Seoul The six hundred year old capital is rated one of the best cities in the world by tourists. It is a point where the past meets with not just the present but with the future also. This busy city has some amazing skyscrapers and also some ancient alleys like Insadong where they serve traditional treats like barbecued ribs with fresh vegetables and some rice wine. Among the many interesting places to see in Seoul, here are some you shouldn’t miss. Visit the famous 14th century Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces, known for their intricate architecture and design. Also be sure to witness the spectacular ‘changing of guards’ ceremony. Take a walk along the Han River or take a cruise on the river in the evenings to enjoy a beautiful view of a well lit bridge across the river. You can enjoy shopping in the Myeong-dong and Sinsa-dong districts. Seoul is livelier at night than during the day, with many unique night-time activities including a moonlight tour of the Changdeokgung palace. A view of the city from the Namsan Seoul tower (236 meters high) at night will take your breath away. There is plenty more to enjoy at this tower which serves as an entertainment centre.
Busan Busan is Korea’s largest port city with many cultural and heritage sites. It also has very trendy shopping destinations and plenty of seaside attractions for tourists. Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan; it is approximately 1.5 kilometers long and is quite shallow, making it a perfect destination for a swim. There is a yachting dock and an aquarium nearby too. Take a walk around the Dongbaekseom Island, a small interesting island located off one end of the Haeundae Beach. Busan is also beautiful at night with brightly lit buildings and skyscrapers. The lively cafes, bars and restaurants are bound to keep your adrenaline high!
Seoraksan National Park Seoraksan National Park is located in the north eastern part of South Korea and is very scenic because of its rocky landscape, high peaks and oddly shaped rocks. It is rich with dense forests and abundant wildlife. This national park is designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. A main attraction for tourists here is the Seorak Mountain, which peaks at 1,708 metres, and is the third largest mountain peak in Korea. There are a number of beautiful sights to visit in this park including the Gwongeumseong Fortress, situated 860 feet above sea level. There is a cable car facility to behold the fortress as well as the Seorak Mountain. Take a dip in the Osaek Hot Spring within the national park. The waters of this hot spring are known for its distinct flavor and healing properties that do wonders for the skin.
Jeju Jeju is the capital of the Jeju-do Island, the largest island off the peninsula of South Korea. It is a curious destination with scenic beaches, volcanic landscapes, mountains and peaks, caves and craters, hiking trails, casinos and even an erotic themed park called Jeju Love land! Entry to this erotic park is restricted to those who are above 18 only, and it is a popular attraction for honeymooners and others who are looking forward to adding a spark to their lives. There is a safe and nice play area for children outside the Jeju Love land to keep them occupied until you return. Jeju also houses three unique museums- a Teddy Bear museum, O’Sulloc- a tea museum and a Jeju Village Folk Museum. Jeju is so unique that it is considered to be one of the twelve World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.