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Things to do in South Korea

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Welcome to South Korea

Nicknamed the Land of Morning Calm, South Korea is a nation of extremes. Major cities like Seoul and Busan are abuzz with bright lights and a 24-hour lifestyle, while the pace of life in sleepy rural communities ticks by the same way it has for centuries. Seasonal weather changes see glorious sunshine, heavy monsoons, clear skies, and harsh humidity as the months pass, and South Koreans swing between their traditional hearty cuisine and the latest international fast-food chains. Travelers to South Korea can find new discoveries round every corner, with activities and adventures to suit all tastes and ages. In the capital city, Seoul, visitors can explore UNESCO World Heritage–listed landmarks such as Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace on sightseeing tours, and experience the bustling markets of Gwangjang, Insadong, or Namdaemun, where locals shop for everything from fresh produce to valuable antiques. Savor the diverse flavors of Korean cuisine on a food and craft beer walking tour, or visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where the tension between North and South Korea is palpable. In the countryside outside Seoul and Busan, day-trippers can rub shoulders with locals along popular hiking trails around Mt. Geumgangsan, Mt. Hallasan, and Mt. Taebaeksan, or relax in sunshine as the waves roll in on Jeju Island, South Korea's popular paradise retreat.

Top 10 attractions in South Korea

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Dae Jang Geum Park (MBC Dramia)

Dae Jang Geum Park (MBC Dramia)

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Previously known as MBC Dramia, Yongin MBC Daejanggeum Park is owned by Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) and Yongin Municipal Office. This outdoor historical film set covers a vast area. It opened to tourists and the general public to visit in 2011.Fans of Korean drama are in for a treat, as series such as Jumong, Dong Yi, Queen Seondeok, Goryeo, and many more dramas, documentaries, and films were shot here. The park features permanent sets that consist of ancient buildings and villages, with architecture imitating that from the Korean Three Kingdoms era. In fact, Daejanggeum Park was created based on historical records and so accurately reflects the buildings, villages, and culture of ancient times.There are of course plenty of photo opportunities here, with a number of different sets to explore. There’s also a coffee shop and snack bar on­site.More
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DMZ

DMZ

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Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. As a divided nation, only 2.5 miles (4 km) separate the North from the South at what is the most heavily armed border on earth. The 150-mile (241-km) zone has served as a buffer since the 1953 cease-fire agreement between the United Nations and North Korea that put the Korean War on hold.More
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Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach

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Busan’s proximity to the sea is one of its charms, and Haeundae Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in South Korea. Nearly a mile long (1.5 kilometers), this stretch of coastline is lined with some of Busan’s top international hotels, as well as an assortment of restaurants, shops, and the Sea Life Busan Aquarium.More
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Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram Grotto

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Known for being home to one of the finest Buddha shrines in the Asia, South Korea’s Seokguram Grotto looks out to the East Sea from Mount Tohamsan near Gyeongju. Commissioned in 742 AD by the Silla Kingdom’s chief minister, Kim Daeseong, it was built in honor of Daeseong’s parents from a past life.If you’re feeling fit, one of the best ways to get to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is by hiking under the canopy of trees from Bulguksa Temple, past tumbling waterfalls and wildflowers, to the top of the mountain where Seokguram Grotto sits.Pay the small entry fee and head inside, where the 3.5-meter tall granite Buddha sits on his lotus throne. Surrounded by panels of bodhisattvas and guardians, Buddha peacefully sits with his legs crossed in the bhumisparsha mudra position. The only structure to survive fully intact from the Silla era, look up at the ceiling -- it’s beautifully decorated with half moons and a lotus flower. For a truly special experience, come at dawn to see the sunrise over the East Sea in the distance.More
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Jagalchi Fish Market

Jagalchi Fish Market

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Visitors come from all over to sample the fresh seafood at Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan. The largest seafood market in the country, Jagalchi is unique in that it’s run largely by women—a tradition dating back to the Korean War, when many of the men were off fighting and their wives took over the family businesses.More
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Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

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With its magnificent, towering hilltops and more than 2,000 species of animals, Seoraksan National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Protection site and ranks among the most beautiful parks on the Korean Peninsula. Well-marked trails lead past Buddhist temples as they wind through the picturesque landscape.More
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Namiseom (Nami) Island

Namiseom (Nami) Island

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This half-moon-shaped island in the southwest of Chuncheon served as a setting in the popular Korean TV dramaWinter Sonata. Namiseom (Nami) offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of Seoul with facilities for bike riding, ziplining, camping, and boating. The island’s redwoods, ginkgos, and pines offer a habitat for roaming deer and waterfowl.More
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Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village

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Gamcheon Culture Village spills down a hillside in a riot of colors just outside Busan. The village, nicknamed “Santorini on the South Sea” and “the Machu Picchu of Busan,” was once an enclave for refugee members of the Taegeukdo religious movement. Today, the neighborhood attracts visitors with its steep cubicle houses, galleries, and cafés.More
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Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

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Head to the top of Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower) in hilly Namsan Park, the largest in Seoul, for some of the best panoramic views over the South Korean capital. The 777-foot (237-meter) tower offers three observation decks and half a dozen restaurants where you can soak in the views, day or night.More
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Jeju Glass Castle

Jeju Glass Castle

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As the name suggests, Jeju Glass Castle in west Jeju is devoted to the art of glass. Hundreds of sculptures by artists from around the world span three zones. Highlights at this glass-themed, indoor-outdoor park include the Magic Forest walking trail and a stunning mirrored room. You can take short classes in glassblowing, glass painting, and a technique called lampworking.More

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Top activities in South Korea

Full-Day Busan City Tour

Full-Day Busan City Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in South Korea

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Delicious, fun and amazing
Zenobia_H, Feb 2021
Fun & Informative Mokpo Food Virtual Tour in Korea
It makes me wish I was there already to see Korea and to try the food!!
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Very good
BrandiyM, Dec 2019
Layover Tour from Incheon Airport to Seoul
Although the temperature was only 25 degrees Fahrenheit that day we still got to see enough of Korea to make a second visit.
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DMZ was exceptionnally closed so went to NLL.
32tristans, Nov 2019
Morning DMZ-Infiltration Tunnel Tour with North Korean Defector
The DMZ was closed because of the pig flu so we went to see the frontier in another area : the northern limit line.
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Excellent tour!!
alexiadesau, Aug 2019
No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
The guide spoke excellent English and told us so many interesting stories about Korea.
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Great experience
Jet65852797588, Aug 2019
No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
It was quite emotional to see the families in north and south being separated.
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Very Informative
FarAway14476919659, Jun 2019
DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
I got to know many things that I did not know about Korea, we have visited many different sites for a short time but it was enough to see the most important things.
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A must see
Akua N, May 2019
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul
If possible, try to see the JSA as well.
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Interesting to see
Chuforden, Apr 2019
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
Very interesting to see the DMZ, view the border with N.
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Great korean city experience
Trail12774794613, Apr 2019
Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour
we went on this tour in springtime and we’re sweating.
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Great service
Robert G, Apr 2019
Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour
Guide very polite and proficient in English.
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Just great.
Dream17517448703, Mar 2019
Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
For those who wanted to know more about the korean war and also wanted to visit the DMZ this is for you.
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Once in a lifetime experience
rawsMI, Oct 2018
DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
The DMZ is an amazing place to visit.
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Love this tour. Great selection...
Olivia K, Aug 2017
5-Day South Korean Cities Tour from Seoul Including Gongju, Busan, and Yeosu
Great selection of places visited|Comfortable pace|Great tour guide and driver|Highly recommend this tour The best time to visit Sth Korea is mid April
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Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Monarose, Jan 2018
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul
We were given just a small time to visit some sites but it was understandable since this is only a half day tour.
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Schedual is very tight and should...
Janne P, May 2018
DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul
Schedual is very tight and should have more time in some attractions.
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My tour guide was Ben. It was my...
gvanhowe, Apr 2018
Best Walking Tour- City Adventure All in Oneday
Ben's English is very good.
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Our tour guide was Libby K. Libby...
Hoda A, Aug 2017
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
You'll get to see N.
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Thank you to our tour guide...
ashrafzabidi, Feb 2018
Fully Customizable Private Tour From Seoul to Gyeonggi
Looking forward to visit Seoul again.
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Friendly and best English speaking...
kmathyakom, Jun 2018
Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Sites and History Full-Day Tour with Lunch
Friendly and best English speaking guide in Korea.
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Awesome tour! It's an excellent way...
Mary M, May 2018
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
It's an excellent way to see the highlights of Busan if you're on tight schedule.
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