The beauty and wonder of South Korea can summon any world traveler to their borders. They have a lot to offer in a small space that is surrounded by water on all but one side and contains two islands.
This East Asian peninsula borders North Korea and is densely populated in urban areas. South Korea is a mountainous country with very few low lying areas.
The weather varies by season, but they have long winters, short summers, spring, and fall. When visiting, choose the season you want to experience and plan accordingly.
Expect lots of snow or rain and, at its warmest, temperatures around seventy degrees.
Food in South Korea can be interesting and new to taste. With sweet, spicy, fermented infusions, food takes on a new dynamic in South Korea. Some must-try dishes include, but are not limited to:
- Kimchi – a blend of fermented vegetables that have a taste reminiscent of melted yogurt
- Hoeddeok – helps sweet tooth craving by feeding you sweet pancake type treats
- Bibimbap – a blend of rice, beef and vegetables highly recommended by seasoned travelers
- Bulgogi – is a mix of sweet and salty BBQ
- Japchae – is a mix of meat, vegetables and noodles that the locals love
Trying new foods is part of the reason for international travel. Don’t be afraid to get out of your box and try new things, but keep in mind that prices in South Korea look different than they do in the US.
For example, 10,000 Korean Won may sound like a lot of money, but that amount is only worth around $9.00 USD and a single meal in South Korea will cost between 5,000 and 10,000 in Korean money.
Don’t think you have become rich when you convert your money as the cost in South Korea is comparable to the cost in the US.
Things to do
There are many things to do in South Korea, but one of the most recommended places to visit is Seoul’s four palaces. Changdeokgung, Cheongyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonhuigung provide visitors with a unique view of the country’s rich history and culture. The art and beauty of this palace will take your breath away.
If shopping is your thing, then Myeong-dong is the place to go. There are a wide variety of marketplaces featuring fashions, trends and offers. This is a must-see if shopping is your thing.
Take precautions when you travel to ensure that if there is an emergency you will be able to easily get the care you need. Additional travel insurance may be a good idea, especially if you decide to visit one of the best ski resorts located in Yongpyong or some other amazing ski retreat.
For all nature lovers, Namiseom Island is the place to be seen. The natural beauty of this island is refreshing and enchanting. You can also take the ferry to and from the island.
The island is also trying to be eco-friendly, which is a welcome factor for many tourists. The island is colorful and peaceful allowing opportunities to observe local plants and animals while exploring the area.
Another place that people like to visit while traveling to South Korea is DMZ. This is the area that separates North Korea from South Korea and has several viewpoints so visitors can get a glimpse of North Korea.
If finding your zines is what you’re looking for, then consider visiting The Garden of Morning Calm, with its forests, walking trails, flowers, serene waterways and more. This place is great for relaxation and restful vacation.
Whatever you’re looking for—adventure, relaxation, or sightseeing—South Korea is one place you won’t regret visiting.
If you want to experience international travel, start packing up your paperwork and passport and book holidays that can open your eyes to new cultures and experiences.