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South Korea

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

In South Korea, ancient traditions coexist with cutting-edge modernity, and nature’s beauty unfolds at every turn! From the bustling streets of Seoul to the tranquil landscapes of Jeju Island, South Korea has something for everyone.

Perfect for backpackers, solo travelers, couples, and families seeking a 7-10 day adventure filled with culture, cuisine, and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Explore the historical grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace, conquer the peaks of Seoraksan National Park, and indulge in the local flavors at Gwangjang Market.

The ideal time to visit is between April-May and September-October when the weather is just right for experiencing the vibrant cities and the wonderful countryside.

Suggested Activities

Explore this royal palace in the heart of Seoul’s historic district, and catch the captivating changing of the guard ceremony and immerse yourself in the grandeur of Korea’s past.

Stroll down the charming alleyways of Bukchon Hanok Village, surrounded by traditional Korean houses. This spot offers a unique opportunity to travel back in time and experience the essence of ancient Korean Life.

Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

This is a shopping paradise where you will find trendy K-beauty products, fashionable clothes, and quirky souvenirs. Also, treat yourself with local favourites like Tteokbokki and hotteok!

Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

Embark on an unforgettable hiking journey through the majestic Seoraksan National Park, with exhilarating trails, awe-inspiring rock formations, and vibrant foliage that paints the mountainside in a sea of colours during the fall season!

Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

This Volcanic Wonderland is brimming with natural beauty! Venture into the Manjanggul Lava Tube, catch a breathtaking sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong peak, and relax on the pristine Hyeopjae Beach!

Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

Journey to the edge of history as you visit the DMZ, a powerful reminder of the Korean War and the past and current division between North and South Korea.

Make sure to catch a glimpse at the heavily fortified border from the Dora Observatory.

Observatory Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

Top Tips

Enhance your experience by learning some basic phrases so you can communicate with the locals!

Make sure to try some of the local favourites, like:

  • Tteokbokki
  • Kimbap
  • Hotteok


Tasting local foods is one of the most accessible ways of experiencing a countries local culture, and will broaden your own horizons!

Experience the vibrant local culture during events like the Lotus Lantern Festival!

This Link (Click Here) is to a great website showing all the best local festivals in South Korea!

Make it Unique

If you want to take some photos looking like a local, rent yourself a hanbok!

Immerse yourself in Buddhist culture by staying at a temple!

This bustling local market is the perfect place to sample real authentic Korean food, as the locals also shop here!

Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

BONUS IDEA:

Discover a former quarry turned into a cultural and art park at the Pocheon Art Valley!

Google Maps Link: (Click Here).

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to South Korea is by flying into the Incheon International Airport (ICN), which has flights from many major international cities

Other: You can take a high-speed KTX train or take a bus from other parts of South Korea.

How to get Around?

Getting around the cities is easy with a combination of walking and public transportation.

Trains, Buses, Car Rentals, Ferries, or Domestic flights are all options for getting around the country.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to South Korea is by flying into the Incheon International Airport (ICN), which has flights from many major international cities

Other: You can take a high-speed KTX train or take a bus from other parts of South Korea.

How to get Around?

Getting around the cities is easy with a combination of walking and public transportation.

Trains, Buses, Car Rentals, Ferries, or Domestic flights are all options for getting around the country.

Safety Concerns

South Korea is generally safe for tourists.

As with any tourist destination, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables safe.

Follow local customs and etiquette to avoid misunderstandings.

Where to Stay?

Try to find accommodation as close as possible to the activities you want to do.

  • Hostels: There are many great options for affordable hostels with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is an excellent resource for finding and booking beds. This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers. 
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people looking for maximum comfort.