South Korea Travel Guide

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim
  • Seoul
    by Bob_Shan

South Korea Highlights

  • Pro
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    jburron says…

     Lots of bargains, ok weather, nice people. 

  • Con
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    Hmmmm says…

     People EVERYWHERE, Cars EVERYWHERE, Pollution EVERYWHERE 

  • In a nutshell
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    MEdelmann says…

     one of the most underrated countries in Asia 

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Seoul

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3050,7527,254

Busan

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306,758,91

Incheon

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56,178,39

Ulsan

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22,47,3

Suwon

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115,305,16

Daegu

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41,93,36

Kunsan

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16,25,0

Kyongju

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188,491,11

Andong

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41,50,0

Jeju (city)

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47,121,36

Sorak-sanmaek

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107,434,0

Sokch'o

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26,104,0

Yongin

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25,102,0

Koje-do

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22,57,0

Gwangju

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26,49,9

Okp'o-dong

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14,26,0

Pusan

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14,45,4

Nami-ri

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11,23,0

Ilsan-dong

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5,4,0

Naju

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3,5,0

Chongup

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13,58,0

Chonju

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27,70,0

Chinhae

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6,14,0

Taejon

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18,38,1

Ch'onan

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15,48,0

Yosu

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16,35,0

P'yongt'aek

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12,4,0

T'ongyong

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15,49,0

Tanyang

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43,278,0

Ich'on

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6,18,0

Ansan

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4,3,1

Puyo

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25,58,0

Kanghwa-do

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16,29,0

Ch'ungju

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11,37,0

Taesong-dong

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13,17,0

Chinju

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11,18,0

Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon

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73,353,0

Kangnung

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17,38,0

Ulchin

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13,24,0

Osan

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1,4,0

Songt'an

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4,0,0

Pohang

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0,2,1

Asan

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5,21,0

Songt'an

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10,26,0

Seoul

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  • Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Seoul Things to Do

    Since 1395 it was the main royal palace in Joseon Dynasty. Mostly all building were destroyed during Japanese occupation in 1910. But of course it was refurbished and now it's beautiful nad waiting for you ;-) Entrance fee is only 3,000 Won . The whole area is big so it will take about one to 1,5 hours to spend. Many palaces/halls/gates. Palace...

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  • Lotte Hotel Seoul

    Seoul Hotels

    We stayed here for a week. It is very nice but DO NOT have your laundry done by them, a piece of...

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  • Western Bars and Hofs (Korean Bars)

    Seoul Nightlife

    There are several "Woodstock" music bars in Seoul, even Gangnam. The one I like best is on Yeoksam-dong side of Gangnam station, up the hill towards the second irish pub location. hard to find, but absolutely unique in terms of character. laid back. good music. darts if you like. from what I understood, the place got started as a pure act of love...

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Busan

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Incheon

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  • Incheon Airport

    Incheon Transportation

    Incheon Airport is the gateway to Korea. It is located an hour west of Seoul, on an island outside of Incheon. Incheon is a beautiful, modern airport that opened in 2002, just in time for the World Cup. Incheon's 35 million passengers per year makes it the eighth busiest airport in the world.The airport has been named the world's best airport each...

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  • Hyatt Regency Incheon

    Incheon Hotels

    A short bus ride from the airport, the check-in was busy but probably not the best timing on my...

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  • Incheon Subway & Airport Express Train

    Incheon Transportation

    Incheon is located at the end of Seoul Subway Line 1, so is easily accessible from Seoul. Incheon also has its own subway line that runs north/south intersecting Line 1 at Bupyeong Station. Subway trains run every 6 to 10 minutes on weekdays from about 5am to midnight. From Incheon to Seoul Station is about 40 km, it will take perhaps an hour, and...

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Ulsan

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  • Meeting ex-pats in Ulsan (Samsan)

    Ulsan Nightlife

    Bars in Ulsan come and go like the seasons. Even those that survive more than a year or two go through cycles of popularity.In and around Samsan-dong (the neighborhood near the Lotte Hotel), there are a couple of bars that expats frequent. Obviously if you've ever been to Korea before, you know that there is no shortage of places to drink, but...

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  • Lotte Hotel Ulsan

    Ulsan Hotels

    Simply the best hotel in Ulsan that has western amenities. I've stayed in a few hotels around Ulsan...

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  • To/from Ulsan (from Gimhae and other...

    Ulsan Transportation

    Busan's Gimhae Airport: there is an express bus to/from downtown Ulsan. Ulsan's stop for Gimhae airport is under the bridge, by the river adjacent to Taehwa Hotel (see picture). Cost is 7400KRW one-way. You must buy the ticket at the vending office next to the bus stop. Gimhae's office is at the domestic terminal (if you get on at international...

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Suwon

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  • Best Donkas in Town

    Suwon Restaurants

    Super crispy and tasty donkas (pork, chicken, or fish) I have ever had. The inside looks really cool, too. Seemed to have fresh and thick cuts of meat, good sides, and an impressive painting on the wall next to our seats. Will be back for more with friends for sure. I had the combination with pork tenderloin and fish. It also came with noodles, a...

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  • Ramada Plaza Suwon

    Suwon Hotels

    940 Ingye-Dong Paldal-Gu, Suwon, 442-832, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Dongbukgangnu

    Suwon Things to Do

    Dongbukgangnu is the Northeast Angel Tower. it sits on top of the high hill in the east of the Hwahongmun Fooldgate. it's one of most beautiful architecture of Fortress.

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Daegu

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  • Visit Keimyung College

    Daegu Things to Do

    The local college in Daegu is Kiemyung College. It is rather new, and the buildings are very beautiful. The college is built into a hilside. At the top is the church. All very spectacular.On the campus there is a re-creation of an ancient school and village. It shows in exact detail how an old village and school would look a few hundred years ago....

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  • Eldis Regent Hotel

    Daegu Hotels

    This is a 4 star hotel in the center of Daegu City. As you would expect, the rooms are perfect. Good...

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  • How to get to Haeinsa

    Daegu Off The Beaten Path

    In my opinion the best way to get there is from Seo-bu Bus station in Daegu. There are about 15 buses a day to the Haeinsa area from Seo-bu Bus Station. The price is about 7,000W. It should stop in front of the Gaya National Park building. Then it will cost about about 10,000W to get to the Haeinsa turnoff. Then its a 1 km walk to the temple and...

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Kunsan

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  • Getting around Gunsan

    Kunsan Transportation

    When I was first stationed there in 74-75, my friend and I got our houseboy to make up 2 index cards. On one side was English and the reverse was in Korean. One card asked how to get to the bus station, and the other asked which bus took us vback to Gunsan city. We would leave the airbase on the local bus, go to the main bus terminal downtown, and...

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  • Rafting with Kunsan's Outdoor Rec

    Kunsan Things to Do

    Rafting daytrip. About $25 includes bus transportation to the rafting site and back to Kunsan Air Base. Includes some minor rafting instruction, shower house at the end of the raft trip, guides, and lunch after the showers.

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  • Cherry Boys in A-Town!

    Kunsan Restaurants

    Good portions of Bulgogi (beef, chicken or pork -- spicy, med spicy or no spicy). Best cucumber kimchi in A-town! Yaki...same as everywhere else. Spicy beef bulgogi, yaki, and cucumber kimchi!

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Kyongju

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  • The museum without walls

    Kyongju Things to Do

    I am honored to share with you a piece of my history, in 1999, I revisited my homeland as we toured many cities and people I never met, the most special visit of them all was the Bulguksa in Gyeongju county because I toured with the man, my father who's family did most of the rebuild of the temples. That's how my parents became prearranged in...

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  • Kyungju Hilton Hotel

    Kyongju Hotels

    370 Shinpyung-dong, Kyongju, 780-290, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • 2~3 Days in Gyeongju

    Kyongju Favorites

    If you are the average traveler just looking to get a couple photographs and say you've been there, then 2 days is enough. If you truly appreciate the historical sites and want to take them slowly then I feel that three days is enough.The main places in the city, like the Anapji Pond, Museum and historical park with the burial mounds, observatory,...

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Andong

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  • Getting to/from Andong by public transit

    Andong Transportation

    Andong is north of Deagu and there is no real express connection from either Seoul or from Busan. Most frequent and express connections are through Daegu. Therefore I have to say, it is not really that convenient from either.By bus:To/From Seoul - you can find a direct bus between Andong and Seoul (I believe from Dong-Seoul station). It goes...

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  • New Bus Terminal

    Andong Transportation

    The Express bus terminal is no longer downtown but now located in the western part of the city. To get downtown you will need to take a taxi or a local bus. Buses #1 and #2 go to the train station, and take about 20-30 minutes, 1200 won.

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  • Food for all palates

    Andong Restaurants

    Andong Gwan ("Andong Place") is one of many restaurants on Restaurant Road / Food Street. It has a large variety of Korean dishes, going from mild rice dishes to spicy meats. Menus are provided with English translations. The Yeongbang bibimbab was good, as was the udon noodles.

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Jeju (city)

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  • Ilchulbong Peak

    Jeju (city) Things to Do

    Seongsan Ilchulbong is an extinct volcanic crater that one could climb and come down from within an hour. There is a concrete pathway and stairway to the top with 2 rest stops along the way. Once you reach the crater rim you are rewarded with a magnificent and majestic view of the eastern coast, which is why the place has been designated a World...

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  • Jeju Royal Hotel

    Jeju (city) Hotels

    The hotel is centrally located and is just a block from the main pedestrian street where restos and...

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  • Hallim Park

    Jeju (city) Things to Do

    This is a garden park that contains many exotic plant species as well as some birds and small reptiles. It's nice place to visit and walk around in plus there are 2 caves to explore though there are no stalactites or stalagmites to appreciate. You can also view a replica of a folk village to see how ancient Jeju natives once lived. There are cafes...

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Sorak-sanmaek

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  • Map of Sorak

    Sorak-sanmaek Favorites

    Map of Mount Sorak National Park are located in Strategic Areas and are written in Korean and English but I would suggest that you can just get free brochures with the maps included at the ticket booth before buying the entrance tickets to save you time plus you can plan your mode of exploring the park! the free maps and the large maps around the...

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  • Bronze Buddha

    Sorak-sanmaek Things to Do

    On the path to Sinheungsa Temple, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high and what a sight and I must take pictures of It, It reminds me of the Bronze Buddha in Nara, Japan.

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  • Sinheungsa Temple 1

    Sorak-sanmaek Things to Do

    Sinheungsa Temple is a short 10min walk away from the Sorak Park entrance hence many visit because of its close proximity to it. Sinheungsa is a temple which used to be called Hyangseongsa. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue, which is on a...

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Sokch'o

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  • cheap buses...

    Sokch'o Transportation

    You can take number 7 for seorak mountain.There is a bus from sokcho-city to seorak mountain. It takes 20min to Mt,seorak.

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  • Sokcho City

    Sokch'o Things to Do

    Sokcho City is the nearest city to Mount Sorak National park and is usually the starting point for a tour of the Park. Sockho is actually above the 38th parallel and was part of North Korea before (after the war, North Korea Captured kaesong and Onjin peninsula from the south and the South captured Sokcho and the Surrounding areas). It is also the...

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  • Go to the beach!

    Sokch'o Things to Do

    The beaches in Sokcho are nice. Great for lounging on... Lots of convenience stores and restaurants nearby.

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Yongin

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  • Get a Discount for the Admission Fee

    Yongin Things to Do

    Now if you're going to Everland on your own, do yourself a favour and visit the theme park website to print yourself a discount voucher. You'll save 2,000 won on the usual 33,000 won entrance fee. For kids below 13, you pay 22,000 ( after a discount). I've provided the weblink, haha. Alternatively, visit the Korean National Tourism Office in your...

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  • Everland 6 (European Adventure)

    Yongin Things to Do

    this one is in the European Adventure Part of Everland, we were lounging around and taking pictures, afterwards we took the cable car to the Global Fair Main Street and go back to Seoul.

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  • Everland 5 (Magic Land)

    Yongin Things to Do

    this in Magic Land part of Everland. We had a 4d ride with a korean monkey hero and into a jungle river cruise (similar to disneyland) and the waiting time was 1 hour and the ride was about 6 minutes and I was also soaked there.

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Koje-do

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  • Oedo Botanic Islet

    Koje-do Things to Do

    Island is covered by a camellia forest with the area of 12,000m2. The island is home to more than 3,000 plant species including many subtropical plants, such as cactus, palm tree, gazania, sunshine, eucalyptus, bottlebrush bush, New Zealand flax, and agave. It is so beautiful that it is called a paradise in Korea. The coastline is 2.3km. The island...

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  • The former POW camp

    Koje-do Things to Do

    This site from the Korean War is an educational location showing all the tragedies that happened in those years.

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  • Old Fortresses in the hills

    Koje-do Off The Beaten Path

    Just outside of Geoje city, you can find Oksangeum-seong Fortress. This is possible as a long hike from Geoje or from the Geojeyeon Gwona.Otherwise, if you have your own transportation, there are a few other small fortresses on the island. While they may not be the most spectacular remains, the fresh air hikes to get there, the panoramic views they...

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Gwangju

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  • Gwangju Lake

    Gwangju Things to Do

    Heard its known for fishing and water sports. But, I didnt see any since I was there in winters. Restaurants along the lake. Gasa Literature Museum and Hwanbyeokdang pavilion are just nearby. I took a walk along the lake before it started snowing.

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  • Ramada Plaza Gwangju

    Gwangju Hotels

    1238 3 Chi Pyeong Dong Seo Gu, Gwangju, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • May 18 National Cemetery

    Gwangju Things to Do

    This cemetery is the newly founded resting place for the hundreds of people who lost their lives during the May 18, 1980 "Democratic Uprising".The people of Gwangju rose to challenge due to oppression of the military's effort to establish a power hold and totalitarian control of Korea.During a 9-day period, hundreds of locals were killed and...

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