Is South Korea a safe country to visit? You betcha bottom dollar it is. Quite frankly it’s incredibly reliable, and I would have no hesitation in recommending any traveller to visit the East Asia country.
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I can assure you the answers are always the same, much like the questions they ask.
It continues along the same line every time Kim Jong-Un name appears in the media, which is a regular occurrence these days, although his best friend Donald Trump seems to keep him in check. However, the North Korean President was prominent in the news in the lead up to my last trip to Seoul, which leads to messages coming from friends telling me I was crazy for going and getting tagged on Facebook on every news article with the latest gossip coming out of North Korea.
Every single time I could only roll my eyes at their concerns, it would be my friends and family missing out on an epic trip to a beautiful country in South Korea.
Is South Korea a Safe Country to Visit?
So what is my usual answer at those being concerned for my well-being in a foreign country always in the news? (And I do know they mean well)
My response is, South Korea is a very safe country to visit and not only that, it is one of the most beautiful and friendliest countries I have ever visited. It’s a tourist goldmine with a lot happening within the country, especially in the capital city of Seoul. I tell people when asked about my security, that I feel safer in Seoul than I do in my home country in Australia and yes, I think Australia is very safe of course. For instance in Seoul, you can’t walk in the city centre without seeing a group of police gathered together in large numbers and are situated about on every corner of the city.
I get that their concern is not about what is happening within the country of the Korea Republic itself; the matter is the neighbours in the North. That is like saying, should I go on holiday in case of a terrorist attack? Or should I jump on a plane in case it goes down? Due to catastrophic events that have occurred over recent years.
There are concerns every day in our lives and even in our backyard in the safety of our homes. We don’t shield ourselves from the problems at home are nor should we when travelling because of a minimal chance something goes wrong. Of course, you need to move with caution, that is a given, and that’s when you must get travel insurance for every trip you take because you do never know what is around the corner.
Live life to the fullest, that’s my motto because when is all said and done, we only get one chance at it, and it’s about making every day count. If we live every day in fear, we will never go outside our own home hence, if you find yourselves with a chance to visit the beautiful country of South Korea.
Jump at it without any hesitations, because I guarantee you that you won’t regret it one bit. I know I haven’t on each occasion that I have visited and I can’t wait to head back again real soon and write a few more Fair Dinkum Traveller stories.
Check out this excellent book from Amazon at South Korea: At the Crossroads, a great history listens on the country and their neighbours North Korea.