South Korea: Dazzling Scenery, Rich Culture and Fascinating History

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South Korea: Dazzling Scenery, Rich Culture and Fascinating History

South Korea offers so much more than the buzzing urban expanse of its vibrant capital, Seoul. A swathe of treasures from the ancient kingdom of Silla, unique traditions and spectacular landscapes are plentiful around the country. Marvel at the natural beauty that South Korea has to offer during your next trip to this fascinating nation. To help you out, here are the top ten destinations and places to visit in South Korea.

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South Korea: Dazzling Scenery, Rich Culture and Fascinating History

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace (Seoul)

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Gyeongbokgung palace is the oldest palace in South Korea, a beautiful reflection of South Korean architecture, the palace is unmissable on a trip to Seoul. As one of the most iconic sightseeing spots in South Korea, it has a long and well-known history that's fascinating to learn about. Most commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because of its location, Gyeongbokgung is a stunning throwback to the Joseon Dynasty when it served as the seat of government.

The palace grounds are open every day of the week apart from on Tuesdays.

2. N Seoul Tower (Seoul)

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N Seoul Tower also known as the Namsan Tower is an iconic landmark in the Korean capital that offers a panoramic view of the city. In addition to a sightseeing platform, the tower has several restaurants, a café, souvenir shops and a museum. Many couples come to the tower as a romantic spot to visit and enjoy the view. The palace was also featured in some South Korea dramas which has only increased its popularity. The views of Seoul City from the tower are unrivaled anywhere else in the country.

3. Insadong (Seoul)

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Insadong was once the largest market in Korea and is famous for selling antiques and artwork. On Insadong’s main street and in the side alleyways, you will find numerous shops selling special works of arts including pottery, hanbok, and hanji. Insadong also has some of the best food vendors in all of Seoul. Grab your friends and go for a photo-shoot in this spectacular sightseeing location in South Korea.

4. Haeundae Beach (Busan)

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Haeundae beach is one of the most popular and picturesque beaches in Busan, South Korea. The beach is right next to the city and easy to access hence locals and tourists visit day and night. There's a great selection of local eateries, international restaurants and pubs along the beach. It's a perfect destination to relax during a summer trip to Korea.

5. Hangang Park (Gyeonggi-do)

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Hangang Park is a recreational area home to sports facilities, walking paths, and sweeping city views in South Korea. The park is designed as an outdoor haven for relaxation and it stretches out along the eponymous Hangang River drawing great numbers of visitors looking to enjoy some fresh air. Keep your eyes peeled for fountain shows and other performances within the park and see many people strolling or jogging along the trail paths. Arrange a trip to Hangang Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in South Korea.

6. Bukchon Hanok Village (Seoul)

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Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of hanoks, traditional South Korea houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Today, many of these houses have found other uses which include cultural centers and restaurants. They provide visitors with an opportunity to experience and immerse themselves in the traditional culture of South Korea. Get lost as you wander the streets and admire the patterned walls and tiled roofs contrasting with the modern city in the distance.

7. Everland (Gyeonggi-do)

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Everland is one of South Korea's largest amusement parks and a great escape for those with families. This theme park has plenty of fun attractions that bring in more than 7 million visitors a year. Upon entering the park there is a 13-meter-tall tree that is a popular photo spot. The Sky Cruise and Skyway chair lift make it easier to navigate Everland on a trip there as it is hilly and requires a lot of walking. Everland's Amazon Express takes riders on a ride through caves and rapids set in a jungle-like atmosphere in South Korea.

8. Seongsan Ilchulbong (Jeju Province)

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Seongsan Ilchulbong has a unique shape that rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption 5000 years ago. This huge crater is located on the eastern end of Jeju Island, a popular destination for both South Koreans and international tourists. Hiking up Seongsan Ilchulbong is quite manageable as it only takes around 20 minutes to take a walk up the Sunrise Peak trail. If you can wake up early, the view of the sunrise from the top is one of the best views in Korea, the spot is particularly popular for seeing the first sunrise of the year on January 1st.

9. Seoraksan National Park (Gangwon-do)

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Seoraksan National Park is situated in the north-eastern part of the country in Gangwon Province. This park offers hikes for any level of expertise and also some of the most beautiful scenery in South Korea. In Seoraksan you'll find numerous outdoor activities that make it worthwhile for an extended stay. It's famous for the rocky landscape, with jagged peaks rising out of pine forests. Seoraksan also boasts a diverse habitat for animals, with over 1,500 species home to the area and over a thousands plants growing there.

10. Korean Folk Village (Gyeonggi-do)

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Korean Folk Village or Minsok Village is a replica of a typical traditional Korean village and a living museum reflecting South Korean traditions and culture. In the village you can mingle with historic characters as you walk around and observe workers demonstrating their crafts and woodworking techniques. The village also organizes events and activities with different themes and concepts reinterpreted to reflect traditional life, both in South Korea and in the world. Events celebrating seasonal changes and traditional performances in South Korea provide a feast for your eyes and ears.


South Korea has a myriad of perfect travel destinations that make for a unforgettable holiday. The country has amazing landmarks such as Gyeongbokgung, N Seoul Tower, and Seongsan Ilchulbong. In addition to these destinations, make sure to dive into South Korean cuisine, where you'll find some of the best dishes in the world to delight your palate with. Wherever you decide to visit in South Korea, there's always something fascinating to see.

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