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Korea is a mystery to many travellers, and even those who do visit often venture no further than the pulsating modern capital, Seoul.
They may shop for arts and antiques in Insadong and perhaps take in one of the city's old palaces.
But allow yourself a little more time and there are a good range of attractions to be discovered further afield - from the temples, tombs and weathered pagodas of the former Silla kingdom city of Gyeongju, to the scenic holiday island of Jeju, a volcanic gem in the Korea Strait where haenyo (literally ‘sea women') dive for shellfish.
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Contrast South Korea’s neon futurism with its ancient past on this independent tour, linking Seoul’s palaces, Busan’s water temples and Gyeongju’s ancient-capital heritage with private touring and transfers throughout.
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The word Seoraksan translates roughly as ‘snow-cragged mountains', and this protected area of pine forests and bony rock formations criss-crossed with hiking trails is, quite rightly, viewed as the country's most beautiful national park.
Numerous beaches, tumbling waterfalls, volcanic crags and a warmer climate than the mainland have all helped to make Jeju Island the country's most popular holiday spot, particularly among Korean honeymooners.
The Gyeongsang region is made up of two provinces: Gyeongsanbuk-do and Gyeongsangnam-do. It was one the eight regions of Korea during the Confucian Joseon Dynasty, is full of the treasures of the Silla Kingdom's Buddhist culture, and has played a significant role in Korea's recent history.
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