Recently opened to international tourism and highly publicized because of its special relationship with its neighbour North Korea, South Korea has greatly diversified its activities to become an attractive destination for all. A trip to South Korea will appeal to lovers of culture, sports and shopping. And by following the instructions of a tourist guide on South Korea, you can easily see this. Seoul, this immense modern capital, contrasts with magnificent natural landscapes - as evidenced by the famous Seoraksan National Park - and preserved villages where time sometimes seems to have stopped in the "land of the calm morning", land of Buddhism. The most remote rural areas, easily accessible thanks to the excellent Korean transport network, offer a dive into traditional and ancestral Korea between Buddhist temples and monasteries with the Haeinsa temple for example. Refined Korean cuisine and countless sporting activities complete the discovery of a unique country that attracts more visitors every year for a guaranteed change of scenery

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When to go to South Korea?

When to go to South Korea? The high tourist season is during the summer (July-August) and yet it is one of the least pleasant. The weather is hot and very humid, the beaches are crowded and prices are doubling. The best time to travel to South Korea is probably spring or autumn, which are the mildest, cheapest and by far the least crowded seasons. We particularly recommend the months of September and October to make the most of Korea, as April and May are also very pleasant.

Two national holidays deserve special mention because of their reputation: Chuseok in September or October, a kind of local All Saints' Day, and Seollal in early February, the Lunar New Year. Millions of Koreans are invading the roads to pay tribute to their ancestors in their homeland. Many stores are closing. But don't think there's nothing you can do: on the contrary, it's time to go to places that are usually crowded with tourists, because there's no one there. All you have to do is avoid the main roads (motorways) and take the train or plane instead of the bus. Be careful, for these dates, Koreans book their transport several months in advance! An idea might be, for example, to go to Icheon by subway, 1 hour from Seoul, and then take a boat to one of the islands (such as the famous Jeju Island). Or try northwestern Chungcheongnam-do or northern Gyeonggi-do. There is always room and board and a place to eat.

How to go to South Korea? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Three weeks gives you a good view of South Korea as part of an organized trip, certainly for those who want to visit the country at a gallop with a minimum of 4 to 5 days in Seoul, a fascinating capital. The interest of this country is however to walk quietly, to understand the atmosphere, the atmosphere, so do not hesitate to do a 4-week tour if you can

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South Korea is one of the safest countries in the world, so solo travellers have little or nothing to fear. Koreans are naturally kind and honest, and their society is very moral because of the prevailing Confucianism. However, Korean roads are dangerous, so be careful. In the event of an accident, even the most insignificant, it is imperative to stop and wait for the police to arrive to make a report or else you can be charged with a hit and run

South Korea has an excellent inland transport network: planes, trains and buses frequently serve major cities. Smaller cities are served by other buses from larger cities. There are also many ferry lines to the islands. In the city, buses, metros and taxis are efficient and fast

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When to travel?

When to go to South Korea? The high tourist season is during the summer (July-August) and yet it is one of the least...
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Weather forecast

Korea's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. Winters from late November to early March can be truly Sib...
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Budget

The cost of living in South Korea is one of the highest in Asia along with Japan. South Korea is a relatively expensi...
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Formalities

In South Korea, nationals of most European and Western countries do not need to apply for a visa for a tourist stay o...
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Health

There is no endemic disease in South Korea, and no vaccine is required to get there (but basic vaccines such as tetan...
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How to travel by yourself?

South Korea is one of the safest countries in the world, so solo travellers have little or nothing to fear. Koreans a...
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How to get organized?

Three weeks gives you a good view of South Korea as part of an organized trip, certainly for those who want to visit...
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Getting around

South Korea has an excellent inland transport network: planes, trains and buses frequently serve major cities. Smalle...
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