Gay Seoul Seoul City Guide City Guides > South Korea > Gay Seoul Seoul Curation by Bastiaan Ellen, words by Laura TuckerSouth Korea’s capital city of Seoul is both fiercely modern and uniquely old school. Belonging to a country isolated and under military dictatorship until the 60s, both the capital and the country have undergone rapid growth since embracing globalism, tech and democracy. A sprawling hub of contrasts, Seoul is where sleek skyscrapers and 5G WIFI rise high over serene palace compounds flanked by ramshackle hanok villages. Where a riverside bike path can either lead you to a fish market or a K-pop concert, and where cosmetic surgery adverts plaster the sides of lean-tos selling boiled eggs and kimbap. While Korea is ultra-quick to pick up on trends, the country remains behind neighbouring nations when it comes to LGBTQ rights, as conservative Confucian roots die hard and politicians pander to Christian fundamentalists. Despite this, increasing international influence and openness among the younger generation has helped create space for queer events and wider acceptance. For your definitive Seoul gay guide, you’ve come to the right place. Feel like getting away? Take a trip planned just for you, and let us do all the work. Discover Trip Design Hotels Things to do Things to see Food & Drink Shopping Nightlife Trip Design The best hotels in SeoulLet’s start this gay Seoul travel guide with a roundup of the best places to stay in Seoul. The RYSE, Autograph Collection is the ultimate backdrop for a stylish stay in Seoul, slap bang in the centre of Hongdae, within touching distance of underground clubs and K-pop street dancers, yet remaining aloof of the action like Andy Warhol at a BTS gig. After manoeuvring through screaming fangirls and innumerable sock stores, you’ll be thankful for the curated colourful aesthetic and modern elegance of the Marriott’s interior. Another notable chain contender in the area is GLAD Hotel Mapo which offers a more practical chicness and a minimalist yet friendly vibe.For something of a more lush texture, L’Escape Hotel brings all the romance of a Parisian boutique and the playful risquéness of the Moulin Rouge to the heart of Myeongdong’s shopping and business district. Down the street, the home-grown Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower boasts 5-star opulence designed by no less than four world-leading design firms.While amenities abound in Seoul’s top hotels, for insight into the foundations of traditional Korean living, you’ll want to experience life at Rak Ko Jae, a quaint 130-year-old guest house within Bukchon Village, entirely made from wood and stone, featuring a mud sauna, family vibes and home cooked Korean cuisine. RYSE, Long Chim KitcheniRecommended hotels in Gay Seoul - Seoul Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul RYSE, Autograph Collection Daily breakfast is served at Long Chim, where Thai cuisine is featured for lunch and dinner. In the evenings, guests can enjoy music and alcoholic drinks at Side Note Club. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul GLAD Hotel Mapo GLAD Hotel Mapo boasts a great location with city views for travellers wanting to explore the central area of the city. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel Hotel offers ultra-modern rooms with free WiFi. It enjoys a convenient location in popular Itaewon District, just 3 minutes’ walk from Itaewon Station Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower Grand opening from September 2018, Lotte Hotel The Executive Tower features accommodation with city views Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul L'Escape Hotel L’Escape Hotel is situated in Seoul and has a fitness centre and a bar. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul The Shilla Seoul Popular with Seoul’s affluent crowd, Guerlain spa, a luxury mall in the basement, a third-floor Urban island for moonlit swimming. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Seoul - Seoul Makers Hotel Offering a place with a1800s vintage styled look, Makers is very gay-popular with a stylish café, an enviable location and regular live music for nights Book on Booking.com Explore more places to stay like this in Seoul View on Booking.comPowered by Booking.comThank you for reading Mr Hudson.Subscribe to City Guides or log in to continue reading. Subscribe now Log inSpecial SelectionExclusive Mr Hudson offersOut now from gestaltenMr Hudson Explores Browse the Book Explore more Kyoto City GuideIn Kyoto, elegant geishas amble along cobbled roads before disappearing into wooden teahouses. It’s classical Japanese heritage and it’s absolutely mesmerizing. To access this content, you must purchase City Guides subscription. 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