South Korea has long been known among Asian visitors as a top shopping, gastronomic, and sight-seeing destination. It is a relatively new vacation destination in the Western world, but it is quickly gaining appeal. And with good reason: South Korea combines old Asian characteristics with all the contemporary conveniences you’d expect from a sophisticated, high-tech country. Despite its small size, it has a diverse variety of great attractions and a well-developed infrastructure that makes traveling about simple.
- Seoul – The majority of trips begin in the nation’s never-sleeping capital. This historic site has seen ages and conflicts pass by, yet it seems to be stronger than ever. It is known as the “Miracle on the Han River” and is one of the world’s biggest urban economies. It’s the country’s industrial heartland, the birthplace of K-pop, a mecca for South Korean nightlife and exquisite cuisine, and home to a plethora of museums. The National Museum of Korea has a fantastic history and art collection, and a visit there is a great way to spend a day. The city has been rediscovering its ancient assets and renovating municipal parks in recent years, adding to its allure. Most of the palaces, including Gyeongbokgung , Changdeokgung, and Gwanghwamun, are located in downtown Seoul, where the ancient Joseon Dynasty capital used to be. It is encircled by a Fortress Wall, with the renowned Namdaemun, one of the eight gates, being the most famous. Apart from the renowned 63 Building, the Banpo bridge transforms into magnificent colors at night, and Yeouido Island offers wonderful playgrounds for rollerblading and bicycling. Other attractions include the Secret Garden, Seodaemun, and the Seoul Tower, which is home to the world-famous Teddy Bear Museum. Follow the people to Cheonggyecheon, one of the urban redevelopment projects and a popular public leisure area, or have an afternoon tea in a traditional teahouse in Insadong to get away from the crowds.
- Busan is the country’s second largest metropolis and major port. Koreans come to this city’s excellent beaches, seafood restaurants, and festivals, dubbed the country’s summer capital. In the summer, Haeundae beach in Busan is the most renowned in the nation, with an ambiance similar to that of southern France or California.
- Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created on July 27, 1953, as a cease-fire agreement with a 2-kilometer border between North and South Korea. Panmunjeom, also known as the Joint Security Area (JSA), is the DMZ’s “truce town,” where visitors may see North and South Korea without fear of violence. You may also enter one of the buildings along the border, known as the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), which implies you can pass into the north while accessing such structures. A line where North and South Korean troops confront one other coldly marks the border. The trip includes a visit to the neighboring bridge of no return, which was formerly the primary restricted crossing point between the two nations. In 1978, North Korea’s Third Tunnel of Aggression (1.7 km long, 2 m high, and 73 meters below earth) was found. Seoul is just 44 kilometers or 1 hour distant from this tunnel.
- Bukhansan is one of the most visited national parks in the world, located just north of Seoul. Mount Bukhansan, at 836 meters high, is a prominent landmark visible from many areas of the city, and the park is home to the lovely Bukhansanseong Fortress. The popular walk up there is definitely worth it, as you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city. Suncheon Bay Ecological Park and Seoraksan National Park are other excellent choices. The country contains a total of 20 national parks, the majority of which are hilly, although several also concentrate on marine and coastal environment. The beautiful green tea fields of Boseong provide a different, yet equally pleasant and relaxing escape.
- Jeju Island is a small island off the coast of Korea If you don’t mind the crowds, this volcanic and semi-tropical island provides breathtaking scenery and many natural attractions, as well as a peaceful and pleasant (particularly in the winter) ambiance and a diverse range of activities. The Lava Tubes, Seongsan Ilchubong, Loveland, and South Korea’s tallest peak, Hallasan, are all worth seeing (1,950 m).
- Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites are World Heritage Sites that house a major portion of the world’s dolmen. It has brought forth a significant array of archaeological discoveries in addition to the magnificent megalithic stones.
- Gyeongju formerly served as the country’s capital and now has a number of royal burial grounds, World Heritage cultural monuments, and peaceful resorts.
- Folk villages – Hahoe Folk Village in Andong, Yangdong, the living museum-like Korean Folk Village in Yongin, and Hanok Village in Jeonju are among the greatest places to view some Korean folklore.
- Festivals – Korea is a festival-loving nation. There’s always something going on nearby, no matter where you go. It’s typically a fantastic and colorful experience to watch or perhaps participate in the busy festivities. Boryeong Mud Festival () is a popular choice, when visitors immerse themselves in mud and participate in activities like as mud wrestling and body painting. The surrounding beach transforms into a post-apocalyptic party scene.