South Korea is like no other Asian country. With an interesting history, fascinating culture, and ultra-modern technology, there is so much to explore and experience here. Any itinerary would have to visit the cultural hub of Seoul, the capital city, as it demonstrates some of the best art, food, and entertainment in South Korea. The heritage of the country is also very important and is seen in the architecture of the temples and other important buildings.
Nothing symbolises the juxtaposition of the old and new that the Namdaemun Gate, which used to be one of eight gates, making a fortress in the Joseon dynasty. Now, the Namdaemun Gate is a historical site and home to the Namdaemun market, playing host to street foods, clothing, and traditional handmade crafts. The markets of South Korea make for excellent shopping, where you can find souvenirs and gifts that are unique.
South Korea is influential in its K-Pop music, fashion, and pop culture trends, but also has tradition at its forefront as well. While on your travels you may see women wearing the traditional hanbok dress, cut in a bell shape and usually with bright colours. There are also plenty of interesting sights and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will keep your camera full of pictures of temples, streets, immaculate scenery, and colourful flowers.
The Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple are well worth a visit and showcase the creativity, skill, and art of South Korea and its people. The temple is beautifully coloured in deep reds, rich turquoise, and accented yellows to grab your attention - it's no wonder its a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Joining a cooking class is a great way to broaden your horizons and open your mind to new flavours. You can take a piece of South Korea home with you by learning to cook kimchi, bulgogi, japchae, and jeon. Why not show off your new culinary skills at home by hosting a dinner party and impressing your friends and family as you relive the vivid tastes?
The Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, stretches across the edge of the country, dividing South Korea from its northern neighbour. Although a highly guarded region for more than 65 years, it boasts one of the finest, unspoiled ecosystems. DMZ is a symbol of peace, communication and coexistence and its clean and pristine nature is proof that there is hope.
There is so much to discover in South Korea and we cannot wait to take you on your next holiday.
Ian & Erica Cave
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