South Korea

South Korea Travel Guide

With its booming economy, ancient culture, and increasingly prominent presence on the world stage, South Korea is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about travel destinations on the planet – which means that travelers looking to visit South Korea have more options than ever when it comes to hotel accommodations, restaurant choices, and things to do. This South Korea travel guide will give prospective visitors a brief run-down on the country’s must-does, must-sees, and must-eats, helping them cut through all the distractions vying for their attention and really get the most out of their trip.

As one of the most exciting, dynamic, and quickly evolving nations on the Pacific Rim, South Korea offers visitors an incredibly diverse range of experiences. This travel guide will take a look at some of the most irresistible of those.

Things Not to Miss in South Korea

• Eating street food in the historic Kwangchang Market
 • The best places to stay, from the luxury hotels of Seoul to the rustic charms of the Hanok system
 • Palaces, temples, and Buddhist landmarks, such as Gyeongbokgung, the very greatest of Joseon palaces
 • Shopping at Myeong-dong, one of the world’s largest – and most overwhelming – shopping malls

When to Go to South Korea

South Korea experiences four unique seasons: a dry, cold winter running from November through March, a verdant spring lasting from March through late May, a muggy and rainy monsoon season that extends through the duration of the summer months, and a crisp autumn that runs from September through November. The spring and autumn are the best seasons for South Korea travel, although winter sports enthusiasts should consider visiting the country during its winter months, when its myriad of resorts and fine powder make it an ideal winter getaway. The heat and crowds of summer make it the worst season for travel to South Korea.

Articles about South Korea

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