10 Reasons To Visit South Korea

South Korea may be overlooked by many visitors to Asia, but you shouldn’t make the same mistake. Here are ten reasons why you should visit South Korea at least once!

 

Korean food

Mentioning Korea without its delicious food is a huge miss! South Korea is a culinary paradise with countless tasty dishes and spicy flavor.

Most Koreans like spicy food, so their culinary culture is famous for this flavor. From kimchi to fried chicken or tteokbokki rice cakes, you can experience the spicy sensation on the tip of your tongue.

Korean fried chicken

 

Cherry blossoms

Not only Japan, but South Korea is also known as the city of cherry blossoms.

In the spring of late March and early April, when the weather is a bit warmer, cherry blossoms will begin to bloom from the sunny southern lands like Jeju Island to Gyeongsang Province and spread to the Central and North.

Jeju island is the best place to see cherry blossoms blooming with the largest and most beautiful petals. In particular, the cherry blossoms here bring an extraordinary noble beauty compared to the cherry blossoms elsewhere. Also, the Han River Yeouido park is an ideal place to observe the cherry trees along the river.

 

Famous film sets

If you love Korean movies or enjoy exploring film studios, it’s an excellent idea to visit the film studios here.

Some popular filming locations are traditional villages bearing the national culture such as Namsangol, Korean folk villages, or the palaces still retain the pristine features of the ancient dynasties such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung.

Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Nami Island near Seoul is also a famous location in the movie “Winter Sonata”, or Jeju Island with the movie “After Love”.
 

The temples

South Korea not only attracts visitors by beautiful natural scenery but also by the temples with ancient architecture in harmony with nature.

One of the outstanding ones is Bulguksa Temple, the oldest temple in Korea, built from the 6th century. The temple has unique architecture, especially the wooden blocks with eye-catching motifs such as lotus, cloudy sky, and birds.

Bulguksa Temple South Korea
Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, South Korea

There are also 4-story Yakcheonsa Temple in Jeju Island, Taeansa Temple, Daejeonsa Temple, and Manggyeongsa Temple.

 

The beaches

Another reason to visit South Korea is its stunning beaches. Especially in the summer, the beaches are ideal destinations to relax and avoid the heat. 

My favorite beach is Geumneung beach on Jeju island. Coming here, you can comfortably immerse in the fresh space of the sea, walk along the white sand and enjoy fresh seafood dishes. 

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

 

Shopping paradise

Korea is known as Asia’s shopping paradise. There are many shopping centers with a full range of products, from affordable to high-end clothes, cosmetics, food, and drink.

Lotte World is an ideal choice with a complex of the shopping mall, cinema, and concert hall.

There are also countless other major downtown areas such as Time Square, Starfield COEX, I’Park, and Starfield Goyang.

If you’re in Seoul, don’t miss the Myeongdong shopping areas, where you can find plenty of outlets and brands. 

Seoul shopping

 

The festivals

Traditional festivals in South Korea are held year-round, attracting many visitors to learn about the country’s long-standing culture.

For example, it’s the Seoul International Fireworks Festival with beautiful and brilliant fireworks performances or the Chuseok Festival, one of the prominent and important New Year’s days for the Korean people.

Seoul Korea Palace

Also, there are many other traditional festivals held annually such as the Lunar New Year, Hwaseong Suwon traditional festival, Sancheoneo Hwacheon ice fishing festival, Boryeong Mud Festival, Jeju Fire Festival. 

 

Street food

One of the most attractive features of South Korea is its street food. 

You can easily enjoy street food on any street or alley in Korea. Trolleys with friendly street vendors or small roadside stalls with hospitable hosts.

They will all bring you dishes that are unique to Korean culinary culture such as kimbap, ordering fish cakes, Hotteok donuts, etc.

 

Enjoyable weather

Korea has a temperate climate and four distinct seasons. 

The best time in Korea is spring from March to May when the weather is fresh and pleasant. Moreover, you can enjoy different festivals and seeing flowers blooming.

In the summer, you can enjoy your vacation on the beach. Autumn has maple leaves falling down the street, and all roads are covered with a distinct color.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

 

Convenient transportation

The last reason why you should visit South Korea is its modern and convenient transportation. You can travel easily within cities by bus, taxi, and subway.

You should purchase a transport card to receive many incentives and save costs. The subway is only available in big cities like Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Gwangju, and operates from 5:30 am to 12 pm.

jeju island south korea

Taxis are available in a variety of colors to distinguish functions and are operated 24 hours a day so you can use them anywhere or go anywhere you want.

  1. Ohhh yes I will return to South Korea for sure and especially after I have been reading your post! I have been only a few hours in Seoul and that was an only free tour from the airport! The beach at Jeju Island looks like a beach at any tropical paradise! I didn’t know! And the food, of course, I would definitely go back there for the South Korean cuisine!

  2. I want to visit South Korea bad – it’s near the top of my bucket list. I never realized it has such beautiful beaches. Thanks for adding the tip about the taxi colours, what an interesting and smart idea to make it easier for those that don’t speak Korean.

  3. I want to visit South Korea so badly! Its top bucket list after Japan. I didn’t know South Korea has beautiful beaches and I totally agree with cheap shopping in Korea. I just want to check beautiful Cafes in Seoul, I have heard about it so much. I loved your travel tips and transport tips about taxi colors!

  4. kimchi to fried chicken are my favorites ..atleast in india these are few items we get easily .. talking about cherry blossoms if I cannot afford japan , I surely have south korea in mind to visit whenever I get a chance . It’s a lovely read and caught my attention as There are few blogs on S Korea .. thanks for compiling this

  5. These are so many reasons to visit South Korea.We normally do our travel abroad in May June and as you mention the weather would be great there during that time.Food,Cherry blossoms,street food all would draw me there.It would be great to catch up on festivals as that tells a lot about the history and rituals of a place.Seems an exciting country to visit.

  6. In Thailand where I live and teach, my students are crazy for Korean music, dance, and food. That made me curious about the culture. And glad that I came across your blog that gives a nice summary of quite a few things to consider for visiting South Korea. I would any day go crazy for those spicy Korean food and oh, those beaches! Thanks a lot for compiling all the main reasons for a thumbs-up to South Korea.

  7. I would absolutely love to go to South Korea, especially for their food! We eat at Korean BBQ places all the time, but I’m sure it is nothing compared to the real deal. It is cool that they have a Lotte World there! I am assuming that is a massive version of the little Lotte plazas we have here in the US. That is where my family goes to do all of our shopping :)

  8. After getting hook to korean drama, South Korea has been on top of my bucket list. I would love to try their fried chicken especially the olive chicken that I usually see on the TV.

    It would be a treat to get the opportunity to visit the famous film sets too.

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