Amazing Things to do in Gyeongju – A Cultural South Korea Destination

Amazing Things to do in Gyeongju – A Cultural South Korea Destination


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Gyeongju is a little part of South Korea that never quite gets the same recognition as a tourist destination than its big brothers of Seoul, Busan and Jeju-do.

Regrets in life can come with what you don’t know, and if you decide to bypass Gyeongju during your South Korea holiday, you’re quite simply missing out on a picturesque city that is known for its stunning architectural structures and pristine gardens.

Situated in the South-East corner, Gyeongju is a charming city with a rich history, dating back thousands of years when it was believed to be once capital of Korea under the kingdom of Silla era. The city’s proud heritage is evident throughout the region with several Buddhist temples, pagodas and religious artifacts that are seen during your trip.

If you do decide to make the smart decision and have a short stay in Gyeongju, your choice will be proven to be worthwhile, because a trip to this traditional city is unlike any other part of Korea, and during your stay, you’ll find that there are a range of amazing things to do in Gyeongju.

 

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Awesome things to do in Gyeongju – South Korea.

 

 

 

Amazing Things to do in Gyeongju – South Korea

Amazing things to do in Gyeongju will have your trip to the South Korean City opening up many opportunities for a cultural experience you’ll never forget.

However, before we deep dive into the Gyeongju activities, let’s get the basic over and done with first, to set up your Gyeongju trip perfectly. 

 

How to get to Gyeongju?

While there are a variety of means of transportation to get to Gyeongju South Korea, being a train, car or bus services, the most common way to get there from South Korea’s major cities in Seoul and Busan is by using the KTX to Gyeongju.

To travel from Busan or Seoul to Gyeongju, the fastest way is KTX train System, a fast train which departs regularly from either city daily. Once aboard the KTX train, you get off at Singyeongju station and catch bus-700 to arrive at central Gyeongju, costing a further 1500KRW. Once you’re on the bus, it is only another 15-minute journey to the city centre.

Getting to Gyeongju:

  • KTX train from Seoul to Gyeongju (Singyeongju KTX station) – Approx. Cost 49300KRW economy class.
  • KTX train from Busan to Gyeongju (Singyeongju station KTX) – Approx. Cost 11000KRW economy class.
  • From Singyeongju, take bus-700 to Gyeongju City – Approx. Cost 1500KRW.

 

 

Where to stay in Gyeongju

You’ll find a whole range of appropriate priced accommodations in Gyeongju that will suit any budget. Whether it is family-style resorts, mid-priced hotels or budget hostels that are ideal for one, there is the perfect Gyeongju accommodation for you.

I need to recommend the Blueboat Gyeongju Guesthouse; it cost me around 24000-KRW per-night. It is a Dormitory style accommodation that included breakfast of toast, cereal, porridge and is perfect for any solo traveller to Korea on a budget.

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Street food is a common theme in Gyeongju Korea.

 

 

Bulguksa Temple – Gyeongju Temple

Gyeongju things to do include a fascinating wander through the grounds of Bulguksa Temple, A UNESCO listed attraction, that is given that credit for all the right reasons and fits into the heritage theme of Gyeongju to perfection.

Even though Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple has seen several renovations throughout its extensive history and it’s a great honour to stand in the historical grounds to view the fantastic religious structure that was established hundreds of years ago (in the year-528). All the while, admiring the architectural design, the gardens and the epic nature in the Tohamsan Mountain area of the temple.

Bulguksa needs to be on your list of Gyeongju attractions due to its rich history, that dates backs Boep-Hueng’s reign as the leader in the 6th century, and it only cost 5000KRW to enter through the gates of this beautiful temple in Gyeongju Korea.

 

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Bulguksa Temple is one of the top places to visit in Korea.

 

Seokguram Grotto

Situated in the same complex of Bulguksa Temple, making a great way to kill two birds with one stone during your Gyeongju travel experience. The Seokguram Grotto is again set in the exceptional nature of the mountain that makes Gyeongju so beautiful, and it’s undoubtedly Korea sightseeing at its very best.

Seokguram Grotto, a national treasure of Korea which was completed in the year of 774, is known to be made in the honour of Kim Daeseong parents from a former life. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed to be taken of the Seokguram Grotto, due to the age of the Buddha of Grotto statue, but it is worth a visit on your Gyeongju trip.

It cost 5000KRW to check out this artistic beauty of South Korea that also comes with incredible views over the Sea of Japan.

 

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The nature in Gyeongju is alive.

 

Cheomseongdae Observatory

It may not appear much as first, especially when you’re standing in an open field,, but staring at a structure looking well-aged over the years is a Gyeongju attraction to see.

It’s a simple case of don’t let looks fool you, because Cheomseongdae Observatory is a structure of great importance and is believed to be the oldest astronomical observatory that still exists in Asia today. Cheomseongdae also looks incredible when lit up at night.

Cheomseongdae in Korean means, star-gazing tower, so the name is more than appropriate for its original purpose, with the structure being completed in the 7th century under the reign of Queen Seondeok. It’s free admission to go and view this historic structure while roaming about Gyeongju.

 

Cheomseongdae Observatory

Cheomseongdae Observatory.

Gyeongju Hyanggyo (Gyochon Village)

I love to walk through a traditional Korean Folk Village and because South Korea have so many to take in and saviour, I’m always spoilt for choices when searching for a little tradition and culture in my homeland.

Gyeongju Hyanggyo or Gyochon Village is another particular folk village that will hold special memories in my heart and another historic attraction you must visit during your Gyeongju city tour.

When walking through the gorgeous Hanok Village, which is a walk in the life of the Choi Clan, it is merely a treat to admire the stunning ancient buildings and green scenery that surrounds the premises.

Gyochon Village is not only about taking in more Korean sightseeing, but there are also a few activities of interest to note, such as a traditional tea house, soap making, a traditional Korean meal and many more workshops that anyone with a keen eye for arts & crafts will enjoy.

Admission is free to Gyochon Village, and it is open to the public all year round, how cool is that when finding a Gyeongju tourist attraction!

 

 

Gyochon Village

Lose yourself inside Gyochon Folk Village.

 

 

Woljeonggyo Bridge

If you’re visiting Gyochon Village, then you’re more than likely to go past Woljeonggyo Bridge, situated right next door to the famous village.

Woljeonggyo Bridge was built in the 19th Century under the reign of King Gyeongdeok, but like a lot of famous South Korea tourist attractions you see in your time in the country, such historical attractions have felt the effect of war and has been reconstructed in time to bring history back to the modern day Gyeongju.

The Woljeonggyo Bridge is better seen at night because the colours come which out in the dark are spectacular and is one of the finest things to see in Gyeongju.

 

Woljeonggyo Bridge

Woljeonggyo Bridge.

 

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond Gyeongju)

If the stunning nightlife is what you seek in your Gyeongju itinerary, then the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is the place to be for an evening time bliss in nature when this historic palace lights up in the evening sky.

Although, if you do happen to arrive in the midst of the day, your views won’t be spoilt, because that’s not possible when you visit Gyeongju sights, so never fear when your schedule is busy, and you can’t fit in these those fantastic attractions in your Gyeongju day trip at the times you wish.

To not visit this fine attraction at all would be an actual crime.

When you look at the Palace grounds from a distance, the Donggung Palace (long ago used as a banquet hall) sits at the rear of the Wolji Pond (an artificial pond, which is a reflection of the moon) and when you include the surrounding scenery in the Gyeongju National Park, the views are nothing short of sensational.

The former name Anapji Pond came about long ago during the era of Goryeo and Joseon, it changed to it’s current name because in the 1980s, a pottery fragment with the letters of “Wolji” was discovered, revealing the initial name of the pond long ago, hence the permanent change to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

The cost to visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is 2000KRW and is open from 9 am to 10 pm.

 

Anapji pond

Visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond – Anapji Pond.

 It doesn’t stop there in Gyeongju South Korea

Things to do in Gyeongju is the gift that keeps on giving to tourist that visit from close or far.

There is a copious amount of attractions to visit, including the Gyeongju National Museum which is sure to educate, especially when you think of all the history that is found in the first capital of Korea.

You have got the Cheonmachong Tomb in a location that lies in the green fields of Gyeongju, that dates back to the fifth century and believes to be built in the style of Silla. There is a chance to further breathe like the city in the World Culture Expo Park, showcasing a building that is amazing in design.

Other things to do in Gyeongju include:

  • Gyeongju National Museum
  • Cheonmachong Tomb
  • World Culture Expo Park
  • Replica of the Hwangnyongsa Temple
  • Indulging in delicious Korean food

 

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8 Places to visit In Seoul to Give you a Great Korean Experience

8 Places to visit In Seoul to Give you a Great Korean Experience

Seoul is always buzzing with excitement with many things to do and places to go in South Korea’s busy capital city.

In the bustling city, there are exciting places that include a range of cultural and modern attractions that need to take your priority when visiting this rising Asian city, Seoul attractions from breathtaking Palaces to thrilling theme-parks that creates excitement for all ages.

There are many places to visit in Seoul that will excite any traveller looking for a great day out, but here I have listed eight places that I found were most satisfying through my many trips to the country, not excluding hundreds of other exciting attractions that should not be included in your Seoul itinerary.

In this article, I have come up with a list of eight amazing things to do which will help create a new experience and fun times for when you travel to Seoul in South Korea.

 

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8 Incredible places to visit in Seoul include the Gyeongbokgung Palace.

 

 

 

8 Places to visit In Seoul that will Give you a Great Korean Experience

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Throughout your Seoul travel experience, you’ll come across many traditional attractions that will leave you mesmerised and in the northern parts of Seoul is one the most popular city attractions in Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Steeped with plenty history and tradition, Gyeongbokgung Palace dates back to 1395 when it first was constructed by King Taejo, while the Palace rebuilt a couple of times due to the Japanese invasion of Seoul centuries ago, the tradition of the Palace has never been forgotten and is on show everyone to see.

It is not only famous for its old palaces, but Gyeongbokgung is surrounded with luscious landscapes and gardens, as well as fantastic water features, that makes it the best three-dollars you’ll ever spend for such a great walk, that includes the stunning backdrop of Mt Bugak on show in the background.

 

 
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the crowds gather to Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

 

 

N Seoul Tower

For the best 360 views of the city of Seoul, you need to go to the iconic N Seoul Tower. Located on the peak of Namsan Mountain, conveniently situated in the middle of Seoul, this grand tower will blow you away with the fabulous views of City and beyond, and if you are fortunate enough to go on a clear day, the views are perfect.

The N Seoul Tower offers more than great views, with entertainment available to the tourist and also there is a host of restaurants and cafes to grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy a hot cappuccino while admiring the surrounding views. In the meantime, the kids are also entertained with amusements available inside the tower for an of fun.

 

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Go to great heights a the N Seoul Tower.

 

 

Jamsil Stadium – Baseball

Take me out to the ball game at Jamsil stadium, which is located in the southern parts of Seoul next to the Olympic Park and made famous as the major showpiece for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Once off the train, the buzz outside of the stadium is hectic with enthusiast fans eager to cheer their team to a victory, outside the baseball stadium there are also many markets selling affordable snacks for patrons t the game and merchandise stands open to the public to purchase your favourite team’s Korean baseball merchandise.

I know adding a sports stadium to the list of places to go in Seoul is strange, but the atmosphere inside the stadium is electric with everything that is happening in the stands being just as good as the baseball action going on in the middle, with the dancing cheerleaders and announcers rocking the crowd.

The baseball experience at Jamsil Stadium was so good that I had to do it twice which easy to do because during the season they play baseball six nights a week. There are no excuses for missing a match.

 

Jamsil Stadium

Jamsil Stadium, South Korea.

 

 

Everland Theme Park

A mega theme park just out of Seoul that has it all for any age. The Everland Theme Park is full of family fun entertainment that keeps you occupied for the whole day plus more if you wish to keep your time at the park going for a second day.

The attractions inside Everland is an amazing Safari tour with a good range of African wildlife, thrilling rides, eye-catching magic shows, dazzling and colourful street parades, and a fantastic tulip festival, displaying various colour of tulips that look splendid indeed. Please note the tulip festival is seasonal and only available during the spring months of March to May.

Be sure to head to Everland during your Seoul sightseeing trip because this epic theme-parks rivals any around the world and there is always an event going on, but be warned, just like any theme park around the world, be prepared to be patient as the waiting times can be quite excessive.

 

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Everland Theme Park

Everland Theme Park is a fun day trip not far from Seoul.

 

 

Myeong-Dong Shopping Hub

Seoul is well known for its shopping, and the best place to spend your hard-earned is in the city centre with many classy malls, street shopping underground malls available to the consumer. Myeong-Dong is street shopping at its best with a carnival-like atmosphere on the streets that is buzzing with locals and tourist wherever you go.

After a full days shopping, treat yourself to a delicious meal with various amounts of restaurants located in the area for a tasty Korean dinner that is available on all budgets. Myeong-Dong is the shopping hub of Seoul and will keep you coming back for more on during your trip.

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Myeong-Dong in Seoul.

 

 

Lotte World – Indoor Theme Park

It’s one of the fun things to do in Seoul, Lotte World, An Indoor Theme Park, how cool is that!

You’ll spend countless hours in Lotte World, and the kids will love it as you have a blast on the many rides situated inside Lotte World and enjoy the colour of the dazzling parades. You can also take ample pictures of the incredible infrastructure of the Theme Park, taste delicious carnival foods while wandering around and have an ice-skating session with plenty of trips and falls.

It’s all on offer for the young and old in Lotte World Theme Paks, and you can purchase your tickets through Klook to save heaps of money and to have plenty of fun.

 

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Get Traditional in Insadong

Insadong is another busy Pedestrian Thoroughfare in Seoul, where locals and tourists love to visit for a little more traditional day out. In this popular precinct, you’ll see many people, mainly locals dressed in the Korean dress called a “Hambok” and taking dazzling photos

It’s one of the favorite Seoul tourist spots, where you can walk down the alleyways and stumble upon glamorous restaurants which serve a delicious cuisine of Korean foods, go upstairs to a tea house and drink a glass of Korean tea that comes in many flavours, watch the famous street parades and enjoy shopping for Korean souvenirs and porcelains.

 

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Head to Insadong for delicious Korean tea.

 

 

Lotte World Tower

Completed in only 2017, Lotte World Tower stands at 155-metres in height, 123 levels and is currently the tallest building in South Korea. The building purposes are for office work, a luxury hotel, private residential apartments and a shopping mall, creating a busy few hours in your day during your Seoul trip.

Even from a distance, this stunning building will dazzle you in its appearance as it does look spectacular in its modern design. However, it’s on the Observation Deck from levels 117-123 that will capture your attention, especially when you get up top and witness the best views in Seoul. You may even get the tremors when you look down at the see-through glass and the enormous gap to ground zero.

 

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Don’t look down; it gets scary at the Lotte World Tower in Seoul.

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South Korea’s Jeju Island Itinerary – Things to do Inside Three Days

South Korea’s Jeju Island Itinerary – Things to do Inside Three Days

Jeju Island is one of the most famous places in Korea.

For a good reason too, with its buzzing city life, accessible beaches and spectacular natural attractions, tourists are making this a number-one priority when visiting the country.

With any major tourist destination you visit worldwide, you need an honest guide of things to do, and with this three-day Jeju Island Itinerary, you’ll be able to plan a productive trip on South Korea’s most famous Island and get to the best places on offer.

If you take a look at the Jeju tourist map, you’ll see that it’s also the largest island in the Korean Peninsula. It’s located along the Korea Strait and is by far one of my favourite places to visit in South Korea, where the weather is always warmer and even bearable during the colder winter months.

Jejudo is a destination best known for its incredible natural attractions, being a rugged volcanic landscape, lava tubes, and beaches, with many of these natural beauties formed centuries ago. You’ll also find a handful of beautiful temples on your Jeju tour, among many other fun-filled attractions.

No matter when you decide to go to this popular destination in South Korea, these are the Jeju tourist attractions that you should include during your 3-day Jeju Island itinerary.

 

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Go Exploring the vast landscapes during your Jeju Island Itinerary.

 

 

 

A Three-Day Jeju Island Itinerary

Before we get into the detailed Jeju Itinerary, let’s go over a few of the basic information that may help with your time on the Island. You know, basic information on when to visit, transportation and accommodation.

 

Best time to Visit Jeju Island

For most tourists, the best time to visit Jeju is either during the spring months from March to May, or summer of June to August, where the weather reaches peak heat with high humidity.

If you prefer the weather a bit cooler, you can’t go wrong visiting in the winter and Autumn months, because the weather in Jeju is never too unbearable.

 

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This may be ECO Land, but it is a pretty cool way to get around.

 

Most Ideal Transportation in Jeju Island

Jeju Island transportation is not as complex as it is in the major cities of Soul and Busan, where train maps more suit a maze you can’t get a handle of. It’s much simpler in Jeju.

The best way to get around the Island is to rent a car and explore the island in your own time, visiting places you wish to go.

If you don’t want to self-drive to Jeju Island attractions, there’s always tour buses and taxis to get to where you need to go. It may not be the most economical way to go about it, although, it’ll still do the job.

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Finding the best hotels in Jeju South Korea

You are not going to have an issue finding Jeju Island hotels, whether you’re after a luxury stay in the city, or a budget style guesthouse and hostels at a bargain price, you’re covered with whatever you’re looking to spend to cover your time in Jeju.

I would be neglect, if I didn’t recommend the fabulous Pool and Villa Sorang, a private Villa with your very own swimming and perfect for the summer months when you need to chill from the heat.

The Villa is a little away from the central city, but you’ll appreciate the quiet atmosphere of your Jeju Island accommodation.

 

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Get around Jeju and visit amazing attractions.

 

Day 1: A Jeju City Tour and Surrounds

Jeju City, the capital of the island, has lots to offer. However, the most efficient way to see the Jeju attractions is via the Hop-on, hop-off bus that will get you around Jeju with ease and convenience.

There are other forms of transportation in Jeju but trust me when I say that the Hop-on, hop-off bus will be your best friend for visiting these fantastic Jeju tourist attractions such as Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum, Sarabong Peak, Black Pork Restaurant Street, Yongyeon Pond, Dongmun Market, Gwandeokjeong Pavilion, Iho Tewoo Beach, Halla Arboretum, and the Five Day Folk Market.

Hamdeok Beach, located around 15 kilometres away from the city, is also worth visiting for its turquoise waters. If you’re visiting during the summer, this gorgeous white-sand Jeju Island beach should be on the top of your list.

Mangjaggul Cave isn’t too far from Hamdeok Beach, so this should be your next stop. It’s the world’s most popular lava cave, 5 meters in width and 13,000 meters long. Tourists can easily stroll around a kilometre into the cave, then leave from the same exit. The geological wonder is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

ECO land is a must to put on your list when visiting Jeju-do, a well-organised theme park, that takes you to a variety of different themes of ECO type attractions by a steam train.

Families can easily enjoy a few hours exploring ECO Land, having a picnic lunch, admiring the scenery and letting the kids have fun in Kids Town. Eco Land was by far, one of my favourite attractions.

Other Jeju Island points of interest you might want to change up for your day-one of your Jeju tour can include Seopjikoji, Hanwha Aqua Planet, and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Depending on your time and budget.

 

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Eco Land Lord of the Rings house replica house at ECO land.

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The scenery at ECO Land is breathtaking.

 

 

Day 2: The Magnificent Scenery West of Jeju

For the second day of your Jeju Island tour, it’s time to make the short but easy trek to the West of the island. The home to stunning beaches, picturesque scenery, and mouth-watering food that will make your Jeju trip go up another level.

Mysterious Road is a top Jeju Island point of interest on this occasion. It’s a magnetic downward hill though an optical illusion makes it seem like it’s an uphill road. Visitors love to trip out by placing objects on the road itself, which then give the impression that it’s rolling uphill!

Hyeopjae Beach is a gorgeous rocky beach punctuated by natural black lava formations, black sand, and stunning views. The best thing to do is here is absolutely nothing! Just take it all in ad relax.

While you’re here, you can also visit the nearby Hallim Park, a subtropical arboretum, where you can explore a variety of gardens, including a water garden with a dazzling waterfall and a traditional folk village with traditional houses and stone statues.

The Village is mind-blowing: imagine black lava rocks by the beach blanketed in thousands of small cacti. What’s strange is that these cacti aren’t native to Korea, although people believe that they might have drifted all the way here through the Kuroshio stream from Mexico.

Catch your breath and enjoy a delicious beverage at one of the cute coffee shops in town. If you’d like to stay nearby this area, there are several accommodation choices within Wollyeongri Cactus Village.

Another must-visit is the west of the island is the Seogwang Tea Garden and Museum. It’s the biggest tea plantation in the entire country, so if you love a cuppa, you have to stop by. Aside from boasting of its size, the Seogwang Tea Garden is known for producing world-class tea.

Within the plantation is the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, the first of its kind in Korea. This is a great place to come and learn about tea culture in Korea, as well as its history and the role it plays in the local culture.

Women travellers, take note: Jeju is home to the Innisfree Jeju House. Not too far from the tea garden, you’ll find all kinds of cosmetics and skincare made by this renowned brand right here.

The Chocolate Museum is the second largest chocolate museum in the entire planet and is one of the fun things to do in Jeju Island. Constructed using volcanic lava stones, this museum makes one feel as if you are entering an ancient castle.

Inside, there are three floors; go explore them to learn about various aspects of chocolate making. You’ll also get to sample delicious chocolate and buy your favourites from the gift shop.

 

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Get a little tropical at Hallim Park.

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Tropical Hallim Park.

 

 

 

Day 3: Hallasan Mountain and South Jeju Island

On day three, make the most out of your last day of the Jeju Itinerary by waking up early and heading to the Hallasan or Halla Mountain. This UNESCO World Heritage site is an active volcano, featuring different trails of varying difficulty levels to suit all visitors.

It’s recommended to bring hiking shoes or at the very least, comfortable rubber shoes for a pleasant trek in Jeju Island Korea.

Next, I recommend you visit the three majestic waterfalls south of Jeju. Out of these three, Cheonjeyeon falls is the biggest, and it’s named after heaven’s fond.

According to Korean folklore, fairies once bathed in these very falls. Jeongbang Falls is breathtaking as well; it’s the only waterfall in Asia that flows directly into the open ocean.

It’s a sight to behold as the top of the falls is where you’ll find lush vegetation. Keep in mind, Jeongbang Falls is best visited during the summer.

Another unique geological attraction is the Jusangjeolli Cliff; these are vertical cliffs that are mostly found just in Jeju as well as on mainland Korea. The basaltic lava cliffs are known to rise as high as 20 meters above sea level during high tide and are a sight to behold.

Travellers with kids are recommended to visit the Teddy Bear Museum. There are three branches in Korea; one in Jeju Island while the other two are in Seoul and Gyeongju.

The Teddy Bear Museum branch in Jeju is particularly famous because it houses a $2.1 million teddy bear; the most expensive one on earth!

Jeju Island tourist attractions are good enough for three days, but if this volcanic island enchants you (and we don’t blame you!), you should stay for at least a night or two more to enhance your Jeju Island tour itinerary.

 

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Jeongbang Falls in Jeju.

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Visit Seoul in South Korea – A Traditional City with a Modern Edge

Visit Seoul in South Korea – A Traditional City with a Modern Edge

Whenever I walk into a travel agency and have a browse at all the brochures on various tourist destinations around the world, for whatever reason, I find South Korea to be neglected and quite hard pressed to find anything related to the country, save for a small snippet in an Asian travel magazine. Let me get you on track immediately and let you know why you should visit Seoul in South Korea, a traditional city with a modern edge. 

 In my travels, I have visited Seoul in South Korea on three separate occasions, and yet I find the country’s capital to be a very underrated tourist location. Perhaps the demand is not as high, can’t imagine why. Maybe travellers are wary of the neighbours in the north, don’t be, in my own opinion, it’s all talk. Of course, you need to have your basic travel senses as you do when you visit travel any country and that’s where travel insurance is mandatory, but Seoul in South Korea is as safe as it gets.

Don’t get me wrong, The capital or the country for that matter does attract many visitors and so it should, there is so much to do with a magnitude of activities, day trips, theme parks, classy restaurants, fantastic shopping districts to visit and plenty of wonderful places to stay in Seoul. Not to mention the surrounding mountains and beautiful landscapes that beautifies the city. There is so much to do for those tourists who wish to have a busy time, but also have relaxation while you’re at it.

 

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Family fun is Assured

Family fun is through the roof in Seoul with plenty of theme parks to keep you occupied for hours on end, day after day.

A popular day out is a trip to Everland Theme Park, a mega park and safari that is located about an hour out of Seoul in Suwon and is crazy fun attraction full of rides, entertainment shows, plenty of food and a few African animals to get up close and personal to, amongst other things in the park. A whole day out is not enough with all the things to do in Everland and the fun hits the roof on the fun barometer scale.

Another theme park is Lotte World is another theme park in downtown Seoul.  An Indoor theme park will keep the family entertained for hours. Lotte World is jam packed with rides, carnival activities and even an ice skating rink at the basement of the mega indoor complex. The time will disappear quickly as you lose yourself in this extraordinary theme park that is not all full of entertainment but camera happy scenery.

Take the whole family to the N Seoul Towerand see the best views of Seoul from high above, the tower is not only about seeing great city views there is also entertainment and restaurants to make a great day out of your visit.

Other family fun entertainment to keep in mind in Seoul, is The Grand Children’s Playground which is a beautiful part of nature in the city that has open parklands, a miniature zoo and gorgeous gardens. For Water Parks when it’s summertime, it might be quite the trip, but Vivaldi Park Ocean World is the most famous in South Korea and is a two-hour trip from Seoul by public transportation.

Jjimjibang is another replace to relax and unwind for hours on end and it is the perfect place to do so many saunas and even cold rooms located within the peaceful area of the Jjimjibang. It’s the ideal scenario to read a good book, have a massage, relax and fall asleep, because you’re on holidays in Seoul.

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Take the kids to Everland Theme Park just out of Seoul.

 

Go on a Shopping Spree in Seoul

You will never have to look too far to get a little retail therapy in Seoul and spend your hard-earned money. Normally you just have to come down from your hotel apartment and in an instance, you’ll land at some shopping district because they are everywhere. Whether it’s one the great Shinsegae shopping centres, or the many other shopping districts and markets in the city, including the fascinating underground shopping malls, especially Goto Mall, that are usually attached to so many subways, it’s a blast to go find that bargain in the city.

the streets of Seoul that also come alive in a big way, especially during the night. Make your way to Myeongdong and see for yourself why it is the shopping paradise in Seoul. Insadong is another place to lose yourself in a traditional sense, while indulging a little Korean culture.

List of great shopping paces:

  • Myeongdong
  • Lotte Department Store
  • Namdaemun Market
  • Insadong
  • Gwangchang Market
  • Underground shopping mall – Goto Mall

 

Night shopping at Venture of Youth in downtown Seoul

Night shopping at Venture of Youth in downtown Seoul

 

Korean Food is a real treat

There are many places in Seoul that are either a café or a restaurant, so a suitable location to enjoy delicious Korean food is easy to find. Much like the rest of the world, the Koreans are hooked into their food, where dining out or buying take out can be a way of life, due to their busy lifestyles and long work hours.

Whether you choose to dine in on Korean cuisine and taste the Korean favourites such as Bulgogi (a marinated grilled beef), Sundae (a black liver sausage), Bibimbap (rice with mixed vegetables and beef) and not to mention my favourite, Korean BBQ. You will never have any issues satisfying your needs for local cuisine.

Perhaps your tastebuds desire a bit of western flavour. Never fear, there are plenty of steakhouses, Italian, chicken restaurants on offer in Seoul. Of course, there are the popular worldwide franchises such as McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King, so there is never a need to feel homesick when on vacation.

The best part when it comes to food in Korea, the beer is cheap, so raise glasses and shout out cheers or Kombai for that matter.

 

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Enjoy local foods when you visit Seoul.

 

Hiking and cycling in the Seoul Region

Mountains surround a lot of the outskirts of the city giving the whole region a real picturesque look and many provide good family-friendly hikes and then those that are for the ultra professionals.

The Namsan mountain, is a small hike that takes you to the base of the Seoul N Tower, A tower previously mentioned in the article that gives you are fantastic 360 view of Seoul. Bukhasan Mountain is the most famous to hike with many temples to visit along the way. Mt Bugak is also very popular on the city’s doorstep that is located right on the edge the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace, although it’s not specifically a large hike, but it does make a peaceful walk in the nature so close to the city.

In Seoul to have a little adventure by food or pedal, you need to get down to Han River. A stunning river location that is free of the hustle and bustle of the city. You can hire a bike and cycle along the river, or take it slow and steady with a stroll instead, stopping by a at a café for coffee or cool drinks, while admiring the surrounding views.

Lastly is the very popular Cheonggyecheon stream, a stunning city walk that takes you through the middle of the CBD for an 11 kilometre stretch and helps you to avoid the busy streets and traffic if you need to get to a location through Seoul by foot. You can create a few great photos inside the stream and best of all lose those holiday calories. 

 

Hangang Park, South Korea

Hangang Park along the Han River is an ideal location to have a walk or ride a bike.

 

 

Tradition is alive in Seoul

South Korea does not forget about its tradition and neither should with thousands of year of proud history that comes with the country. Inside the city, there are several palaces and temples that you can visit for a real history lessons with guided tours. A must is to visit the five Grand Palaces of Seoul, with the most popular and largest being the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is not only for its beautiful buildings and heritage, but also for its luscious landscapes, which makes it a peaceful stroll in a centuries old palace.

In the city centre itself, there are a lot of famous and traditional villages to visit, which makes for a great photo opportunity while exploring the modern city. Insadong is a shopping and café strip where the old meets the new and the locals and tourists love to dress in the traditional Hambok dress to fit the appropriate theme of Insadong. The Bukchon Hanok Village is another traditional village in Seoul and has a long stretch of traditional Korean buildings that are still used for business such as doctor surgeries, dentist and general offices to this day.

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace will give the traveller a great insight into history.

 

Winter Wonderland

The weather will get freezing cold during the winter months as the snow begins to fall and the scarfs, beanies and jackets come out, but that just means there is fun to be had in the snow. If you go in winter never fear, I am sure you would have planned it well,  because there are plenty of ski resorts located in the northern parts of South Korea and most are within a couple of hours of Seoul when travelling by bus or train.

A favourite of mine is to visit in South Korea is the Deogyusan Resort in Muju, it’s a European style resort, which is located three hours south of Seoul with plenty of skiing and breathtaking hikes that give you great views of the Deogyusan National Park as you take the trail up the mountains.

If you’re travelling to South Korea, do your own homework and research your very own ski resort.

 

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Muju-gun is a few hours south of Seoul.

 

In Conclusion

I have only touched on a little on what you can do in when you visit Seoul in South Korea. If you are contemplating a trip to the busy city full of life and dazzling attractions, don’t think about putting it on you’re bucket list, just get there and see for yourself why South Korea is fast becoming a tourism haven. You will not be disappointed, that I can assure you.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace: A History Walk in South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace: A History Walk in South Korea

On the foot of Mt Bugak and on the city of Seoul’s doorstep, stands one of South Korea’s most iconic landmarks that is steeped history and has lived on for many centuries. I speak of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a truly peaceful and spiritual place, if there is such a thing, but you’ll understand what I mean once you visit this splendid palace in Seoul and wander the grounds for yourself.

You’ll love the serene atmosphere that comes with a wander through the ground of Seoul’s finest Palace and appreciate the history while you wander from building to building and read about each fact of the structure you stand in front of. You’ll see right there and then that Gyeongbokgung Palace is full of amazing history that will even at times sadden you.

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Visit the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

 

Where is it and getting there

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the northern part of Seoul in the Jongno region. The area is not just about the  magnificent palace however, with plenty of shopping and restaurants nearby and to keep you occupied in the area for many hours.

The best way to get to the palace is by the Seoul Subway System. Get off at Gyeongbokgung station on subway line 3 or at Gwanghwamun station on subway line 5. Either station is fine and the same walking distance, it’s depending on which line you are coming from. From there it is only a matter of a few minutes walk from either subway stations.

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The magnificent Palace will be a highlight of your trip in South Korea.

 

What to do in Gyeongbokgung Palace

Get ready to burn a few calories inside the large grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the walk is long but it’ll be one of the  most peaceful walks you can have. Nestled in centuries of South Korean tradition with some of the finest buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens with a stunning mountain backdrop, you’ll be right at home while also admiring the tranquillity that Gyeongbokgung has to offer to all visitors to the Palace.

Once your feet get tired from all the walking that you have endured, not that it’s a bad walk by any stretch of imagination, there are few places to stop, enjoy a coffee, admire the picturesque views and, of course, take a few pictures of the beauty that surrounds you, whether it’s a significant Palace, a temple or a gorgeous water feature, you’ll snap that memorable picture to add to your photo album.

 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

 

The Gyeonghoeru

The stunning view of The Gyeonghoeru is one of my favourite spots within the Grand Palace. The backdrop of the Gyeonghoeru, which was used as a  Royal Palace, overshadows a calm lake and has the mountains in full view in the background. At the Gyeonghoeru,

it’s the perfect location to Stop into the café for a coffee and a small bite to eat at the neat little café that comes with a souvenir store, from there you can enjoy your hot beveridge slowly with the Gyeonghoeru right there for viewing and if you arrive at the right time, you may even be able to watch a traditional Korean performance at the amphitheatre area.

First constructed in 1412, The Gyeonghoeru has had to survive a tough time during the Japanese invasion, which was ultimately destroyed and sadly burnt day when invaded by the Japanese, only for the building to be identically rebuilt in 1867 and what a great thing that is, because being restored doesn’t take away the history it has gained in the past.

 

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The stunning view of the Gyeonghoeru.

 

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Watch a quiet Korean performance in traditional Hambok.

History of Gyeonbokgung Palace

It was built in the year 1395 and appropriately named Gyeongbokgung, which in translation means, “the Palace greatly blessed by heaven”. After the capital Seoul was raided by the Japanese in 1592, the palace remained derelict for 270 years. with another structure built and used in that time, Changdeokgung Palace, which is another of Seoul’s incredible Palaces you can visit today.

It was reconstructed again in 1867 with vast changes. Unfortunately it would not last long as majority of the Palace was torn down again during the Japanese occupation in the early 1900’s. In that time from the Japanese occupation, Gyeongbokgung Palce has been attempted to be restored to original format since 1990 and the construction is still on going to this day.

It’s beautiful, it’s full of heavy history and tradition, so do yourself favour when you are visiting South Korea’s Capital City and head to this mighty Palace and stand on the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung and learn about a great part of South Korean history.

 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

 

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DMZ Korea – A Guided Tour Inside The Demilitarized Zone

DMZ Korea – A Guided Tour Inside The Demilitarized Zone

It’s the DMZ Korea, A border that separates the North and South and stretches over 241-kilometres long and four kilometres in width. Inside those boundaries is what is called the demilitarised zone, the DMZ. An area where Military action is forbidden inside the limits and as of today, it’s the most guarded DMZ in the world, with a large number of military personnel from both the South and North Korea protecting their respective country’s.

A trip to South Korea is not complete without taking part in an in-depth tour that portrays a considerable part of a nation’s history. It is like going to Ho Chi Minh City and not visiting Cu Chi tunnels or Visiting Turkey and not going to Gallipoli. You get where I am going with this. DMZ Korea is a massive part of wartime history see, and it is a real eye-opener to witness the facts, the stories and the tragedy of the Korean War.

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Looking into North Korea.

Looking into North Korea.

 

Inside DMZ Korea

 

The DMZ tour

It starts at the fabulous Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul, through a tour company called, Panmunjom tours. By bus, you are driven to an area called Paju, which is a good hour from Seoul and right on the edge of the border to South and North Korea. It’s officially the start of the tour as you get escorted through various locations on your way to the Demilitarised Zone.

 

Blue buildings DMZ Korea.

The Blue buildings of the DMZ.

 

The Defector

The first thing I need to touch on is the North Korean defector who joined us for the first part of the tour. She was not allowed inside the DMZ for protection purposes. Her story is sad but truly brave. With her only child, she left her husband and family and escaped the borders of North Korea to China.

With the help of the South Korean government, she was able to set up a life for herself and her child in Seoul. She openly admitted through translation that she would never see her husband again, who never would have supported her defection and she had kept her plan to flee a secret from him. She did, however, harbour hope of uniting with her parents again one day.

Her story was brilliant and Inspirational for someone who wanted the best for her child and would risk her life to do so. For obvious reasons, pictures were not allowed to be taken of her.

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The Observatory

The first port of call is to go the Observatory. It gives you the best view of the North, from South Korea. It starts with a mini slide-show about the Observatory and its history before taken to the top to take a look into a North Korean village through the installed binoculars.

The difference between the two countries, from that specific point of view, couldn’t be more startling. The North Korean village has the unfinished infrastructure, no roads and barely any trees at all as they have all been cut down to help with heating during the cold winter months. The locals can be seen out in the paddocks doing their duties, mainly farming the old fashioned way, doing the work all with hard labour and no machinery. You can’t help but think it is a village long forgotten by their government.

 

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The Observatory.

 

Imjingak Park

Imjingak Park is next on the map. A tourist zone is best known for its freedom bridge where the South Koreans crossed to come home after the signing of the Armistice agreement. It also the home of The Last Train, named appropriately, as it was the last train to cross into North Korea before the war ended. It has remained in its location ever since and is now a photo sensation for the tourist who visits daily.

Imjingak Park also has another Observation point to check in on those North Koreans, it doesn’t reach the great height of the Observatory, but it is still worth a look. But it is a great place to stop and be a real tourist, with cafes, traditional Korean dancers and great insights on the history of the DMZ.

 

Barb Wire Fence and Lunch

The one thing that is evident in the tour is the barb wire fencing that stretches for miles. Inside the fence is the official The Demilitarized Zone, it is so close, but first there is one more stop before going into the border, Lunch is bulgogi, grilled marinated beef, at a restaurant near the border.

Next stop is into the DMZ Korea.

 

All fenced of from the DMZ.

All fenced off from the DMZ.

 

Entering the DMZ Korea

It’s time to join the DMZ Korea, a war zone you could say since officially a peace treaty was never signed only an armistice agreement.  At the entrance to the DMZ, it’s quite hectic at best. It starts with military personnel from both the United States and South Korea coming aboard the bus to check everyone’s passport (a reminder, don’t forget your passport). From this point of the tour, a US soldier is with you for the duration of your time inside the DMZ.

 

Camp Bonifas

In the bus and within the DMZ, the cameras are put away, unless permitted by the guide to take photos of specific areas. You are then guided into the DMZ Korea, past the one-hole golf course, which Sports Illustrated once named the world’s most dangerous golf course in the world. It creates a good laugh amongst the other guest on tour.

The bus stops at Camp Bonifas, and a group photo is taken, before going inside a building for a twenty-minute presentation on the history of the Korean War and how the DMZ became. There are some tough stories told like the bludgeoning of South Korean soldiers within the DMZ in the 1970s with added pictures. It was quite chilling.

 

 

DMZ Korea

I am looking into North Korea. Do you see the soldier?

 

But you need to remind yourself why you decided to take a trip inside DMZ Korea, and that is to learn the hard cold facts of war, which is always brutal.

 

 

Joint Security Area

Back on the bus, next is the Joint Security Area (JSA) and the famous blue buildings that you have probably seen before on documentaries and news coverages worldwide. Right now, you are so close to the North Korea side of the border, and while you always feel safe, you can’t help but have a little fear and the goose bumps appear.

You walk into a building on the South Korean side; it is flanked by South Korean soldiers, standing guard and protecting us. On the other side of the building is blue buildings. You look past the blue building, and North Korea is right in front of you, with their soldiers, standing guard and looking directly at us. The feeling at this point is quite real; we are so close to the north.

Once inside the blue buildings, two South Korean soldiers are standing guard once again, they don’t move a muscle, their discipline amongst the tourist is admirable as everyone gets so close without touching the soldier, to take a photo. You venture to the furthest point in the building, at that point you are officially standing in North Korea. It feels strange, eerie even, if only for a few minutes. But I can’t reiterate enough at how safe you think the whole time.

Photos are allowed to be taken inside the JSA. Everyone is snapping away and posing next to the soldiers, and it’s an incredible feeling. This moment is what you do the tour for, and it is well worth being inside and standing inside a room that has played a considerable part of history and to mention you have now been to North Korea, even if doesn’t feel so real.

 

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Stepping Inside the blue building at the DMZ Korea.

 

Leaving the DMZ Korea

The tour is concluding. The bus takes you on another little journey within the DMZ area. We go past the historical “Bridge of no return.” The name came from the prisoner repatriation operations after the Armistice Agreement was signed. The prisoners were given a choice to either return home or remain on the side of their captors upon the agreement being signed.

 

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This rod leads to The Bridge of No Return.

 

Next up is the Taesung-Dong “Freedom Village.” A particular village that has been around since before the Korean War. The only way you can live in this village is to be born in the town or married to someone from the village. Taesung-Dong is not blessed with the technology of the South and belongs to neither the North or South. The population is understandably small.

The tour finishes back at the Bonifas Camp, where you can have a little shop in Souvenir store full of memorabilia of the DMZ, the war and you can even purchase North Korean money. It wraps up the tour before nicely, before taking the bus back to the magnificent Lotte Hotel in Seoul, which takes a reasonable hour. A  good time for a solid nap after an exhausting day.

If you ever visit Seoul, South Korea, take the DMZ tour you won’t regret it. It is history before your eyes.

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All smiles on the DMZ Korea tour.

 

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