5 Best Places Tourists Need To See In South Korea

Called as the Land of the Morning Calm, explore a slice of the Orient with the best places South Korea boasts.(Photo: Emmanuel DYAN/Flickr)

By Jonnalyn Cortez

Aside from being famous for Korean dramas, there is something more tourists can see in South Korea. The Asian country has diverse cities that travelers need to see — from historical sites, stunning sceneries, rich history, culture, and the arts, and of course, food. Called as the Land of the Morning Calm, explore a slice of the Orient with these five best places visitors need to see here. 

Gyeongju

If you love history, Gyeongju is the best place to be in South Korea. It has temples located at the Bulguksa Temple that is built all the way back to the 8thCentury.

You can also find one monumental Buddha here at the Seokguram Grotto. You can even enjoy the beautiful scenery of the city in Gyeongju and watch the sunrise.

After enjoying these views and places, you can head to Gyeongju National Museum and Gyeongju National Park in Gyeongju. It holds the most scenic views and landscapes you can take a glimpse of in South Korea.

Seoul

Your South Korean tour will never be complete without a visit to Seoul. The city is the capital of South Korea for about 600 years, per Hand Luggage Only. Hence, there are a lot of important historical buildings that you can see here.

You can visit Changdeokgung Palace, Myeongdong, and Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul. And see more temples and know more about its history at Jogyesa Temple, the Bongeunsa Temple, and the Gwanghwamun Gate. 

Jeju City

Jeju City is situated on Jejudo Island. It is one of the best places you can visit in South Korea. You can go to Dongmun Market to experience the traditional Korean market that sells almost everything under the sun. 

You can also try Jejumok Gwana, which holds seven historical houses. It is the former central government office that is built in the 14th century. You, too, can see huge volcanic stuff under the water in Seongsan Ilchulbong.

Busan

You have probably heard of Busan in the 2016 hit movie Train to Busan led by Gong Yoo. But far from the zombie-infested town, this city in South Korea holds majestic beauty of mountains, tropical beaches, and ancient Buddhist temples, Trek Effect reported.

Busan is also known for the Busan International Film Festival that will be held in October this year. It also boasts fresh seafood and extreme sports experience like mountain hiking.

Boseong

If you want to get closer to Mother Nature in South Korea, you should visit Boseong. It is filled with green fields that filmmakers, photographers, and sightseers love to visit.

Green tea lovers will also enjoy their stay in Boseong. It is also known as the tea capital of South Korea for its green tea fields and green-tea related delicacies like green tea pork belly and fresh green tea ice-cream.

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