Holidaying in Korea
Situated in North-East Asia, South Korea is an ideal tourist destination. A captivating, welcoming country, modern and hi-tech but with a veneration to it's past and ancient traditions.
In recent years a wave of Korean culture has swept through Asia at a rapid pace, traditional Korean music, drama and architecture is gaining popularity even further afield now with great interest from the international market.
One thing that's always been popular overseas is Korea's cuisine. Food seems to permeate every aspect of life here, it's dishes mainly based around vegetables, rice and various meats. One of the best ways to taste this exotic and mouth-watering fare is to pay a visit to one of the many street-vendors. The staple of Korean street-food is rice cakes, fish cakes and a multitude of fried snacks including shrimp, sweet potato and dumplings.
South Korea's capital, Seoul is a huge metropolis and one of East Asia's financial and cultural epicenters. It's a city of contrasts, gleaming skyscrapers and ancient Buddhist temples, cutting edge technology and timeless, ancient tradition.
Seoul's reputation as a 24 hour city doesn't disappoint, you'll find pretty much what you desire here anytime, day or night.
Nightlife here is exciting and vibrant, the city offering some of the best in Asia.
Seoul's Itaewon district is a great place to get a taste of it's night scene, the gamut ranges from gaudy western-style pubs right through to upmarket lounges and bars, tha added bonus here is that most of the locals have a good grasp of English.
If you're looking for a more traditional, authentic Korean night out, head to Seoul's Gangnam and Apgujeong districts. These neighbourhoods are more expensive, classier and westerners are a rare sight.
A unique and interesting sightseeing opportunity in Korea is one of the last relics of the Cold War, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The heavily armed border that separates North Korea and South Korea, approximately 160km long and 4km wide, it contains many interesting historical sights and stunning, untouched natural surroundings.
If ancient history is more your thing, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Changdeokgung Palace should be on your list of things to do. This outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design was completed in 1412 and it's gardens incorporate a lotus pond, pavilions, trees, and flowers.