Bucket list-worthy places in South Korea
Welcome to the land of morning calm, South Korea, a country where tradition meets technology, and Kimchi meets K-pop. Okay, I know I promised not to get all poetic on you, but come on, it's Korea! Now, let's take a virtual tour through some of the country's must-see spots.
First up is Seoul, the capital city that's a tech-lover's paradise and a shopaholic's dream. The city is an intriguing mix of the old and new, it's got skyscrapers that scrape the sky and palaces that take you back in time. You can visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace or Namsan Seoul Tower during the day, and at night, let your hair down in Hongdae's nightclubs.
Don't forget to feast on some Bibimbap, the city's signature dish, and burn off those calories by hiking up Namsan mountain for a panoramic view of the city.
Next, we hit Busan, where urban meets coastal. This seaside city is known for its beaches, hot springs, and the annual Busan International Film Festival. The Jagalchi Fish Market is a must-visit for seafood lovers, and if you're up for a hike, the view from Jangsan Mountain is worth the sweat. Busan is also home to Jagalchi Market, where you can haggle for fish like a true local. And yes, try the Ssiat Hotteok, sweet pancakes filled with seeds. Yum!
Jeju Island is a little slice of paradise. It's got beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and Hallasan Mountain for those who love a good trek. And if you're a fan of weird and wonderful, check out Loveland, an outdoor sculpture park dedicated to human sexuality. This island paradise is also home to the dormant volcano, Hallasan, and the mysterious lava tube. The island's specialty? Black pork barbecue. You can thank me later.
Suwon is famous for its Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk along the fortress walls for a great view of the city. And don't leave without trying Galbi, grilled ribs that are simply divine, as well as some fried chicken for your finger-licking good.
Daejeon may not be as popular as Seoul or Busan, but it's worth a visit for its science museums and Yuseong Hot Springs. Plus, Daejeon's version of Galbi is pretty awesome.
So there you have it, ten places in South Korea that deserve a spot on your bucket list. Just remember to pack your sense of adventure (and maybe some antacids for all the spicy food). Happy travels!