What to do and see in South Korea: The Best Places and Tips

December 30, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

South Korea from Asia region, is best know for Mass Transportation Systems. Discover best things to do in South Korea with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Seoul Metro

Seoul, South Korea +82 10-9980-7290
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Seoul Metro

Reviewed By 232423 - wiltshire

Very clean subway system that is easy to navigate once you get used to it. The trains are incredibly prompt and you'll hear a lovely jingle before your train arrives. The map lights up on board so its really clear which stop is coming up next. The stations are very clean and you'll actively see cleaners wiping down the subways on a daily basis (London could learn a thing or two from this). We're not sure if its permitted or not but we never saw anyone eating or drinking on the subway and we used it a lot, so its something to be way of.
The underground stations are HUGE and take 5-10 minutes walking when you're swapping lines, something to think about if you're in a hurry.
You have to use the T Money card to use the subway, topping up at stations or convenience stores with cash.
Also - absolutely do not sit in the seats designated for the elderly/pregnant (even if they are empty during your trip). This is frowned upon.

2. Seoraksan National Park

Sokcho, Gangwon-do, South Korea +82 33-636-4300
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 806 reviews

Seoraksan National Park

Reviewed By werner867 - Niedernhausen, Germany

We planned our tour to South Korea to see the coloured leaves in fall. That is the season to go there. We were not the only ones. Bus loads of Koreans had the same idea, all dressed in expensive and professional outdoor equipment. We thought all intended for expeditions in the Himalayas. Trekking in that park is very popular, and a visit is worth the detour.

3. Seongsan Ilchulbong

104 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju Island, South Korea +82 64-7106-6556
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Seongsan Ilchulbong

Reviewed By Keith K - Penang Island, Malaysia

This is one of the new world wonders and indeed it's a beautiful mountain with flights of stairs to climb. It's a good exercise as the weather was nice and breezy. The bird eye view was great but the peak, to me, was a bit disappointing.

4. Hallasan National Park

Jeju, Jeju Island, South Korea +82 64-713-9950
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 806 reviews

Hallasan National Park

Reviewed By Ancoja

I was hesitating to climb the mountain in the winter, but it is definitely a must do! It was so amazing with the snow. The path itself was 'easy' to walk and to follow. Tip: buy crampons at the start of the trail (12,000 krw (I think) for the cheap ones).

5. Naksansa Temple

Jeonjin 1-ri, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do 215-853, South Korea +82 33-672-2447
Excellent
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Naksansa Temple

Reviewed By nlaykhim - Singapore

The Uisangdae Pavilion is under construction; what a pity!
Nevertheless our guide recommended that we visit Hongryeonam (small temple built in a stone cave) instead. The grounds were serene and peaceful, but the views were not exactly what I had been expecting. All my photos had evidence of the construction works going on. So if you are visiting for the views, perhaps do check when the construction will be completed.
We spent some time in the tea house instead. Hmmm...Korean tea has a strong taste, and takes a while to be accustomed to. I tried two different flavours and didn't like either of them.

6. UN Memorial Cemetery

93, UN pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 48529, South Korea +82 51-625-0625
Excellent
62%
Good
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4.5 based on 356 reviews

UN Memorial Cemetery

Reviewed By 494irenev

This place looks gorgeous when we got to visit, with an array of fresh blooms planted on each grave. It was a wonderful sight and I am happy to have seen it. Among the different flags erected in the site is one of my country - the Philippines!

7. Ilsan Lake Park

Ilsandong-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea +82 31-909-9000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Ilsan Lake Park

Reviewed By SixpackDC - Washington, DC

This is a man-made lake...with a nice walking path. It is fairly large...on the north shore of the lake, there are some nice places to eat/shop. Not particularly exciting but if you are in Ilsan, this is just about the only place to go.

8. Gyeongju National Museum

186 Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38171, South Korea +82 54-740-7500
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 434 reviews

Gyeongju National Museum

Reviewed By fiamma11 - Vienna, Virginia

If interested in Korean history or culture, or the Silla Kingdom, this is a fabulous museum. It is a small gem but it has a lot to offer. Not to be missed.

9. Haeinsa Temple

122, Haeinsa-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-Gun, Gyeongsangnam-do 50200, South Korea +82 55-934-3000
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Haeinsa Temple

The depository of Tripitaka Koreana, the famous collection of Buddhist texts on woodblocks.

Reviewed By gyanfernando - Exeter, United Kingdom

We were here as a group for an overnight temple stay.
The location is beautiful as is the temple and the Gardens. Temple stay rules are fairly strict. No smoking, no alcohol and the sexes are segregated at night (even married couples).
Food is basic and vegetarian. You eat what the monks eat but you can bring in your own snacks. Beware that there are no food outlets nearby.
Lights out at 9 pm and you sleep on thin mattresses on the floor.
The temple houses a unique copy of the "Tripitaka", a Buddhist text, carved on to wooden plates. These are not accessible to the public but may be glimpsed through the ventilation slats of the ancient building which houses them.
You can opt out of some activities but it is worth getting up at 3 am to watch the beating of the massive temple drum and take part in the chanting and meditation.

10. Daewangam Park

Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea +82 62-650-5000
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Daewangam Park

Reviewed By LASeoulGuy - Seoul, South Korea

This is a wonderful park in the Dong-gu area of Ulsan. You walk along a 1-km trail. You'll pass pine trees, cherry blossoms, and magnolias. One you get there, you'll see Ulgi Lighthouse. But the best part is when you walk down from the lighthouse to Daewangam Island, which is a rock island connected to an iron bridge. You can get great shots of the bridge and ocean. This place is popular to the locals and understandably so!

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