There’s no better way to gain an understanding of South Korea’s turbulent past (and present) than with a visit to the demilitarized zone in the far north of the country.
In December 2012, The Seoul National Museum of Contemporary History opened its doors to the public for the first time. In a city full of great museums, this is the first to showcase the contemporary history of the country.
It’s impossible to truly experience a country’s culinary culture without someone to show you the ropes. Even though I lived (and ate) in Korea for two years, I knew there was a lot left for me to learn about Korean food.
Busan, South Korea‘s coastal city and the second largest after Seoul, has long been a popular destination for big city residents to get away from it all with a trip to the beach. With nearly four million residents, Busan is in no way a small town, but it has a laid-back attitude and nearby natural attractions that keep tourists coming.
Even though Seoul‘s a huge city, it’s a breeze to get around thanks to excellent public buses, subway lines and relatively inexpensive taxis. Here’s all you need to know to navigate Korea‘s capital city.
One of the best ways to experience a new culture at its most authentic is to walk through its traditional markets, and in Seoul, the most important of these is the Noryangjin Fish Market. With such a close connection to the sea, it’s no surprise South Koreans take their seafood very seriously.
While Seoul itself could easily keep you occupied for weeks on end, there’s a lot more to South Korea than its busy capital. Using Seoul as a base, plan a few day trips into the surrounding areas to get a taste of Korean history, heritage and natural beauty.
Of Seoul‘s five Great Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbukgung Palace is the most important — and arguably the most beautiful — of them all. The northernmost of the five palaces, Geyongbukgung sits at the end of Sejongro Street with green rolling hills as its backdrop.
South Korea‘s distinctive cuisine seems to fly under the radar in much of the world, and that’s a shame. Steeped in tradition, the foods of Korea run the gamut of flavors with something for every taste.
Ornate palaces, temples, sprawling markets, art districts and world-class museums…Seoul is a traveler’s paradise. In a city with so many attractions, you’ll have your pick of free things to do so you can save up your money to splurge on other things. Here are some of the best free things to do in South Korea‘s capital city.