South Korea is a mysterious place located in Asia and is the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. The country is different from North Korea because of the troubled past these two nations had. Opposite North Korea, South Korea is a more modern and advanced country that might be some of the most thrilling and engaging destinations in 2021.
With beautiful landscapes and major cities such as Seoul, South Korea offers any kind of adventure a traveler wants to experience. This country has it all from the modern buzz of a metropolis to the stunning nature and majestic wildlife. The country is also popular for its national parks and other places which offer the quiet space that everyone needs. The country is also blessed with interesting islands that can be explored by boat. But the country has more to offer than all of this. So without wasting any more time, let’s discover together some of the best places to visit in South Korea.
The capital of Gyeonggi Province, Suwon is no more than 30 km outside of Seoul. The city can be visited very easily by train or car, and unfortunately, it is often skipped over by most travelers.
The most visited place in Suwon is the Big Bird stadium. Big Bird is a famous stadium that hosted the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. For history lovers, the 18th century Hwaseong Fortress is probably the most attractive destination to visit. Here tourists can admire the architecture or test their skills as an 18th-century archer.
The Gangwon Province is home to one of the most beautiful cities in South Korea, Chuncheon. The city hosts the popular Korean soap opera, Winter Sonata, which brings thousands of visitors to the filming locations every year.
Chuncheon is also known as a food paradise in South Korea. Here tourists can taste the traditional cuisine or engage in more modern dishes. Some of the most popular attractions are the Statue Park, Soyang Dam, and the Cheongpyeong-sa Temple. Dakgalbi Street is also a famous attraction between travelers and local people alike. Here the famous Korean grilled chicken meal with spicy vegetables and rice can be found. And if this is your first time here then you should also explore the plentitude of restaurants that this city has to offer.
Changdeokgung Palace is one of the five grand palaces that were built in the 15th century by the Joseon Dynasty. The palace is located around Seoul and was one of the preferred royal residences of the Dynasty. Here the king and the royal family spent their daily lives. The building is not a single one, but rather a complex of buildings that each serve a different purpose. From dining rooms to libraries and meeting rooms, the palace offers everything from what a royalty needs.
Here travelers can also take a walk among the palace garden, the 78-acre Huwon. The garden is located behind the palace and is filled with green spaces, pathways, streams, pagodas, and lakes. Tourists can also acquire many souvenirs which will remind them of this beautiful place. From gift cards to fridge magnets or nanoblock toys, there are plenty of souvenirs.
Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea. For those of you who heard about the city only because of the “Train to Busan” zombie movie, then you will be pleased to learn that Busan is one of the most interesting cities in this country. The city is located on the coast which makes it blessed with beautiful beaches and resorts. The city is full of history and culture. From the Beomeosa Temple to the European-style village of Gamecheon, Busan offers travelers many one-in-a-lifetime sights to see.
In the Jagalchi Market, tourists can enjoy Korean seafood cuisine. The market is the largest commercial seafood market in the country. The market also contains many small restaurants that will cook your purchase at the place.
The city of Seoul is the heart of the country and is one of the must-visit attractions from South Korea. But there is one place that nobody can miss, the Seoul Tower. The tower is famous for its beauty and also positioning. Being located almost at the top of a mountain combined with its impressive length, tourists can admire the city below at over 500 meters above sea level. After visiting the tower, travelers can also explore the surrounding mountains area with Mount Namsan being a fan favorite. There, the Namsan Park which is run by the city offers an area perfectly suited for hiking trails.
The Namsan Hanok Village is another great place to visit if you are looking for Korean preserved historic villages. These villages are all recreations of ancient Korean settlements. Here travelers can find five restored hanoks or also known as traditional Korean homes.
South Korea is a country worth visiting, from beautiful landscapes to bee hives-like cities, the time here is worth spending. These were only a few of what South Korea has to offer, many other important places can be visited, like Seoraksan National Park and Hallyeo Maritime National Park.