What to see in South Korea

South Korea Attractions

Centuries of relative isolation on the world stage have allowed South Korea to develop and maintain a distinct and unique culture, and the past few decades have seen the country flexing its economic muscles and transforming into a global force to be reckoned with; this combination of ancient tradition and cutting-edge modernity is a huge pull for travellers.

Despite being a small country, South Korea is home to 11 UNESCO-listed sites, 10 of which are cultural and one of which is natural. These are the Changdeokgung Palace Complex, the ancient dolmen structures found at various sites, the Gyeongju Historic Areas, the Haeinsa Temple, the historic villages of Hahoe and Yangdong, Hwaseong Fortress, Jeju Island, the Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong, the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, and the Bulguksa Temple.

These ancient treasures aside, the Korean Wave has seen a massive appreciation growing internationally for Korean pop culture, with South Korean music and fashion hitting the mainstream. The main attractions in urban centres are therefore often the booming entertainment, nightlife and restaurant scenes, not to mention the availability of high-tech gadgets.

Travellers spending time exploring South Korea should consider purchasing the Korea Pass, an all-in-one travel card, used like a credit card, which can be used for transport, accommodation, entrance fees and even shopping, and entitles the holder to certain discounts.

Busan Aquarium

Korea's largest aquarium, and one of its most talked-about tourist attractions, the Busan Aquarium is a sure-fire winner,…

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One of the 'Five Grand Palaces' built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung is set within a large park in…

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Everland is South Korea's version of Disney Land. This massive amusement park is situated on the outskirts of Seoul and…

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The jewel of Seoul's five historic palaces, Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 by Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty,…

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Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress is yet another of South Korea's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The fortress is situated in Suwon, south…

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Jeju Island

Jejudo is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Korea, and can be reached by ferry from Busan. Jeju Island…

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Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. First established in 1395, Jogyesa is located in Gyeonji-dong,…

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Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is celebrated as one of Korea's foremost cultural treasures. Visitors…

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Seoraksan National Park

Seorak Mountain in Gangwan Province is one of South Korea's most scenic areas and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Seoraksan…

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