South Korea Travel Guides for Backpackers

Coastal Culture: The Best of South Korea’s Islands & Beach Towns

The small nation of South Korea is often characterized by its heavily militarized northern border and high-tech, neon-charged cities. However we can’t forget this east Asian peninsula also has about 2,400 kilometers of coastline and 3,000 islands within its territory. This makes for unique mixed landscape of sandy beaches, lush forests, mountainous peaks, and volcanic rocks. Whether you’re wanting to try out a new water-sport, eat freshly caught seafood, go to a festival, or just bond with nature – these five locations have vibrant cultures with something to offer every traveler.   1. South Chungcheong-do, Anmyeondo / 충청남도, 안면도 Located […]
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Shopping Places at Seoul, South Korea

With the rising of the Hallyu wave around the world, many are interested in visiting the homeland of all the handsome oppas and beautiful unnies – South Korea!! As much as we might be doing some Seoul(soul) searching there, shopping is often listed in our itinerary for every trip. So here are the shopping areas you should stop by when you are visiting Seoul.   1. Hongdae Street During my trip, I happened to reside nearby the HOT Hongdae Street. I visited this area almost every night for the street food and the entertainment by the amazing performers. There are […]
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Seoul, South Korea: A Beginner's Guide

With the rise in popularity of the Hallyu or more commonly known as the Korean Wave, South Korea has been a popular destination among tourists coming from different parts of the world, most especially in what has been deemed as the city of infinite possibilities – Seoul. For someone like me who had been a fan of anything Korean since 2010 – may it be gushing about the latest K-drama, bopping to the latest K-pop songs and dance moves; or following the latest trends in K-fashion – I find myself coming back to the Land of the Morning Calm again […]
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5 Reasons Why South Korea Should Be Your Next Destination

Why Korea? Why is this country in East Asia the next one you should visit if you want to be splashed in Asian culture? When I found out that I would experience my exchange semester in South Korea a bunch of questions came into my mind and I realized that, in fact, I had no idea about Korean culture. After all, I made it. I went there and fell in love with every single thing I saw in Korea. That’s why I always tell people looking for a 180-degree change that South Korea is the best option for changing their […]
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South Korea – Culture Shock

Introduction South Korea is a country vastly different from England, that much goes without saying. The east in itself is compared often to the west in cultural, political and historical differences. It was these differences however that drew me to Korea and are the reason that I find myself here now. Differences don’t always have to be negative and as I am about to explain in this article, they are something that should be celebrated appropriately and seen as a positive way to understand each other and move forward as a united world. Although the things I am about to […]
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Facts about South Korea: First time at Seoul

So here we are, South Korea, another language, another culture and another world of what we may be used to, especially talking about manners and politeness. South Korea is known for a society which has a hierarchy and depending on which level you are is the grade of politeness you must use. So first things first.   Korean politeness First of all, since we are talking about an Asian country I guess is implicit that manners and politeness is a must to know when we are traveling to South Korea. The first thing you will notice besides everyone looking at you because […]
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Jeju Island Solo Backpacking: A small person on a big island

Seogwipo City Jeju Island, also known as South Korea's Hawaii, is the dream destination for all South Koreans. Located in the South of South Korea, Jeju Island is furtherer away from Busan, South Korea's second biggest city, than it is from Japan's city of Fukuoka. Jeju Island itself is also a lot bigger than it appears on map. As a solo backpacker, I found that it was simply impossible to backpack Jeju Island solo whilst sticking to my USD 40/day budget. Unless you are willing to spend more money and exceed your budget, you will probably […]
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Seoul: The Fusion of Old and New in the Heart of South Korea

From a global traveler's perspective, Seoul — South Korea’s capital city — is fast becoming a go-to destination. It brims with character, offering both first-time and more frequent visitors an extraordinarily kaleidoscopic and culinary experience without your ever having to leave its gates — some of them impressively real and still standing today. If you want the whole nine yards, you'll need at least five days to squeeze in architecture, culture, food, heritage, and natural beauty. When is the best time to visit South Korea? Timing is an important factor in travel. By knowing which seasonal festivals to attend, you […]
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The Four Seasons of Seoul

Every year for the past five years living in Seoul, we have lived through four seasons, the summer, fall, winter, and spring.  Like a wheel of nature cycling through the four corners of the times, our experiences grew and shaped in a mold toward being great travelers.  The following are great suggestions to go throughout the seasons.  Along the way, you will find many interesting experiences that will be unfolded through your adventures. Summer Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계청) Map: Cheonggyecheong Stream “Jamkanmanyo, Cheonggyecheon odiyeyo?” — “Just a moment please, where is Cheonggyecheong Stream?” — “잠깐만요, 청계청 어디예요?”

Experience the creative side of South Korea in 5 days

I've been to 6 international destinations this year – Kota Kinabalu, Taipei, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh, South Korea, and this trip is by far one for the books, not only because I'm a Korean Drama lover, or a Bigbang fan, but it's the whole cultural and art experience that South Korea gave me during my trip. If you're a person who loves shopping, art, culture, food and the night life, then Seoul is a must-visit for you! My friends and I started planning our trip back in January where flights were still cheap and there were seat sales in […]
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36 Hours in Seoul

Seoul has an undeniable energy.  You can feel its ebb and flow instantly on arrival.  It’s the kind of place that leads you down a seemingly normal, dank alley and just when you think you’re lost, find yourself in the middle of a vibrant nightlife scene.  It’s one of the few places I’ve visited where you can stroll for hours through ancient palaces and temples by day and dine in a 5-star restaurant in a posh shopping district by night.  The juxtaposition of old world Korea and new is a medal worth pinning to its chest — Seoul’s jambalaya of […]
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Korea: visting the demilitarized zone

A little history Before and during world war two. Korea was colonized by Japan for 35 years. After the war was finally over so was the Japenese rule over Korea. The country was left with no government until the united states and the soviet union agreed to occupy and take care of the country until a government was elected. However disputes happened and a decision was never made on who should be the goverment of Korea as a whole. The elections only took place in the south where it became known at the republic of korea and the democratic people's […]
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Layover at Incheon Airport: Best idea ever.

A year ago I traveled with my boyfriend to Japan. Since we were very far away from home, we decided to take advantage of the situation and travel a little bit through Asia. After looking through many different options, we decided to go to the ancient and beautiful country of Cambodia. When we booked the flight, we found out that the best fare was making a 10 hour layover at the South- Korean airport of Incheon. We thought I was going to be a total waste of time but it turned to be the best idea it ever occurred to […]
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One Way Among Seoul’s Thousands of Cafes

Walking the streets of Seoul, South Korea, people are bombarded with option after option if they want a cup of coffee. The hardest thing to find, actually, would be a standard cup o’ joe, but with a bubbling cafe culture diverse in different ways, you won’t miss percolator coffee all that much. Among all those options, there is a lovely cafe called One Way. One Way to Taste Seoul's Cafe Culture I found myself in One Way after scrolling the latte art hashtag on Instagram and finding some of the most beautiful work I had ever seen. Naturally, I wanted […]
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South Korea : Cats and Green Tea

South Korea: Cats and Green Tea When you think about South Korea, what comes to mind? For most people it’s the notoriously pungent kimchi, or it could be the new wave of Kpop music that has hit the charts. Gangnam Style being the prime (and most annoying) example. For girls it could be Hello Kitty, which is Japanese in origin but has exploded all over South Korea. But for me it was cats. Cat cafes to be exact. What’s a cat cafe? Firstly it is NOT a restaurant where people eat cats. People do not eat cats in South Korea. […]
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South Korea: A Kaleidoscope of Country, Concrete, Cool and Kimchi

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“Annyaenghaseyo!”: Your first introductions to Daegu, South Korea The bus comes to a stop at the Daegu bus terminal, the doors open and   you are greeted by the mixed sound of Western and K-POP songs echoing in a valley of high rise apartment blocks, low laying restaurants, kooky coffee shops and countless convenience stores.You step forward, into a reality unlike anything you have experience before, a reality where innovative cutting edge technology, industrious sleep deprived work ethic and progress prioritized city life is beautifully contrasted with respectful rural farming tradition, music […]
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Seoul: Cafés, Coffee shops and Tea houses

Who lived off coffee as a student? Everyone, right? Well, actually I didn't. Give me a cup of earl grey, hot chocolate, or a smoothie! But fact remains that everyone has ducked into a café or coffee shop at some point (probably Starbucks), looking for a temporary fix. Or enough caffeine to not-sleep the next 72-hours. Whatever gets you through the current project. In South Korea, Seoul It’s a little different. I’m sure there are coffee enthusiasts out there who disagree. But the question to be asking is not: Is the coffee good? More likely, someone will say: Hey, I […]
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