For many, travel to Asia usually consists of hotspots like Singapore, Japan or Thailand. They often skip over an Asian gem that’s filled with, culture and and adventures waiting to be discovered.
South Korea offers more than what meets the eye. From quirky events like the Boryeong Mud Festival to remote islands, diverse nature, mouth-watering culinary experiences, and even surprising activities like skiing in Pyeongchang county (which once played host to the Winter Olympics), its easy to fall in love with Korean culture.
Content creator Rianna (@rianna_gallery) recently visited South Korea and from the moment she arrived, she couldn’t get enough of the country’s beauty. “Everything is so pretty in South Korea I’m obsessed. My battery dies twice a day because I’ve been taken so many photos and videos,” she says.
Want to know why travelers like Rianna are falling head over heels for South Korea? Check out a few photos from her journey and grab some tips from our exclusive guide, so that you can plan your own Asian adventure and find out for yourself!
Welcome to South Korea
Despite being known as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” the buzzing and vibrant streets of South Korea are anything but calm. With 5000 years of culture and history under its belt, Korea is a bustling metropolis filled with diverse landscapes that go from dense forests and serene villages to remote islands and busy city streets filled with locals on their grind. The best times to visit are from March to May and from September to November when the weather is warm and travel deals are up for grabs. 1 South Korean Won equals 0.000855608 USD, so your visit will be very budget-friendly.
Escape the hustle and bustle of major cities like Seoul and Busan and head to the island of Jeju for some rest and relaxation. The luxe Shilla Jeju is perfect for solo escapes, baecations and even families looking for some quality time together.
Crazy For Chicken
Food in South Korea is definitely some of the healthiest you’ll find, mainly due to their emphasis on vegetables in nearly every dish. However, despite their healthy cooking style and obsession with Kimichi (there are over 100 different varieties), the one food the country has become known for among travelers is…fried chicken. Ask anyone who has been lucky enough to try it and they’ll agree, Korean fried chicken is some of the best in the world. Just don’t tell your momma or grandma!
Jeju Island is known for its beaches, but in the island’s second-largest city, Seogwipo, nature lovers will find lush parks, waterfalls, and scenic hiking trails that show a different side to the beauty of South Korea.