Traveling is one of the most enjoying adventures. It is expensive, but the memories will be kept and treasured forever.
South Korea is one of the most outstanding places to visit when you want to travel in East Asia. It has a lot of extraordinary and natural scenery including ancient temples, extravagant beaches and flourishing cities. In 1953, The Korean War almost ended the civilization in the city which is hard to imagine right now.
The traditions in Korea still exists and it remained intact, this is for the tourist who admire a highly distinctive culture which they can enjoy when they arrived in the country.
Where to start in South Korea?
Busan is second to the largest city and seaport in South Korea the population is over 3.6 million. The city showcases beaches, hot springs, nature reserves and known for international film festival that happens in fall. Busan can be the best destination than Seoul if you want a more relaxing atmosphere. It can be located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula.
Make sure to visit Beomeosa Temple and the hillside village of Gamecheon, which is a European style cliff village above the sea, like a Korean Santorini. If you love seafood, visit the Jagalchi Market that is the largest seafood market in the country. You can purchase and eat at their restaurant located at the market.
2. Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeok Palace, is set on the large park in Jongnogu, Seoul, South Korea. The palace is included in one of the "Five Grand Palaces" that is build on the Joseon Dynasty. The palace is always preferred royal residence, it is where the king and royal family lived their whole life. The palace has a different purpose this includes libraries, dining rooms, accommodations, meeting rooms and other uses. The palace garden has a 78-acre lot located behind the palace.
3. Seoul Tower
Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is an observation and communication tower located at the Namsan Mountain in the central of Seoul., South Korea. Having an altitude of 236 meters, it is the second highest point in Seoul. The entire area is known as Namsan Park. There are many activities including hiking and riding the cable cars up to the tower.
You can also visit Namsan Hanok Village that is a preserved historic villages that is located all over Seoul and Korea which is the recreations of the ancient Korean neighborhoods consisting of restored hanoks or traditional Korean homes.
Jeonju is the 16th largest city in South Korea and the capital of North Jeolla Province. It became the spiritual capital of the Joseon Dynasty and is only 90 minutes away from Seoul by train. Ancient temples and shrines are preserved so is their cultures. Visitors are allowed to visit freely and feel what it is like to be in ancient Korea. Some villages are open for tours and others are made into museums, restaurants and lodging.
5. Seoraksan National Park
It is a national park in South Korea which is listed by the government with UNESCO as the tentative World Heritage site. Designated as a nature reserve in 1965 and became a biosphere reserve in 1982.
It looks like a majestic natural wonderland because of the the mountains, waterfalls, streams and hiking for you to see the beauty in the park. There are 1,500 species of different animals and over a thousand kinds of plants. Buddhist temples are lso located at the park due to the ponds around it fed by the streams. When you get tired, a cable car is waiting for you to satisfy your eyes with the wonderful view.
6. National Museum of Korea
The National Museum of Korea is known as the top notch museum in Korean history, it is the cultural organization which represents Korea because of its huge area, it is impossible to explore it on a single visit. The museum contains art, history and archeology in order to present the history of the country to the visitors.
If you have a limited time in Seoul, make sure to add this on your list and surely it will be worth it. The artifacts goes over a million years. Because of its wide range of collections, you will be fascinated and enjoy the tour. All the artworks are made by the Korean artists.
7. Lotte World
Lotte World is a recreation complex in Seoul. It has the largest indoor theme park called the "Magic Island" and outdoor amusement park known as "Everland", a Korean version of Disneyland. A man made lake which is linked in monorail, shopping malls, luxury hotels, folk museums, sports facilities and movie theaters.
Adults and kids can enjoy the attractions and rides, also the shopping centers and artists workshops.
Korean Demilitarized Zone is a border between the North and South Korea, it is heavily guarded and mined this area can be visited but only with an official guided tour. You can visit a North Korean gift shop in one of your tours and the Military Armistice Commission Conference Room, that is located at the Military Demarcation Line. Visitors can step over the border into North Korea while inside the cross border room. The place is surrounded by observation towers, parks and museums.
9. Jeju Island
One of the largest island in the South Korea, located at the Jeju Province. The island contains the natural world heritage site. It is an hour long domestic flight from Seoul. Jeju Island has beautiful beaches with a lot of culture and historical backgrounds. It is a volcanic island (dormant) and the lava tubes can be explored.
People are free diving to catch fishes and different types of seafoods. You can watch them at the Jungmun Beach. It is a tradition that started centuries ago. Hiking and hot springs are present in the island.
10. Blue House
Cheongwadae or the Blue House is known as the executive office and official residence of the Republic of Korea but informally. You can compare it as the White House but a home for the Korean president. It consists of complex buildings and houses of the Korean government. You can catch a glimpse of the formal culture and the modern one. An hour of tour is only allowed for this location and online application is required for the advanced security check.
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Liz Westwood from UK on August 15, 2020:
This is a very interesting, well-illustrated and well-structured article. I have learnt a lot about South Korea.