10 Best Places in South Korea according to Insight Guide
10. Manjanggul Cave
The Manjanggul Lava Tube is located in Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwaeup, Jeju City and is 23 m in breadth and 30 m in height. As the lava tube stretches for as far as an approximate 7,400 m, its length ranks amongst the top 15 in the world. It is also the largest lava tube in Jeju island.
9. Dadohae Haesang Maritime National Park
Dadohaehaesang National Park was designated in 1981 as the largest national park in South Korea. Main attractions of Dadohaehaesang National Park are Hongdo, Heuksando and Baekdo. In terms of biodiversity, 1,541 plant species, 11 mammal species, 147 bird species, 885 insect species, 13 amphibious reptile species, 154 ocean water fish species, and 11 freshwater fish species have inhabited in this area.
8. Haein-sa Temple
Haeinsa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in the Gaya Mountains, South Gyeongsang Province South Korea. Haeinsa is most notable for being the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, the whole of the Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,350 wooden printing blocks, which it has housed since 1398.
7. Hahoe Folk Village
The Hahoe Folk Village is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and old tradition of clan-based villages. The village is located in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
6. Insadong Shopping Street
Insadong is a dong, or neighborhood of the Jongno-gu district of the South Korean city of Seoul. The main street is Insadong-gil, which is connected to a multitude of alleys that lead deeper into the district, with modern galleries and tea shops. At one time it was the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea.
5. N Seoul Tower
The N Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul. It marks the highest point in Seoul. Many visitors ride the Namsan cable car up the Mt. Namsan to walk to the tower. The tower is renowned as a national landmark, and for its cityscape.
4. Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon Province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. After the Hallasan volcano on Jeju Island and Jirisan in the south, Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea.
Gyeongju, a previous capital city of one of the Korean kingdoms, is possibly the foremost location in Korea where ancient buildings, burial grounds and artifacts can be found. Driving through this city you will notice that the typical modern Korean buildings are frequently interspersed with large burial mounds.
2. Demilitarized Zone
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) runs along the complete 248 km land border between North Korea and South Korea and is 4 km wide. Visiting the peace village of Panmunjeom covers tours from both from North Korea and South Korea for that specific part of the DMZ.
1. Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung — also known as Changdeokgung Palace or Changdeok Palace — is set within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul. It is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). Changdeokgung was the most favored palace of many Joseon princes and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period that were not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung.