South Korea is famous for its stark contrasts and wild contradictions. There, you get to see skyscrapers beside ancient temples; experience busy city life while having a serene nature nearby, and this is where both tradition and technology coexist.
Upon visiting this country, you will get to experience a lot of things if you just explore. From vising Seoul to Busan, joining festivals and treks, you will surely experience everything that South Korea could offer.
Top Things to Do in South Korea
- Sing in a Noraebang
One best way for you to feel like Korean is to gather your friends together, sing and have beers in a Noraebang, a Korean karaoke room. Here, you will have a lot of songs that you can choose from, but mostly are 90’s favorites.
- Explore Jeju Island
Jeju Island can be considered as the most famous destination in South Korea because of its mountain views and turquoise waters. When you visit this place, you can experience hiking in a volcanic crater, chasing waterfalls, and swimming in a pool that is formed naturally.
- Get Naked at Jjimjilbang
Jjimjilbang is one of the best spa retreats that you must not miss in South Korea. Try their exfoliation body scrubs or you can try and relax at their hot tubs that comes with different temperatures. Surely, you’ll not regret this place when you find out how smooth your skin will be after your experience here.
- Eat Live Octopus
If you are fond of eating exotic foods, you should not miss the chance of eating an octopus alive.
Tip: You can go directly to fish markets in South Korea and ask for ssanakji. They will give you live octopus along with some details of a nearby restaurant that can help you prepare it.
- See the Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Just like in Japan, South Korea also has wonderful and mesmerizing cherry blossoms. Plus, seeing them here is less expensive compared to seeing them in Japan. During April, South Korea typically becomes a tourist destination because of its cherry blossoms.
Major Festivals in South Korea
- Boryeong Mud Festival
Celebrated during the second week of July, you can experience a different kind of festival this time. This festival is unique as people would be trying mud wrestling, mud sliding, and dipping inside a mud bath.
- Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
This festival, which is voted to be the best one, is celebrated in January. Since this is celebrated during winter, activities in this festival includes ice sculpting, sledding, and catching fish with your bare hands.
- Andong International Maskdance Festival
This is celebrated during late September until early of October. In celebrating this festival, there is a massive display of mask dancing that takes place. Thus, people from around the world visit here so that they can showcase the various traditional mask dances.
- Seoul Lantern Festival
Every first Friday of November, the Seoul Lantern Festival is celebrated with different themes each year. Since it’s a lantern festival, expect that you will see lots of lanterns that are light up in Cheonggyecheon, Seoul.
- Namwon Chunhyang Festival
During the month of April, a celebration for the famous folk story characters in Korea is enjoyed by the people. These characters are Chunhyangjeon and Chunhyang.
*Take note that these festivals are following the Lunar calendar, thus its exact dates would vary every year.