South Korea holidays reveal an intriguing country rich in ancient culture and harmony. Have fun in vibrant Seoul, where neon signs compete with exquisite temples and palaces, shop in duty-free shops and take in the view from the Seoul Tower from where you can see the Han River as it winds through the city.
The mountainous countryside couldn't contrast more with Seoul. Here you will find thousands of temples, home to the country’s Buddhist monks, where you can enjoy a contemplative stay.
One of Seoul’s most enduringly popular sights is Changdeok Palace – the best preserved of all the capital’s palaces. Originally constructed in the late 14th century, the palace grounds cover over 110 acres and include a number of wooden pavilions, ponds, splendidly patterned walls and many other beautiful features, all placed in perfect harmony with their natural surroundings.
Wonders of the world
Recently awarded the distinction of being named one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” alongside
sights such as Table Mountain and the Amazon rainforest, Jeju Island boasts outstanding beauty from its rugged shores to its lush meadows. The island is also home to the extraordinary Haenyo women; divers who scour the ocean floor for marine products.
Visit Gyeongju and be amazed by the wealth of historical riches to be found in this ancient coastal city, known as “the museum without walls”. Discover its many treasures including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seokguram Grotto, Tumuli Park,
a collection of royal Silla tombs, and Chomsongdae Observatory – one of the world’s earliest known observatories.
The day the Buddha came
On the first full moon day of the sixth month in the Buddhist lunar calendar (around late springtime), the Koreans celebrate the birth of Buddha. Temples glow like Christmas trees as lanterns across the whole country are illuminated in a spectacular display of colour and light.