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Overview to South Korea: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

South Korea

Up-and-coming South Korea is a slick package of urban brashness, outstanding mountainous landscapes, and a host of fascinating archaeological sites… Which makes it all the stranger that it’s never quite caught the imagination of backpackers in Asia.

The country is undoubtedly best known for its capital, Seoul, a logjam of (anywhere between ten and twenty million) people rushing around the streets. The city’s highlight is the historic area of Jongno, home to the superb palaces of Gyeongbok and Changdeokgung.

Seoul beats to its own high-tech rhythm, but burrow down and there’s a strong sense of cultural pride that underscores everything. Art is actively encouraged and ancient examples of metalwork, sculpture and ceramics are on display around Seoul and across South Korea.

To the south, the city is set against a backdrop of lush mountains. South Korea is an excellent destination for adventure travel, and is slowly but surely growing in popularity amongst energetic travelers looking for walking, trekking, climbing, and general breathless exploration.

Away from the capital, South Korea is much less frantic and dotted with idyllic rural hideaways. The mountains, lakes and national parks of Chungcheong, are an ideal retreat for those travelers simply wanting to get away and spend some time in a natural setting.

Honeymooners and young lovers head to Jeju Island for a romantic getaway, while those in search of the beach generally make for the district of Gangneung. The nation’s favorite mountain Seoraksan, in Gangwon, soars majestically skyward.

South Korea’s varied landscape can be affected by drastic changes in weather and any trip to the area should be carefully researched. But whether it’s during the crisp winter or the stunning amber autumn, South Korea rarely fails to delight.

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