Official Name: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Location: East Asia – Has a land border North Korea
Population of Sout Korea: ~ 52 million
Capital of South Korea: Seoul
Korean Money: Korean Republic Won (KRW)
Korean Timezone: UTC +9
Visa Requirements for South Korea: 49 countries can now apply for an Evisa to travel to South Korea. It’s valid for two years and allows multiple entries of between 30 and 90 days, depending on your nationality. Check your eligibility, the latest requirements for entry, and the nearest embassy if you need it HERE.
Things to Do and See in South Korea
Our Experiences in South Korea
In 2010 we spent a total of six weeks in South Korea – four weeks on the mainland and two weeks on the beautiful Jeju Island. It was a special experience for us as we caught up with many of the students we hosted during their English studies in Australia.
Starting in Seoul, we explored city and did a day trip further afield to Incheon. We then took a trip out to Sokcho on the coast where we climbed the peak in Seoraksan National park.
Next stop was Daego in the centre of the country, Gyeonju, Pusan (Busan) in the south and then the two weeks on Jeju.
Transport was easy, and we learned so much about the food and how to eat it from our local contacts. But perhaps one of the most unusual quirks regarding South Korea, was the fact that the “love hotels” were quite often far cheaper and better appointed than the hostels when you could find them. The look on the ‘receptionists’ faces, when we booked in for a week rather than an hour or two, was priceless. By the end of the week, the elderly madames were giving us snacks and getting us to hold their grandbabies, all the while cackling at our obvious insatiable appetites.
With the new trans-Korean cycling paths, we’re keen to get back there sometime soon to see the country on two wheels.
As with Mongolia (and a few other countries), we were too preoccupied with having fun to write up the blogs. But you can see some of our favorite pictures with some explanations below:
Guided Tours of South Korea
Korea is an easy and safe country to travel around independently and many people, especially in the cities, speak some level of English. However, it really is a bonus to tap into local expertise to get the most out of the food, history, culture and attractions. So if you’d like some assistance or just don’t have the time or desire to do all the planning by yourself, take a look at some of the tours on offer. You could take the train or bus between destinations and do short tours from there, or get it all in one package on a longer tour.
Short Tours (1-2 days)
Viator has almost 1000 offers with everything from a “non-touristy trip to the demilitarized zone on the border of North Korea and homestyle cooking classes to luxury catamaran tours on the Han river and scuba diving on Jeju Island. You can check them all out HERE
Intrepid Travel has a limited range of tours in South Korea at the moment but you can see them HERE
GAdventures only has one. You can check it out HERE
Tour Radar – Has a much better range including some that combine highlights in Japan.
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