Why I want to travel to: South Korea

Korea has been one of those countries in Asia that I’ve always wanted to visit for many reasons. If it weren’t for traveling to Japan this year, South-Korea would have probably been the next destination.

So in the hopes of inspiring others to one day visit South-Korea, I’ve highlighted some of the reasons I want to go.

#1 Culture

The main thing that usually attracts me to visit a foreign country is their culture. I always enjoy exploring cultures that are different than the ones I’m used to. That’s why South-Korea looks like a wonderful place to visit. From what I’ve read showing respect to others is a big thing in South-Korea, which is something that I admire from Asian countries.

What’s also attractive about South-Korea is how innovation is king. Living in a country that constantly tries to do new things speaks for how creative they must be as a country.

#2 Korean Food

I’ve had Korean-BBQ twice here in Amsterdam and both times it was amazing. But I believe that if you want to try something in its best form you should go to the place where it’s from. And that’s why I would love to try everything the Korean cuisine has to offer in their own country!

I recommend that you checkout the following Instagram account which can serve as a food guide for South-Korea.

#3 Sights

From all the countries in Asia, South-Korean is my favorite. Cities like Busan and Seoul are filled with awesome houses, buildings and temples that I hope to see one day.

And most importantly, visiting a building that allows me to see the entire city from a nice view is always a must-do to me. That’s why visiting the Seoul tower at night is definitely on my to-do list!

If you want to see more of South-Korea, take a look at this Instagram:

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What’s something you would recommend to do in South-Korea?


11 thoughts on “Why I want to travel to: South Korea

  1. I had an opportunity to go to Seoul about 15 years ago and it was a delight. The people are so respectful of each other and the children are allowed great freedom because they are so well behaved. I cannot say I enjoyed the food, but the sights were great. I stayed in the financial district and there was a Buddhist temple across the street. I went almost every day. You climb this big hill, hear lots of chanting and percussion, and see prayer cloths hanging from lines run between trees blowing in the wind. The palaces are great and there was a village I went to but don’t remember the name. It was outside the city and it showed a history of housing in Korea. There was a huge underground shopping district under my hotel which was fun to explore. Definitely go. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay there! The reason I wrote this post is to also see other people’s experiences there and share their stories. Your comment makes me look forward even more. If you have any more stories about your stay there please feel free to share it!

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      1. Well, since you asked, I have two posts inspired from that visit. Good Fortune in Itaewon https://intentionalinterplay.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/good-fortune-in-itaewon/ was inspired by a shopping trip in Seoul. It is a great tourist place to get great deals! Red Eye Flight https://intentionalinterplay.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/red-eye-flight-724/ was inspired by a memory of that beautiful Buddhist temple where I so felt enveloped in kindness. Enjoy!

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  2. Hi Gabriel!
    I lived in South Korea as an ESL Teacher so I know a TON about life in SOKO. First, I think it’s really neat that you have so much interest to go there. Why not make some plans and go because there is so much that Korea can offer you. I recommend basing yourself in Seoul for at least a week and visiting Insadong, Gyeongbukgong Palace, Hongik, Sinchon. South Korea is very user friendly and safe. I was just in Korea two months ago for a short revisit and fell in love all over again with the country.

    Check out my blog: http://www.travelwithalana.com for more information about things to do in Korea.

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