Regions in South Korea
South Korea is split into nine administrative provinces, as shown below. Although the biggest cities are distinct entities from these provinces, we put them under the most relevant province for visitors.
Surrounding Seoul and near to the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which is covered with urban sprawl.
Seoraksan National Park, beaches, and ski resorts make Gangwon a natural paradise.
Mountains and national parks abound in this landlocked province.
South Chungcheong is located in the country’s center western region. Rice paddies cover a flat area. It is renowned for its hot springs and serves as a crossroads for major railway lines and highways.
North Gyeongsang is the province with the most historical and cultural landmarks, including Andong, Gyeongju, and the Ulleungdo islands.
South Gyeongsang is renowned for its beautiful coastal towns and beaches, where the majority of Koreans spend their summer vacations.
North Jeolla is known for its excellent Korean cuisine.
There are many lovely tiny islands and landscapes, delicious cuisine (particularly seafood near the coast), and excellent fishing opportunities.
A volcano built South Korea’s honeymoon island. Beautiful landscape with wildflowers and opportunities for horseback riding.
Cities in South Korea
- Seoul (서울) — Seoul is South Korea’s vibrant 600-year-old capital, a mix of the ancient and contemporary.
- Busan (부산, 釜山) — Busan is Korea’s second biggest city and a significant port city.
- Chuncheon (춘천, 春川) — Chuncheon is the capital of Gangwon province. It is surrounded by lakes and mountains and is renowned for its native cuisine, such as dakgalbi and makguksu.
- Daegu (대구, 大邱) — Daegu is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a rich history and cultural heritage.
- Daejeon (대전, 大田) — Daejeon is a big and vibrant city in the province of Chungnam.
- Gwangju (광주, 光州) — Gwangju is the administrative and economic center of the region, as well as the province’s biggest city.
- Gyeongju (경주, 慶州) — Gyeongju was the Silla Kingdom’s ancient capital.
- Incheon (인천, 仁川) — Incheon is the country’s second busiest port and home to the country’s biggest international airport.
- Jeonju (전주, 全州) — formerly the Joseon Dynasty’s spiritual capital, now a major arts hub with museums, old Buddhist temples, and historical sites
Other destinations in South Korea
- Seoraksan National Park (설악산국립공원) — The country’s most famous national park and mountain range, Seoraksan National Park, is spread out across four cities and counties.
- Andong (안동시) — home of a thriving folk hamlet and historically rich in Confucian customs.
- Ansan (안산시) — Ansan is a city on the coast of the Yellow Sea in Gyeonggi Province.
- Guinsa (구인사) — Guinsa is the Buddhist Cheondae sect’s magnificent mountain headquarters.
- Panmunjeom (판문점) — Panmunjeom is the world’s only tourist destination where the Cold War is still a reality.
- Boseong (보성군) — undulating hills covered with green tea leaves where you may walk a woodland route and stop at a neighboring spa to sip homegrown tea and soak in a saltwater bath.
- Yeosu (여수시) — Yeosu is one of the most beautiful port cities in the nation, particularly at night. You may take a trip to any of the islands in Hallyeo Ocean Park or watch the sunset from the magnificent Dolsan Bridge or charming cafés surrounding marinas, which are known for their seafood and beaches.
- Jindo (진도) — Every year, people rush to the region to see the separating of the sea and participate in the accompanying celebrations. Jindo — usually identified with the local dog, the Jindo, people swarm to the area to observe the parting of the sea and participate in the following festivities.
- Ulleungdo (울릉도) — Ulleungdo is a beautiful, isolated island off the east coast of the Korean peninsula.