For those who are travelling with friends, we would like to recommend visits to Seoul and Busan. Seoul is the capital of Korea and is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economy. Busan is the second largest city in the nation just after Seoul and is a city of delicious foods and modern buildings standing tall beside the beautiful ocean.
Gwanghwamun Square is a street of culture that was redesigned in the heart of the city to create a global spot that restores the sights of old Seoul with its 600-year history. At the plaza, make sure to take photos in front of these statues of the most well-known influential figures in Korean history – Admiral Yi Sun-shin and King Sejong the Great (fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty and the creator of Korean alphabets).
Gyeongbokgung Palace (Royal Guard Changing Ceremony)
It is the largest royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty and an attraction not to be missed for anyone traveling in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung Palace is most notably characterized by the extensive palace grounds and an orderly arrangement of the palace buildings. The greatest highlight of Gyeongbokgung Palace is the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. It takes place twice a day, every day at 10:00 and 14:00, except on Tuesdays.
Tongin Traditional Market (Dosirak Café)
After the Korean War, a rapid population growth took place in Seochon near Gyeongbokgung Palace; as a result, an increasing number of vendors and stores formed in the area. These vendors and stores developed into a busy marketplace now known as Tongin Market. While you are here, make sure to try “Dosirak Café,” in which dosirak is a Korean word for lunchbox. It is a fun culinary experience unique to Tongin Market, offering visitors the opportunity to pick and enjoy a wide variety of menu items using traditional brass coins called yeopjeon. The price for lunch box is approx. 5,000 won per person (Yeopjeon coins are available for purchase from the market’s Customer Service Center 2F.)
Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is a major traditional Korean residential area in Seoul, as well as a beloved tourist spot that showcases traditional Korean style and living. Visitors can immerse in the beauty of traditional architecture and the fun of exploring through the alleys.
Namsan Seoul Tower
Finish your day at Namsan Seoul Tower, Seoul’s number one attraction to take in the city’s nightscape. Namsan Seoul Tower is a major landmark itself, but the premise offers much more to see and do, namely the Roof Terrace, where padlocks symbolizing unfailing love cover the terrace fences, and the Digital Observation Deck that unfolds a panoramic view of Seoul. Several restaurants can also be found within the area that doubles the enchanting ambience.
Lotte World Tower’s Seoul Sky
Tourists walking around the Gangnam area will easily notice a single building standing taller than the rest; this silver monolith is none other than Lotte World Tower. With the construction of Lotte World Tower & Mall, the area has become a paradise for all things entertainment and culture. The 123-story tower includes shops, theaters, offices, and a hotel, as well as the 555 meter-high observatory Seoul Sky, opened on April 3, 2017. Take the ride up in the Sky Shuttle to enjoy the outstanding views of the city and the feeling of walking on clouds.
Voted as the #1 area among tourists, this is a shopping haven home to major department stores. The more than 100 cosmetic stores are very popular among hallyu (Korean Wave) fans, and alleys are lined with delicious food carts. Majority of the visitors consist of international tourists and young adults in their twenties and thirties.
Nanta Non-verbal Performance
Nanta is a world-famous show that combines rhythms of samulnori (traditional percussion performance) with a cosmic storyline. Audiences of all ages and nationalities can enjoy as it is a totally universal non-verbal performance.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
Attracting attention at first sight of its exterior alone, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) offers one of Seoul’s most vibrant night views. Built with large, curving lines over a wide area, when the sun sets, the silver plating takes in and reflects back all the colorful lights of the surrounding shopping centers. The plaza regularly hosts fashion shows from international designers, artist exhibitions, and other cultural activities, and has many famous restaurants and designer shops.
Some Sevit is well-known for appearing in the blockbuster hit "The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)." Some Sevit consists of three man-made structures located just south of Banpodaegyo Bridge. The name of these unique buildings means "three islands of light." In addition to the beautiful lights, the unique architecture of the islands also draws the eye. Built atop floating platforms, the islands were the world's first ever attempt at floating architecture.
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Move to Busan by KTX
One of the most convenient ways to travel between cities in Korea is by train. By express train KTX, you will reach Busan in less than 3 ½ hours. The train will travel at around 305 km/h speed.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village started in the 1950s as a settlement of refugees fleeing from the Korean war. This community spread up the steep hillside, following the natural curves of the mountain to build houses atop houses with narrow streets winding between them. The area underwent an art project to decorate the houses in bright murals, creating a village straight out of a child’s story book. The stacks of houses have also earned the village the nickname “the Santorini of Busan.” The village is dotted with interesting things to see. The narrow alleys offer craft experiences in addition to the colorful murals. Visitors to the village can also enjoy a multitude of street foods and snacks.
Oryukdo Island / Oryukdo Skywalk
Oryukdo Island is named for its changing appearance, seeming to be a grouping of five or six (o and yuk being “five” and “six” in Korean, respectively) islands depending on from where they are seen. The best place to see the islands is Oryukdo Skywalk, built high on a cliff, with nothing but a transparent floor between you and the ocean waters below. The skywalk is a great place to take photos.
Kkangtong Market opens in the day, but more people visit in the evening, leading some to call this a night market. The market is famous for selling unique, delicious street foods at inexpensive prices. Some of the more unusual street foods for Korea include Scotch eggs, hardboiled eggs wrapped in sausage and bacon before frying; French fries covered in a cheesy sausage sauce; soup served in a bread bowl similar to pane pasta; and steamed corn so addictive it’s earned the nickname “narcotic corn.” All these foods are sold for just 3,000 to 5,000 won
Just a short walk away from Kkangtong Market is BIFF Square Culture Street, a gathering of movie theaters in the center of Busan’s Nampo-dong. In the past, it was the venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), and the Star Street is dotted with the handprints of world-famous film directors, producers, and actors. The festival has since moved all film-showings to Busan Cinema Center at Haeundae, but the square is still popular among tourists and crowded with street food vendors both day and night.
Taejongdae Resort Park
At Taejongdae Resort Park, the harmony of lush forest, rocky cliffs, and the vast ocean unfolds a breathtaking scenic beauty.
There are three ways for travelers to enjoy Taejongdae Park: walking along the road, taking a ride on Taejongdae Danubi Train, and boarding the Taejongdae Gonpo Cruise Boat. Any of the three methods offer the opportunity to absorb in the natural wonders of Taejongdae, but we recommend taking the Danubi Train to save time and money. With a single ticket, you can conveniently hop on and off the train at any stop you want, giving you a greater freedom to explore this scenic place.
Jagalchi Market is one of Korea’s foremost seafood markets, where visitors can vividly soak up the fishing village atmosphere in the urban center. The market is located inside a large building. The first floor of the building is the main fish market selling a huge selection of sea products, while the second floor contains spaces where you can eat the fresh seafood purchased from the market. In addition, the area behind the market building has a variety of sculptures and it is an ideal spot to watch the sight of fishing boats entering the market dock.
As the world’s largest department store, Busan’s Shinsegae Centum City features various brands, including luxury products. Visitors can also enjoy the delicious tastes of some of Korea’s most famous restaurants. In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy all aspects of entertainment, from a movie theater to a large bookstore, an indoor ice skating rink and even a jimjilbang, a Korean-style spa. The nearby Busan Cinema Center, the venue of Busan International Film Festival, is also worth a visit.
A major attraction of Busan, Haeundae is more than just Haeundae Beach! The area also encompasses the multipurpose Marine City and other skyscrapers, Dongbaekseom Island that bursts with red camellia blossoms in late winter, and Gwangandaegyo Bridge, crossing the ocean landscape like a second horizon line. Marine City serves as a great background for souvenir photographs, and Dongbaekseom Island is perfect for a leisure stroll.
The Bay 101
Frequented by dating couples at late night hours, The Bay 101 is the new up-and-coming hot spot in Busan. Also a yacht club equipped with a gallery and gourmet restaurants, it is an ideal place to enjoy cultural and leisure activities or to dine with spectacular views. Near the yacht club, an array of street food vendors invite visitors to taste fresh seafood while looking out on the night sea.
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Move to Busan by KTX
One of the most convenient ways to travel between cities in Korea is by train. By express train KTX, you will reach Seoul in less than 3 ½ hours. The train will travel at around 305 km/h speed.