South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It enjoys the honour of being the richest and most developed country of East Asia. Torn apart by a civil strife, Korea has been divided into two halves namely North and South Korea since 1953. Today, Korea is popularly known as the Land of Skyscrapers and Nightclubs. People from all over the world, travel to South Korea, to witness its many wonders.
With a plethora of travel attractions in cities like Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Daejeon and Ulsan, South Korea can provide all you travel hearts with myriad opportunities and give you a once in a lifetime experience. So here are some budget travel ideas that you can use in planning your next holiday tour to South Korea.
- Gyeongbok Palace/Gyeongbokgung
Seoul is famous for its five palaces and Gyeongbokgung is the most magnificent one of these. It served as the main administrative palace back in the days of the dynasty. The palace has a captivating account and its excellent buildings, living sections, and pavilions, make for some enthralling sights.
Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies
The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene dating back to the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. It is said that the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty guarded the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace from where the king ruled the country. The gate guardsmen used to perform the changing of the guards by hold a parade. The same event is now re-enacted every day except for Tuesday in strict ceremonial procedures. It is a must see attraction for all the tourists who want to experience a traditional experience in the modernized city of Seoul.
The National Folk Museum of Korea
Located inside the Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea holds tons of artefacts in its collection, offering a complete account of how the Koreans used to live.
Insadong Antique Shopping Street
This old neighbourhood of Seoul is popular for its souvenir and antique shops, tea shops, and street food. There’s also a range of Korean restaurants which are not too expensive and provide many South Korean delicacies. Insadong just cannot be missed for all of you who embrace shopping and eating as a much loved lifestyle.
Boryeong Mud Festival
If you chance to be in South Korea during the summer months, you just cannot come back without attending the famous Boryeong Mud Festival of Boryeong. Boryeong is a town around 200 km south of Seoul. The mud which is taken from the Boryeong mud flats, and trucked to the Daecheon beach is said to be rich in minerals and is used to manufacture cosmetics.
Myeongdong Kyoja Main Restaurant
One of the finest and oldest restaurants in South Korea, Myeongdong Kyoja provides an array of delicacies with the most famous being knife cut noodles, dumplings, and Kimchi. If you want to get the true taste of South Korea then you cannot do without visiting this restaurant. Beware, the restaurant is prone to long waiting lines during the lunch and dinner hours and thus manage your time accordingly.
Busan is the second largest city of South Korea and is prone to an influx to a lot of tourists who come to visit the Buddhist monasteries present in the city. While you are there do visit the following places.
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the shoreline of Busan. Most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. It was built by the great Buddhist teacher, Naong, during the Goryeo Dynasty.
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