Travel Guide to South Korea

About South Korea

South Korea lies in the East of Asia, situated in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The region of South Korea includes the entire Korean Peninsula as well as the islands that are adjacent to the mountain terrains. The residents of South Korea lead a very distinct urban lifestyle.

Places to Visit in South Korea

Here are a few places to visit in South Korea

  • Seongsan Sunrise Peak:A renowned UNESCO world heritage site famous for being home to many rare plant species. However, it is most famous for offering the magnificent sight of sunrise which attracts numerous people from all over the world to come and see it.
  • Ggotji Beach: Located some four kilometre in the southwest of Anmyeon-eup, this beach of white sand is an ideal place for you to go on a drive and watch sunset into the dark ocean from between two solid rocky formations called the Granny and the Grandpa Rock
  • Darangee Village:It is a minuscule yet well-preserved village of the southernmost region of west Namhae-gun that features an extraordinary visual of countless tiny fields cascading over 100 levels of a steep mountain slope standing against the wide sea.
  • Gwang-An Bridge: It is also known as the Diamond Bridge and is a two-story bridge that connects Haeundae-gu and Suyeong-gu offering breathtaking views of the sandy beaches, mountains, city lights of over 100,000 colours and hills.
  • Kyeong-Wha Station: The best of idyllic landscapes that Korea has to offer its tourists, especially the amateur photographers with whom the small whistle-stop bustles each year in spring. The breathtaking sight of cherry blossoms sends thousands of amateur photographers into a frenzy who happily click away shots as the train stealthily approaches their destination under the tunnel of cherry blossom.

These are only a few sights that wait for you in South Korea that will instantly make you pack your bags and head to this destination.

How to Reach

The majority of travellers who arrive here come through the Incheon international airport. The only other way is through the sea which is only available from either China or Japan. It is best to have access to the schedules of the planes if you are planning a vacation there.

Best time to Visit

A Korean year is divided into five different seasons that take toll on thetourist places in South Korea.

Spring: It is considered to be the best time to visit the country from April to June when the flowers are in full. bloom and cover the entire landmass with pinkish white cherry blossoms from south to north. This is the time when the locals have numerous festivals, making it a great time to visit the country.

Summer:In South Korea, summer is very stifling making you reach for water from the ubiquitous water fountains or running towards the closest air-conditioned sanctuary.

Monsoon:It is probably the worst time to visit the country starting from early July to late August. The country faces one or two typhoons every year. Avoid this season for your visit.

Autumn: Another great season to visit South Korea is from September to November. During these months, the temperature is mild, along with a relatively low rainfall and many Korean regional festivals take place during this time of the year. With the mountains exploding in the magnificent array of yellows, reds and oranges, locals assemble in the national parks to have a picnic till October when the winter arrives.

Winter: The Korean winter is rather long and harsh which become even more pronounced as you keep going the further into the north. Travelling in winter is not impossible as the public transport continues to work undaunted, by putting in heating systems under the floor cranking up the heat all the way up. The lack of rain at this time creates a very photogenic contrast between crisp blue skies, powdery snow, the earthy yellow of dead grass and off-black pine trees.

What to Pack?

This depends on the season when you plan to visit South Korea points of interest:

  • Suits or good business casual clothes
  • Jeans and tennis shoes
  • Shoes that dry easily if you are visiting in the wet season
  • Covered clothes for both warm and cold weather to protect your skin
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Top Delicacies

Here are a few of the must-have South Korean delicacies:

  • Kimchi or Fermented Vegetable
  • Bulgogi or Marinated Beef Barbecue
  • Bibimbap or Mixed Rice
  • Hoeddeok or Sweet Syrupy Pancakes
  • Japchae or Stir-Fried Noodles
  • Ddukbokkie or Spicy Rice Cake

Shopping List Essentials

There are many unique things you may want to buy in South Korea. However, following are a must buy as these are uniquely native to South Korea:

  • Korean Cosmetics
  • Hanji Paper Products
  • Traditional Korean Tea
  • GIM (Roasted Seaweed)
  • Socks
  • Korean Ginseng etc.

Healthcare Centers

The healthcare system is run by the government and is free for all the residents. So, do not worry as help is provided to those in need.

If you have travel insurance, notify your insurance company about the medical emergency. Your travel insurance company will help you with cashless treatment when you travel abroad.

Basics of Local Communication

The guides are all well versed in English hence you would have no trouble in communicating with them.

Korean, Chinese, and Japanese are the most widespread language spoken in South Korea and hence learning these basic phrases will give you more smiles from the locals.


English Korean
Hello Annyeonghaseyo
Yes Ne
No Aniyo
Thank you Gamsahapnida
My name is Juhneun ______ ipnida
Do you speak English? Yonguh haseyo?
Where is the subway station? ihachulyuk uhdi issuhyo?
How much is it? Ulma aeyo?

Chinese (Mandarin)

English Chinese (Mandarin)
Hello ni hao
Yes shi
No bu shi
How much? duo shao qian
Good-bye Zai jia
Thank you Xie xie
Where is the washroom? Xi shou jian zai nar?
It's too expensive YTai gui


English Japanese
Hello Konnichiwa
Yes hai
No iie
Yes ov
No næta
I'm sorry Gomen’nasai
Good Evening Konbanwa
Thank You Arigatou Gozaimasu
My name is Watashi no Namae wa
Do you speak English? Eigo o hanashimasu ka?
Can you help me? Tetsudatte itadakemasu ka?
How much is it? Ikura Desuka?

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