Find yourself pressed for time but still want to have a memorable trip to South Korea? Here my 7 day trip experience covering almost all popular destinations of South Korea will save a lot time of yours.
Being one of the most beautiful Countries in Asia, South Korea is fun filled and rich in its culture. From ancient palaces to museums; from atmospheric temples on the hills to exotic islands, South Korea has a lot going for it. Christianity and Buddhism are the two of its dominant religions. Everything from the cuisine to script or language of South Korea is authentic and unique.
Here is my experience to South Korea:
It was the day dedicated to Seoul City Tour combining the Old & New Seoul City.
On arriving Incheon International Airport in Seoul we took a cab to our hotel. After check in we took a delicious breakfast and went to explore N-Seoul Tower – Love Lock Wall via cable car. It is the Korea’s first general radio wave tower, was built to promote the future of broadcasting and tourism industry. From there continuing our tour we went to explore Namsan Hanok village, a symbol of Korean tradition where you may enjoy loads of traditional programs and activities. Afterwards you can go to Tongin Market as well. It is a traditional market equipped with modern facilities where you can enjoy shopping & food close to 70 stores. In the end of our tour we visited Trick Eye Museum that displays a large array of 3-dimensional artwork for interactive optical illusions.
We kept our second day for the 5 major palaces of Seoul. Being once the ancient seat of Korean royalty the palaces of Seoul is one of the most important things to explore for every traveller. Gyeongbok-gung is the most important and the biggest palace made in Joseon Dynasty-era. It was built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace.
Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. National Folklore Museum located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs. Its intricate details and art work catches one’s eye. Changdeok-gungis the second most popular palace of seoul. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site for which English guided tours are also available. The other popular palaces that you must explore are Deoksu-gung, Changdeok Palace, Changgyeong-gung, Gyeonghui-gung. And if you are a history buff than you must explore Seoul History Museum at once.
A trip to Seoul can never be completed without exploring its culture. The temples and shrines of Seoul are its soul. To understand the local lifestyle and values, there can’t be any better option than that. Not only are these temples atmospheric, they also offer engagement with the local ethos. Seoul also has temples in picturesque location. Thanks to the mountains, some of the temples can be accessed only after an uphill climb. Some of them interesting temples are the Sammak temple and Inwang temple. The sammak temple is located in Mount Gwanak and The Inwang Temple is located at the 336 meter high Mount Inwang. There are many beautiful and important shrines in Seoul as well. One of them Jongmyo Shrine is the most important shrine in Seoul. It is a modern Buddhist temple devoted to the royal families of Korean dynasties. Although it charges a small admission fees here, but it is a must visit shrine for every tourist. And the other biggest and the richest temple that you must explore is the Bongeun temple.
As we completed this day with the visit to some of the most beautiful temples and shrines, later we took our flight from Kimo Airport for Jeju.
Being one of the most popular destinations of South Korea Jeju Islands has everything going for it. Hiking trails on verdant mountains, sandy beaches, theme parks, city life and much more are on offer here.
This day we started with the visit to one of the most popular attraction of Jeju Islands, Seongsan Ilchubong. Seongsan Ilchubong is UNESCO World Heritage Site and a product of volcanic eruption 1 lakh years ago. You can reach the top of the dramatic crater after an hour long hike. Afterwards we jewelled our trip with relaxing trip to some of the most beautiful parks of jeju. Hallim Park is a large botanical garden divided into 16 smaller gardens. Don’t miss the bonsai gardens and lava caves here. One of the most popular beach, Hyeop-jae Beach is also located very close to it. Another beautiful garden is Yeomiji Botanic Garden. It is one of the biggest and best botanical gardens in all of Asia. To end our trip with some calm relaxing waves, we went to Iho Beach. It is known for its two colored sands and popular for swimming too.
This day we were more excited to explore some other popular destination of Jeju Island. So we did our breakfast and went to explore some popular museums here. It has some interesting museums such as Haenyeo Museum, Green Tea Museum, Museum of African Art, Jeju Independence Museum, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum, Haenyeo Museum and so on. From there we went to visit the folk villages to acquaint with the authentic local lifestyle of here. While Seongeup Folklore Village is the most popular one, Jeju Folk Village Museum and Folklore and Natural History Museum are also a must visit for every traveller. As we heard a lot about Jungmun Lava Column so it was at the first place to explore in evening. The view of sea waves crashing into the beautiful hexagonal lava columns was the most beautiful scene of the evening. Another must visit lava column is Manjanggul Lava-tube. It is the UNESCO world’s largest known lava column. To end our tour in Jeju island with beautiful memories we summed it up with a tour to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. It is the most famous waterfall in South Korea. If you want to admire its true beauty, it is advisable to visit it in night under sky time.
Today after breakfast we started our tour with a visit to Hedong Yonggungsa Temple originally known as Bomun Temple. It is a Buddhist Temple in the area of Gijang gun which gives a unique feature of shoreline to this Temple. From there we visited to APEC Nurimaru house, famous for it’s beautiful natural landscape combined with dense camellia & pine trees. And in evening we went to Hauneda beach & dalmagi road which is undoubtedly a place of natural beauty – a combination of Blue Ocean, White Sand Field, and Camellia Forest & Pine Tree Forest. Lastly we visited Busan Centum city and end the city tour with a beautiful memorable experience and took our train from Busan Station to Seoul. From Seoul after a painful goodbye we took a flight to our home.
But as they say, Goodbyes are not forever, it simply means you meet again and I’ll visit South Korea soon for sure.