Seoul plays host to some of the most interesting parks like the Boramae Park, temples like the Mount Inwang and other attractions like the Bukchon and Dongdaemon. But if you’re in the capital for more than a week, you may want to get away from the crowd and explore some of the well-known locations that are only a short distance from the burgeoning capital of South Korea.
As the second largest city of South Korea, Busan has plenty to see and do, primarily known for its beaches. If you’re taking the KTX (Korea Train Express), consider spending the weekend at Busan. For a day trip, book a flight to save up on the travel time.
Step into history by visiting the 1,300-year-old temple of Beomeosa, Busan’s largest historical temple. Located on Yongdo Island, Taejongdae offers spectacular scenery of the bluish-green sea. The best views can be seen through the observation deck of the Yeongdo Lighthouse. If you enjoy delicious varieties of fish, head to the largest seafood market in Korea – Jagalchi Market.
You really don’t have to drink tea to love Boseong. This land of rolling hills blanketed with green tea fields will transport you to a fairy tale garden. Be sure to carry your camera to click some magical photographs, especially during the early morning mist. When in Boseong, dine at a restaurant to sample a local dish injected with green tea leaves.
Make note, many hotels in Seoul can arrange day trips to various destinations outside Seoul.
With just a short distance from Seoul, the alluring cherry blossom tree at Jinhae are a feast to the eyes. If possible, avoid the festival time, as the area is brimming with tourists. To add a little adventure, hike mount Jangbok where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the cherry blossoms without the hassle of being overrun.
The time to Nami Island from Central Seoul takes about three hours. Nami Island is a perfect place where you can experience the Korean culture and nature. Many guests come here to see the location of the mega-hit Winter Sonata but adventurers can rent a bike or stroll along the walking paths. The kids will enjoy the theme parks featuring merry-go rounds and outdoor pool.
After touring Seoul, chances are you may want to unwind at one of the most famous white sandy beaches of South Korea – Haeundae Beach just off Busan Station. The beach is touristy during the summer between June and August but no matter what time of the year you visit, there is always a festival to celebrate.
Jisan Forest Resort
About 40 minutes from Seoul, Jisan Forest Resort is nestled in a pine forest. Ideal for visitors seeking a unique experience, the slopes are open to snowboarders and skiing. Some of the nearby attractions are Icheon Pottery Village, Korean Folk Village and Everland. A day trip might be too less to explore the region, so consider making a visit over the weekend.
With an excellent public transportation system in Seoul, visitors will find no trouble in commuting around the city. Have you visited Seoul? What are the best experiences you’ve had?
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