South Korea might be a small country, but it has so much to see. Most people flock to the capital of Seoul, a cosmopolitan playground of fantastic things to do and see, however few make the time to explore beyond it, which is a shame.
Here, we’ve got some sights you must see in South Korea, including but not limited to the spectacular city of Seoul!
1. Seongsan Sunrise Peak
Located on Jeju Island, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was created by volcanic eruptions 5,000 years ago. Watching the sun rise over it is so spectacular, it’s absolutely worth climbing up the peak to see it.
2. Gwang-An Bridge
In Busan, this Diamond Bridge as it is also known joins Suyeong-gu and Haeundae-gu while giving you breath-taking views of the mountains, beach, and twinkling city lights. You can’t walk on it but while in Busan, make sure to look at night for a dazzling light show as you head of for soju (a clear Korean liquor akin to vodka) and sam gyeopsal (pork belly often served in Korean BBQ restaurants).
3. Bomun Pavilion
Leftover from the Shilla Dynasty, Gyeongju is an ancient capital where this “museum with no walls” exists. It’s a small gazebo made of wood that overlooks a tranquil duck pond. Locals love to come here in spring for its picturesque cherry blossoms, though because South Korea has such distinction between the 4 seasons, it’s worth visiting any time of year.
4. Haeinsa Temple
Tripitaka Koreana, the world’s oldest Buddhist canon that is still intact, is still safely kept in the Haeinsa Temple. For over 1,200 years it has stood which is why it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5. The DMZ
From Seoul, you can cat
ch a day tour to the DMZ, oftenwith a delightful Korean meal of bulgogi, one of the most famous dishes in the country, as you make your way by bus to the 38th parallel that sits between the North and South. It’s something anyone fascinated with history mustn’t miss.
6. Seoul’s 5 Palaces
Within Seoul, amidst the modern conveniences and skyscrapers, you’ll find 5 palaces that remain from ancient days. The oldest is Gyeongbokgung, built in 1395 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. If time is a factor on your travels, you might opt to choose this palace to see. If you have more time, we recommend you see the other 4 palaces: Changdeokgung, Changgyonggung, Deoksugong, and Gyonghuigung.
Located in Yongin, Everland is an epic theme park adventure. With rides, fun, entertainment and attractions for all ages, it’s the perfect place to go. It’s easy to catch a bus there from Seoul. If you’d prefer not to venture far from the capital though, you can always take the Seoul Metro to Jamsil and head to Lotte World.
With so many activities, attractions, and ancient sites in South Korea, don’t forget to taste the foods that make it famous like kimchi or go shopping in the world’s fashion capital. South Korea is truly a splendid country to make your next vacation!