Discover 5000 years of rich culture, stunning landscapes & the best fashion pack. South Korea is perfect for those on a budget or those looking for a luxury vacay. The country is light years ahead when it comes to technology. Here’s a list of the top 5 reasons why South Korea should be added to your bucket list this year and no, K-Pop is definitely not one of them.
Did you know that South Korea is home to 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? South Korea is rich in heritage, from temples to historic villages to tombs and much more, South Korea is now bumped up to being the world’s most UNESCO-dense countries. Visit the Changdeokgung Palace Complex located within a park which also happens to be one of five palaces built for by the Joseon Dynasty. Other must-visit places are the Haeinsa Temple, where you’ll come across the biggest collection of Buddhist texts and The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty where 40 tombs are scattered over 18 different locations as recognized by UNESCO listing.
2. Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
Whether you are visiting the country or if you’re a native, Jeju Island is heaven on Earth. Jeju island is the largest island, however, it is the smallest province in South Korea with a surface area of 1,846 square kilometers. This volcanic island was created with the formation of the highest peak in South Korea – Mt. Halla with the last eruption being around 5,000 years ago. If Harry Potter was shot in South Korea, it would probably be on Jeju Island. It has a mystical, magical feeling about it which is probably why Seoul to Jeju is the most traveled air route in the world. The lava tubes are an underground tunnel system created by years of lava spills. walk through the magnificent caves with its multi-coloured carbonate roofs and floors.
3. Asia’s Capital of Fashion & Cosmetics
If you haven’t heard of K Beauty yet, you need to up your game and make your way to South Korea. The country is taking Asia and the world by storm when it comes to fashion! Fashion is no more a thing of the West, Seoul is upping its game and ranking to be among the top A-listers. The Seoul Fashion Week has managed to grab eyeballs from influencers across the globe. Initially, it was K-pop that dominated the scene, and then came in K-beauty. Get your personal style an upgrade with these budget cosmetics.
4. Lotte World Tower
Oh the accreditation for this one are innumerable! It’s the world’s 5th tallest building, the tallest building in South Korea, the world’s highest glass-bottomed observation deck, the world’s highest swimming pool & the world’s fastest elevator. It has a a 7-star luxury hotel, entertainment facilities, cafes Deemed as the ‘Soul of Seoul’ – The Lotte World Tower is Seoul’s Sky Observatory which offers the best views of Seoul. Watch the sun go down and the city light up as you get a 360-degree view over 123 floors.
5. Visiting DMZ
The stark difference between North Korea and South Korea cannot be avoided and a DMZ tour is the closest you’ll get to visiting the controversial North Korea. The haunting experience will give you insights of a closeted country which otherwise is only available on the news. You can choose your points of interest from interesting spots like Dora Observatory, The Joint Security Area, Freedom Bridge and even catch a view of the Infiltration Tunnels. If that doesn’t pique your interest? You can set foot on North Korean soil and even click a picture with a South Korean soldier within North Korea.
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