South Korea Vacations

South Korea isn't on the top of most people's 'must see' list, but the country's influence on the business and technology world is attracting business travelers, English teachers and curious visitors by the Hyundai-load. It's a nation of urbanites (85% of its population lives in cities), so most visits to South Korea start in its capital, Seoul. A ... Read more
vast metropolis packed with modern buildings, palaces of ancient Korean royalty and one of the world's best subway systems, Seoul is as fast-paced as it is traditional. Still guided by the ancient principles of Confucianism, South Korea is intensely proud of its culture. Whether you're visiting a Korean barbecue or getting to know a family (guest houses and home stays are a popular alternative to hotels), you will get to peek into this distinctive culture. Outside of the major population centers, highlights such as the majestic Seoraksan National Park or the still functioning folk village of Andong beckon to exploratory tourists. While in South Korea enjoy some of their unique cuisine; notable ingredients include kimchi, spicy chili peppers and delicate raw fish.

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One of the best times to visit South Korea is in the spring (April to June), when the pink bloom of cherry blossoms spreads across the country. Fall is also pleasant and filled with colorful foliage along with ... Read more
mild temperatures. Summers are hot and muggy with a monsoon season that lasts from early July to late August, while winters are long and cold (getting colder as you get further north). When planning your trip, another thing to keep in mind are major Korean holidays, when domestic tourists go on vacation and fill up hotels and tourist areas (though Seoul tends to empty out).

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Klang, Malaysia

What a besutiful and interesting place. You can travel by bus, train, plane or cruise from Seoul to Busan or Jizhou. You must try Korean food too.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

A lack of famous sights keep many travelers from visiting this fascinating country with a deep history and distinct cultural identity. Korean cuisine, friendly but reserved people, jaggedly scenic mountains, historic sights, colorful temples, and a modern but decidedly un-western way of life are all a draw to this up-and-coming economic powerhouse.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

My home country, South Korea has a lot of potential. From the 5,000 year old history, to the variety of the cuisine, Korea is interesting in every bit. The nation's capital, Seoul, has its historical background and is becoming one of world's busiest metropolitan areas. Korea is small, but each region has very different character. Language (accents), cuisine, climate, people are quite diverse. The islands in the south (Dadohae) are wonderful - one of the best area I've ever traveled in Korea.

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Sydney, Australia

Though this tiny peninsular nation (effectively an island cut off from the mainland by a hostile N. Korea) constitutes the 11th-largest economy in the world, and produces more electronic high technology than countries a hundred times its size, South Korea is a place largely off the tourist map, and shockingly little-known.

It might be that Korea is a classic "insider's" country, a place where the rituals, customs, and pleasures of the culture are largely hidden from those who do not know its ways by heart. Still, with a little local help, Korea can be one of the most fascinating places in East Asia, with gorgeous mountains (and a crazy hiking culture), lovely temples, teeming megacities filled with neon pleasure zones, and some of the tastiest (and occasionally weirdest) cuisine around.

A visit to the jjimjilbang -- a Korean public bath -- is a must do, as is a trip to one of the country's countless traditional markets. Go to Seoul and party with the kids in glittering pleasure zones like Gangnam and Hongdae, then head into the mountains at Seoraksan for a look at South Korean nature at its finest.

Few people make it beyond the concrete jungle of central Seoul, but with a local guide and some good advice, you'll find there's plenty to discover. Korea's greatest treasure is its people -- warm, forthright, and quick to show a visitor the best of their country. Make a friend or two here and you'll be glad you did.

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Seoul, South Korea

I like this place because it is so beautiful. Especially, when spring comes and cherry blossoms are all opened.

New York City, New York State, USA

Stayed in Mapo for the first night, then started my program at YONSEI which is in the sinchon area. it's a great area, obviously not the MOST exciting but since it was new to me it was a great place to go to with friends and explore when classes were over, spent a lot of time at Barfly and Yaletown and did a lot of shopping there, lovedd a store called artbox!

Los Angeles, California, USA

South Korea is awesome! It's one of my favorite asian countries. Great food, great drinks, great people, great music, great drama's...the only thing missing for me is the understanding of the!

Fullerton, California, USA

I been there with my family lots of time they have english speaker too the korean food taste awesome !


i want to see lee min hu .. i love him very mush .. im one of the thousands of fans of him ..

Downtown Orlando, Florida, USA

Korea, a peninsula fraught with the devastation of war, occupation, and tension; a people divided into two nations who envision an eventual hope for reunification. As this may be nothing more than just a dream, the south of the peninsula is, nonetheless, alive and well.

Whenever I go to a country, certainly the first time, or simply on a return trip, I always discover something anew. From markets to shops, hiking and rafting, the one segment of travel that never ceases to amaze me is the people.

South Korea is one of those places.

By Southeast Asia backpacking standards, South Korea is a bit pricey, but well worth the trip.