There’s so much to do and see on a holiday in South Korea, from gorgeous green hilly countryside and ancient Buddhist temples, to tropical islands and exciting tech-filled cities. The food here is also a highlight, being the home of the delicious bibimbap, tasty steamed dumplings, kimchi fried rice and more tempting dishes.
Built by the Joseon Dynasty in 1395, the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces in the country and is a must-visit during South Korea holidays. There has been an ongoing effort by the government since 1990 to restore the building to its original splendour and the complex also hosts the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea.
There are many historical and cultural treasures to discover at the National Museum of Korea, including artefacts dating back to the 6th and 7thcentury Baekje Kingdom. Highlights on display include Golden Treasures for the Great Tomb of Hwangham, and the Goryeo-dynasty Ten Story Pagoda carved from marble. Visitors can also take a stroll around the surrounding park with its Reflecting Pond and the beautiful Dragon Falls.
A much-loved Seoul landmark, the N Seoul Tower features a revolving restaurant and panoramic views of the city. Visitors can take a cable car up Mt. Namsan to walk to the tower and visit the observatory where 32 LCD screens tell the 600-year history of Seoul. A digital art installation is also projected onto the tower at night and children will love the Teddy Bear Museum here.
Shopaholics are in for a treat with plenty of open-air markets, malls, and shopping districts to choose from in all of the big cities. Myeong-dong in Seoul is one of the world’s largest shopping malls, with other districts including Dongdaemun and Insadong. Namdaemun has plenty of souvenir shops where you can buy a memento of your holiday in South Korea, while Insadong is great for traditional arts and crafts.