Exploring South Korea
by Delia Toh
Once you arrive in South Korea, Seoul's intriguing culture and attractions are the first that will greet you. Let us take you around.
Gwanghuamun: This houses the various royal palaces in Korea's history. Visit the Gyeongbokgung, the royal residences that were destroyed by the Imjin Waeran War with Japan in 1592. It was not until 1865 that the then Regent Daewon-gun rebuilt the palace for his son, King Gojong. The National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum are also housed In this palace, to give visitors a better sense of the culture and lifestyles of Korean royalty.
Korean Folk Village: Step into the intriguing and fascinating world of Old Korea as you venture into
the Korean Folk village to experience and witness the livelihood of Korean peasants during the imperial era. Not only will you gain insight into how Koreans reared and raised their own poultry, you will also get a glimpse into the traditional recreational activities of Koreans back then, without the Internet and phones. Also, see what a traditional Korean household was like and what musical instruments were popular in the country.
Your next stop after Seoul may be Pusan or Daegu, which is highly recommended as it is famous for the great natural scenery and for being a great cultural hub.
Gyeongju: Gyeongju is a famous city that harbours many tombs, rock structures, religious buildings, and the like. Also known as the “museum without walls”, it is an ideal location for one to take in the history, culture and archeology of South Korea. It had been the capital of the Korean Peninsular during the Shilla Dynasty (7th Century AD). You can also admire the architecture of the Joseon Dynasty in this part of South Korea.
Pusan tower: This is where visitors are mesmerised by the beautiful panoramic view of the entire city of Pusan from the top of the 120-meter infrastructure. Within view are the busy Busan port, the sea at Yeongdu, and the whole of the Mount Yongdu park. If you visit the tower at night, admire the glamorous city lights reflect the prosperity of this South Korean city.
Take a domestic flight to the famous Jeju Island, a popular destination for locals and those who want a peaceful and quiet time away from the fast-paced mainland.
Jeju-si: Also known as Jeju City, this is the capital of the island, located on the northeastern shore. Visit the picturesque seafront for a great view of the shoreline. Alternatively, if you're keen on getting in touch of the culture of the people, head to the Samseonghyeol Shrine, where the spirits of Jeju Island's first ancestors are exalted.
Folklore and Natural History Museum: This museum in Sinsan is the place for all to experience, witness and the enjoy the grand view of the majestic volcanoes of the island, most of which have been dormant for about 1000 years. You can also take photos with the large variety of flora and fauna that reside in this area.
Seongsan Sunrise Peak: This is a great spot for watching the sunrise and for beautiful photos.