The Best Things To Do in South Korea
To travel to a country with good food, impressive architecture, joyful festivals, and a rich culture must be a dream. Good thing South Korea has it all. It is an incredible country to explore with just a perfect balance of cities and countrysides.
To make the travel worth it, here are the best things to do in South Korea!
The Five Palaces of Seoul
You might think of Seoul as a modern, metro city with numerous skyscrapers and addicting nightlife. Well, that’s also true but get this, Seoul is also the home to the famous five palaces. This is a popular tourist spot where you’ll be able to learn vast historical information and have the chance to wear Korea’s traditional clothes, the hanbok.
The five palaces are:
Gyeongbokgung Palace. The most beautiful and the largest of all five palaces.
Changdeokgung. The main palace for the kings of the Joseon dynasty. It’s also the most well-preserved.
Changgyeonggung Palace. Built by King Sejong for his father, King Taejong. Served as residential quarters for queens and concubines.
Deoksugung Palace. Where the members of the Royal family lived.
Gyeonghuigung Palace. A secondary palace for the king and a quarter in times of emergency.
Playday at Amusement Parks
South Korea has a lot of amusement parks and we recommend each one of them! So if you are anywhere in South Korea at all, spend a day at their amusement parks and be awed at the cheer and rush of the rides. If you are staying in Seoul, here are our recommended amusement parks.
Everland Amusement Park
If you are an adrenaline junkie, Everland is a must-visit location! The park has the famous T-Express ride that runs over 100miles per hour. There are also a lot of family-friendly rides at 5 different zones: Global Fair, ZooTopia, European Adventure, Magic Land, and American Adventure.
Lotte World Amusement Park
Lotte World is not just any amusement park, it is the world’s largest indoor amusement park with all the goodies in one place. It has shops, magic shows, rides, rollercoasters, and “floating” hot air balloons.
If you are bringing your little girls with you, the park has an outdoor “Disney-like” castle for them to play at.
Botanical Garden Island
There are numerous islands that litter South Korea’s southern coast. One rocky patch of island is inhabited by a couple who saw the potential in its dimmed beauty and decided to plant botanical plants and colorful flowers, bringing life to one rocky island.
Their dedication pulls through because now the botanical garden is a popular destination that tourists and locals alike can visit all year round. Not only will you see beautiful flowers and plants but also European Rome-style architecture. It’s especially busy during the summer so we highly suggest that you visit either in early spring or during fall.
The Oedo Botania is located Geoje and is quite a travel from Seoul for a day trip. However, if you are headed to Busan, this is a wonderful side trip.
If you are a history fan, you might know the heat between North and South Korea. But one of the most touristy-thing you can do while you’re in the country is to head to north Seoul and make the 48km to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where you’ll be able to see the remains of the Cold War.
The DMZ gives you the chance to see North Korea at a safe distance. The Panmunjom will keep you safe as you see the Military Demarcation Line or the Joint Security Area (JSA), the most visited area within the DMZ. But don’t expect any cheery atmosphere.
While you are visiting the DMZ, make sure to bring your passport and wear comfortable clothes as the majority of your visit will be done via walking.
There are approximately 900 temples all over South Korea and it would a shame if you don’t get to visit at least one of them! Each temple has tributes to Buddha, like statues and meditation halls. It’s becoming very common in South Korea to do a temple stay where you can meditate with the monk and learn about Buddhism and philosophy.
We recommend that you visit Bongwonsa Temple in Seoul. Here you’ll be able to see 13 buildings, including the largest wooden building that was constructed without nails. Aside from that, you can also visit Jogyesa Buddhist Temple near the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It’s the prettiest to visit between May 6 to 8 where there is a commemoration for Buddha’s birthday.