Tourist Attractions in South Korea
The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in South Korea. Photos and a brief description.
South Korea is a rapidly developing country in East Asia. Skyscrapers of business centers are adjacent to palaces and temples in it. The high level of economy allows tourists to get all kinds of benefits of civilization, and natural resources will delight with the brightness of colors and picturesque landscapes.
Ancient history has left many historical monuments in Korea, and modernity is actively adding its interesting objects. The grandiose buildings of the Olympic Park, entertainment complexes and a 250-meter TV tower are of great interest to tourists. Shopping malls and colorful markets will allow you to diversify the program of the visit.
The long coastline of the peninsula offers a choice of beach holidays, both on it and on many neighboring islands. The country’s thermal springs are also very popular. Korean traditional cuisine is popular all over the world and the opportunity to taste it locally is provided to every guest. The best time to visit the country is spring, the time of flowering.
Top Tourist Attractions in South Korea
The palace complex in Seoul is an open—air museum. Built in the XIV century for the ruling royal family of the Joseon dynasty. It keeps many valuable exhibits, including those from the list of national treasures. It is interesting for the quaint architecture and landscape design of its park.
Rainbow Fountain Bridge
The longest fountain bridge in the world is located on the Hangan River. Fountains are arranged along its edges, forming water arches between the building and the river. The spectacle is spectacular both day and night. In the dark, the water jets are illuminated and acquire all the colors of the rainbow.
The central shopping street of the capital of South Korea. Large multi-brand stores and boutiques of well-known international brands are located throughout its length. The best place for shopping. Small shops adjacent to the trading giants will give you the opportunity to choose souvenirs and plunge into the local flavor.
War Memorial of the Republic of Korea
A whole complex of buildings dedicated to the military history of the country. It includes a museum building and an equipped area around it. Inside there are 6 thematic halls dedicated to various aspects of the country's military past. Around the building you can see military equipment, memorials, sculptures, a park.
Seoul TV Tower (N Seoul Tower)
Located on Namsam Mountain, in the center of Seoul. The tallest building in the city. The symbol of modern Seoul and its number one attraction. It is an entertainment complex with several observation decks, restaurants, souvenir shops, an observatory, a museum of teddy bears and even a Wishing Pond.
One of the Five Great Palaces of Seoul is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. For four centuries, the palace was the residence of the royal family. It is a beautiful architectural and park complex. The secret garden of the Huwon Palace is a particularly popular attraction.
The majestic building on the top of the hill is a unique example of defensive architecture. The fortress was built at the end of the XVIII century, was destroyed, was restored. It is currently a UNESCO protected site. It is a complex of towers, gates and extended walls (their total length is 6 km).
Toksugun Palace Complex
One of the palace complexes of Seoul. At one time it was the official residence of the ruling dynasty. The Palace and other buildings Toksuguna is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Inside there are two large museums — the Imperial and the Arts.
Historical monument in Seoul. The place of funeral rituals for representatives of royal families. The oldest sanctuary of its kind, the longest building in Asia. Several generations of rulers and queens of Korea rest here.
Temple of Pomos
An ancient Buddhist temple, one of the largest in Korea. Located on a mountain Komojon, near the town of Pomosa. Some objects of the complex have more than a thousand-year history. On an area of 8 km2 there are 160 buildings in the traditional architectural style of the Joseon Dynasty.
Pulguks Buddhist Monastery
The most famous and ancient Buddhist temple complex in Korea, protected by UNESCO. On the territory of the complex there are seven objects included in the list of National treasures. These include pagodas, bridges, statues. There is a beautiful park around.
One of the national treasures of the country. It is the oldest scientific building in the world. It was built in the VII century for stargazing. The height of the stone tower is slightly less than 10 meters. Located in the city Gyeongju.
Soraksan National Park
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There are rocks, waterfalls, hot thermal springs, Buddhist temples. Large in area, divided into three parts. There are many organized tourist routes (trails). There are places for overnight stays, hotels and catering outlets.
Pukhansan National Park
A natural oasis in the city, a favorite vacation spot for locals and tourists. It is a mountainous landscape covered with forest. It is home to many birds, there are rare plants. The views are picturesque. There are also many Buddhist temples in the park.
Demilitarized Zone (Korea)
A special protected object is the border between South and North Korea. It is a solid concrete wall reinforced with additional protection. A special section is equipped for tourists, which allows you to personally study the fortification and even look through binoculars at the "northern neighbor".
Olympic Park (Seoul)
A complex of sports facilities located in the park. It was built for the 1988 Olympics. Museums, a sculpture park, a musical fountain, an ancient fortress and an artificial lake are located on a large green area. A place for active sports and recreation.
The largest island of South Korea is a separate province. Volcanic origin, has a peculiar landscape and nature. It has a unique microclimate — this is the southernmost part of the country, there are excellent beaches here. An attractive object for tourists, very popular with newlyweds.
Chagalchi Fish Market
One of the largest fish markets not only in Korea, but throughout Asia. It is located in Busan. Almost a century of history. A modern multi—storey building, part of the area of which is given to merchants, part for restaurants and offices. Many shops are still located on the street, and allow you to feel the specifics of the fish market of the past.
A walking area in the center of Seoul, arranged along the banks of a stream. The waterway has always been here, but it was in a deplorable state. After the renovation, Cheongecheon turned into a long cozy park in the heart of the capital. Ten kilometers of the embankment are decorated with decorative elements, landscape "oases", fountains. The streambed looks very impressive in the dark, as the water cascades are illuminated.
Everland Amusement Park
Located in the suburbs of Seoul, the largest in Korea. It is a large modern entertainment complex, including attractions, a zoo, a water park. Each zone has unique characteristics and attracts a huge number of tourists. A grand flower festival is held here during the season.