Korea Travel Guide
Seoul is the capital of South Korea with huge modern skyscrapers, Palaces, Buddhist temples, great food markets and exciting pop culture .
Places to visit include :
- Blue House (Presidential residence)
- Gyeongbok Palace (built in 1395 by the first King of the Joseon Kingdom)
- Folklore Museum and Jogyesa Temple
Panmunjeom + DMZ
Panmunjeom is the historic location where the armistice was signed in 1953 ending the 3 year Korean War. Literally on the border between the democratic South and communist North, you will be able to look across the Border into the world’s most sealed-off society, North Korea.
Note:All visitors to the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) must conform to the strict dress code, access may be denied to visitors wearing jeans, sandals, shorts, miniskirt or military style outfits. You must also have your passport on hand.
The Demilitarises zone include the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Unification Village, Imjinkak Pavilion & Freedom Bridge.
Korean Folk Village
A popular excursion from Seoul includes visiting a traditional Korean folk village. The Korean Folk Village is a living museum where you can enjoy live performances which highlight the traditional customs and culture of 19th century Chosun Dynasty Korea. The hand crafted reconstructed village provides an unique glimpse into the diverse architectural structures of the wealthy aristocrats and the humble dwelling of the farmers.
Gyungju is a city on South Korea’s southeast coast and known as the ‘Museum without walls’. It was the former capital during the 1,000-year-long Silla dynasty and has numerous UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage sites.
These include Seokgulam Grotto and the 8th century Bulguksa Temple. Also worth visiting is the Gyeongju National Museum, Cheomseongdae and the famous Bomun lake resort.
Busan, formally known as Pusan is a large port city in South Korea. Busan is known for its great beaches, mountains and temples. Places of interest include Beomeosa Temple, (founded in 678 A.D) , Jagalchi fishmarket and Yongdusan park.
Mt.Seorak National Park is designated as a natural monument preservation area and as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. Mt Seorak is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range and hiking is very popular in the park.
Gwongemseong Fortress is located in Seorak National Park. and is regarded to be one of the most beautiful castles in Korea. Located on the steep stone Mountain of Mt. Seoraksan, it is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period (918-1392).
Shinheungsa temple is a short walk away from the entrance of the fortress, built by Jajangyulsa (AD590~658).
The semi tropical island of Jeju is a haven of beautiful natural settings and has a unique traditional culture. Jeju is known for its beautiful coastline, beach resorts, volcanic landscape of craters with cave like lava tubes, all making Jeju Korea’s premier holiday destination.
Places to visit include Jungmun resort, Yeomiji Botanic Gardens, Yakcheonsa Temple, Manjanggul cave and Cheonjuyeonwater waterfall surrounded by sub tropical vegetation.