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.

 

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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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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.

You can always check out day tours on Klook to find the best Jeju sightseeing tours on the island that takes you to all the best places to visit in Jeju Island.

 

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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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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.

Below you can find some great Theme-Parks in Seoul that are sure to create plenty of fun for families.

 

 

 

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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.

 

Muju

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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A Few Basic Travel Tips for your Vacation in Seoul – South Korea

Preparing for a vacation in Seoul, South Korea can be exciting and anxious all in one.

Think about it, a city with over 10-million people with most of the population speaking a different language than you, it’s a lot to get your head around.

Especially if you are entering the city for the first time for a vacation in Korea and without a clue what to do or where to go.

Off the cusps, Seoul is a fantastic city with great people. Sure, it can seem chaotic in the city-centre, with people flocking in all directions and eager to get to their point of interest.

Moreover, you’ll be entering a city, with a proud culture and beautiful traditions, which makes South Korea great to visit.

Preparing for your Seoul vacation will require a little homework, as is the case for any destination you visit worldwide.

The need to find Seoul attractions or activities, learning the law and sourcing a little help with the local language. In this article, you’ll find a few helpful tips to help get you prepared for your vacation in Seoul.

 

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The Gyeongbokgung Palace needs to be on your list during your vacation in Seoul.

 

 

Travel Tips for your Vacation in Seoul – South Korea

 

 

Be Prepared on Arrival at Incheon Airport

Arriving at Incheon airport (Seoul’s major International Airport) for a Korea Vacation can be overwhelming at first, although the country is as safe as houses, the sheer size and population may give you a little stage fright at first.

The best advice is to get yourself to the hotel from the airport the easiest possible way and gather then your thoughts once you recover from the flight.

Be prepared in advance upon arriving in Seoul by organising transfers from the airport to get your time in Seoul off to a smooth start. The other option is also to catch a taxi, and there are many waiting at the airport.

 

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Keep Connected in Seoul

Keeping connected in Seoul is no hassle at all with good WIFI connection available in a most café’s, restaurants and shopping malls throughout the city.

Although in a city so large and when the language barrier is so apparent, purchasing a portable WIFI egg or a local sim-card can be a good idea.

Especially when you are in desperate need for help or directions and all you have nearby is the ever-evolving smartphone in your possession.

 

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Learn a few essential Korean Phrases

Not to learn a few basic phrases in the local language is a pet hate of mine.

When tourists travel into a foreign land where English is not the common language, and you don’t go out of your way to learn a few words, I find is a bit rude.

No one is asking you to knuckle down and study a whole range of words, but a few of the basics, like hello, please, thank you, I’m sorry, and goodbye will go a long way in showing respect when doing something basic like ordering a coffee in a café.

 

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Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Seoul.

 

Embrace the Seoul Public Transportation

The Seoul MRT system will drive you crazy in the beginning of your South Korea vacation.

All the different colours and lines heading in all directions, it’ll be like trying to figure out a maze in a kid’s activity book, which will seem an easier task than working out the map to the Seoul MRT system.

Embrace the transportation and purchase yourself a Seoul MRT card, because, in the end, it will be the cheapest and most convenient way to get around Seoul and to visit many different attractions.

Don’t worry, maps and audio speakers in the trains are in both Korean and English.

 

Download Helpful Apps

Smartphone Apps, where would we be without them, and to think not long ago they were nothing to us, where now, we can’t survive without them.

Certain Apps will help you when you travel in Seoul, from primary Korean language to Google Map apps (both online or offline) and even the Seoul MRT map App which is available to download for your convenience of getting around Seoul.

Apps to download for Seoul Trip

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Learn Korean – Grammar

Seoul MRT Map

 

Hold No Fear in Seoul

Hold no fear when having a vacation in Seoul, because there is nothing to fear for travel in South Korea. Of course, things can go wrong, because, in the real world, shit happens and that’s where travel insurance is recommended for any trip around the world.

Visit South Korea with your eyes wide open and take in all the atmosphere, the vibrancy and the people who make this country as great as it is. Because, if you blink for even a second wandering the streets of Seoul, you may miss something incredible.

As for the neighbours in North, don’t even give it a second thought, in fact, I highly recommend that when you are in Seoul, to take the all-day DMZ tour and get up close to North Korea, it’s an incredible experience.

 

 

 

 

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9 Epic Reasons You Need to Visit Seoul in South Korea

9 Epic Reasons You Need to Visit Seoul in South Korea

While sitting at an airport and getting ready for my next adventure, it had me thinking of when I last visit to Seoul in South Korea and how the craving I had to get back their real soon. I have already visited the city on three separate occasions, yet, I still yearn for more Korean. The country is that good when it comes to travel.

Thinking of Seoul had me jotting down what makes that country so unique and why it would appeal to so many other travellers who wish to visit the East Asian country (forgetting about the bullshit in the north, although of little concern now). Hence, I turned my current reminiscing into a blog post while waiting in transit in Bangkok.

All in all, I came up with nine significant reasons why you need to visit Seoul in South Korea, yet if I thought longer and harder about, there would be a heap more than nine reasons to visit the buzzing city.

 

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9 Epic Reasons You Need to Visit Seoul in South Korea.

 

9 Epic Reasons You Need to Visit Seoul in South Korea

 

The Culture

Like with any Asian country, culture is what makes the destination so fulfilling as it is. South Korea is no exception as it’s rich history and proud tradition due to Korea’s strong heritage. The Korean culture is evident throughout, from their polite manners, fantastic food, strong family values, deep history and even their traditional dress (hanbok), South Korea is full of culture and ethics.

 

The people

In everyday life, South Koreans are busy folk and always move with urgency. It comes with the experience of living in the city of Seoul. On the streets of Seoul, it’s each to their own, doors won’t be held open for you, even if you are standing two feet behind the person in front of you, and on those crazy train rides, you need to push and shove to get anywhere, or you may miss out.

Don’t take it personally; it just comes with the hustle and bustle of a busy city. The Korean are astonishing people and very respectful. They show manners to their elders with kind words and politeness in everyday life, especially within their own families. 

 

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Places to visit in Seoul

The people of Korea are fabulous and friendly people.

 

The Bustling city of Seoul

The modern town will delight you from the outset. It’s a crazy city that packs the lot, from the stunning Skyrise Buildings to the gorgeous landscapes which are remarkable within the CBD, the Cheonggyecheon Stream is an example of that.

The City of Seoul honestly has no boring bits, with their walking streets, side alleyways with fascinating hidden restaurants and astounding attractions that are a tourist hit. Seoul in South Korea is a city that truly never sleeps.

 

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Temples and Palaces

Seoul may be a modern city with modern luxuries. However, it does not forget about its proud tradition and astonishing history. There are many essential temples in Seoul, which are incredible in design and the landscaped gardens throughout various attractions, is delightful.

A day is not wasted when you spend only a few bucks to stroll the major temples or palaces with hundreds of years of fascinating yet sad history. During your Korean vacation, make sure you visit one of the major temples, even, all of them, during your stay in Seoul.

 

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the crowds gather to Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

 

 

Lush landscapes within the City Centre

As mentioned previously, the views and gardens within and around the city are beautiful. It’s fascinating how a big city like, with millions in population, can get it so right. It’s quite mesmerising to see the colour throughout the city and its a Credit to whoever is responsible for the glamorous layout. No matter whichever the season you are visiting, Seoul is always looking fabulous.

 

Hangang Park

Hangang Park in Seoul is a stunning location by the river.

 

Delicious Korean Food

Asian food of any variety is typically merely divine, and of course, Korean food is no exception. During your stay, make sure you are dining out on their sizzling Korean barbeques, bulgogi (marinated beef), a fulfilling rice noodle soup and delicious black bean noodles, to only name a few. You will find a vast range of delicious foods to try when you visit Seoul in South Korea.

For more information, take a look at my top 5 foods to eat in Korea for further advice.

 

Amazing Attractions of Seoul

Family fun is assured in Seoul and the surrounding areas, with a large number of attractions that would delight any traveller to the East Asian country. Everland, just a little out of Seoul and it matches with any theme park in the world with its thrilling rides, entertaining shows and the Safari Park with wildlife galore.

In the city, there is an indoor theme park, Lotte world, that you need to visit during your adventure, along with numerous other parklands and attractions.

 

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Sports Craze in Seoul

If you are an avid sports fan like me, then  South Korea has you covered. Soccer, baseball and Taekwondo are the big three amongst a broad range of sports on offer in Seoul and to attend a professional sporting event is value for your dollar with fan interaction taken to another level.

 

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Supporting the Samsung Lions in Korean Baseball at Jamsil Stadium.

 

Snow time in the city

If you love to ski or snowboard on the slopes, South Korea is full of mountain ranges with plenty of thick snow to enjoy the thrills of the winter sport. The snow season generally starts in December and runs through to April and during this time of the year, the ski fields are alive and buzzing with many tourists.

The best bit about a lot of these ski fields is the most famous slopes only a couple of hours from Seoul. I highly recommend  Deogyusan National Park in Muju for an epic winter thrill.

 

 

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Snow time in South Korea is gorgeous.

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