South Korea is a place of wonderful contrasts which you can experience and admire on the many private guided tours found here.
South Korea is the southern part of the Korean Peninsula which has been known as the “Shrimp between Whales” since quoted in a proverb due to the larger than life and major countries of China, Japan and the former Soviet Union surrounding it.
This peninsula is made up of North Korea and South Korea and where the contrast starts as North and South could not be more different with the biggest contrast being the people of South Korea being free while the people of North Korea are oppressed.
The modern world and Ancient history co-exist perfectly in South Korea which along with the natural wonders makes it a fascinating and unique destination to see on sightseeing tours or on adventurous activity tours. It is the land of “10,000” with 10,000 peaks, 10,000 waterfalls and 10,000 islands all waiting to be explored! Read More...
The different provinces and cities of South Korea offer mystery, culture, history, adventure, relaxation, fun but best of all it is a place that is largely unexplored and often forgotten as a destination of the tourist trail.
The capital city, Seoul, is high-tech subways, skyscrapers but also historic Palaces and Buddhist temples with guaranteed excellent night time fun.
In the south, Jeju-do has beautiful beaches and volcanic landscapes while in the northeast there are the rocky mountains of Seoraksan National Park. In Central South Korean provinces of Chungcheong, you can find the vast ginseng fields which spread between the ancient capitals or in the provinces of Jeolla on the south western side explore some of the 3,000 solitary islands.
There are things to see and do for all tastes in South Korea and beauty that comes in many different forms.
Top 10 Things to Do in South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul
During the Joseon Dynasty, the Gyeongbokgung Palace was the principal residence of the Royle Family. On a guided tour visit the vast area and array of buildings which are unique to this Palace with each having a particular use. This Palace is the only one to have all of its four major gates still standing. Enjoy seeing the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony or experience the spectacular cultural performances when you visit.
N Seoul Tower - Seoul
When you visit the city of Seoul, it will be hard to miss the N Seoul Tower, especially at night when it is lit up. This is a landmark attraction that must be seen on any sightseeing tour located on top of Namsan Mountain, in the centre of the city. A major feature of the tower is the observation deck where you can see the most spectacular views. There are also cafes and restaurants so you can combine socializing with amazing views.
Seoraksan National Park - Gangwon
Take a sightseeing tour of Seoraksan National Park and be amazed at fabulous landscape and scenery. There are excellent hiking tours to venture on in this park with the number of fantastic peaks to ascend. You can come upon some of the 2,000 animal species living here such as Musk deer or the Kore Goral or admire a variety of the (approximately) 1,400 rare species of plant which include Edelweiss.
Manjanggul Cave- Jeju do
A fascinating guided tour or adventure tour is of Manjanggul Cave. It is among the worlds finest lava tunnels which are why it was designated as a natural monument. There is a variety of structures to admire including lava stalagmites. Inside the tunnel, the temperature ranges from 11-21 degrees Celsius which is comfortable to tour around. Living in the tunnel are rare animals such as bats.
Changdeokgung Palace - Seoul
On a private guided tour, visit one of the Five Grand Palaces which were built by the Joseon Dynasty kings, the Changdeokgung Palace. It is located in Jongno-gu, a large park, in Seoul. There are many fabulous original features found in the Palace thanks to it being so well preserved. Another virtue of this palace is the way the buildings architecture and design blends harmoniously with the landscape.
Bulguksa - Gyeongju
One of Korea’s most often visited temples and among the largest, Bulguksa is located on the side to Them mountain east of Gyeongju. There is a possibility that this temple is the oldest surviving temples in the country if legends are to be believed. The area around the temple is where you will find six Korean National Treasures which include Dabatap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, two statutes of Buddha and the Blue Cloud Bridge.
Namiseom Island came into being as a result of the Cheongpyeong Dam. It is in the shape of a half moon and a great place to visit on a sightseeing tour. One thing you may notice here is that there are no telephone poles because all the wires were buried underground so not to upset the natural landscape. There are many great activities to do here which include water-sports, roller skating and a shooting range to name a few.
Taejongdae Park - Busan
A beautiful and interesting place to visit while on a sightseeing tour is Taejongdae Park in Busan. This is a natural park located at the tip of Yeongdo-gu. There are many great activities to do here which include walking trails to an observatory along the rocky cliff face, a shooting range and boat cruises. Relax in the hot springs or be fascinated in the museums. The views from here are spectacular.
Hallasan - Jeju Island
The highest mountain found in South Korea is Hallasan which is a shield volcano located on Jeju Island. The area around this mountain makes up Hallasan National Park. On an adventurous activity tour of Hallasan mountain, you can hike, bike or climb. There are some 4,000 species of animals and over 1,800 plant species living here, helped by the varying temperatures along the mountainside.
Hahoe Folk Villge - Andong
Take a cultural tour to the Hahoe Folk Village which is a traditional Joseon Dynasty village. This is the place to visit where you can see what life was like before the skyscrapers and hi-tech. The village is still in the same state it was some several hundred years ago. Learn the history and how they handcraft items along with other traditions. It is a popular place as a tv and film location too.