Top 10 things to do in South Korea
There are plenty of things that you can do while you are at South Korea. However, the following activities definitely top the list.
The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
One of the best things that you could do in South Korea is to visit the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival. In 2018 it is slated to happen from 6 January to 28 January. It is said to be among the most popular ice festivals in the East Asian country and gets a million visitors each year. The word Sancheoneo means mountain trout in English.
Here you get a whole variety of fun-filled activities that all members of your family can take part in. It is about an hour or so from Seoul and the experience here is something that you would get nowhere else.
Taking a ride on Seoul Metro
One of the biggest benefits of riding Seoul Metro is that it is highly clean and a very convenient means of transport. It is ridiculously easy as far as navigation is concerned and it is inexpensive as well. There is plenty to explore in the capital of South Korea and as such the best way to do that is by the metro. All the trains and the stations have maps in dual languages, which means that you should not have any problem whatsoever in moving around the city. The stops are announced and displayed in the two languages as well.
The War Memorial of Korea
Even for people who have some experience in visiting war memorials, this can be a fulfilling endeavor. However, you should do a bit of research before you visit the memorial. This will help you glean information on things that may come off as less revealing to you. This is one place where you can learn all about the Korean wars. There are also a few tours in English. A part of the museum is devoted to little kids. This memorial serves as a great mark of honor from the national government for its fallen heroes.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace
This one is located in Seoul. If you love to visit places and take photos then this has got to be one place that you should definitely visit while you are in South Korea. If the weather is not too cold then you would enjoy it even more, which perhaps implies that summer and spring are the best seasons to come and visit the palace. In fact, if you are in Seoul then you should definitely not miss this gem of a tourist attraction. In fact, seeing this palace you would marvel at the way Seoul has been able to hold on to its heritage.
Visiting Bukhansan National Park
This one is located in Seoul as well. As such visiting, it can be quite a challenging task and that too in a positive way. If you do not know the way around you may be confused a little bit. The best thing to do in that case would be to follow people who are already in hiking gear. You also need to keep in mind that if you are not in peak physical condition you might find the ascent a bit challenging.
Seongsan Ilchulbong is located at Seogwipo and is one of the top tourist attractions of South Korea. The best thing to do while visiting this peak is to get up before sunrise and climb it. It would take you around half an hour. Normally, when you get up you might encounter tough conditions like cold weather and strong winds but the sight of sunrise from this peak would just make your entire effort absolutely worth it. You may have visited it earlier but even then you would be filled with amazement.
Visiting Changdeokgung Palace
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Changdeokgung Palace is a really nice place to be coming to. It is really one of the finest specimens of its species in the region. Ideally, you should visit it before you go to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It also helps that this happens to be a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site. Many people have stated it to be one of the best tourist attractions situated in the heart of Seoul. The palace is a big one and never stops amazing people. It is also one of the oldest palaces in the city.
Seoraksan National Park
The Seoraksan National Park is located at Sokcho. The best views that you get over here are from the Gwongeumseong Fortress. From here you can take the stairs and head to Bonghwadae, where you would get plenty of wind, so much so that you may almost be blown away by it. However, do keep in mind that there are no safety railings over here and if you have children with you then it is better to stay put below. The Biseondae Rocks over here are worth exploring as well.
The National Museum of Korea
The National Museum of Korea is at Seoul. The museum is a huge one and equipped with all the features that you expect from a modern museum. It also helps that this museum is free. If you wish to learn about the artwork and history of Korea then this is easily the best place. All the signs are in English as well and this makes it easy for the tourists to move about without any problem. You should have some time with you if you wish to explore the museum properly – even an hour would be insufficient.
The Myeongdong Shopping Street
The Myeongdong Shopping Street is located at Seoul as well. It is a really cool place to be, in every sense of the term. One of its main attractions is the green coffee house. You would have fun shopping over here but do remember that the clothes over here do not come cheap. However, you would enjoy the entire experience nonetheless. It is one of the top places to be if you are a shopaholic as you are going to get all the leading merchandise brands over there. The street food here is out of the world as well.