South Korea


Pop culture, award-winning dramas, untainted values, and unparalleled landscapes-- South Korea is a feast to the senses and is now every generation’s dream country to visit. With Seoul as its capital, millions of people flock to this country to get a glimpse of the land where their K-Pop idols where born, visit the locations where their favorite K-Dramas were shot and eat authentic Korean dishes. But aside from this, people go to Korea to tour the tourist spots and make memories with their families and friends.

At A Glance

korea street at night

When planning for a trip, the most basic question is “what could be the things to do in the place?” South Korea offers a variety of activities for every tourist. Visiting historical sites, eating your way around the country, trying your hand at their traditional arts, and enjoying the great outdoors are only some of the treats you’ll get yourself into. It’s not enough that you see Korean attractions, you have to do something to get a wholesome experience. Try staying in a traditional house during your vacation, make your own paper dolls and bring it home as a souvenir or a gift, and get your photo taken while wearing a traditional hanbok. With these experiences, you’ll feel like you’re straight out of a Korean Drama!

How to Go to Korea

It only takes around 4 hours from Manila to Seoul, Korea. That’s why traveling by plane is the most convenient way to go. There are daily flights offered by Cebu Pacific Airways, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, and Jeju Air. Aside from Seoul, you can also book a flight to the nearest airport to wherever part of South Korea you’re going. Booking direct flights can help you save for airfare and transfer transportations.

Getting Around

With Korea’s efficient railway system, getting around by train is one of the most convenient ways to hop from one destination to another. It’s comfortable, affordable, and it’s arrival and departure are not subjected by traffic. There are express trains that can take you from one city to another. The subway system is also one of the most favored ways of getting around cities. It’s available in five major cities. Buses are also an alternative mode of transportation. With city buses and express or intercity buses, it’s one of the readily available modes of commuting. Aside from these, there are also metered taxis and car rentals.

Tourist Attractions

2 girls wearing hanbok at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Traveling to Korea and making an itinerary can be quite challenging. With so many places to visit and lots of activities to try, you’ll never be able to finish them all in a short period of time. Well, the answer to this problem is easy: you just have to come back for more! In the meantime, here are some of Korea’s best that you shouldn’t miss.

  • Gyeongbukgong Palace
  • During the Joseon Dynasty, this palace was the main legal residence of the royal family. The palace grounds have beautiful restored buildings that have unique purposes. Before entering the palace, visitors gather at the Gwanghwamun Gate to watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony.

  • Tokyo National Museum
  • Being one of Japan's oldest and best museums, the Tokyo National Museum is a sight to behold. It features one of the largest and best collections of art and archeological artifacts including national treasure. Travel back in time and get an idea of what Japan was like all those years ago as you visit their national museum.

  • Namsan Seoul Tower
  • Located at the top of Namsan Mountain, this tower boasts a beautiful view of the city. It has an observation deck, cafes, and restaurants where you can grab a bite while taking in Seoul's panoramic view. Couples make it a point to visit this tower because of the love locks which symbolizes endless love for each other. Legends say that when lovers make a wish while on top of a mountain, it comes true.

  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Visiting Korea will be incomplete without seeing traditional houses. The Bukchon Hanok Village showcases the houses where the relatives of the royal family lived. They’re grand and very scenic that are sure to give you amazing photos and will leave you in awe.

  • Namiseom Island
  • Take time to recharge in the midst of nature and Namiseom Island is the perfect avenue to do this. It's filled with beautiful natural landscapes that change as the seasons do. This island is the result of the creation of the Cheongpyeong Dam which elevated the surrounding water level. While in the area, don't forget to try its famous pan-fried rice cake.

  • Chandeokgung Palace and Huwon
  • Built in the early Joseon period, this palace boasts a majestic harmony with nature. It has magnificent ponds, pavilions, gardens, and rock formations that are an extraordinary sight to see. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1997 and it's the perfect place to discover Korea's charm.

Travel Seasons

cherry blossoms at seoul korea forest public park

Located in East Asia, Korea’s weather is influenced by its four seasons. No matter what season you might be going there’s always something to look forward to. But the best time to go to Korea is during Autumn when the weather is cool and the leaves of the trees turn to a lovely shade for red, orange, and yellow. There are fewer rainfalls and there are lots of festivals. Spring is also a good season to visit, so you can catch their cherry blossoms in full swing. This is a great opportunity to visit national parks, gardens, and mountains. However, take note that one of the most popular months to visit is May.

Korea Travel Tips

  • Learn the most commonly used phrases in the Korean language, Hangul. This way, you can communicate easier to locals who don't know how to speak in English.
  • Read a little about Korea's history. This will make you appreciate more the places you're visiting and make your vacation more memorable.
  • Ticket reservations for train rides are a good idea especially if you're traveling during rush hour.