Best Places To Visit In Korea

What Are The Best Places To Visit In Korea?

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South Korea offers many wonderful tourist attractions to visit, ranging from national parks,  restaurants, cultural and historical sites, hiking trails, and much more. With so many places to visit and such rich Korean history, you may feel overwhelmed. Not to worry, though! We’ve compiled a list of the top places to visit to make this much easier for you, helping you to pick out the best tourist attractions, historical sites, and more.

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At a first glance, you could visit Busan, the second largest city in South Korea (the largest city being Andong). Its coast houses beautiful resorts and beaches, and on top of beautiful scenery, has quite a bit of history and culture. The Beomeosa Temple and the hillside village of Gamecheon feature quite a lot of interesting sites. Gamecheon features European-style houses on its cliffs just above the sea and can be thought of as Korea’s version of Santorini. If you’re a seafood lover, be sure to also visit the Jagalchi Market there, which is one of the country’s biggest seafood markets. To get to Busan, just take a two-hour trip on Korea’s KTX high-speed bullet train from Seoul.

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Jeonju is another city worth visiting and was once the spiritual capital during the Joseon Dynasty. This city takes less time to get to than Busan, amounting to about 90 minutes by train. You can expect to find various ancient temples and shrines in this area, alongside a hanok village. Hanok villages are found all throughout Korea, which are villages that are preserved neighbourhoods of old and ancient homes. These one-of-a-kind neighbourhoods allow visitors and tourists to get a much more real feel of what life was like in Korea, and allow you to see traditional Korean houses.

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You could also visit the N Seoul Tower, the city’s most famous observation tower. As the tower is situated on top of a mountain, this gives it even more height to its own height, amounting to 500 meters above the city and sea level. Notably, the N Seoul Tower is the tallest building in South Korea (free standing that is). You may want to spend all your time exploring the N Seoul Tower as it being the tallest building is quite impressive, but be sure to explore the surrounding mountain area too!

Gyeonbokgung Palace

As well as the N Seoul Tower, why not visit a national park or a national museum, there are plenty to choose from, including the Odaesan National Park, Halassang National Park, the National Folk Museum, Gyeongbokgung Palace or Changdeokgung Palace. As you can see, from this list along, there is plenty to do in Korea and plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Korean culture. If you’re interested in Palaces, the top five Grand Palaces include Gyeonbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and the Geyonghuigung Palace. Most agree that Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most spectacular and is definitely worth a visit in South Korea. Notabaly, Changdeokgung Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or if you prefer national parks, then you should visit Jirisan, the largest national park in South Korea.

The Korean Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea

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Many tourists visiting South Korea like to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which as the name suggests, separates South Korea from North Korea. Korea is a divided nation due to Korean Wars, as little as 4km separates the South portion from the North portion. The border between South and North Korea is said to be the most heavily armed border to exist in the entire world. This zone continues to serve its purpose as a buffer and has done so since 1953, where a cease-fire agreement (the Korean Armistice Agreement) was made between the United Nations and North Korea, placing the Korean War on hold.

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Despite its past, this area is now safe for tourists and visitors to visit. This area can only be visited as part of a guided and organised tour, in which travellers can see the Joint Security Area (JSA), also referred to as Panmunjom. Here is where officials from the South and North portion of Korea met to discuss peace matters during the war. On the tour, visitors can see South Korean and North Korean soldiers guarding their sides of the Korean Demilitarised Zone. Other stops include Freedom Bridge, Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, as well as the Dora Observatory, where you can look across the border and into North Korea.

Visit a National park in South Korea

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South Korea features many major attractions and beautiful national parks, with as many as 22 national parks. If you consider the small size of the country, 22 parks are quite a lot. South Korea’s largest national park is Dadohaehaesang National Park. While also being one of the biggest parks, it is additionally only one out of the four coastal and marine national parks throughout South Korea. Its islands, Hongdo, Baekdo, and Heuksando are its main attractions. You can find over 1,500 plant species, over 150 fish, and over 140 different birds.

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If you love natural landscapes and beautiful mountain ranges, then the Seoraksan National Park is one you’ll definitely need to place on your list. This Park is known for the large pine trees and a huge range of oak trees that appear in its forests. It’s quite popular during Autumn due to its picturesque foliage.  If you need something closer to South Korea’s capital, then try visiting the Bukhansan National Park, which is quite popular among tourists. This park features beautiful scenery on its hiking routes, as well as two Buddhist temples on the way.

Jirisan National Park

You could also visit the Jirisan National Park, full of beautiful natural scenery and walking trails. This is one of the major tourist attractions in South Korea and brings international visitors to its site, and it also offers a climable mountain! This mountain is one of the tallest in South Korea, coming second only to Hallasan mountain in the Jeju island. If you’re a hiker, you’ll want to check it out.

Haeundae Beach

You may also want to check out South Korea’s beaches, famous for their scenic beauty and surreal white sand beaches. Haeundae Beach is one of the most famous ones and stretches for over 1 km. It features crystal clear water and is sure to be a blast for both those who surf and those who want to soak up the sun.

Whether you want to visit the National Palace Museum, Ancient Capital City, or an amusement park, there’s plenty to see and do in South Korea! A country full of rich and fascinating history, you’ll want to visit South Korea and check out m0re tourist attraction options! We do hope this guide has been helpful and has given you more options to consider while visiting South Korea, home to some of the best tourist attractions.