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South Korea - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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A land of beauty, largely untouched, South Korea is a true treasure to visit. Steeped in history, yet with much modernization often side by side, there are endless things to see and do. Visit ancient temples, explore beautiful beaches, and sample delicious local cuisine...it's all available in South Korea!
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Best of South Korea

G Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 340 / day
$ 2,649
From : $ 3,671
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the demilitarized zone between north and south korea
  • Sleep in a temple in busan
  • Sample the diverse cuisine of korea
Visits:
Busan, DMZ, Seoul, South Korea
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South Korea Real Food Adventure

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 307 / day
$ 2,197
From : $ 3,316
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Wash down the other version of KFC – Korean Fried Chicken – with a glass of Soju, Korea's national alcoholic beverage
  • Savour bibimbap in Jeonju, Korea's foodie capital
  • Share a traditional temple meal with Buddhist monks on an overnight stay in a monastery
  • Get the inside sip on Busan's craft brew scene at one of the city's top breweries
Visits:
Busan, Seoul, South Korea
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From Seoul to Hiroshima

7 days
$ 216 / day
$ 1,511
From : $ 2,040
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Changdeokgung Palace
  • Explore War Memorial
  • Visit Hwaseong Haenggung
  • Explore temple and the museum on the Tripitaka
  • Visit the fantastic Doosan Haeundae complex
  • Visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic bomb dome and the impressive Peace Memorial Museum
Visits:
Busan, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Seoul, South Korea
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Korea Express

6 days
$ 194 / day
$ 1,163
From : $ 1,570
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the temple and the museum on the Tripitaka.
  • Explore city of SUWON, former capital of Korea
  • We will see Changdeokgung Palace
  • Visit Hwaseong Haenggung, the summer palace
Visits:
Seoul, South Korea
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Classical Korea and Japan End Tokyo

13 days
$ 264 / day
$ 3,435
From : $ 4,637
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore city of Seoul lasting five hours. We will see Changdeokgung Palace

  • City of Suwon, former capital of Korea
  • Explore Haeinsa, a Buddhist temple built in the year 802 where we discover the Tripitaka
  • Tour to Busan, we are in the second largest city in Korea
  • Visit to this fascinating city by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district
Visits:
Busan, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Kobe, Meiji Shrine, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo, Japan, Scotland, South Korea
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Highlights of Tokyo and Seoul for Family Vacation

9 days
$ 367 / day
$ 3,299
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Take a glimpse of the culture of East Asia by visiting Tokyo and Seoul;
  • Cooking class for Japanese and Korean cuisine;
  • Enjoy hotspring in Hakone;
  • Shopping in Seoul
Visits:
Seoul, Japan, South Korea
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Ancient Korea by Bicycle

9 days
$ 344 / day
$ 3,350
From : $ 4,185
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
South Korea
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Highlights of East Asia: Japan, South Korea, and China

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
24 days
$ 306 / day
$ 7,349
From : $ 9,921
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Stay overnight in a temple on top of mt koya
  • See miyajima's floating torii gate
  • Visit the demilitarized zone between north and south korea
  • Walk along the great wall of china
  • Explore shanghai's famed bund waterfront
Visits:
Beijing, Busan, DMZ, Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tiananmen Square, Tokyo, China, Japan, South Korea
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Cycle South Korea

Explore!
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 306 / day
$ 3,370
From : $ 4,550
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Off the beaten track cycling - Enjoy the landscapes, flavours and character of rural Korea
    • Jeju - Explore the historic and volcanic sites of Jeju Island, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • Coastal riding - Beautiful landscapes and fishing villages of Jeju Island and South Korea's eastern coastline
    • Gyeongju - Ancient Korean capital, filled with atmospheric temples, ponds and historic treasures
    • Delicious local food - Enjoy healthy Korean cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
    • Local Markets - Wander the crab markets and seafood restaurants in the small fishing town of Yeongdeok
    • Seoul - South Korea's present-day capital, one of the world's great and fast-changing modern metropolises
    Visits:
    Seoul, South Korea
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    South Korea Explorer

    Explore!
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 280 / day
    $ 2,520
    From : $ 3,402
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Seoul - Explore South Korea's dynamic capital. Visit the Demilitarised Zone and the Gyeongbokgung Palace
    • Samwhasa Temple - Spend a night in a monastery learning about a monks traditional lifestyle
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Visit the Hahoe Folk Village, Seokguram Grotto and the Bulguksa Temple
    Visits:
    DMZ, Seoul, South Korea
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    14 Days Enchantments of Korea

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    13 days
    $ 274 / day
    $ 2,886
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Seoul, South Korea
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    Highlights Of Korea

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 475 / day
    $ 3,459
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Seoul, South Korea
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    At Your Own Pace

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 186 / day
    $ 1,351
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Seoul, South Korea
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    Tokyo, Seoul & Beijing

    10 days
    $ 272 / day
    $ 2,719
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade and Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo
    Visits:
    Seoul, China, Japan, South Korea
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    Tokyo & Seoul

    7 days
    $ 316 / day
    $ 2,209
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade and Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo
    Visits:
    Seoul, Japan, South Korea
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    Top South Korea Experiences and Attractions

    Top South Korea Experiences

    Visit the city Gyeongju, a world UNESCO heritage site where many historic statues and buildings are preserved.

    Spend the night at a temple with monks. Learn about their way of life, meditate with them, and try their delicious vegetarian food.

    Take a peek into North Korea from the DMZ border (demilitarized zone).

    Seeing an ancient Korean palace from centuries ago restored to its original beauty and colors.

    The food! Kimchi jjigae (a spicy stew), budae jjigae (literally ‘army stew’), samgyeopsal (thick slices of pork cooked at your table), and gimbap (rice and veggies in a seaweed wrap) as a quick snack.

    Sampling local spirits. Such as soju (a vodka-like spirit), maekju (the Korean word for beer), makgeolli (a rice wine), or bokbunja (a Korean plum wine).

    Soaking at the jimjilbang (day spa / public bathhouse).

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    South Korea Trip Reviews

    7 South Korea Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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    I certainly had the best time of my life.

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    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
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    • Meals 5.0

    During my summer break of 2018, I followed the youth program in Korea, Seoul. I certainly had the best time of my life those two weeks. The program was organized perfectly, my homestay family was amazing and the activities we had were super interesting and fun. But most of all, I made new friends, with the same ambitions, from all over the world and we had such a great time together! The GoGoHanguk staff was amazing aswell! They offered help and guidance, whenever we needed! I would totally recommend this to everyone who is interested in Korean culture. I definitely had the time of my life!

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    Operator Studytrip.com

    The whole trip was so organised!

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    • Transportation 5.0
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    With Studytrip, I was able to take part in the 3 week summer course in South Korea. Hands down the best decision I have ever made and I'm not a decisive person! The whole trip was so organised, even to every detail of the location of the meeting place for an activity, to the directions of how to get to the meeting place (thank you Go! Go! Hanguk staff: Eddy, Nathan and Okju).
    Studying Korean in the mornings of weekdays at Lexis Korea helped tie everything together, learn Korean in the morning, explore and use it in the afternoon! The whole experience has definitely inspired me to want to learn more Korean, so I'm sure it won't be too long until I go back.

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    I was lucky enough to be part of the Summer Youth Study Group in Seoul

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    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I was lucky enough to be part of the Summer Youth Study Group in Seoul, South Korea; and had the best two weeks of my life! At first, I was a little scared, since I was traveling to another country alone for the first time, but as soon as I met the amazing staff of GoGoHanguk, I was totally at ease. From my host family, to the exciting excursions, to my language classes; every second of my time in Korea was amazing. Not only was the program packed full of fun, but I met so many amazing people that I will never forget. I highly recommend this program to absolutely anyone, whether you are a kpop fan, or just someone studying the language - I promise you will love it!

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    Was the best experience I’ve had in my life

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    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Going to Korea through study trip was the best experience I’ve had in my life. I learned so much and had such a great time. I would highly recommend it.

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    Had a really great experience

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    • Activities 5.0
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    Had a really great experience meet a lot of new friends! I was also happy to learn about koreas history!~

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    Operator Evaneos

    summer course and I have to say it was simply one of the greatest

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    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I was part of the 2015 summer course and I have to say it was simply one of the greatest experiences of mine. Made great friends and saw and learned so many great things too. Would definitely go back with these =)

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    South Korea Tours and Travel Guide

    South Korea Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Seoul: The Restored Capital

    A city that has been occupied since before Christ, Seoul has been known by many names including Wirye-seong, Namgyeong, Hanseong, Hanyang, and Gyeongseong. It has been the capital of Korea from the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty (1394-1910) to the present day. As a result, more of Korea’s history and culture can be found in Seoul than anywhere else in the country.

    Being the biggest city comes with a price, however, as the city was almost entirely destroyed during the Korean War in 1950. Much of what did not survive has been reconstructed or restored; as a result, it’s not uncommon to see the old and new exist side-by-side. Seoul’s new City Hall in the heart of downtown is right across the street from Deoksugung, a Joseon-Dynasty palace.

    Gyeongbokgung is the biggest and most well-known Korean palace, but Seoul also has four others that were used over the centuries-long Joseon Dynasty. The best guided tours showcase the downtown area of Seoul, a vibrant combination of the old and new.

    Busan: Korea’s Second City and a Port to the World

    About 3 hours southeast from Seoul is Busan, arguably the ship making capital of the world and one of Korea’s largest ports. As cosmopolitan as Seoul, you’ll find Busan’s beaches to be some of the biggest draws in the area. A number of temples date back over a millennium – Haedong Yonggungsa, for example, is a unique seaside temple offering a look back at history along with a great view of the sea.

    Though these industrial ports themselves aren’t popular tourist destinations, the nearby Jagalchi Fish Market is well worth a visit! And don’t miss a walk along Busan’s beautiful beaches, offering a nice respite from the bustle of the city. Here also, you’ll find a number of temples dating back over 1000 years. For great views and a look back at history, head to the seaside temple of Haedong Yonggungsa.

    Get Out of the Urban Jungle!

    Seoul and Busan are both great – but there’s plenty more to Korea than the urban jungle. The san (mountains)hae (the sea), or Buddhist temples can be found in virtually any non-urban parts of the country. Many guided tours offer trips to these out-of-town and offbeat destinations, so make your choice carefully based on how long you have!

    Food

    Korea’s cuisine can vastly range in flavors and have starking contrasts. The spicy stews and meat bbqs are full of intense flavor, but milder dishes like tteokbokki (rice cakes) and beef bone soup are appreciated for their simplicity. Many dishes tend to be focused on meat, and served with a side of rice or noodles. At restaurants, you’ll always be given banchan (small side dishes) to nibble on before your meal comes out. You’re always allowed to ask for refills at no extra cost!  One banchan you’ll notice everywhere, and also happens to be their staple food, is kimchi - a spicy fermented cabbage with garlic, scallions, and sesame seeds.

    Top 5 Can’t Miss Dishes when Traveling in South Korea

    1. Bibimbap - A warm bowl of rice topped with an array of various seasoned vegetables. Have it with a fried egg and minced beef, or keep it vegetarian. Mix it with spicy gochujang sauce and fragrant sesame oil while it’s still sizzling in the clay bowl.

    2. Bulgogi - Thin slices of beef sirloin that’s marinated in a sauce that’s sweet and savoury. Goes great with a bowl of rice as an appetizer or meal itself.

    3. Samgyupsal - Every Korean’s favorite - thick slices of pork belly barbecued at your table, with an array of condiments, side dishes, and greens to wrap it up.

    4. Budae jjigae - A spicy stew that can be customized with ham, sausages, spam, instant noodles, kimchi, and vegetables. Boiled in a large pot in the middle of your table for everyone to share.

    5. Tteokbokki - rice cakes can be eaten alone as a snack, or added to a stew as a meal. They’re quite chewy and have a subtle flavor when eaten alone. Most Koreans love mixing it with a spicy sauce.

    What to Wear

    Even though the country is very modernized, Koreans are still quite conservative when it comes to fashion. Try to wear shirts that cover your shoulders and aren’t too low-cut or else people will shamelessly stare. Many Koreans also deeply care about their appearance, so you’ll find them to be well-dressed for the most part. If you don’t want to stick out, try to avoid sweatpants, baggy hoodies, ripped clothes, see-through shirts, and flip flops.

    5 Things To Pack When Traveling To South Korea

    1. Power Adapter - South Korean plugs and sockets are Type C and F; the standard euro plug. But don’t worry if you forgot, many convenient stores and hotels will have these available.

    2. Deodorant - You’re probably wondering why this is on the list. Well, most Koreans actually don’t use deodorant, nor is it sold in many stores. So it’s best to bring a stick from home, especially if you’re visiting during the summer!

    3. Walking Shoes - Just in Seoul itself, there can be quite a lot of walking to get from point A to B. Many activities also call for walking through palaces, neighborhoods, and villages, so make sure your feet won’t be sore!

    4. Jacket - If you’re visiting during the spring/summer, bring a light jacket to wear during nighttime. For autumn, bring something that’ll keep you warm from the light wind. For winter, bring your thickest winter coat possible to keep you warm from the harsh cold.

    5. Earphones - When watching videos or listening to music in public, it’s considered rude to play it out loud. Make sure you carry earphones with you so the older Korean women don’t shush you.

    Photography Tips

    Korea is a photographer’s dream - there’s opportunity for shots whether it’s in the city or countryside. In Seoul, you’ll find many neighborhoods with eccentric glowing signs at night that make for great shots. The hanok villages, palaces, and temples are best to visit early in the morning or after 4:00pm when there is less people. (The lighting will also be much softer in your pictures!)

    Weather

    The four seasons are very distinct in this country, with weather being more extreme the farther up north you go. Summer can be quite hot and humid with temperatures generally ranging from 70 to 75 degrees. Winter is dry and cold, with an average temperature of 27 degrees. Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy the outdoors. There are occasional downpours of rain in the springtime, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

    Learn How To Speak Korean

    English is spoken quite frequently in Seoul, but the minute you’re out of the capital, you’ll find it hard to meet Koreans that speak any English.

    Here are some important phrases that’ll help you get by:

    1. An-yeoung-ha-seh-yo - “Hello”

    2. Er-mah-yeh-yo? - “How much is this?”

    3. Uh-dee-ees-suh-yo? - “Where am I?”

    4. Hwa-jang-shil-uh-dee-ees-suh-yo? - “Where is the bathroom?”

    5. Kam-sam-nee-da - “Thank you”

    FAQ

    Is it safe to travel to South Korea?

    Yes. The country is completely safe from North Korea and is strikingly different from its neighbor up north. There are barely any cases of murder or crime, although there is the very small number of pickpocketing and scams that might occur. Be wary of taxi drivers that double or triple the price in the evening.

    Is it easy for vegetarians/vegans to find food in South Korea?

    It can be easy to find vegetarian options - ask for bibimbap without the beef and egg, tofu stew, sweet potato noodles, and green onion pancakes. However, Koreans still have difficulty distinguishing what ingredients are not considered vegan. Watch out for dishes with traces of fermented fish, eggs, and seafood in many of their “vegetarian”/"vegan" dishes. Let your tour guide know ahead of time so they can arrange something for you, or visit one of the many vegan restaurants if you are in Seoul.

    Does Korea get snow?

    Depending on where you are during the winter, there will be a bit of snow. In the northern region of South Korea, it’s mostly wet snow in the city. If you go up into the mountains, there will be enough snow for you to enjoy winter sports. But the further south you go, it won’t be as cold and there will rarely be snow.

    What are some Korean etiquette rules I should know?

    When saying hello, you’ll find that they bow while doing so, and waving is rare. The bow is the traditional Korean greeting, and some might follow it with a handshake. Also, receive/offer anything important (such as gifts, money, name cards) with two hands, as this is a sign of respect. Last but not least, tipping is not common here. In fact, it is frowned upon to tip at restaurants, and waiters will look confused if you leave them extra money.


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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Every tour company has similar, yet different ways of showing you the country. Majority of the tours will take you through the classic travel route of the country, but a few of them focus on showing you places off the beaten path. Regardless of choosing the classic or off-beaten path, both kinds of tours will give you a good cultural experience of traditional and modern Korea.

    Common Tour Lengths

    South Korea tours commonly range between 2 to 14 days. The longer tours are usually longer for one of two reasons: combined with a neighboring country, or to explore the off-beaten path. If you love learning about tradition and visiting historical sites, you should consider choosing a longer tour that’ll take you to more areas where traditions are upheld - such as Gyeongju and Jeonju.

    Physical Level Requirements

    Most tours to South Korea range from very easy to moderate levels of physical activity. Tours with low levels only require you to leisurely walk approximately 30 minutes per day to see the sights. Moderate levels of physicality are required for some tour activities that require a short hike.

    Who Will Enjoy South Korea Tours

    Those who have an appreciation for culture, traditions, culture, and food will surely enjoy South Korea tours. The tours try to give you a taste of everything the country has to offer, so everyone will find a part of the tour they enjoy the most.

    Commonly Combined With

    Tours to South Korea are commonly combined with its neighboring countries Japan and/or China. It’s a great way to see the similarities and differences between the countries.


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