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A captivating mix of old traditions and new wave popular culture, South Korea is unveiling a new and exciting side to Asia. Classical beauty and deep-rooted history sit side by side with modern innovation and a fast-paced food scene to tickle your taste buds, all encircled by a dramatic coastline that shifts from beach paradise to winter wonderland with the seasons. It’s true, a custom-made holiday in South Korea is full of the unexpected. While South Korea has long been known as the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, its tumultuous modern history stands at odds with this serene sobriquet. Today, South Korean corporations, including electronics giant Samsung and manufacturer Hyundai, have become household names around the globe. Korean culture, particularly pop music has slowly risen to prominence, first across Asia and later the world. There’s nothing not to love in this unique place and your holiday will be full to the brim with exciting sights, sounds and tastes around every corner with our fascinating guides who will show you the best of the country.
Seoul will entice you with its lively culture, Vibrant atmosphere and its energetic pace. Sitting on the Han River with an impressive skyline, this metropolis is considered one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Easily accessible, the capital city is made up of 25 districts, further sub divided into smaller neighbourhoods - areas and attractions of notable interest include Jongno, home to Seoul’s five palaces including Gyeongbokgung and Bukchon Hanok Village, a collection of traditional Korean houses; Myeongdong, a shoppers paradise; Dongdaemun, where Heunginjimun Gate can be admired; Hongdae, with its quirky themed cafes; and the newer and wealthier quarters of Gangnam.
With something to offer everyone, this port city will charm you from the moment you arrive. As the country’s seconds largest city, it boats beautiful stretches of beach with luxury hotels in a the vibrant Haeundae and quieter area of Gwangan. Fish markets are abundant, with great fresh seafood aa staple for many - Jagalachi Market, the largest of them all offers an intriguing eye opener. Get lost amid the laneways of Gamecheon Culture Village – be sure to bring your camera. The Many hot springs, markets, shopping locations and the old stone walls of Geumjeong Fortress, the buddisht temple of Beomeosa and Yonggungsa temple are also worthy of a mention.
Get a sense of where you are, and to see what Busan looks like from above. Built in 1973, you get a brilliant view of the port from up here, and there’s even a café so you can snack while you see.
Galmegi Brewing Co is an American-style brewery and brewpub decorated with the works of local artists. Designed in polished concrete and pale wood, it’s a delightful place to drop in for a cold beer on a hot day.
Enjoy a fusion of local history and tasty street food while wandering through neighbourhood streets in Insadong, be Introduced to authentic ribs and pancakes, along with dessert washed down with rice wine. Stroll along Chyenggyecheon waterway a reclaimed stream in downtown Seoul, visit an historic temple and ancient alleyways.
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