It can be difficult to connect with the local culture in big cities where you might be overwhelmed by the cosmopolitan amenities and international flavors that dominate and shape the world’s great metropolises. But Seoul is a place that’s utterly and uniquely Korean. From the innovative street style of the city’s residents, to the traditional architecture that has remained amid rapid modern development, Seoul is the perfect place to understand Korea as it was, as it is, and as it will be. There’s more than one way to understand the heart of Seoul; here are our 10 picks for getting to know the city and its culture. —Abbey Chase