NO ONE CAN DENY the fact that South Korea is one of the highly developed countries not only in Asia but all over the world. The K-pop invasion may have taken over you but there is more to discover and explore in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
Whenever you hear Korea, you probably immediately think of Seoul and its skyscrapers. But if you are a lover of nature, you’ll definitely love South Korea for its beautiful mountains. When on top of any of these mountains, you’ll surely have an exhilarating feeling while having a spectacular picturesque view of the surroundings. During sunny days, the mountains are carpeted with vibrant flowers. In winter, the trees in the forest become a fantasy-like backdrop in a fairytale movie.
1. Gongryong Ridge, Seorak Mountain
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2. Chunwang Peak, Jiri Mountain
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3. Halla Mountain
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4. Hwangmae Mountain
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5. Suspension Bridge, Daedun Mountain
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6. Taebaek Mountain
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South Korea is also home to numerous gardens and villages where you can get up close to ornamental plants and flowers. The villages are also a great venue to learn more about the history and culture of the country and its people. As a traveler, learning new things about South Korea and other places you visit is a liberating experience.
7. Darangee Village
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8. Naganeupseong Folk Village, Suncheon
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9. Poppy Garden, Simhak Mountain, Paju
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10. Yang Dong Traditional Village
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11. The Garden of Morning Calm
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The country also boasts of beautifully designed temples and pavilions. Visiting these will bring you to the historic past of South Korea. Taking some time in some of the temples and pavilions will allow you to appreciate the architectural aesthetics of the Koreans. You may also do some yoga positions and spend a few minutes to meditate and be at peace with the tranquil environment.
12. Bomun Pavilion, Gyeongju
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13. Haeinsa Temple, Hapcheon
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14. Bulguksa Temple
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15. Kwanghan Pavilion
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16. Sin-Reuk Temple, Yeo Ju
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17. Yongam Temple
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Aside from the experience visiting a country offers every visitor, we are sure you won’t go home without buying souvenir items (pasalubong) so feel free to indulge yourself into leisurely activities like shopping in some of the best malls in Seoul. Aside from the traditional souvenir items, who knows, you might wanna sport fashionable Korean clothes when you get back to your home country. See K-pop music videos and Korean TV series for more ideas.
18. COEX Mall
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19. Lotte Mall
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21. City of Seoul
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At the end of every tiring but fun day of exploring South Korea, you can end it with a view of the dreamy urban landscape of Seoul inside the hotel.
*Featured photo from Imagine Your Korea.