Each place in the world has something that makes it unique, special, and worth visiting—and Korea is no exception.
Whether you want to visit Korea to learn Korean or you just want an unforgettable experience, here are 50 amazing reasons you should plan a trip to Korea, now!
1. Sunrise Peak
Sunrise Peak is a tuff cone on Jeju Island that was formed by hydro-volcanic activity almost 5,000 years ago.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take one of two trails up to the peak. Even if you don’t hike to the top, bring your camera for the breathtaking views.
2. Shopping in Myeong-dong
Located in the heart of Seoul, this ultimate shopping destination sees over one million visitors each day.
Learn more about the countless shops and restaurants at Myeong-dong here.
3. Theme Hotels
From fantasy worlds to regal rooms, you haven’t had a unique overnight stay until you’ve tried one of these unusual places.
4. Korean BBQ
You will understand why Korean BBQ is so famous, both in Korea and the United States, after you try ddeokbokki (spicy Korean rice cakes) or a bowl of bibimbap (steamed rice with assorted toppings).
Learn more about Korean BBQ here.
5. Street Food
Often deep fried, always delicious— pack your appetite and get ready to delight your taste buds.
The streets of Seoul are lined with food trucks, carts, and tents offering delicious Korean street food.
Although technically a Korean BBQ item, this vegetable-based side dish deserves its own category.
Kimchi connoisseurs will find the best in the world when they visit Korea.
7. Seoul Nightlife
The lights never dim in this heavily populated city. In fact, everything gets brighter, and a little more fun.
8. Lotte World
The world’s largest indoor theme park, Lotte World also has an outdoor park, Korean Folk Museum, shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.
You can do just about anything at Lotte World.
Want to plan your them park adventure in advance? Learn more about Lotte World here.
9. Seoraksan National Park
Seorak mountain, in the Seoraksan National Park, is the second highest mountain in South Korea.
If you love hiking and climbing, head to Seorak mountain for epic views and peace and solitude.
Want to know the best time to visit or what to pack when you visit the park? Get more details from the Korea National Park Service.
10. Namiseom Island
Besides the Isle’s history, the tree-lined streets, theme park, merry-go-round, and roller skating rink make it a popular location for couples and families.
11. Darangee Village
Travelers are whisked back in time when they visit the small village of Darangee. It’s where the mountain meets the sea, and the hillside is filled with rice terraces.
Note that Darangee Village can be hard to find. If you’re traveling from Seoul, save yourself some time and follow these directions.
12. Ggotji Beach
Some people call Ggotji Beach the most romantic place in South Korea.
13. Suncheon Bay
Visit the Korean Wetlands in this protected ecological park.
14. Boseong Green Tea Plantation
The Boseong Green Tea Plantation isn’t just a green tea production center, it’s also a historical site and popular tourist destination.
Explore the scenery and bamboo forest, then cool off with some green tea ice cream.
15. Ulleungdo Island
Ulleungdo Island is at the top of an extinct volcano.
With steep cliffs and beautiful scenery, this is one Korean location you don’t want to miss.
Haengnam Coastal Walking Path
While you’re on Ulleugndo Island, explore the breathtaking scenery on the Haengnam Coastal Walking Path.
17. Bomun Pavilion, Gyeongju
The best time to visit this historical tourist spot is during the cherry blossoms or snow.
18. Namsan Cable Car
Start at the base of Namsan Mountain and soar up to the Namsan Tower.
Enjoy the ride and the stunning views.
19. Catch a Show
Seoul has an amazing music and theater scene, so make sure to check the schedule when you plan your trip.
20. Korean Folk Village
Get a feel for Joseon-era Korean life.
The Korean Folk Village consists of reconstructed houses and outdoor exhibitions that display Korean culture and traditions.
Visit Busan, the second largest city in South Korea.
Enjoy the world famous beaches and enjoy the delicious seafood.
22. Jeju Island
Jeju Island is a warm weather vacation spot off the coast of South Korea.
Explore the caves and lava tubes, relax on the beach, and more.
If Jeju Island is on your must-see list, find out more about traveling to the Island here.
23. Giant Ice Cream Cones
Korean ice cream cones make American super sizes seem minuscule.
24. Taepyeong Salt Farm
The country’s biggest salt field is a historical site and a weekend hot spot.
25. Haeinsa Temple, Hapcheon
The Haeinsa Temple is one of the three Jewel Temples in South Korea.
The Jewel Temples represent the Three Jewels of Buddhism: Bhudda, dharma, and sangha.
26. Juknokwon Bamboo Garden
As you may have guessed, this is a great place to see bamboo trees, but you can also see waterfalls and ecological exhibits.
27. Yeojwa Stream
Located in Changwon, Yeaojwa Stream is a great place to see the cherry blossoms.
28. Watch the Bulls Fight
Bullfighting is a little different in Korea. There are no matadors (a Spanish term for bull fighters), so the bulls are the only ones fighting.
29. Hallasan Mountain
Visit Hallasan mountain on Jeju Island.
Hallasan mountain is a dormant volcano, and at 1950 meters, it’s the highest point in South Korea.
30. Royal Azalea Festival
If you can, travel to Korea during the spring so you can enjoy this annual event at Hwangmae Mountain.
The festival, which consists of various cultural events, started in 1997 in an attempt to preserve the Azalea fields.
31. Daedun Mountain Suspension Bridge
The suspension bridge connects the two peaks of Daedun mountain. While it may not be an easy hike, the views and scenery make it an unforgettable experience.
If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down, there’s an 80-meter drop from the bridge!
32. Inje Smelt Festival
Enjoy winter sports events at Soyang-ho. When the temperature drops, the area becomes an open ice field.
Try activities like ice fishing, human bowling, ice soccer, and more.
With close to 600,000 participants, The Inje Smelt Festival is the biggest winter event in Korea.
33. Donglim Reservoir
Get ready for some extreme bird watching.
Over 200,000 teals fly over the Donglim Reservoir each year.
34. The Garden of Morning Calm
Tour the park, watch the sunset, and admire the beautiful scenery.
The name of the garden was inspired by Tagore, an Indian poet who called Korea “the land of the morning calm.”
35. The National Museum of Korea
Learn about Korean history and admire works of art at the National Museum of Korea.
36. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace was build in 1395, and was the first palace built by the Joseon Dynasty.
Tour the palace and learn about Korean history and architecture.
37. Shop for Arts and Crafts in Seoul
Seoul’s Dongdaemun Fabric and Craft Market is a mecca for creative people.
38. Cat Cafés
Head into a cat cafe to play with adorable kittens.
39. The 63 Building
This eye-catching pink glass tower is on Seoul’s Yeouido Island.
The 63-story building was the tallest skyscraper in Asia when it was built in 1985.
40. Go Gangnam
Thanks to Psy, everyone knows a little bit about Gangnam.
You need to experience this Korean district for yourself, but here’s a guide to help you plan ahead.
41. Seoul Escape Room
The Seoul Escape Room is the culmination of nightlife and urban adventure.
You and your team are trapped in a room full of riddles and brainteasers.
Work together and plan your escape before time runs out!
42. Cycling in Korea
Korean cycling tours are a great way to see the country.
43. Kyobo Bookshop
The flagship store is in Seoul, but there are 24 locations nationwide.
Seoulland opened right before the 1988 Seoul Olympic games and was the first amusement theme park in Korea.
Visit the park and meet Arong-i and Darong-i, Seoulland’s mascots.
45. Coex Mall
With 260 stores, Coex Mall is the largest underground mall in Asia.
Choose from top spots and practice your hiking and climbing skills while you visit Korea.
47. Visit a Temple
There are several to choose from, but here are some notable favorites.
48. Children’s Grand Park, Seoul
This family-friendly park features a children’s museum, playground, zoo, and amusement park.
49. Noryangjin Fish Market
Noryangjin has been open since 1927 and is one of Korea’s largest seafood markets.
Choose from over 830 seafood items including shrimp, crab, octopus, and halibut.
50. Korean Culture
It’s not a specific location or venue, but Korea offers its visitors a rich heritage and culture.
To truly experience Korean culture, participate in one of the festivals or celebrations.
No matter your interests, Korea truly has something for everyone. It’s time to plan your trip, check out these Korea travel blogs, take some Korean-language lessons, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!