Even though Korea’s capital was trashed during the Korean War, there’s a fair number of historical sights to enjoy. Apart from in museums, traditional Korea culture lives on in the precincts of the royal palaces and the alleys of Bukchon where you’ll find hanok harbour craft workshops and galleries along with tranquil teahouses. Seoul’s temples, churches and shrines are visual reminders of the variety of religions and cultural practices that are bedrocks of local life. Major religious festivals and events such as the Lotus Lantern Festival and Jongmyo Daeje are also well worth scheduling your visit around. Throughout the year Seoul’s daily culture of shopping and eating can be enjoyed at the sprawling markets of Namdaemun and Dongdaemun. Contemporary architectural marvels include the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park and a scattering of showpiece buildings in Gangnam.