As a city with a population greater than that of any metropolis in the United States, you can imagine the number of books and articles with travel advice for tourists to Seoul.  

An excellent place to start would be with the shallower dips into South Korean life, articles from the likes of the Los Angeles Times or, both of which can be found on TripAdvisor’s Seoul Vacations page .

For more substantial offerings, books put out by conventional and reputable travel guide publishers are a safe bet.  Martin Robinson’s Lonely Planet Seoul is a couple hundred pages of practical info that lends itself to pick-and-choose examinations rather than front-to-back reading.  Foods, accommodations, subway maps, communication tips, and attraction suggestions are all provided within this how-to for the Seoul searcher.

Fodor’s submission— Korea: The Complete Guide with Walking Tours, Shopping Day Trips from Seoul —provides more of the same.

If you plan on staying for more than a few weeks, grab a copy of Rob Whyte and Kyoung-Mi Kim’s slim Living In South Korea .  This work represents a sort of cultural manual for the newcomer to the country.  

More specific books regarding Seoul history, culture, and sights are best found at online depots like or Barnes & .  An excellent sample of a publication geared toward more specific interests would be The Rodin Museum, Seoul by Kohn Pederson Fox, Mario Gandelsonas, Ruth Butler, and Kevin Kennon, a hardcover of color photographs from the museum that well captures the works of one of the most important sculpture artists of the last century.