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Looking to add to your travel itinerary? Check out some of these picturesque South Korean spots!

Everyone seems to have found a new appreciation for South Korean culture. There's no doubt that when travel picks up again, this East Asian nation will be first on the bucket lists of many. As you prepare for your future itinerary, remember to add these beautiful, Instagram-worthy spots right on there. 

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1. Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju

Travel back in time to the Joseon Dynasty as you take a stroll through the lovely streets of Jeonju Hanok Village. This historical district retains some of the most recognisable distinctions of the time and is the perfect place to visit as one looking for a taste of local culture or history. Through these streets, tourists and locals can enjoy a taste of locally made soju and bibimbap. Tourists can also visit the impressive Jeonju National Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of artefacts from the region and around the country. 


2. Seoraksan National Park, Seoraksan-ro

Looking for a taste of adventure? You may just find it at Seoraksan National Park, one of Korea's most picturesque. This national park is home to over 2,000 animal species, not to mention some epic panoramas. There are verdant pine forests, jagged mountain peaks, and crystal clear bodies of water you can pause to rest at. It's also very accessible, with maps available in both English and Korean. 

3. Nami Island

Nami Island is a popular day trip for many locals and tourists. Accessible via a 20-30 minute ferry from Seoul, Nami Island is known for its colourful tree-lined paths, known as the Metasequoia-lined Road. There's no perfect time to visit Nami, as each season brings about new splashes of colour that are sure to entice families, friends, and couples. There are also a host of activities available on the island, including top restaurants and cafes, as well as hotels that can cater to those looking to explore the island in the coming days. 

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4. 5 Royal Palaces, Seoul

As the capital of South Korea, Seoul holds a very important place in the country's cultural movement. One of its many wonderful tourist attractions remains to be the 5 Royal Palaces that surround the city: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. Each of these edifices comes with its own rich history that anyone can appreciate. Not to mention its traditional architecture is a popular choice for those looking to take fantastic pics for the 'gram. 

5. Lotte World, Seoul

What's a vacation without a trip to the amusement park? Lotte World is South Korea's answer to a day well spent. Its massive size is home to a subway station, department store, and hotel. Everyone who visits looks forward to ride The Conquistador or the French Revolution roller coaster; though some prefer a more relaxing stroll around Magic Island. Either way, this amusement park is a fun, whimsical way to spend the day—and take photos as well!

6. Hwadam Botanical Garden, Gyeonggi-do

Newly minted plantitos and plantitas are sure to enjoy a visit to the Hwadam Botanical Garden on their next trip to South Korea. This arboretum boasts 17 gardens with over 4,300 plant species. There are elegant birch trees and blooming azalea flowers, not to mention a delightful pond. But perhaps the best part of Hwadam Botanical Garden is its accessibility: it's wheelchair friendly and can also be an easy day trip for families with baby strollers. Those with difficulty walking can also tour through the area via the monorail that gives viewers a glimpse at Moss Garden, Hwadam Botanic Garden summit, and Bonsai Garden.

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7. Dumulmeori, Gyeonggi-do

Vacations are all about relaxation. If you're one of the many people looking to do just that, then head over to Dumulmeori, a tranquil site right by the Bukhangang River. This is a popular destination for shoots: be it for weddings or local TV shows and films. It's particularly beautiful during a winter sunrise when the morning mist creates a dreamy landscape across the waters and mountains. 


8. The Garden of Morning Calm, Gyeonggi-do

Even those who haven't visited Korea yet may be familiar with The Garden of Morning Calm. It's been made popular by a host of K-Drama series including Love in the Moonlight. The imposing silhouette of Chungnyeonsan Mountain hovers in the distant horizon to give the surrounding area a fantastic panorama. Around the garden itself are a fantastic collection of seasonal flowers. Cherry blossoms dot the hills during spring while lotus flowers are more abundant during summer: a beautiful backdrop for a lovely afternoon in South Korea. 

9. Museum SAN, Gangwon-do

If you're looking for something beautiful, head over to a museum. Right at the entrance, Museum SAN in Gangwon-do features a striking sculpture by Alexander Liberman where guests often pose for pictures. Inside, there's a permanent exhibition on the history of paper, as well as ink and brush painting. Surrounding the museum is also a James Turrell Exhibition, not to mention fantastic views of birch trees and water. In the winter, a blanket of snow often dusts the area to make for more spectacular viewing. 

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10. Haedong Yonggung Temple, Busan

For something more spiritual, visit the Haedong Yonggung Temple. It's set by the rocky coastline of Busan, overlooking a beautiful beachside for dramatic views. The temple was first constructed in the 1300's but had been reconstructed during the 1970's. Today, it's a very popular spot for those looking to pray, meditate, or simply catch the sunrise. 


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