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 […]
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Seoul: War Sites to Visit

Where can we find the remnants of war in societies that have been subjugated by cultural phenomena such as Korean pop? Seoul is one of many places in South Korea where you can revisit the Korean War (1950-1953). Here are some of the iconic ones. 1-. Korean War Memorial West […]
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Why you should start your trip to Argentina by Iguazu Falls

Argentina is such a vast country with a wide variety of landscapes to explore, so make a decision about where to start to see it is not a simple task. Arrive in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital city with its European architecture and fascinating nightlife, is the easy choice (especially […]
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How to spend the perfect day in Koreatown Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States. Been there, done that? Did you, though?! Have you seen the real Los Angeles? Did you get lost in its different neighborhoods, experienced the vibrant multiculturalism and tried out the great food from all over the world? I wish I could tell you all about, but […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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El Nido guide by a local expat

I cried the first I arrived in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. I had seen the pictures before I went but I couldn’t believe what my eyes were looking at when I arrived there. I had a perfect view of Cadloa lagoon from the balcony at my accommodation, and the mountain, […]
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Ideal Itinerary for Beijing Tour

One of my dream destinations is Beijing and it is primarily because of the Great Wall of China. This is why my friend, Feli, and I planned to celebrate our Y2015 birthdays here. However, we learned that it is not easy to communicate with the locals because only a few […]
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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, […]
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Lovely and tasty places in Seongbuk-Dong

Seoul is the fastest city in South Korea. Everything goes fast and people are always in hurry. You may know Korean characteristics, especially Seouler. Change is good and as you know well, Korea developed and grew up in various industries of all fields. But here is the small town you […]
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Seoul – An Unconventional New Year's Eve Celebration at Bosingak

Starting the year afresh on foreign grounds does seem like an enjoyable feat. ‘Something different for a change’ is what we would convince ourselves while imagining a plethora of fireworks painting the night sky while pieces of chopped up paper littered the grounds. Granted, that’s how we would do it […]
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Things to do when in Tongyeong!

So you have made your way to one of the southernmost cities in South Korea, Tongyeong, and you’re not really sure what to do. Well, don’t worry! After having experienced a few activities during my time there, here is my list of things you can do in Tongyeong. 1. Skyline […]
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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 […]
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KOREA: Best things to do during winter

One of the best places to set foot on during the holidays is Korea. Its growing popularity due to television dramas turned it into an ultimate travel destination and we can’t afford to miss that. Korea is a recommended getaway for families, friends, couples and even for solo travelers due […]
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Daejeon: The little Seoul

Daejeon. When you are asked to mention a few Korean cities, probably this one doesn’t ring a bell. And makes sense. Daejeon is a small city in the central region of South Korea, located 50min away by train from the capital. It is considered the 5th largest metropolis in the […]
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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 […]
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3 Kooky Things That Make Budapest a Gem

After I graduated from college, I circumnavigated the globe with my a cappella group. It sounds insane, and for good reason. It absolutely was. About midway around the world, we stopped for almost a week in Budapest, Hungary. Before arriving there, we had visited Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and […]
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Korea's Second Seoul: Where to go and what to do in Busan

So you’ve been in Seoul for a while, and you’re starting to wonder what Korea would looks like with a little less smog and a few more beaches. Luckily, the second-biggest city in Korea has both of those things, and is a welcome respite from the breakneck pace of life […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Canada’s First Capital : Kingston, Ontario

Setting off Living really far North in upstate New York means my hubby and I really feel far from civilisation. Our beloved New York City is a tiresome five-hour drive away, and even the closest major city, Syracuse, is a little over an hour away itself. But one of the […]
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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 […]
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Negeri Sembilan: Where On Earth Is That?

When mentioning Malaysia, tourists usually only have heard about Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Malacca, Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru, Sabah, and Sarawak. There are 14 states in Malaysia. I came from Negeri Sembilan (NS) – not a famous tourism destination except for the beaches in Port Dickson – but surely has its own attractions […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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South Korea: A Kaleidoscope of Country, Concrete, Cool and Kimchi

Ripe Red Pepper Kimchi! “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 […]
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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 […]
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One Day Trip to Oxford, England

What to do in Oxford, England In this post, I'll tell you how I traveled to Oxford, what I ate there, where to get a great view of the city, what I saw, and many more. Stay tune for a great story! To get to Oxford, I took an Oxford Tube bus from […]
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Breaking Out, and into Paris, France

I had made the decision to travel Europe sever months prior, in one of those drunken promises a person makes when in love with new friends and intoxicated on new surrounds, but I believe alcohol is the main ingredient in compulsive promises. To briefly surmise the events that led up […]
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