I'm getting stationed at Camp Casey on the DMZ in April and will be spending 12 months in Korea. Im really looking forward to using as many leave days as possible to explore Seoul and the entire southern peninsula. On normal weekends I will have to stay close by (Seoul, ect.) but I should also have numerous 4 day weekends to venture out. Excluding Seoul, what are some of the "must see" places? Utilizing my motorcycle, what are some of the less famous places that I might enjoy over a long weekend? (Im a history major, but really enjoy to immerse myself into local cultures and nightlife when traveling)
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recommended GyeongjuGyeongju, one-time home of the mighty Shilla Dynasty, routinely rates as one of South Korea's most popular tourist sights. With its tumli burial mounds, ancient astronomy tower, Bulguksa Temple and ... read morethe lovely Seokguram grotto, it's a perfect town to tour by hired bicycle, and is NEVER more beautiful than during the spring cherry-blossom (bot ggot) season.Recommended for:History BuffsMatthew Crompton
Perfect in spring for the cherry blossoms. Check out my passport for more ideas. Good luck! ^_^
recommended BusanKorea's gritty and energetic 2nd city, the port town of Busan is a little rough around the edges, but with amazing seafood (like hoe -- Korean sashimi, pronounced 'hwe'), a fascinating fish market ... read more(Jalgachi) and some excellent temples (Beomeo-sa in the mountains and Yonggung-sa on seaside cliffs), it's a place that can easily occupy a couple days. Head to Haeundae Beach during the day to chill out on the sand with the masses, then visit Gwangalli Beach at night for the bars and nightlife.Matthew Crompton
Take the high-speed KTX train to Busan for a weekend -- great seafood, fun beaches and good nightlife.
recommended Andong Hahoe VillageOf Korea's many traditional folk villages, Andong Hahoe Maeul is easily one of the best. With its wonderful setting in the bend of a lazy river, pretty clifftop views and temples, and some wickedly ... read morestrong local soju (rice liquor), it's especially great in the summer months, or with children, who will enjoy splashing in the shallow river. As with anywhere in Korea, the residents are friendly, and the time-warp atmosphere of staying in a traditional minbak inn seems more authentic and less hokey here than most other places.Matthew Crompton
Probably the best traditional folk village in Korea. Staying here overnight is one of my favourite memories from 2+ years in Korea.
- Jirisan National Park (지리산국립공원)755-1 Sa-ri, Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korearecommended Jirisan National Park (지리산국립공원)Home of one of Korea's most famous mountains, Jirisan National Park is unfailingly beautiful, with trails running between small villages (including traditional "folk" villages), agricultural areas, ... read morehardwood forest, and rugged mountain. This spot is particularly beautiful in autumn, when the falls colors are without equal.Recommended for:Matthew Crompton
Gorgeous as well.
- Seoraksan Mountain (설악산)Seo-myeon Osaek-ri, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korearecommended Seoraksan Mountain (설악산)Being a peninsular nation just the size of Portugal, the first-time visitor could be forgiven for thinking that it is the sea that defines Korea. In fact, Koreans will tell you that the heart of their ... read morecountry is in the mountains, and Seoraksan is perhaps the finest mountain park that South Korea has. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails throughout the park, and the stunning scenery from climbs like the route up Ulsanbawi peak will leave even the most strident nature enthusiast satisfied. Seoraksan is at its loveliest during the fall foliage peak, but be forewarned that visiting at this time will be a mob scene.Matthew Crompton
If you want to experience some of the best of Korea, get into the mountains. Seoraksan is a great place to start.