South Korea holidays
There is a multitude of things to do in South Korea. Seoul is a popular port of call, and for good reason. It is a city full of energy and vibrancy, from bustling markets to the amazing variety of local food, as well as having a fascinating history and maintaining traditional customs.
The countryside, coastlines and mountains of South Korea are no less spectacular than its cities and villages. Bukhansan National Park, although small at 80 sq km, is the world's most visited national park. Also not to be missed is Jeju Island's beautiful coastal scenery, wildlife and inactive volcanoes.
Alternatively, the temples, gardens, palace ruins and rock carvings on display in the ancient city of Gyeongju broadcast the more traditional side to South Korea.
Finally, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between South and North Korea is a fascinating area, and well-worth a visit.
Explore the vastness of Dongdaemun or colourful Namdaemun markets, amble down the Chonggyecheon Stream that flows right through the heart of Seoul, climb the mountain of Namsan at sunset to get a beautiful view over the city, or see a performance of drumming, dance and music at the Chongdong Theatre.
The Demilitarised Zone bordering North Korea is a truly interesting site, full of historic stories and weighted with emotional consequences for most Korean families. Visit to gain an understanding into the complex area and current situation, and for a literal view of North Korea.
Jeju Island, a Unesco world heritage site, is also known as ‘Island of the Gods’. The beautiful beaches, inactive volcanoes, temples and villages make the island a popular holiday spot for Koreans and tourists alike.
The Buddhist temples of Sudoksa or Seonunsa in the mountains offer wonderful surroundings and views.
See South Korea come alive in this image and video gallery, showing off some of the best areas that you can visit and explore.
Discover the temperatures and rainfall you can expect when visiting the main areas of South Korea, along with the best time to travel.
We have collated some of the best books and guides to South Korea, to help you make the most of your holiday to the country.
Find out more about what you can expect from travelling in the Far East – from internal flights to accommodation standards and local transport.
Learn more about the airlines we use to fly to the Far East, chosen for reliability and good service; as well as any available upgrade facilities.
Before travelling to the Far East, please read more about the entry requirements for each country, as well as any general health advice.
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