the trains match up with your arrival time. Tickets for the KTX cost 12,500 won ($16.70 NZD).
Both taxis and Ubers are available from Incheon Airport (ICN). While Uber often offers a more affordable rate, taxis cost less from Incheon Airport (ICN). A taxi will get you into central Seoul in about 60 to 70 minutes for a fare of about 55,000 to 75,000 won ($73.55 to $100.30 NZD).
How to Get from Gimpo Airport (GMP) to Your Seoul Hotel or Accommodation
The AREX All Stop train passes through Gimpo Airport (GMP) on its way into the city. Gimpo is only four stops from Seoul’s main train station, getting you to the city in about 20 minutes. Stops from Gimpo Airport (GMP) include Digital Media City, Hongik University, Gongdeok, and Seoul Station. Tickets for the AREX train cost 1,450 won ($1.95 NZD).
Gimpo Airport (GMP) also connects to the Seoul Subway, which will get you into the city centre in no time. Throughout the ride on subway line 5, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to change subway lines to get exactly where you need to go. If your hotel is located near Seoul Station, change to Subway line A at Gongdeok Station, then travel for one more stop. Subway fare in Seoul is calculated by the distance you travel. A ticket starts at 1,250 won ($1.55 AUD) for the first 10 kilometres (6 miles) and costs 100 won (12 cents AUD) for each additional 5 kilometres (3 miles) travelled.
Since Gimpo Airport (GMP) is located close to the city centre, a taxi is a practical and affordable option. Taxis from the airport into the city cost about 13,500 to 21,100 won ($18 to $26.85 NZD).
Things to do in Seoul
Bukchon Hanok Village
While much of Seoul is constantly evolving and modernising, visiting Bukchon Hanok Village is like taking a step back in time. The small village north of the city centre has been preserved in order to showcase its history. The streets and laneways within Bukchon Hanok Village are lined with houses and small buildings that date back to the country’s Joseon Dynasty. In more recent years, many of the old houses have been converted into tea rooms, guest houses, and cultural centres, while some of them are still lived in. Visiting Bukchon Hanok Village is a great way to experience the charm and culture of ancient Seoul.
The Jogyesa Temple dates back to the 14th century and is known as the centrepiece for Korean Buddhism. The temple hosts ceremonies and rituals regularly, and each May, there is a lantern festival to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. Surrounding the temple, you’ll find trees that are especially old–almost as old as the temple itself! The Jogyesa Temple is free to visitors and is the ideal place to learn about the spiritual side of the city.
Mount Namsan is centrally located within Seoul and offers up some breathtaking views over the city. There is a hiking trail to the top, but the most popular way to reach the summit is on the cable car. From the top of Mount Namsan, you can choose to head even further up by travelling up the Seoul Namsan Tower. The tower is 480 metres above sea level and offers a panoramic view over Seoul, the surrounding mountains, and the sea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was one of the five royal residences of the Joseon Dynasty, who ruled South Korea from 1392 to 1897. This is the largest of the palaces, and many consider it to be the most beautiful. No one has lived in the palace for decades, but you can watch several ceremonies that are performed just as they were in the Joseon days. Throughout the day, there are several opportunities to see the Changing of the Royal Guard, the Gwanghwamun Gate Guard on Duty Ceremony, and Gatekeeper Military Training. Each of these events takes place twice a day on every day apart from Tuesdays.
Gangnam is a trendy neighbourhood located south of the Han River in central Seoul. The area become internationally known after the song “Gangnam Style” was released by Korean pop singer Psy. The neighbourhood is the entertainment hub of South Korea. It’s home for many of the country’s largest entertainment companies as well as many K-Pop stars and Korean celebrities. Within Gangnam, there is some great shopping and some of the most popular nightlife spots in the city. The neighbourhood is also a great place to try some traditional Korean foods, such as bibimbap, Korean barbecue, and bulgogi.