Five Main Destinations in South Korea

South Korea is a country full of contrasts – ancient history and culture and modern technology and high rise cities – and together with its relatively small size, it makes a great country to visit. The five most visited areas of South Korea are:

  • Seoul: the capital and home to nearly a quarter of Korea’s 46 million inhabitants, Seoul is a buzzing world city with something for everybody.
  • Gyeongju: situated in the south-east of the country, Gyeongju was an ancient capital of the country and there are many temples, castles and tombs to visit.
  • Busan: although it is the second largest city in Korea, and the main port, Busan never feels as crowded or busy as Seoul. It is set between the mountains and you can take ferries from here to Jeju Island and even to Japan.
  • Panmunjeom: for those interested in the divide between South and North Korea, Panmunjeom is a key place to visit. It is the main “village” in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing north and south, and the only place where visitors can get a glimpse of North Korea.
  • Jeju Island: located off the south-west corner of South Korea, Jeju Island is a honeymooner’s paradise and has a subtropical climate. It’s an absolute contrast to the hustle and bustle of Seoul.

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