South Korea Travel Guide

Visiting South Koea will be a really exciting cultural experience, there are lots of exciting destinations and places to visit including local markets. Highlights of visiting Korea include sampling some new food, going to a tea house, people watching, checking new technology, exploring modern cities and seeing ancient temples. 


 
 

Things to Do & Travel Packages in South Korea

Find activities, experiences, travel packages, backpacking ideas in South Korea.

South Korea Travel Guide

South Korea Travel Guide

  • Capital - Seoul
  • Government - Republic
  • Currency - Won (₩)
  • Country Size - 98,480 km²
  • Population - 49,044,790 (approx)
  • Language - Korean

 

 

How to Get to South Korea

The only way to get to South Korea is by air or by sea. Most international tourists arrive via flights which into lang into Incheon internationa in Seoul. An alternative is to arrive by boat from Japan or China. You can find direct flights from the UK to South Korea, the journey takes around 11 hours. From the US several international airlines fly direct from airports throughout the country with the journey taking around 14 hours.

 

 

Best Time to Visit South Korea

You can visit South Korea all year round but we highly recommend arriving during spring which is around April to June. The climate is not too warm and this is when the flowers are blooming and it is very pleasant to travel around the country. Summer, July to September is generally very warm and also has a lot of rain due to it being monsoon season. Winter in South Korea, around December to March can be extremely cold.

 

 

Best Places to Visit in South Korea 

There are so many places you should consider adding to your South Korea travel itinerary, here are some of our top recommendations:

  • Seoul
  • Busan
  • Gyeongju
  • Seoraksan National Park
  • Jeju Island
  • Jinhae
  • Yeongam Gurim Village
  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Boseong
  • Gyeongju
  • Deokjeokdo
  • The Demiliterized Zone (DMZ)
  • Andong and Hahoe Folk Villages

 

 

Festivals

There are a number of famous local festivals held throughout the year in South Korea, here are some you should try to catch:

April

  • Cherry blossom festivals 
  • Jeonju International Film Festival 

May

  • Buddha’s Birthday 
  • International Mime Festival

June

  • Dano 

July

  • Boryeong Mud Festival 

August

  • International Puppet Festival 
  • Firefly Festival

September–December

  • Gwangju Biennale
  • Andong Mask Dance
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Baekje Festival
  • World Martial Arts Festival
  • Gimchi Festival
  • Pepero Day

 

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