South Korea is, to many, a largely avoided vacation destination. With such close proximity to North Korea, many travelers fear that a trip to South Korea may end up disastrous. Sadly, this mindset is causing thousands of travelers to miss out on the unique culture and history that South Korea has to offer. Are you ready to take a trip out to South Korea? Here are 5 incredible destinations you may want to consider.
Formally known as Daegu Metropolitan City, the city of Daegu is the fourth largest in terms of population in South Korea. The city is not actually part of the North Gyeongsang province yet still somehow serves as the province’s capital. The city is home to the largest metal and textile industries in South Korea.
Located in a small valley, the city of Daegu is surrounded by a series of mountains. Visitors will see Moutn Palgong above the northern section of the city and Biseul over the lower section. The east and west of the city are lined by gorgeous South Korean foothills. The area is incredibly warm during the summer and much cooler than the rest of the country during the winter thanks to the presence of the surrounding mountain peaks and their ability to trap weather patterns.
The city of Icheon is one of the few major cities on the western coast of South Korea. Located not far from Seoul, more than 2.5 million people call Incheon home. There are two main Free Economic Zone Authorities in South Korea – one in Incheon and one in Busan. The two frequently work together to attract foreign businesses to South Korea.
Despite its large population and growing industry, more than 65% of the land that makes up Incheon is comprised of forests and rice paddies. Because it is located so close to Seoul, some people consider it a suburb of the city although it really is not. With so much of its own to offer, though, we weren’t surprised to find that the Seoul Subway links to Incheon’s subway!
3. Cheju Island
The Cheju Island is part of South Korea’s Cheju Province and is the only province to exist independently in the country. The city of Cheju-do itself is situated on Cheju Island and is home to approximately 600,000 people. Several large industries call Cheju Island home, including several developing technology and communication companies.
Despite its subtropical climate, the Cheju Province does experience all four major seasons. The temperatures here are usually higher than in other parts of South Korea, with incredibly hot summers and relatively mild yet cool winters.
Busan is yet another gorgeous South Korean city that has developed with leaps and bounds over the past few years. Also referred to as Pusan by some, Busan is the largest port city in the country. It’s positioning near the sea gives the city a great advantage when it comes to sea trade. This urban sea town has a population of almost 3.5 million people.
The city of Busan is so large that the local government has split it into 15 different administrative areas. The city itself is located at the tip of the Korean Peninsula where the Suyeong and Nakdong rivers come together. Its unique positioning provides locals and visitors with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and plains.
Seoul is the capital of Korea and with 10 million citizens is one of the largest cities in the country. The city is incredibly developed and leads the country in terms of technology, business, and education. Located in the north-west section of South Korea, Seoul was once a trade center, serving the Paekche Kingdom. Over the past 1,500 thousand years, the city (and country) has fought for its freedoms.
Seoul was named the capital of South Korea in 1948 but was occupied by foreign troops off for the next few years until the UN took control in 1951. Today the city rivals some of the world’s largest mega-centers, filled with markets, modern shopping districts, the Korean World Trade Center, and a bustling nightlife.
South Korea has a lot to offer visitors from all walks of life. Whether you want to spend time in the foothills, along the coast, or exploring the country’s largest metropolitan atmospheres you are destined to find a destination that satisfies your urge to travel!