Exotic Vacation: Explore the Beauty of South Korea
Leah Walker April 30, 2019

The exotic, mysterious land of Korea can surprise any backpacker or traveler. As compared to North Korea, South Korea is an engaging, thrilling and modern destination for explorers. Cities like Seoul are fantastic for incredible nightlife and advanced technological marvel.

South Korea is home to plenty of exciting places, such as lovely national parks. It can be difficult for you to shortlist places to explore. The country is blessed with gorgeous islands, swank cities, spectacular natural vistas, and folk villages.

If you are visiting South Korea for a longer duration, you can earn some money to support your trip financially. If you are good in English, use your strong command over this language to teach others. English teaching in Korea can help you to earn money. While living in South Korea, you can’t afford to miss these locations.

Seoul

The capital city is famous for its party vibes, modern architecture, beautiful parks, pop culture, and glittering promenades. Vivacious Seoul has a rich culture and history. With stylish boutiques, chic restaurants, and gorgeous places, Seoul has lots of elements to surprise you. The War Memorial and National Museum can give you some glimpses of history. To view the classy side of the city, you must visit the Gangnam shopping district.

Seoul is ideal for nightlife, architecture, culture, and shopping. The major attractions are Bukhansan National Park, Lotte Amusement Park, Bukchon Hanok village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, etc.

Gyeongju

It is an ancient capital of Silla Kingdom. Gyeongju is a 2,000 years old city with cultural festivals and temples. While visiting this city, start with Bulguksa Temple, a masterpiece of art and Buddhist religion. You can’t miss the beautiful covered markets to buy fresh Korean delicacies.

Gyeongju’s coastal city is known as an open-air museum. You should visit this place to discover the rich heritage and traditional roots of South Korea. If you need a glimpse of the cultural roots of South Korea, you should visit this city. It is ideal for nature, history, and culture. Major attractions are Seokguram Grotto, Tumuli Park, and Anapji Pond.

Jeju Island

In South Korea, it is a spectacular island located 85km off the shore. It is regarded as the seventh wonder of nature. With its pristine beauty, Jeju Island can mesmerize you. Bizarre white sand seashores surrounded by lava caves, volcanic craters, and pine forests are core points of this paradise.

This beautiful island is excellent for photography and nature. The main attractions are Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, Hyeopjae & Hamdeok beach, Seopjikoji promontory, Halassang national park, and Seongsan Sunrise Peak.

The Korean DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)

If you want to understand the conflicts between South and North Korea, you must visit DMZ. With several exciting sites, this place can help you to learn engaging lessons in modern history. For an adventurous experience, you can peek in North Korea at the South Korean Observation Post. Feel free to walk through Penetration Tunnel.

Make sure to arrange a guided tour and visit JSA (Joint Security Area). This zone is famous for historical sites, Observatory, Dorasan Station and Freedom Park.

Busan

Busan is famous for hosting the largest worldwide film festival. The city has an exciting fusion of beautiful beaches, magnificent Buddhist temples, majestic mountains, and skyscrapers. Your tour to Busan is incomplete without visiting the Jagalchi fish market and Haedong Yonggungsa temple.

Foodies will like the seafood available at several restaurants. You can also enjoy local delicacies at different stalls of street food. Tourists may like this city for its food, culture, and beaches. The main attractions are Hurshimchung Hot Springs, Gwangalli Beach with Diamond Bridge, Beomeosa Temple, and Haeundae Beach.

Dadohaehaesang National Park

Visit this beautiful and largest national park in South Korea. You can explore rock structures and 1700 small and large islands. Cheongsando Island is the best scenic places in South Korea. Heuksando and Hongdo are famous islands of Dadohaehaesang national park. To explore overwhelming natural locations, you must plan a boat trip. This park is great for photography, tranquility, and nature.

Suwon

Gyeonggi province’s capital bordering Seoul is known as Suwon. It is famous for Hwaseong Fortress with impressive archways and imposing stone walls. Joseon built the fortress walls. It becomes the UNESCO heritage site with 4 pagoda style gates, observation decks, and artillery towers.

Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is another remarkable structure. While exploring South Korea, you can’t ignore Suwon to view its architecture and history. Main attractions of this region are Samsung Innovation Museum, Gwanggyosan Mountain with hiking trails, and Suwon Hwaseong Museum. By visiting this museum, you can understand the history of the majestic fortress.

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

The meaning of this village is “a village enclosed by water.” This traditional, charming village is situated in Andong. It is a world heritage place of UNESCO. When you enter the city, you may feel like traveling back to the past. The local culture and traditions make it a special village in South Korea. You can try the traditional delicacies of Korea in this village. Buyongdae Cliff and Bongjeongsa temple are some famous attractions.

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Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for four years, and was awarded additional time with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.

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