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South Korea - tourist guide for holidays

South Korea is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. South Korea is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well. Here you can find useful information about traveling in this country: prices, accommodation, itineraries, statistics and more.

South Korea - the best places to see

South Korea If you compare South Korea with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Seoul (Insadong quarter + Kyongbokkung palace + Gwanghwamun square + Blue House)
  • Kosong demilitarized zone
  • Sinheungsa temple
  • Hahoe folk village
  • Gyeongju (former capital city - mountains + sea)
  • Seokguram Grotto - temple (UNESCO)
  • Bulguksa temple (UNESCO)
  • Busan - temple + sea
  • Haeinsa temple - mountains
  • Jeju island
  • Udo island

South Korea - useful information

~ Protestant: 19.7 %
~ Buddhist: 15.5 %
~ Roman Catholic: 7.9 %
~ no religion: 56.9 %
Religion - South Korea
South Korea: flagCapital: Seoul
Area: 99,720 km2
Number of inhabitants: 51,181,295
Currency: South Korean Won (₩)
Language: Korean language
Time zone: GMT+9 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +82
Mobile phones system: CDMA, LTE
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: english at inhabitants - medium
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - South Korea

South Korea - Travellers Forum

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South Korea - the map and typical itinerary

South Korea - map
Itinerary 1: Seoul (Insadong quarter + Kyongbokkung palace + Gwanghwamun square + Blue House) + day trip - Kosong demilitarized zone + Sinheungsa temple - historical landmarks - days: 3, Hahoe folk village + Gyeongju (former capital city - mountains + sea) + day trip - Seokguram Grotto - temple (UNESCO) + Bulguksa temple (UNESCO) - culture + walks + relax - days: 4, Busan - temple + sea + day trip - Haeinsa temple - mountains - culture + relaxation at sea - days: 3, Seoul (Insadong quarter + Kyongbokkung palace + Gwanghwamun square + Blue House) - days: 1
Itinerary 2: Seoul (Insadong quarter + Kyongbokkung palace + Gwanghwamun square + Blue House) - historical landmarks - days: 2, Hahoe folk village + Seokguram Grotto - temple (UNESCO) + Bulguksa temple (UNESCO) + Busan - temple + sea + day trip - Haeinsa temple - mountains - historical landmarks + culture + walks + relax - days: 4, Jeju island + Udo island - relax + trekking + relaxation at sea - days: 4, Seoul (Insadong quarter + Kyongbokkung palace + Gwanghwamun square + Blue House) - days: 1
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbol
  • Cheap accommodation: $10
  • Medium accommodation: $30
  • Expensive accommodation: $70
  • Cheap meal: $6
  • Medium meal: $15
  • Expensive meal: $30
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

South Korea on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: South Korea may have different names in different languages. For example Jižní Korea, Südkorea, Corée du Sud, Corea del Sur. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (abbreviated ROK), is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Officially, its territory consists of the whole Korean Peninsula and its adjacent islands, which are largely mountainous. South Koreans lead a distinctive urban lifestyle, as half of them live in high-rises concentrated in the Seoul Capital Area with 25 million residents. The capital Seoul is the world's sixth leading global city with the fifth largest economy and is the seventh most sustainable city in the world. The earliest neolithic Korean pottery dates to 8000 BC, with three kingdoms flourishing in the 1st century BC. The name Korea is derived from one of them, Goguryeo, which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time.

An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1910, Tokyo formally annexed the entire Peninsula. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the US in 1945. After World War II, a democratic-based government (Republic of Korea, ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside ROK soldiers to defend South Korea from a DPRK invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union. A 1953 armistice split the Peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. PARK Chung-hee took over leadership of the country in a 1961 coup. During his regime South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to roughly 17 times the level of North Korea.
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