Where to go

  • "One of the most popular events in South Korea is the magnificent cherry blossom festival. Marking the transformation from winter to spring, there are a number of destinations across the peninsula where visitors can wonder at the beauty of the beotkkot, or cherry blossom, and soak up some spring sunshine at the same time. Here are some of the best."
  • "Since its first introduction in Taiwan nearly two decades ago, the pet café craze has disseminated throughout the world, starting in Asia and then spreading as far as Sweden, the UK, and the US. But in Seoul, South Korea, pet cafés are taken to a new level, with many of them offering patrons the opportunity to canoodle with a vast variety of exotic animals. Get ready to experience the city’s most unique pet cafés."
  • "According to my climber friends, South Korea is a great place for the sport. The country is over 70% mountainous, with climbing in every province. Rock gyms and artificial walls abound. Koreans are active, love to hike, so it makes sense that they would also be into climbing."
  • "When alone in nature, your world is at peace. Everything is calm, and the forest is your friend because you feel as if you're the only person to have ever walked this path before you.

    When alone in an abandoned building, those feelings are reversed. Why is this building here, why is it abandoned, who else might be lurking in the dark shadows? There's something sinister about a structure that was obviously erected at a g..
  • "Ulleungdo is a volcanic island 75 miles east of South Korea, a dream for any off-the-beaten-track traveler. The island has long attracted South Koreans who appreciate its dramatic volcanic cliffs and rock formations, primeval forests, and crystal clear water. Hiking is very popular, meaning that some trails get congested during the peak season. The surrounding ocean, however, is a lot emptier - making snorkeling a great way to explore par..
  • "3am. Stars hover over a misty mountain temple. A gong sounds, rousing you from sleep on a thin floormat. Your feet crunch in the dark, making their way up to the daeungjeon, the main hall. Shoes come off at the door, and, sock-footed, you choose a pillow, clasping your hands together and kneeling, then bowing your forehead to the floor, standing again and bowing again. Outside, crickets and a splashing brook provide a dawn soundtrack. Thi..
  • "While just a ferry ride from bustling mainland South Korea, the island paradise of Jeju feels worlds away. Blanketed in think pine forests, breathtaking rock formations and stunning beaches, Jeju is a famous escape for adventurers and beach-sitting folk alike. From the most popular shores to the tallest of peaks, here are the top seven spots that make this island special."
  • "Situated near the southeastern coast of South Korea, the city of Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57 BC to AD 935 – the longest period of any dynasty in the history of the country. Often touted as the nation’s ‘museum without walls,’ the city is teeming with stunning architectural structures, ancient artifacts, and thousand-year-old temples. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, or culture vulture, here are th..
  • "The South Korean port city of Busan has long been associated with its mild climate, beautiful beaches, abundant seafood and its own international film festival, but with some 450 spas—the most of any metropolitan city on the peninsula—it is also a great place to ‘soak up’ the country’s jjimjilbang culture. So, if you’re looking for the perfect place to relax, look to one of Busan’s best spas, listed below."
  • "From ancient folk traditions and royal artefacts to contemporary history and futuristic technologies, South Korea has a museum for just about every area of interest. Here are our favorites."
  • "The capital of South Korea is one of the most vibrant and modern cities in Asia. It’s therefore no wonder that Seoul is filled with bizarre attractions and places. From karaoke rooms and bathhouses to alcohol-tasting and templestay programs, visitors looking for unusual things to do in Seoul will not be disappointed."
  • "Gimhae International Airport is the fastest-growing airport in Korea, predicted to exceed 16 million passengers in 2018. The terminal building, however, isn’t especially exciting — so what can you do on a layover? Here’s our guide to getting into Busan, and what to do there."
  • "South Korea‘s diverse wildlife includes more than 18,000 species of animals. Though large mammals like tigers, bears and leopards have all but disappeared over the past century, the country is still home to a number of majestic creatures. Here’s a guide to where to find them."
  • "Whether you’re in town for a few days and want to learn all about Korea’s drinking culture, or you’re an expat hoping to get a crash course in the city’s history, rest assured that there is a unique guided tour in Seoul for you. Here are some of the best."
  • "Situated in southeastern South Korea, Daegu is conveniently located near some of the best sightseeing spots in the country. Its excellent public transportation system makes it easy to explore the surrounding beaches, mountains and islands – something that becomes even more welcome in the stifling summer months. Here are our picks for the best day trip destinations."
  • "Known for K-pop, kimchi and all things cool, the increasingly popular east Asian nation of South Korea has in recent years attracted attention with unique skincare routines and beauty traditions. Among them include traditional Korean bath houses. Called jjimjilbangs, these spas/entertainment complexes are a huge part of the way of life and visiting one is a great way to soak up some Korean culture. Here are the best on offer."
  • "South Korea may be one of the most fast-paced, technological and modern countries on the planet, but what many don’t realize is that it also boasts a very well-developed camping culture. In fact, it’s gorgeous mountainous landscapes, picturesque rivers and sandy beaches provide the perfect setting for an outdoor retreat. Read on to learn more about some of the best campsites and glampsites the country has to offer."
  • "Situated in the southwestern corner of South Korea, Jeollanam-do is the country’s greenest and least developed province. Blanketed in rolling hills and towering mountains, and bordered by a coastline of thousands of charming islands, the area is famous for its gorgeous landscapes, fresh seafood, and traditional festivals. We think Jeollanam-do is by far the nation’s most underrated region; find out why in the photos below."
  • "Koreans seem to be able to make a celebration out of almost anything. A master of combining tradition with modernity, however quirky the result, Seoul is home to these seven unique festivals and customs."
  • "There’s certainly no shortage of great cafés in Seoul, from hidden neighborhood digs to trendy hot spots. But a few of them set themselves apart from the rest with their Instagram-worthy interiors and picture-perfect refreshments. Check out the best of the best below."

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