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South Korea

South Korea tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11½ hours

Time zone
GMT +9

Currency
Won (W)

Language
Korean

Travel advice
None

Where to go in South Korea

Seoraksan National Park

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.

Jeju Island

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.

Gyeongsang Province

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.

Seoul

Seoul is divided in two by the Han River, the southern half known for its business district, the northern half as a focal point for culture and history.

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Top itineraries in South Korea

Essential South Korea

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,760 pp incl. flights

To say somewhere is a land of contrasts is often just a cliché, a generic description that holds no real meaning to the destination in question. For South Korea however, where gleaming skyscrapers and groundbreaking technology sit alongside centuries old temples and the preserved traditions of an a…

Best of South Korea

13-day itinerary from £4,995 pp incl. flights

Discover the highlights and culture of South Korean this two week luxury tailor-made tour, which includes private guides and a ’Hanok Stay’ in a traditional Korean house. Visit the bustling high-tech capital of Seoul, the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Gyeonju and the paradise island of Jeju

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Top places to stay in South Korea

Park Hyatt, Seoul, South Korea

Accommodation

For a luxury break in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the South Korean capital, venture into the Park Hyatt Seoul.

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