South Korea Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Local Culture
- 75%History Buffs
- 51%Luxury Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (65)
- South KoreaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFeb 07, 2014
Though this tiny peninsular nation (effectively an island cut off from the mainland by a hostile N. Korea) constitutes the 11th-largest economy in the world, and produces more electronic high technology than countries a hundred times its size, South Korea is a place largely off the tourist map, and shockingly little-known.
It might be that Korea is a classic "insider's" country, a place where the rituals, customs, and pleasures of the culture are largely hidden from those who do not know its ways by heart. Still, with a little local help, Korea can be one of the most fascinating places in East Asia, with gorgeous mountains (and a crazy hiking culture), lovely temples, teeming megacities filled with neon pleasure zones, and some of the tastiest (and occasionally weirdest) cuisine around.
A visit to the jjimjilbang -- a Korean public bath -- is a must do, as is a trip to one of the country's countless traditional markets. Go to Seoul and party with the kids in glittering pleasure zones like Gangnam and Hongdae, then head into the mountains at Seoraksan for a look at South Korean nature at its finest.
Few people make it beyond the concrete jungle of central Seoul, but with a local guide and some good advice, you'll find there's plenty to discover. Korea's greatest treasure is its people -- warm, forthright, and quick to show a visitor the best of their country. Make a friend or two here and you'll be glad you did.
- South KoreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4May 19, 2013
My home country, South Korea has a lot of potential. From the 5,000 year old history, to the variety of the cuisine, Korea is interesting in every bit. The nation's capital, Seoul, has its historical background and is becoming one of world's busiest metropolitan areas. Korea is small, but each region has very different character. Language (accents), cuisine, climate, people are quite diverse. The islands in the south (Dadohae) are wonderful - one of the best area I've ever traveled in Korea.
- South KoreaMar 08, 2013
Stayed in Mapo for the first night, then started my program at YONSEI which is in the sinchon area. it's a great area, obviously not the MOST exciting but since it was new to me it was a great place to go to with friends and explore when classes were over, spent a lot of time at Barfly and Yaletown and did a lot of shopping there, lovedd a store called artbox!
- South KoreaJul 05, 2012
Korea, a peninsula fraught with the devastation of war, occupation, and tension; a people divided into two nations who envision an eventual hope for reunification. As this may be nothing more than just a dream, the south of the peninsula is, nonetheless, alive and well.
Whenever I go to a country, certainly the first time, or simply on a return trip, I always discover something anew. From markets to shops, hiking and rafting, the one segment of travel that never ceases to amaze me is the people.
South Korea is one of those places.
By Southeast Asia backpacking standards, South Korea is a bit pricey, but well worth the trip.
- South KoreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 04, 2012
The country is amazing.. it's crazy that almost everyone here is connected... connected to the internet in some way. And dont get me started on their online game action. But what I miss most is the lil bread food cart that I cant get out of my mind yet at the same time cant recall clearly. I'll find out some day.
- South KoreaJul 03, 2012
Ahh, South Korea. Y'know, it's hard to say anything superbad about a country with more per-capita ambition than anywhere else in the world. With that said, the country as a whole has done a lot of growing up - yet has plenty more to do.
Let's start with the good - generally friendly people, GREAT public transportation throughout 95% of the country, and native food worth making a special trip to the country. Cheap traveling is great, although backpackers will find themselves spending a bit more than elsewhere in Asia. There will always be that one outlier in each group - after 2 1/2 years living in Korea, I've seen them all.
The bad? A number of 'official' tourist organizations which don't communicate with each other or even bother to ensure their publications are in good English. What you can get / find is hit-or-miss, and they all seem to promote the same places. Having to specifically ask for an English language pamphlet should not be a requirement, yet many places seem to have them behind the counter instead of available for anyone to grab.
The verdict: read up, then go. There's no big thing that everyone HAS to see, but there's still plenty going on. My blog - http://chrisinsouthkorea.blogspot.com - covers a new place / event / festival every single week, along with tips for people living in Korea. Check it out if you're thinking of visiting Dae Han Min Guk.
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