Having spent two years living and working in South Korea, I got to see a lot of what this country has to offer. It’s no secret that Korea is full of beautiful sights, wonderful people, and delicious food. If you’ve never had had the chance to visit, I recommend adding this country to your travel bucket list so that you can see it all for yourself. I’m a few weeks away from my one year anniversary of leaving Korea and I’m feeling a little bit sad about that, so I’ve taken some time to compile a list of 10 must-see spots in South Korea. I hope you love them just as much as I do. 🙂
Damyang Juknokwon Bamboo Garden
Damyang is an area in the Jeollanamdo region of South Korea. Known for its delicious food and plentiful bamboo, many visitors travel here to take in the area’s beauty. I’ve been to the notable Damyang Juknokwon Bamboo Garden on two separate occasions and loved my time there. I recommend visiting early in the day to take in the peaceful beauty before it gets crowded later on.
Jeonju Hanok Village
Another must-see spot in Korea is Jeonju. Located in the western part of Korea, it’s the capital city of North Jeolla Province and its name means “perfect region.” Most visit here to try the famous dish bibimbap and to visit the traditional hanok village. Make a stop here so that you can try the delicious traditional food and take in the beauty of the traditional homes.
Hallasan Mountain is located on Korea’s iconic Jeju Island. This is the island where many honeymooners go in Korea. This mountain is a shield volcano and is the highest mountain in South Korea. It is said that many gods and spirits live on this mountain. This is a popular spot to go hiking to take in the gorgeous views and visit the famous Hallasan National Park.
Jinhae is known for its gorgeous display of cherry blossoms. Each year, a big cherry blossom festival is held here and both locals and visitors come to see the beauty. While the exact timing varies each year, it’s best to visit around early April when the cherry blossoms are at their full peak. There’s something magical about seeing so many cherry blossoms all at once.
Boseong Green Tea Fields
The gorgeous rolling fields of green tea are a must-see when nearby Boseong, South Korea. While taking in the beautiful sights, you can also eat green tea everything—yes, even including ice cream. If you love green tea, well it’s the place for you! This is a great place to spend the afternoon exploring with friends.
Huwon Secret Garden
While gardens may not be what comes to mind when you think of Korea, there are many of them to enjoy here. I don’t know about you, but I love sitting and admiring garden views when I want to relax and de-stress after a long day. When visiting the famous Changgyeonggung Palace, I recommend checking out the Huwon Secret Garden. While it’s a not-so-secret spot, it really is a beautiful place.
South Korea is home to many beautiful islands. Located in Busan, Dongbaekseom Island or “Dongbaek Island” is worth a visit. While it used to be an actual island, a land bridge has been formed over years and it’s not truly considered an island anymore. Here you can take in stunning views and there’s a park area to enjoy as well. This Korea packaged tour stops here!
Garden of the Morning Calm
Remember what I said about gardens in Korea? They’re amazing! Here’s another one you’ll want to visit—the Garden of the Morning Calm in Gapyeong. This garden area is full of unique plants and flowers. Founded by a horticulturist, this garden area has something beautiful to see all year round. Many families and couples go here to take photographs. This is one Korean sight I never got to see in person, and I know if I ever go back—it’s on my list! 🙂
Only a short distance away from where I lived in Korea is the small city of Suncheon. It’s located on the Southeastern side of the country and many people come here to visit Suncheon Bay. This coastal marsh is full of plants and wildlife and offers great views. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular spot.
Namisieum or “Nami” island is an island located in Chuncheon, Korea. There is a gorgeous redwood-lined path here that looks amazing. I think Nami looks breathtaking in the fall, but it’s truly a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. This island is famous for being a film location for the Korean drama Winter Sonata.
As you can see, Korea is full of so much beauty. If you’re thinking of visiting Korea, any of these places are worth the visit. Booking a tour is a great way to see several parts of Korea and can make the trip a lot more affordable. Pacific holidays offers a one week in Korea tour that is currently on sale. I hope you get to enjoy some of these amazing places very soon!