4 Unconventional Tourist Spots in Korea
Check out these cool attractions!
Fancy a trip to South Korea for your next vacation? Korea is a land chock full of attractions for all kinds of people. Whether you’re a nature lover, history and culture buff, enthusiastic shopper, or Hallyu wave fan, this awesome country has something for you. Read on and find out where you can head to next!
Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Gyeongju)
Address: 102, Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Open from: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How to Get There: Take the KTX from Seoul Station to Singyeongju Station. From there, go to the tourist information center and book a city tour, which includes Donggung Palace. Should you want to DIY, you may also inquire at the center.
Entrance Fee: KRW 2,000
Known as the “museum without walls,” Gyeongju is one of Korea’s centers for history and culture as it was the Capital of the Silla Dynasty for a thousand years. The entire city has been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and one of its top spots is Dongggung Palace and Wolji Pond (more popularly known as Anapji Pond), which was once used as the Crown Prince’s secondary palace. The view is particularly breathtaking at night, so try taking part in a Gyeongju City Night Tour to experience the site at its best.
Gamcheon Culture Village (Busan)
Address: 177-11, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
Hours: 24 hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for facilities
How to Get There: Ride the KTX from Seoul Station to Busan Station. Transfer to the Busan Subway Line 1 and ride it to Toseong Station. From there, take Exit 6. Facing the intersection, walk to the corner and turn right, then walk straight. Once you see the Cancer Center Hospital on your right side, you will see the bus terminal in front of it. Take Bus 2 or 2-2 and go down at the Gamcheon Elementary School stop.
Entrance Fee: Free, KRW 2,000 for a stamp tour
Are you a fan of the book The Little Prince? If you are, this picturesque village should definitely be on your list. Gamcheon Culture Village is widely known as Korea’s Little Santorini and Busan’s Machu Picchu. Once home to refugees during the Korean War, the place has been converted into a center for art and culture. It’s filled with vibrantly colored wall murals, houses, and sculptures. If you love a good photo op, you’ll find plenty of Little Prince photo spots here for you and your friends.
Address: 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (check with the park for closing hours per season)
How to Get There: Take the Seoul Subway Line 6 to World Cup Stadium Station. From Exit 1, walk towards Haneul Park for around 20 minutes and cross the bridge. Once you arrive at the stairs, turn left and go straight till you get to the Redwood Tree Path.
Entrance Fee: Free
This peaceful park is one of five surrounding the famous World Cup Stadium. It is the venue for the annual Seoul Silver Grass Festival held every autumn. In contrast to the bold colors of fall, the park’s grasslands shimmer with fields of silver during the festival. They also extend the park hours so that visitors can enjoy a night view of the Han River while walking along the lighted paths of the park.
Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Hours: 24 hours daily
How to Get There: Take the Subway Bundang Line and alight at Seoul Forest Station. From Exit 3, walk for around five minutes until you see the sign for Seoul Forest Park.
Entrance Fee: Free
This eco-friendly park is actually a complex with five different parks: the Cultural Art Park, Ecological Forest, Nature Experiencing Study Field, Wetlands Ecological Field, and Hangang River Waterside Park. Seoul Forest is the perfect place for a family outing, with its playgrounds and sports equipment to animal and plant houses as well as fountains and streams. Make sure to visit the park in spring as they have rows and rows of cherry blossom trees.
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