South Korea is an unexplored slice of East Asia – a land of ancient ruins, romantic legends, natural wonders, extraordinary landscapes and packed modern cities, South Korea can trace its history back half a million years. These days most towns consist of a new fashionable area with coffee shops and karaoke bars, but in these same towns you will also find the Korea of old; alleyways and street markets in an intriguing maze where vendors sell everything, just as they have done for hundreds of years.
Seoul the capital of South Korea, is home to a number of historic sites, including the remarkable Joseon-era Gyeongbokgung Palace, “the great south gate” of Namdaemun and the spooky Seodaemun Prison – all tucked away amongst offices and shopping centres.
Busan is the second largest city after Seoul. A dynamic port city offering relaxed and laid back atmosphere, it boasts superb beaches, scenic cliffs and mountains. Enjoy the grassy burial mounds of ancient kings in Gyeongju, the Seokbulsa Temple in Busan, which have been carved out of a rock. It’s not just all about history; South Korea is diverse with national parks, hot spring islands, mountain peaks and remote sandy beaches.
Jeju Island is Korea’s largest sub-tropical island located off the south coast. It boasts a treasure chest of tourist attractions including many spectacular geographical features such as the Hallasan Volcano, beautiful beaches, impressive waterfalls and fauna. Its culture, traditions and dialect are also remarkably different to those of the mainland.
Time difference: GMT +9 Hours
Flight Time: Approx: 11 Hours
Visa Required: No
Tel Code: +82
Population: 49 ,115 ,196
Official Language: Korean
Main Religion: Buddhism
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