South Korea Holidays

Unspoiled natural beauty and ancient temples contrast with sleek, modern cities View All South Korea Holidays

Stef Studley
South Korea Travel Specialist

Welcome to the Land of the Morning Calm – where even the nickname resonates serenity.

Dubbed by an emperor of the Ming dynasty of China, the attractive southern half of the Korean peninsula is a country deeply rooted in ancient Buddhism. A holiday to South Korea means visiting a land of craggy mountains, national parks carpeted in thick forest and an unspoiled countryside sprinkled with rustic wooden ‘Hanock’ houses.

South Korea is a paradoxical country. Visitors often begin by soaking up the lively atmosphere in pulsating Seoul. Here neon signs compete with exquisite temples and palaces. The best views are afforded from the iconic Seoul Tower. This couldn’t contrast more with what awaits travellers in the countryside. Beautiful and mountainous, the regions beyond the city are filled with thousands of ornate temples, home to the country’s Buddhist monks.

There’s plenty to enchant culture seekers:

  • Temple-hop in the former Silla Kingdom capital of Gyeongju,
  • Admire the 80,000 beautifully-preserved wooden printing blocks at Gayasan National Park’s Haeinsa Temple,
  • Discover the port towns brimming with seafood markets dotted along the dramatic coastline or
  • Visit Jeju Island, the volcanic province situated off the southern coast, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. 

No matter what you decide to do, you won't be disappointed during your stay in South Korea.

Regent South Korea Specialist

Stef Studley

Stef Studley
South Korea Travel Specialist
Travellers keen to get under the skin of this country and explore the great outdoors should consider adding a few days in Jeju Island to their trip. Recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, alongside 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.

Stef's Tips
Try beef bulgogi, one of South Korea's most famous side-dishes, tender strips of marinated beef are cooked over a fire.
South Korea's service stations are one of the best places to stop and get authentic food - look out for jeon (savoury pancakes).
On a trip to the DMZ, watch North Korean people going about their lives across the hostile border through binoculars.

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