5 Must-Visit Destinations in South Korea
5 Must-Visit Destinations in South Korea
Looking for places to go in South Korea? Checkout these 5 destinations!
30 Jul 2021

First time visiting South Korea? Looking for places to go? Follow this guide on the must-visit destinations in South Korea.

Busan

Seaside view of Busan, South Korea
Seaside view of Busan, South Korea

Located in the southeastern province of South Gyeongsang, South Korea, it is the second largest city and largest port in South Korea. There are many attractions to explore, from the world's largest department store, beautiful beaches and mountains to the spa and delicious seafood in a bustling market.

Must-Visit: Seokbulsa Temple (석불사)

Cuisine: Hagfish (꼼장어), Raw Octopus (산낙지) and Marinated Duck (오리불고기)

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Andong

Andong Hahoe Doenjang village, South Korea
Andong Hahoe Doenjang village, South Korea

Located in Gyeongsangbuk-do, the city is famous for its wooden masks, soju, mackerel, and a UNESCO-listed cultural village where you can participate in folk dances. Visitors have the unique opportunity to experience Joseon-era rural life or hike to the Buyongdae Cliffs for panoramic views of the village.

Must Visit: Andong Hahoe Doenjang Village (안동하회된장마을)

Cuisine: Andong Gan Godeungeo (안동 ) and Andong Jjimdak (안동찜닭)

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Gangwondo

Gangwondo mountain landscape, South Korea
Gangwondo mountain landscape, South Korea

Rediscover this mountainous province in northeastern South Korea. Behind the most spectacular highland views and mountainous landscapes lie the laid-back coastal towns and beaches of the East Sea. The beautiful coastline is the perfect place for those who love nature and the outdoors.

Must Visit: Seoraksan National Park (설악산국립공원), Goseong DMZ Museum (고성 DMZ ), Sokcho Beach (속초해변)

Cuisine: Dried yellow Alaskan pollock (황태), Hanwoo beef (한우) and Ojingeo Sundae - squid stuffed with tentacles, mushrooms, vegetables or sweet rice (오징어순대).

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Jeju

Waterfall in Jeju, South Korea
Waterfall in Jeju, South Korea

Jeju is more than just an island; As a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the "New Seven Wonders of Nature", this volcanic island of South Korea is fast becoming a world-class tourist destination. It's no wonder it's a favorite domestic vacation destination for locals, and many will travel for beautiful beaches, fresh signature cuisine, and stunning views.

Must Visit: Seongsan Ilchulbong, Manjang Cave, Hallasan Mountain

Cuisine: Jeju Black Pork (제주흑돼지), Fresh Abalone (전복) (in rice porridge, hot stew, or sliced raw abalone), Fresh Seafood Platter (신선한 ) (octopus, sea urchin, sea cucumber, and other shellfish )

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Suwon

Historical landmark in Suwon, South Korea
Historical landmark in Suwon, South Korea

Suwon is a historical landmark and the largest city in Gyeonggi province. Enclosed by the walls of Hwaseong Fortress in the 18th century, this place is a beautiful juxtaposition of the old and the new. While Suwon is primarily known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hwaseong Fort, it's not the only place to visit here; Explore every nook and cranny of the street full of shops and markets!

Must Visit: Suwon Hwaseong Fort [UNESCO World Heritage] (수원 [유네스코 ]), Korean Folk Village (한국민속촌) and Manseok Park

Cuisine: Suwon Chicken Street (수원 ) and Suwon Wang Galbi (수원왕갈비)

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