Seoul’s history, both ancient and recent, is one of the world’s most fascinating. The central area, to the North of the River Han which runs laterally through the city, is packed with temples and palaces, including the 13th Century Gyeonbokgung Palace and the modern Korean Parliament buildings. About an hour’s drive north from Seoul is the Demilitarized Zone, the border between the two Koreas. Here you can experience one of the modern world’s most pressing political issues first hand, looking across into the isolated Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. To get a little insight into Korean Culture, the Jongmyo Shrine is an excellent place to visit: a sacred site for the Confucian religion since the 12th Century. Insa Street, in the busy Insadong district is a great place to see what Seoul looked like before the skyscrapers started to appear. For a look at modern Seoul, don’t miss out the stunning spectacle of the ‘Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, where 10,000 separate nozzles fire water out of the River.