About South Korea
South Korea may seem enigmatic at first glance. This is a land of sharp contrasts and brutal contradictions; a place where tradition and technology are equally embraced; where skyscrapers appear above ancient temples; and where the frenetic pace of life is balanced with the calmness of nature.
The country’s never-before-seen customs and etiquette may seem like a trap for foreigners from afar, but when you’re greeted with a smile and respectful demeanor, you’ll be greeted with open arms by the friendliest folks in the world. Koreans are fiercely proud of their country, and for good reason.
What To Do in South Korea?
The Korean peninsula has a multi-layered history and this colorful heritage is woven into the fabric of this land. The capital city of Seoul is home to a host of historic highlights, including the magnificent Joseon-era Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun’s “great south gate”, and the spooky Seodaemun Prison – all lurking in the middle of sparkling offices, giant malls, world-class restaurants, and hipster Seodaemun Prison bars.
The rest of the country is also full of castles, temples and palaces. Visitors will enjoy the grassy burial mounds of ancient kings in Gyeongju, the rock-hewn Seokbulsa Temple in Busan, and the notorious demilitarized zone, a biodiverse uninhabited zone that separates South and North Korea. It’s a frightening place where acres of barbed wire are patrolled by heavily armed guards on both sides, but the tension is so high it’s like you’ve walked into a Hollywood movie set. But it’s not all about history.
When it comes to nature, South Korea is extraordinarily diverse, with magnificent national parks, remote sandy beaches, hot spring islands and rugged mountain peaks. Gastronomy is also well received, but you may need to open your mind before your mouth; local specialties include kimchi (sauerkraut) and makgeolli (rice wine). South Korea can sometimes seem like the most foreign place on Earth; An unbelievable destination of curious customs, bizarre dishes and jarring paradoxes. After all, that’s what makes him so excited.