Gap Years and Backpacking in South Korea

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South Korea (한국, 韓國 Hanguk) is a South East Asian nation which shares the 684 mile long Korean Peninsula with its northern namesake, North Korea.

The country has a lot to to offer backpackers and gappers. It features some of Asia's best ski slopes and many consider its ski resorts to be among the very best in the world. Korea's major cities are vast and cosmopolitan, offering travellers awesome food, great nightlife and a vibrant shopping experience.

Gyeongju in the south is a history buffs dream. Once the capital city, it is a melting pot of historical and architectural wonders dating back across its 2000 year history; a destination sure to capture the imagination of even the most seasoned of travellers.

South Korea is also one of the most popular destinations for those wishing to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) whilst working or volunteering on a gap year. If you’re planning to see Asia on your gap year, be sure not to overlook South Korea.


Map of South Korea

Gap Facts - South Korea

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South Korea has the world's highest estimated national IQ, with leading rankings in mathematics, science, problem solving and reading, as declared by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).

Gap Facts - South Korea

Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog (Afghan Hound), was created at Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea.