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Things to See in South Korea

As South Korea is being a more popular tourist destination, it is hard to list many sightseeing spots here, it would be best to visit pages on specific cities/provinces. However a trip to South Korea is not complete without a visit to the capital, Seoul, and its famous sites, such as the palaces Kyeongbokgung (경복궁), Changdeokgung (창덕궁), Secret Garden (비원), Gwanghwamun (광화문), Seodaemun (서대문), as well as the Seoul Tower (서울타워) accompanied by the famous Teddy Bear Museum. The Banpo bridge (반포대교) turns into beautiful colours at night, and the Yeouido Island (여의도), apart from the famous 63 Building has splendid parks for rollerblading/biking. You can never miss the Han River (한강) if you cross the bridges connecting Kangbuk and Kangnam of Seoul whilst taking a taxi, subway train or bus.

The Haeundae beach (해운대) in Busan is very beautiful. Families usually go there in the summer, where the view of the sea is best.

Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – On July 27th 1953, The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was established as a cease-fire agreement with a boundary area of 2km between North and South Koreas. It is also said that there are still a lot of landmines buried in DMZ. In addition, Panmunjeom is the only ‘truce village’ of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where tourists could view North and South Koreas without much hostility. It is probably the only unique area without any troops around as the other area separating the two Koreas is the most heavily armed in the world. The Third Tunnel of Aggression, created by North Korea, was discovered in 1978. This tunnel is not more than an hour or 44km away from Seoul and it is 1.7 km long, 2 m high, 2 m wide and about 73m below ground. Black coke was painted on the wall as a camouflage to look like a coal mine.

Visit the World Heritage cultural sites in Gyeongju and the natural sites on Jeju Island.

Things to Do in South Korea

Alike above, there is actually too much to list here on a single page. As South Korea is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination, you might want to visit pages talking about specific provinces/cities, although an excellent starting point is Seoul.

Karaoke, or noraebang (노래방) is popular and hard to miss wherever you go in metropolitan cities.

You can also learn martial arts such as the famous taekwondo (태권도), hapkido (합기도), and the dance-like martial art taekkyeon (택견).

Jeju-do, in particular Hallasan, and other mountains within the mainland, such as Jirisan (지리산), Seoraksan (설악산) etc are excellent places for hiking/trekking and taking pictures. In autumn the leaves turn into beautiful colours, so the best seasons to go there are autumn and spring.

You can also go snowboarding/skiing in the Kangwon-do province. The province is very beautiful when it snows.

The city of Boryeong in Chunchungnam-do hosts a Mud Festival (보령머드축제) that has become a fun (and slightly notorious) pastime in mid-July. Participants drench themselves in mud and take part in everything from mud wrestling to body painting. The nearby beach becomes something of a party apocalypse. Enquire about accommodation at least a few weeks in advance.

The Gyeonggi-do & Kangwon-do province has plentiful water amusement parks, such as Caribbean Bay (the park seen from the actual music video by 2PM and Girls Generation Cabi)in Yongin-si(beside Everland which is most biggest amusement park), Ocean World in Hongcheon, with a more Ancient Egyptian setting, and Ocean 700 in Pyeongchang. Tourists and locals usually go there in the summer.

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