SOUTH KOREA FAQ`S
What is South Korea known for?
South Korea is the third-largest country in Asia and the seventh-largest importer in the world home of k-pop, cosmetics, Samsung and Hyundai, and other top products like computers, phones, electronics, and cars. The country is filled with traditional architecture and World Heritage Sites including Changdeokgung, Seoul`s most attractive palace. The fascinating sight of Seokbul-sa which is hidden in the mountain tops of Busan with temples perched on top of massive cliffs. South Korea is filled with an abundance of outstanding outdoor activities such as the Jeju Olle Trail, an excellent set of hiking routes around the volcanic island surroundings. The Han River Pedal offers cycling lanes along the river that link to verdant sprawling parks. Exploring Wolchulsan National Park with its 170-foot high bridge is a great outdoor activity with walking and cycling options. Hiking next to the Namhansanseong 17th century fortress walls with stunning scenic surroundings.
Shop until you drop at some of the fabulous markets in the country Namdaemun Market is open 24 hours boasting over 10,000 stores. Unique finds can be bought at Icheon Ceramic Village like traditional kilns, and handmade pots. Dine on delicious cuisine including fresh seafood and green tea ice cream. Jeonju is Korea`s famous culinary hotspot serving up bibimbap. Visit fascinating museums such as the National Museum of Korea overflowing with national treasures, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art with a broad collection of art from ancient to contemporary. The city of Seoul is filled with contemporary sleek buildings such as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park Zaha Hadid sci-fi building, and the Seoul City Hall features a giant glass wave.
What are the best places to visit in South Korea?
Seoul is South Korea`s stunning capital and largest city filled with towering skyscrapers, elegant Palaces, Buddhist temples and some of the best street food in the world. There are stunning natural landscapes in the city with beautiful parks, mountains and forests filled with adventure. The vibrant, bustling metropolis offers a great nightlife, galleries, popular Night Street Markets and history hidden around every corner. Busan is a major metropolitan city also known as Pusan, South Korea`s largest port city and known as the summer capital attracting tourists from all over the country to its six beautiful beaches. Gimhae is 12 miles away from Busan and home to the tomb of King Suro. Jeju Island is located in the Korea Strait 60 miles offshore, a place of fantasy and mystery, the largest island in Korea. The island boasts a temperate climate, stunning natural scenery and breathtaking beaches, the perfect destination to spend a romantic getaway.
When is the best time to visit South Korea?
The two main seasons that are popular times to visit South Korea are during the spring months of April, May, and June and the autumn months of September, October, and November when the weather is typically sunny and dry with comfortable temperatures. The country features four distinct seasons and regional temperatures depend on the altitudinous interior and the warmer, windy coastline.
April - June springtime This is one of the best times of year to visit South Korea boasting daily average temperatures of 59-64 degrees. Vibrant flowers bloom in the springtime and the stunning pink cherry blossom blooms can be seen, especially in Gyeongju. There are many festivals and events during this time of year and the verdant countryside and hills are great for exploring the national parks like Songnisan and Seoraksan. Days can be filled with sunshine and accommodations and attractions can be crowded.
July - August - Summertime Summertime in South Korea lasts from July to August with daily average temperatures ranging from 73-86 making it the hottest time of the year. Summer also brings the rain and monsoon season with this being the wettest time of the year with the most rainfall. It can be humid during the summer months when the beautiful beaches and coastal cities can be enjoyed at places such as the famous Haeundae Beach and the holiday islands of Jeju.
September - November - Autumn The autumn months bring lots of vibrant colors to South Korea with spectacular shades of orange, red, and yellow with the trees changing and leaves falling around the stunning national parks. The weather during this time is a mile with average daily temperatures ranging from 66-69 degrees and low rainfall. This is still a good time to visit the islands and beaches along with attending fun festivals.
December - March - Winter Wintertime in South Korea brings plummeting temperatures as low as -4 degrees in the northern regions of Gangwon-do the temperatures on the coast and the Island of Jeju can be much milder in the wintertime. Snowfall comes during these months which creates stunning scenes, winter sports, and resorts to enjoy.
How many days should I spend in South Korea?
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
What is the best way to get around South Korea?
Ferries in South Korea connect the mainland to hundreds of offshore islands. An extensive network with services from the major ferry terminals at Incheon`s Yeoman Pier, Daecheon Harbor, Busan, Jeju-do, Mokpo, Yeosu, and more connect passengers to the offshore islands and also provide international travel on the waters.
By Train: South Korea features famous high-speed bullet trains called the KTX which connect Seoul to Busan with a journey taking less than 3 hours. The KTX also connects major cities throughout South Korea with an extensive rail network onboard modern trains that are prompt, quiet, and clean with tickets available for purchase at trains stations or in advance online, as well as the KORAIL rail pass.
What is the currency of South Korea?
The official currency in South Korea is the Won (KRW) or Korean Republic Won. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand and be prepared to exchange your dollars to Won upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and bank locations through the city, ATM`s are widespread. ATM`s and CD`s (cash dispensers) can be found in major train and bus stations, department stores, and banks throughout the city. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in South Korea.
Do people speak English in South Korea?
The official language spoken in South Korea is Korean. Many Koreans speak English especially the younger generation due to English being taught in schools; however, the older generation tends to struggle with the English language. You will find that staff at most tourism-related venues (hotels, restaurants) speak English, we suggest you get a good English-Korean guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, thank you, excuse me and the numbers 1 - 10.