Getting there: regular flights from major cities to Seoul's Incheon International Airport.
What to see: Seoul, Seoraksan National Park, Andong, Busan, Jeju Island Currency: Won
Official language(s): Korean
independent spirit and deeply rooted traditions are what sets
South Korea apart from its larger neighbors.
from Japan by the Sea of Japan and from China by the Yellow Sea,
this small country of less than 50 million people is also big
on attracting visitors worldwide to its spectacular natural beauty.
for most travelers, the main jumping-off point is the capital
city of Seoul, with its own unique attractions and cosmopolitan comforts. Seoul's combination
of modern and traditional is seen in its skyline, where steel
and glass vie for attention with lovingly preserved landmarks
of etched stone and intricate woodcarving.
Reaching the most popular Seoul tourist attractions is as easy as taking the extensive Seoul subway system.
way downtown for Seoul's major cultural attractions including the Five Grand Palaces for a look back at the centuries-old Joseon Dynasty or for pleasant strolls through one of six Seoul city
The peaks, valleys, and pristine pine
forests of Seoraksan National Park.
With kids in tow, also see Seoul in full play-mode with a trip to Lotte World,
its largest and most popular amusement park.
stays, travel north for a spectacular tour of scenic Seoraksan National Park.
Or, head south to Andong where folk villages present opportunities for savoring traditional foods and entertainment by costumed reenactors. In October, the nearby Hahoe Maeul Folk Village features the exciting and colorful Mask Dance festival, also not to be missed.
Further south along the coast, also check out South Korea's second largest metropolis, Busan, a bustling port city where today the U.N. Cemetery attracts thousands of visitors paying homage to fallen soldiers during
the Korean War.
While in Busan, take the elevator ride up soaring Busan Tower for a full city view before heading off to nearby Jeju Island - where spectacular waterfalls and idyllic beaches vie with natural flora and fauna. It arguably makes Jeju Island the most fascinating and stunningly beautiful spot in all of South Korea.
DID YOU KNOW? South Korea Travel Fun Facts
Open all night ....
• Need to update your Facebook status? No problem. Free, fast wifi is available almost everywhere in South Korea.
• In South Korea, drinking in public is 100% legal. In addition, there is no law that says when liquor can't be served after a certain hour, or when bars have to close. So party as late as you want!
• You'll also find shops and department stores open later than usual with closing times at around 11PM. Of course, you'll also find many South Korean restaurants and bars open all night (see above).
• Dining out in Korean restaurants, you'll want to try the kimchi. It is a very popular Korean side dish of pickled vegetables made with Chinese cabbage, cucumbers or radish but also comes in a hundred of other varieties.
South Korea travel & tourism around the Web:
Official Korean Tourism Guide - One-stop browsing for
online package tour or hotel bookings, suggested trip planner
with self-guided itineraries, complete printable travel e-books
& brochures, overviews of South Korean religion, traditional
& popular culture, restaurants, native foods (with recipes),
in Korea - Korea Travel Guide - Good intro to the country
with top attractions, transportation guides, maps and related
photos for Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon, Daegu, Gyeongju, Busan, Gwangju
plus more by province.
Seoul.net - What's happening around the city with more
on top tourist and cultural attractions, food, shopping, restaurant
& hotel guides, multimedia presentations, money exchange &
weather facts, subway map, practical travel tips.