대한민국 South Korea

Who else has fell in love with South Korea after watching the winter Olympics? The beautiful people, gorgeous natural attractions, delicious foods and incredibly rich culture and history. A quick google search and look on Tripadvisor, had me even more in love. After I fell down the rabbit hole hole that is South Korea, I explored airfares and accommodation and found the results to be rather affordable, at least when flying from a468621c4e488fbeab64aee881e703b2Australia. In terms of accommodation, as with any country, the capital cities and more ‘touristy’ cities, are on the more expensive side, Airbnb does seem to be a cheaper alternative to hotels and resorts. Whilst for many, Airbnb does not seem appealing, it is a great way to indulge in their culture, perhaps even have your own tour guide and most are incredibly helpful with transport and providing insight into attractions. In this post I have included some of the most popular attractions and interesting travelling facts, hope you enjoy! 🙂 beginning

It is immediately obvious that South Korea is popular for winter activities, skiing, skating etc. But one of the most popular tourism draw cards is their annual Boryeong Mud Festival, beginning in 1998, it has now attracted over 2.5 million tourists. This Summer festival takes place Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, tourists flock to Boryeong for the incredible skin health benefits from their internationally recognised mud flats. Away from the health benefits, it is just as fun to go back to our child hood and play in the mud and indulge in some mud wrestling.south-korea6-1280px

From mud wrestling to the world famous ‘Everland’ theme park. Just looking at photos of Everland gets me as excited as I was standing at the gates of Disneyland. Mud wrestling in HUGE theme parks- is South Korea an excuse for adults to go back to childhood? Is South Korea the new treatment for being young forever? Just give me a minute, I am going to pack my bags! Everland, located in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do, is one of the most popular in the world. It hosts a wide array of attractions from a zoo, a water park, thrill seeker rides to their amazing themed festivals such as Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, Summer Splash etc.

South Korea’s capitol, Seoul, it is no lie that Seoul arguably hosts some of the best cultural and historical attractions, not to mention natural attractions. Not many capital cities host such beautiful natural attractions as close as Seoul does, with Bukhansan being the most well known attraction, meaning ‘mountains of the North Han river’. It’s stunning views, snow capped hills, temples and gorgeous flora make for an unbelievable hike. With so many trails, you can easily decide between a longer and shorter hike. Its popularity soars of a weekend so weekdays are recommended however with so many trails you can pick one of the more quieter ones. The view looks absolutely stunning which is possibly why more than 10 million people visit Bukhansan a year.

Lastly, one of my personal favourites is the Korean Folk Village. What better way to get truly involved in the Korean culture, particularly their ancient culture. Described as a living museum, is like a walk back in time, as you get lost in the huge area and beautiful structures. As stunning in Winter as it is in Summer, you will surely get lost in this interactive museum. From watching performances such as funambulism, horse martial arts, farm music and Korean characters, to imagining that you are living in this quaint picturesque village you will not be bored.140731_korea_mountain_3.jpg

There is so much more that attracts tourists to South Korea, I have barely even scratched the surface in fact their food culture, theatre shows and not to mention a military and ‘North Korean spy tour’. South Korea has just bumped up some spots in my bucket list, its incredible beauty and culture is addicting and I can’t wait till I can travel there.

Have you been to South Korea or have you fell in love with it like me? Let me know in the comments below. 평화 (pyeonghwa),

Hippie 🙂

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