Thursday, May 30, 2013


South Korea is a sovereign state in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and there’s a lot of tourist destinations in South Korea. The name “Korea” is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages. Its neighbors are China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the Korea Strait to the south. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. Here are the top 10 tourist destinations in South Korea.
10. Yongpyong Ski Resort

Tourist Destinations in South Korea Yongpyong Ski Resort
The Yongpyong Ski Resort as one of the tourist destinations in South Korea is located at a very inhabitable range of 700 meters above sea level. It is found at the eastern edge of Asia, about 200km from Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. With an annual snowfall average of 250cm, the surrounding area possesses a beautiful environment, which allows for the enjoyment of a wide array of winter sports including skiing from mid-November to early April.

9. Busan Haeundae Beach
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Busan Haeundae Beach
This tourist destinations in South Korea is a seaport surrounded by several beaches. At about 1.5 kilometers in length, it is well worth visiting in the summer as well as the winter. In the summer, the beach is hardly detectable due to all the sunscreens. The Busan Aquarium is directly on the beach, and the Yachting Center is in close proximity.

8. Namdaemun Market
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Namdaemun Market

Named for its nearby namesake of Namdaemun (Great South Gate) and located near the downtown area, one of Korea’s largest wholesale markets covers over 10 acres. It is filled with over 1,000 shops, stalls, retailers, street vendors, and has several department stores nearby. Under Namdaemun-no (the main street to the north of the market) is an extensive underground arcade.

7. Seoraksan National Park
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Seoraksan National Park
As Korea’s most popular national park and most of tourist destinations in South Korea, Seorak-san gets a tremendous number of visitors to see the leaves turn color every autumn. The park is heavily visited throughout the rest of the year. The park contains several famous temples, including Baekdam-sa. The inner part of the Taebaek Mountain Range is named Inner Seorak.

6. Jejudo
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Jejudo
Jejudo or Jeju Island, also known as the “Island of the Gods,” one of the tourist destinations in South Korea is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many international visitors. The island’s mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea’s highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls and lava tubes, Jeju Loveland, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches.

5. Haeinsa Temple

Tourist Destinations in South Korea Haeinsa Temple

The Temple of Haeinsa, on Mount Kaya, is home to the Tripitaka Koreana , the most complete collection of Buddhist texts and the most tourist destinations in South Korea, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks between 1237 and 1248. The buildings of Janggyeong Pangeon, which date from the 15th century, were constructed to house the woodblocks, which are also revered as exceptional works of art.

4. Demilitarized Zone DMZ

Tourist Destinations in South Korea Demilitarized Zone DMZ
It’s also the closest you’re likely to get to North Korea, unless the border situation changes. The DMZ is actually a buffer zone between the two countries, and most tours involve staring across no mans land towards the heavily guarded North Korean border posts. The land in between is actually about as heavily militarized as any area of land in the world, lending the name an ironic air, but it’s also a strangely beautiful natural sight, having become home to a host of wildlife.

3. Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple
This tourist destinations in South Korea is located on Mt. Tohamsan in Gyeongju National Park, Gyeongju. During the reign of King Gyeongdeok of Silla (751), Kim Daeseong, the premier of the time, started constructing the temple. It was finished during the reign of King Hyegong (774). However, most of the buildings were burnt down when Japan made an aggression against Korea in 1593, during the reign of King Seonjo of the Joseon Period.

2. Korean Folk Village
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Korean Folk Village
The Korean Folk Village is one of the most tourist destinations in South Korea, a living museum and it occupies an area of about 243 acres in a natural environment located at Yongin-si, Gyeonggi Province. There are more than 260 houses reproducing traditional Korean homes from the late Joseon Dinasty. The Korean Folk Village also includes a Folk Museum, an Art Museum, performances of traditional dance, as well as an amusement park with rides, games and recreational activities for all the family.

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Tourist Destinations in South Korea Korean Gyeongbokgung Palace
Built in 1394 under orders of King Taejo, the first king and founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The Gyeongbokgung Palace houses the National Folk Museum and the National Palace Museum of Korea. It is arguably the most beautiful of its four sister palaces, which are all in Seoul. The Gyeongbokgung Palace was originally a massive complex of 330 buildings and 5,792 rooms. Many of the buildings were destroyed during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945). Since 1989, the Korean government is in the process of rebuilding the structures that were destroyed of this tourist destinations in South Korea.
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