With over 17.5 million visitors in 2019, South Korea is a worldwide destination worth visiting in 2020. Located in Eastern Asia, South Korea is known for its world-class technology, chiefly mountainous terrain, diverse cultures, tasty cuisine, and its global head in the industrial sectors. Still not sure if you should spend your vacation in South Korea? Below are the top 5 reasons why you should.
- The Food
If you are a big fun of foodie, then you’ll enjoy the time spent in South Korea. Their food is just but divine and appealing to both the eye and the stomach. Bulgogi (Korean-style meat), Japchae, rice bowl Bibimbap, kalgooksoo, and Kimchi (made from fermented & salted vegetables) are some of the iconic delicacies that you can’t afford not to taste.
You will also get a chance to enjoy fish cakes, potatoes, palatable hot dogs, and pastries. What’s even more fascinating is that all meals, including breakfast, come with at least 4 Panchan and Banchan (side meals).
That’s not all, there are numerous street food stores, famous for hottoek (sweet pancakes), tteokbukki (spicy rice cakes), and Korean fried chicken. And if you are a fan of McDonald’s, you can order your favorite dish, 24/7.
For tech enthusiasts, you’ll fall in love with the South Korean advanced technology. Seoul, which is the capital city and the largest metropolitan in South Korea, has shown massive technological and architectural innovations and developments.
For instance, the Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in the country, has the World’s fastest double-decker elevator in the world, traveling at 10m/s. What’s even more fascinating is that the elevator is fitted with animated screens of all its sides. The ceiling screen displays the development of the Seoul city from the Joseon Dynasty.
- Incredible Hiking experiences
South Korea has countless hiking adventures. Most main cities, including Seoul, are surrounded by majestic mountains, perfect for hiking. Bukhansan (featuring a height of 2,744 feet), Inwangsan, and Namsan are the most popular mountains for hiking.
The paths and trails are labeled, so no worries about losing your way back. From the top of the mountain, you can enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the city. If you can’t climb, there’s no need to worry, you will still have a chance to enjoy the numerous serene seas and beaches.
- Vibrant Culture and History
For culture and history enthusiasts, South Korea has a lot to show. South Korea has 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including palaces, temples, and fortresses. For instance, in Seoul, there are many temples and 4 main palaces, including the chief palace and Gyeongbokgung, which is the most famous palace in the country.
Furthermore, the country also offers other artistic and cultural attractions. For instance, the Museum of Art is home to traditional porcelain, jewelry, and textile exhibits. Gyeonggi, the former capital city of Korea, also has a lot to offer as far as the history of the country is concerned.
On your must-visit historical sites, make sure you add to the list the Jongmyo Shrine, the Haeinsa Temple, Jogyesa Temple, and the Joseon Dynasty’s Royal Tombs.
- The shopping experience
For shopaholics, you will love the shopping experience in South Korea. I hope you’ll have enough cash to buy everything you will want. From skincare products to the trendiest accessories, there is nothing you won’t want. You can either shop along the streets or explore the stores in the malls.
Without a doubt, South Korea is a magical country full of cultures and endless entertainment possibilities you can’t afford to miss.