Top 5 Must Visit Cities in South Korea
Located in East Asia, South Korea covers a total area of 98,480km2 including both land and water. The country, formally known as the republic of Korea borders North Korea to the north, china to the west and Japan to the east. The country lies on the North Temperate Zone and its terrain is primarily mountainous. It has an active economy that focuses on electronics, machinery, automobiles and robotics. South Korea’s official language is Korean while the dominating religion is Christianity. However, other religions such as Islam and Buddhism are present too. This article focuses on some of South Korea cities and points out interesting facts and details about them.
The following cities hold rich South Korea history and culture, they are therefore some of the top places you may consider to pay a visit in the country.
It is the capital of South Korea and the largest city in the country. The city has a fascinating assortment of both the ancient and modern technology. The city sits in royal history and has about 5 palaces which are open to the public. Other interesting features in the city include mountains, temples and shrines, parks, museums and performing art centers. (Image by Alfredo Jones)
Beautiful beaches, nature reserves, the port and huge events are some of the popular facts about Busan. Visitors to Busan can enjoy a visit to Beomeosa temple, Busan temple and many other interesting cultural, entertainment and recreational sites.
Directly to the west of Seoul, Incheon serves as an important historic and economic component for South Koreans. It is a city of diversity that offers its visitors lots to choose from. Among the most popular destination for most visitors is the china town. Chinatown is home to Chinese culture in South Korea.
It is the capital of Jeju islands which is also known as “Island of the Gods”. The city is a top tourist and honeymoon destination. It holds unique theme parks and offers its visitors a wide range of activities. It is also home to the world’s largest lava column, the Manjanggul lava-tube and the magnificent Seongsan IIchubong which is an almost round island that offers a spectacular view of the sun as it sets. To get a taste of the city’s culture one can take a tour around some of the traditional villages and attend the different festivals of the South Koreans.
It is the ancient capital of Silla Kingdom and has a number of heritage sites. There are many things to see and learn in Gyeongju, from the architectural designs that incorporate traditional Korean style details of the unique culinary experiences. The city also features numerous lakeside resorts, restaurants and events that let you have the taste of South Korean life down there. (Image by Hongik KIM)
Whatever mentioned here are just among the few facts about the best South Korean cities to visit. This article only serves as a guide; there is more to these cities than what is mentioned. The beauty, history and culture in South Korea are wide and to say you can cover it all would be a lie.
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Featured image courtesy by Republic of Korea