South Korea offers a dazzling range of high tech cities, stunning landscapes, amazing food and 5 000 years of culture & history
South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarised borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its awesome food, coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul.
Fly to the Incheon International Airport. Incheon borders the capital of Seoul and has long been a transportation hub. Sample some fresh seafood at the Incheon Fish Market and fantastic food in Chinatown. Yeonan Pier is the starting point for many boat tours. Incheon is also known for its beach-lined islands, including Yeongjong and Muui-dong.
SLEEP AT GYEONGWONJAE AMBASSADOR INCHEON
Korean experience. Experience the true Korean way of living at Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon with traditional Korean architecture. The hotel offers exclusive rooms, suites and villas with unique Korean Ondol floor heating and Korean style beds. Besides being close to Convesia Conference Center, explore the Central Park and water activities like water taxi, kayaking or shopping at NC Cube mall.
EAT AT GONGHWACHUN
Authentic & traditional. Gonghwachun is the place for traditional black soybean noodles in a lovely traditional atmosphere in Chinatown (the restaurant’s original site is now the Jajangmyeon Museum, two stories full of noodle history), this is a cultural experience in a bowl.
SEOUL (ONE HOUR BY TRAIN FROM INCHEON)
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees.
SLEEP AT FRASER PLACE CENTRAL SEOUL
Perfect location. Set against South Korea’s indigenous cultural background, Fraser Place Central, Seoul is a serviced residence which offers a seamless blend of comfort and convenience in Seoul for you and your family.
EAT AT GOGUNG MYEONGDONG
Authentic Korean. Savor the flavors of authentic Korean Bibimbap with a visit to Gogung Myeongdong, Seoul, which uses fresh ingredients shipped directly from Jeonju Province
PLAY AT DMZ SPY TOUR
All the fun without the stress. The 38th parallel divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It was the original boundary between the United States and Soviet brief administration areas of Korea at the end of World War 2. Upon the creation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea in 1948, it became a de facto international border and one of the most tense fronts in the Cold War.
PLAY AT SWEETRAVEL KOREA
Amazing tours. Sweetravel Korea is a travel consulting agency located in Seoul, Korea since 2008. They are official member of the KTO (Korea Travel Organization) and have experienced travel consultants and tour guides They provide various kind of Korean tours (Korea free and easy, private custom tours). They also share Korean travel information and news so that you can plan your trip to Korea.
BUSAN (40 MIN FLIGHT OR 2 ½ HOURS BY TRAIN FROM SEOUL)
Busan, a large port city in South Korea, is known for its beaches, mountains and temples. Busy Haeundae Beach features the Sea Life Aquarium, plus a Folk Square with traditional games such as tug-of-war, while Gwangalli Beach has many bars and views of the modern Diamond Bridge. Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in 678 A.D., is at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which has hiking trails. One of the most original and unique temples in South Korea, Haedong Yunggungsa Temple (photo above) is located on the coastline overlooking the East Sea and Songjeong beach. This magnificent temple is also called “The Water Temple”, for its location and the breathtaking views it offers.
SLEEP AT HOUND HOTEL GWANGAN
Excellent location. Hound Hotel Gwangan is a boutique hotel that combines design with beautiful views and prime waterfront location. Hound Hotel Gwangan is situated less than 100 metres from Gwangalli Beach and 400 metres from Geumnyeonsan Subway Station (Busan Line 2). The hotel boasts a rooftop terrace overlooking the beach.
EAT AT SAMOJEONG
Authentic cuisine. Samojeong has been open since 1963 serving authentic Korean dishes using local ingredients. Warm and tender flavor is included in every bowl of the samoi. It is recommended that you share a delicious meal with a variety of people, including family and friends. The signature dish at Samojeong is ginseng chicken soup with rice.
PLAY AT BUSAN COOKING CLASS
Authentic cooking experience. Busan Cooking Class would like you to experience a real local taste by joining them. At Busan Cooking Class, you will learn about Busan's food culture and make a full Korean meal under the guidance of an experienced local chef. Then you will enjoy your creation accompanied by local rice wine and finish the course with local tea ceremony.
JEJU ISLAND (50 MIN FLIGHT FROM BUSAN)
Jevu Island is known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes. Hallasan Mountain, a dormant volcano, features hiking trails, a crater lake at the 1,950m summit and nearby Gwaneumsa Temple. The Geomunoreum Lava Tube System includes 7km-long Manjanggul Cave, created centuries ago when Hallasan was still active.
SLEEP AT HOTEL REGENTMARINE JEJU
Magnificent views and unforgettable experience. Escape the daily grind with a trip to the magical coast of Jeju Island, where the sea breeze and waves carry off your worries and replace them with lifelong memories. This is where Hotel RegentMarine stories begin. Let their outstanding service and cozy ambience illuminate your stay, bringing new and exciting experiences in Jeju.
EAT AT MYEONG JIN JEON BOK
Abalone feast. Located on the eastern side of Jeju Island, Myeong Jin Jeon Bok is probably the best well-known eatery to serve not just only abalone porridge, but an abalone feast. Not only it is popular among Koreans, it has also become the mandatory eatery for tourists to experience dining like a local.
PLAY AT MAGPIE BREWING CO
Great craft beers. Magpie was started in 2011 by four friends in a quiet alley in Seoul and along the way helped spark an explosion of craft beer. In Korea, the magpie is known to herald good news; like the bird, it's Magpie's mission to spread great beer and craft beer culture across the country.