Korea’s largest island with its romantic tropical image has become a favourite retreat for honeymooners and tourists. It has a mild climate with 4 distinct seasons. Blessed with spectacles of nature created by volcanic activities, the island and its Lava Tubes are World Natural Heritage Sites. The Olle walking paths on Jeju Island takes one through forests, mountains, beaches, and offers unrivalled views.
Busan, the second largest city, is the primary port of ferry Services to Japan and is the gateway to the Halleyo Maritime National Park and its picturesque island. Busan is blessed with geographical advantages: the sea to its South and East, river to its west. Along with the picturesque coastal views, Busan is full of energy and holds festivals and events around the year.
Seoul, the capital city, is the world’s 10th largest city. Its past and present coexist in a fascinating way – centuries-old palaces, city gates, shrines, gardens and priceless art collections attest to the city’s illustrious past, while the glistening facades of soaring skyscrapers and the bustling traffic represent its vibrant present. Seoul is also known for its variety of entertainment, nightlife and shopping experience.
With 1,700 years of Buddhist history, Korea is home to numerous temples that preserve a rich heritage of Buddhist culture. A Temple stay is a cultural-experience programme that helps understand Buddhism better. Temple stays offer various kinds of practicing methods such as Yebul (ceremonial service involving chanting), Chamseon (Zen meditation), Dahdoh (tea ceremony), and Balwoo Gongyang (communal Buddhist meal service).
Boryeong, also known as Daecheon, is famous for the annual Boryeong Mud Festival, which takes place for 2 weeks in July. The festival attracts a large number of international visitors to Daecheon beach to partake in the mud wrestling, mud marathon, mud painting, mud massage, and slither down a 100-ft mud super slide. After sunset, there’s music and fireworks display on the beach.
Be a Royal Guard at the Deoksugung Palace
Seoul offers visitors a chance to take part in the reenactment of the Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony, which takes place in front of Daehanmun, the main gate of Deoksugung Palace. Since 1996, the palace holds guard- changing ceremony. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times and participants, after receiving orientation, change into traditional costumes at 2 pm.
DeMilitarized Zone (DMZ)
After the Korean War, South and North Korea established a border that cut the Korean peninsula roughly in half. Stretching 2 kms on either side of the border is the DMZ. With its historical sites and pristine untouched natural surroundings, the DMZ is a popular tourist destination. Despite the fact that it is the most heavily-armed border in the world, the DMZ is safe.
Seoul Lantern Festival
The annual Seoul Lantern Festival displays lanterns on the Cheonggyecheon Stream. Hundreds of lanterns, each with a unique design and story, are lit on Cheonggyecheon Stream. Visitors can expect to see lanterns made by international artists and citizens. Lanterns from the annual lantern contest are featured from 20 countries, including lanterns from the Japanese cities and prefectures of Goshogawara, Aomori and Yuzawa.
Gwangju is the birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. The history of civil resistance is well portrayed and preserved at the Democracy Square, established in commemoration of the May18 Democratic Uprising, and the National Cemetery. Gwangju hosts the annual World Kimchi Culture Festival and Biennales. Other top tourist sites are Mudeungsan Provincial Park and Chungjangno, known as the street of youth.
Located in the mid-Eastern part of the Korean peninsula, Gangwon-do province is blessed with beautiful mountains and clean beaches that offer some of the best sceneries. Its top summer vacation destinations include Gyeongpo Beach, the largest beach on the East coast and ieongdongjin Beach, which lies in front of Jeongdongjin Train Station. Winter in Gangwon-do is heaven for winter sports enthusiasts.
Daejeon is a large city located in the centre of Korea. Major train lines and expressways pass through this home to major government, science and education facilities. Its top tourist sites include the Expo Park, Daedeok Science Town, Vousung Hotel, Aqua World, and the O World Theme Park, which houses a zoo and a large variety of fun rides.
Yeosu, a city in South Jeolla Province, is known for its international ocean resort and for its close proximity to the Yeocheon Industrial Complex. Due to the sea wind and warm current Veosu has cool summers and mild winters. Because of its ocean climate, it has relatively longer springs and autumns. A sprawling city, Yeosu has quality exhibition and convention facilities.