Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Located in the nation's north-west around 60km south of the DMZ, Seoul is the capital of South Korea and blends modern high-tech with timeless tradition. The city has dozens of beautiful temples and palaces with many of them dating back hundreds of years. It's not uncommon to see dramatic performances of martial arts or even a ceremonial changing of the guard. The ornate architecture of the royal palaces is emphasised by the quiet beauty of the surrounding gardens. The performing arts are a vibrant part of Seoul's culture offering dazzling performances of music, song and dance. And those looking for more adult pursuits are well catered for with bars, nightclubs and casinos. Koreans love shopping and visitors will find so many options. Seoul has entire neighbourhoods dedicated to shopping from the liveliest night markets to expensive department stores. Even with the hustle-and-bustle of a big city the people of Seoul can still find peace beside the Cheonggyecheon Stream or on the Hangang River. The heart of this modern mega-city is buried deep in the past and gives visitors a dazzling richness of experiences that will remain in your thoughts for years.