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South Korea

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With the global phenomenon of Gangnam Style, K-Pop and more importantly South Korea itself have been firmly placed on the map. Travellers are becoming increasingly interested in this little visited corner of East Asia, and rightly so, for those who make the journey are rewarded with a perfect travel combo of history, culture, city, beach and amazing cuisine. So get off the beaten track and uncover for yourself one of Asia's most undiscovered nations where old world charm comes with a vibrantly modern twist.

Travelling to South Korea

Incheon International Airport near the country's capital Seoul is the most likely entry point for visitors to South Korea. There are direct flights available from London to Seoul with Korean Air and many other airlines offering routes with a transit. Once in South Korea it's fairly easy to get around. The South Korea Rail Pass is a great choice, and there are also a good selection of domestic flights available as well as ferries out to the country's islands.

When to Visit South Korea

South Korea experiences extremes in terms of its climate. The winter months see freezing temperatures and great ski conditions - South Korea will actually be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Spring sees a rise in temperatures and beautiful blossom across the country, perfect for the snap-happy amongst you. From June to September the heat is on, with high humidity and heavy rain in July in particular. Autumn however is a great time to visit with the natural areas of South Korea ablaze with colour.



Seoul boasts an incredible mix of ancient and modern, with beautiful centuries-old palaces neighbouring snazzy skyscrapers. Gyeongbokgung Palace is a must, as is Changdeokgung Palace and Gardens. Head to Gangnam to experience for yourself Seoul's trendiest district and check out Gwangjang Market for some delicious local delicacies. And before leaving the city, be sure to try the K-Pop Experience!


South Korea's second city, Busan has a more traditional and rugged atmosphere than Seoul despite its skyscrapers. Pojanmacha street food vendors offer tasty bites late into the night and Gamcheon's colourful neighbourhood boasts vibrant murals and pretty winding streets. Nearby Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is picture perfect with its dramatic cliff location over the sea, definitely worth the visit!
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Jeju Do

The country's biggest island, Jeju Do is a favourite getaway amongst Koreans thanks to its beaches, striking coastline and beautiful countryside. If outdoor activities are your thing, be sure to hike up Hallasan, South Korea's highest mountain. Or just kick back and relax between the island's white sands and the warm waters of the East China Sea.
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Once the ancient capital of the whole peninsula, Gyeongju boasts more temples, pagodas and ruins that anywhere else in the country. Not to be missed is the Bulguska Temple, one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country, along with Seokguram Grotto, both dating back to the 8th century. Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village also offers an interesting insight into the Korea of times gone by.
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Explore Seoul with our STA Travel Insider, Steve!

Getting Around South Korea

Lucky for us visitors, South Korea offers a great Rail Pass, allowing us to get around the country with relative ease. Alternatively, there are some awesome adventure tours and packages allowing us to see the best the country has to offer. Take a look at a few of our favourite travel options for South Korea below, or get in touch with our Travel Experts for more information.

Korean Rail Pass

1-7 Days

The Korea Rail Pass is a discounted ticket, allowing unlimited rail travel throughout South Korea over a one, three, five or seven-day consecutive period. The pass is valid to travel anywhere in South Korea, on all Korail services, including the modern and fast KTX trains.

Best of South Korea

10 Days

On this ten-day bustling trip you'll visit beautiful Seoul, authentic folk villages, unique temples and beautiful Jeju Island. Learn the sombre history of North and South Korea and see the Demilitarised Zone separating the two. Plus, sample Korea's diverse cuisine and sip cocktails from rooftop bars!

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Brilliant Busan
Kick back and relax on one of Seoul's fast trains and admire the stunning scenery as you head to Busan. Discover this beautiful city's temples, beaches and delicious seafood. You'll explore the Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan Museum and last of all 75 Square. You'll see just why this city has tonnes to offer!
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Golgulsa Temple Stay
Delve into the ancient city of Gyeongju and get immersed into traditional temple life on this unique tour. Head to Golgulsa Temple and get involved with all aspects of temple life, including meditation, traditional chanting and Sunmudo training. Also enjoy a spot of cultural trekking, taking in all the sights.
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The Heart of Seoul
Get to grips with South Korea's capital city and get a unique insight into the Joint Security Area and Demilitarized Zone. Enjoy a walking tour of all the city has to offer including, the Cheonggyecheon Plaza and Gyeongbokgung Palace. You'll see just what makes the locals love this city.
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Seoul Alive & Kicking
On Day 1, get your adrenaline pumping and try your hand at Taekwondo. Then substitute the woodblocks and tiles for saucepans and costumes on Day 2 as you take part in a traditional cooking classand try on outfits from popular Korean TV series. Plus, take a bicycle ride and walk the ancient Seoul City Wall.