Korea

Korea’s got heart and Seoul.

Korea is a peaceful country that beautifully blends tranquil nature with preciously preserved customs and high-tech infrastructure. The taste of barbecue, the warmth of a unforgettable sunrise and the pulse of nightlife bring this country to life. Between beaches in the summer and snow-topped mountains in winter, the entire year beckons for a Korea trip. And with the help of a Korail Pass and the KTX fast train, you can zip from one breathtaking region to the next without missing a beat.

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PyeongChang

PyeongChang is home to 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, of course. But the larger Gangwon province is forever home to mountains and clean beaches that offer some of the best sceneries and vacation spots all through the year. Must-visit areas include Seoraksan National Park, Jeongdongjin Sunrise Park, Gyeongpo Beach -- or you can ride through it all: the Winter railbike invites visitors to pedal through the mountains and fields, glistening with crystalline icy snow. Visit in January and participate in the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival.

Seoul

A truly walkable city, the Korean capital will lead you through natural beauty, traditional architecture and quirky contemporary living all in one walk. This city hustles and bustles with 10 million inhabitants and over 100,000 restaurants, bars and cafes. You could almost achieve sensory overload - in the most enjoyable way - as you visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, head to the top of the Namsan Seoul Tower, or get inspired by the latest designs from Dongdaemun Market. No matter if your idea of diving into the culture is by way of food, fashion, fascinating history or fun-filled nights, Seoul will leave you craving more.

Shopping

Korea is an absolute shopping paradise. Dongdaemunm Market has become synonymous with 'up-and-coming,' and Namdaemun Market is a more traditional market with all kinds of affordable Korean goods. Boutique shopping is made easy in Garosu-gil and the Hyundai Department Store has played a leading role in bringing high quality shopping to Korea. And the Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world, features an impressive array of luxury stores with a variety of domestic and foreign brands.

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Located in southeast Korea, all of Gyeongju - which served as Korea’s capital from 57 - 935 BC - is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Within this historic area are different hotspots that highlight the warm Korean culture. The Seokguram Grotto is a small monk cell with a Buddha statue facing the East Sea; this significant placement allows the sun to shine bright on Buddha’s smile as the sun rises. The Yangdong Village is a traditional village with 600 years of history, and true peace and tranquillity are found in Anapji (or Wolji) Pond.

About Korea

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language

    Korean

    Currency

    Won

    Visa Requirements

    Visa Waiver Agreement

  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    Dongdaemun Market

    Namsan Mountain

    12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    Hanok stay

    Stay in an Hanok, a traditional Korean house.

    Gyeongbokung Palace

    Watch the mesmerising changing of the guards.

    Cook your own Korean Barbecue

    Go for traditional bulgogi (marinated beef) or galbi (marinated beef ribs).

  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (January)

    This remote part of Gangwon province is the first part of Korea to freeze over in winter, so Koreans celebrate by night fishing and more.

    Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival (May, September, November-December)

    The nation's only Kimchi themed park, Gwangju Kimchi Town, is the venue for diverse kimchi-related programs like cooking experience, art gallery, kimchi market, and other entertaining events The nation's singular Kimchi themed park, Gwangju Kimchi Town is the venue for diverse kimchi-related programs like cooking experience, art gallery, kimchi market, and other entertaining event.

    Boryeong Mud Festival (July)

    Cover yourself head-to-toe in mud and party with mudslides, mud massages and giant mud bath.

    Gangjin Celadon Pottery Festival (July-August)

    16 kilns from the 10th - 14th centuries are still active in producing some of Korea’s most beautiful pottery.

    Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (August)

    Ready to rock? Don't miss this high energy music festival.

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival (October)

    Take part in and witness the beauty of floating lanterns in remembrance of veterans from the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle.

  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    Learn Taekwondo, Korea's martial art

    At the Kukkiwon Memorial Hall, the world Taekwondo headquarters, you can sign up for short and weeklong courses, or take part in a special experience program for foreign visitors.

    VIsit Island of Jejudo (UNESCO World Heritage list)

    Welcome to the home to ecological treasures with 1,565 species of plants and 1,179 species of animals including many rare or endangered species. The Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes are made up of 3 sites: Mount Hallasan Natural Reserve, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, and the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System. The lava tube system includes Geomunoreum, a parasitic cone and the five lava caves.

    Spend a day at a jimjilbang

    These traditional bath houses include saunas and hot baths, but also restaurants, bars, and the Korean favourite pastime karaoke.