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What are the must-visit attractions in South Korea?

Where do I even begin? There are so many tourist attractions in South Korea. For nature lovers, a trip to Jeju Island is an absolute must. Explore the stunning landscapes of Hallasan National Park and marvel at the breathtaking landscape across the island. A visit to Seoul and Busan has to be on your South Korea itinerary! There’s a lot more countryside charm to explore in South Korea, for a custom South Korea itinerary reach out to me. 

What is the best time of year to visit South Korea?

Having spent two weeks exploring South Korea, I can confidently say that the best time to visit South Korea is during the autumn months. Autumn in South Korea pans from late September to November, with the foliage turning vibrant shades of red and orange the landscape is stunning! It’s also the best time to hike in South Korea to view the fall foliage at its peak. Another option is Spring April to June, which brings cherry blossoms in full bloom, painting the country in shades of pink and white.

How do I get around South Korea using public transportation?

One word: convenient! South Korea boasts an extensive and efficient public transportation system that makes getting around a breeze. The subway systems in cities like Seoul are clean, safe, and easy to navigate, thanks to English signage and announcements. Plus, buses and trains connect even the most remote corners of the country, allowing you to explore with ease. Just get a T-money card to pay for all transport to avoid buying single-journey tickets. 

Is it safe to travel alone in South Korea?

As a solo traveller myself, I felt incredibly safe exploring South Korea. The country has a low crime rate and, is known for its welcoming and hospitable locals. That said always be vigilant on the go exactly how would be in your home country. 

What are some popular festivals or events in South Korea?

South Korea knows how to throw a party, and there are plenty of festivals and events to keep you entertained throughout the year. One of the most famous is the Boryeong Mud Festival, held every summer on the beaches of Boryeong. 

Another must-see event is the Seoul Lantern Festival. And let’s not forget about the cherry blossom festivals in spring—picture-perfect scenes of pink blossoms in full bloom, accompanied by music, food, and festivities.

How much should I budget for a trip to South Korea?

Budgeting for your trip to South Korea depends on your travel style and preferences. As a rough estimate, budget travellers can expect to spend around $70 to $100 per day, which should cover accommodation, food, transportation, and activities. If you’re looking to splurge a bit more on luxury accommodations or fine dining, you may want to budget closer to $200 and more. 

Are credit cards widely accepted in South Korea?

Yes, all international credit cards are widely accepted in South Korea. During my travels I rarely needed cash. Except for small street-side vendors and food markets. 

What are some recommended souvenirs to buy in South Korea?

Shopping in South Korea is a delight! So be sure to budget that in your trip expenses. Some popular items include traditional hanbok clothing, cute K-pop merchandise, and beautiful Korean ceramics. Foodies will love stocking up on jars of kimchi and packets of delicious Korean snacks to enjoy back home. And one just can not leave South Korea without grabbing some extraordinary Korean skin care products. 

Is it easy to find English-speaking locals or signage in South Korea?

While English may not be as widely spoken as in some other countries, you’ll still find plenty of English-speaking locals, especially in tourist areas and major cities. Most signage and public transportation announcements are also in English, making it easy to get around and communicate with locals.

Are there any cultural sites or historical landmarks that are UNESCO World Heritage sites in South Korea?

South Korea is home to an impressive number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each offering a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture. Some notable sites include the historic villages of Hahoe and Yangdong, the stunning volcanic landscapes of Jeju Island, and the majestic Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul. 

What are some outdoor activities or natural attractions to explore in South Korea?

Hiking is a popular activity in South Korea, with trails ranging from gentle walks to challenging treks. Mount Seorak, Mount Hallasan and Bukhansan National Park are must-visit hikes in South Korea. If you prefer water activities, head to the coastal city of Busan for some sun, sand, and surf.