Major Tourist Attractions: Myeong-Dong, Gyeongbokgung, N Seoul Tower, Namiseon
For centuries, South Korea has been overshadowed by its neighbors, China and Japan. However, things are starting to change as people begin to discover the wonders and beauties of this fantastic destination.
The capital city of Seoul is full of contrasts. Spend the morning shopping for the latest high-end fashions or electronics, and the afternoon hiking the many miles of mountain trails inside Seoul's city limits. The next day, visit the North Korean border, the most fortified in the world, before spending a relaxing afternoon at a Buddhist temple and an evening among the flashing neon signs and upscale nightclubs of Gangnam.
Busan is known as Korea's second city and is a thriving port city. Residents here are more relaxed, which may be because of the fantastic beaches throughout the city. Busan is also a great place to sample seafood and a walk through one of the country's largest fish markets is a must.
Moving outside of the cities, life slows down and the country is surprisingly rural. Mountain peaks rise throughout the country and hiking is practically a national sport. Outdoor lovers will rejoice over the many great trails that lead up the mountainside and often pass temples and ancient rock carvings before reaching beautiful vistas.
Due to its small size, it's possible to get nearly anywhere in the country within five hours. This gives you the flexibility to see a large amount of this fantastic country in only a short time. Here's a few of the things you can explore in this great country:
- Visit the most heavily fortified border in the world and stare into a modern day hermit kingdom
- Climb a mountain peak along one of Korea's many hiking trails
- Visit restored ancient palaces in Seoul
- Stroll through the beautiful terraced rows of tea at the Boseong Green Tea Fields
- Find peace at one of the many secluded Buddhist temples that dot the landscape
- Relax on one of Korea's 400 inhabited islands
- Redefine personal space on Seoul's subway system or at one of the many crowded city shopping areas
- Explore an ancient capital city that was spared destruction during the Korean War
- Marvel at the Haenyo women divers on Jeju Island
- Cook your own Korean Barbeque dinner at one of the many restaurants around the country
- Try a shot or ten of Soju, the local liquor
- Drive through the Lord of the Rings-esque scenery on the island of Ulleungdo
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