Many of you want to go to South Korea because of your undeniable fangirling for K-pop, looking for your future oppa, or you want to visit those famous Korean drama locations. Well, that's true for sure, but these are only a few of the many reasons why you should visit South Korea.
- Korea has so much beauty in its countryside - mountains, rivers, islands, and oceans. Their mountains aren’t super high but they are nice and steep and fun to climb. They have lots of rivers and streams and big cool rocks to climb over. I come from a very small province in the Philippines so I really love the idea that you can take a four-hour train ride from Seoul and get to the other end. There are a ton of islands with cool rocks and beautiful vistas. There are rivers in most of the cities where you can hang out or walk and bike and exercise.
- Beyond nature, South Korea is rich in culture and history and its cultural sites and museums are very inexpensive to visit and often free. There are Buddhist temples in all the mountains and some amazing old Buddhas carved into rocks along with the temples.
- Seoul and Busan are vibrant and exciting with live music and art scenes with a great blend of classic and modern. I've been to different countries and all the cities have interesting events and fun things to see. I know in South Korea there is a lot of good traditional food, but there are usually places to get American-style or European-style food as well.
- There is a good transportation system so between buses, trains, and subways you can get almost everywhere, and if you don’t want to fend for yourself there are some very good tour guides.
- If you speak English, it is easy to find your way around South Korea or get directions from the locals. I'm sure they'll be happy to help.
- There is a wide range of dining choices, from street vendors selling dishes in the two- to the five-dollar range to international restaurant chains, and from traditional Korean cuisine to high-end western dining.
- Seoul (the capital) is one of the safest megacities in the world; you will have no qualms wandering around the city late at night. The city has an active nightlife (e.g. Itaewon, Hongdae, Sinchon) which you can experience if you want.
- Highly-suggested by most of my friends to check out is Myeong-dong, one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Many designer brands are sold in Myeong-dong. In addition, several major department stores have branches here, including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeong-dong Migliore, Noon Square, and M Plaza. Myeong-dong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western, and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeong-dong specialize in dongaseu (pork cutlet) and kalguksu (noodle soup).
In short, South Korea is a relatively cheap, convenient, and interesting destination for tourists. Many foreigners advise visiting the country around the fall or spring seasons, instead of the suffocatingly humid summer. So you may want to consider booking your next trip to South Korea and experience everything on hand. Have fun!!!