Photo: Jeonju Hanok Village
Picking the right destination for vacation is never easy. It seems almost impossible to choose just one place when there are so many things you want to see and do; experience something traditional, capture a beautiful nature scene, and go on a shopping spree. If this is the case you find yourself stuck in, one of the following destinations just might appeal to you. Korea is full of enjoyable attractions to match the personal tastes of all visitors. Keep reading to find your perfect vacation spot!
Photo: Old village appearance at Korean Folk Village (left) / Equestrian Feats performance (right)
Korean Folk Village is extremely popular these days as an exciting trip back in time, exploring the traditional lifestyle of Korea. Korean Folk Village is often used as a filming location for movies and dramas. Visitors can even change into traditional costumes to become the star of their favorite historical K-drama! The village has many fun and exciting events, such as traditional Korean seasonal experiences, making this village attractive to more than just history fans.
- ☞ Address:90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
- ☞ Directions: Sanggal Station (Bundang Line), Exit 3 → Walk approx. 100m to Sanggal Station Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 37 to Korean Folk Village Bus Stop.
- ☞ Operating hours:
February-April: Weekdays 09:30-18:00 / Weekends 09:30-18:30
May-September: Weekdays 09:30-18:30 / Weekends 09:30-19:00
October: Weekdays 09:30-18:00 / Weekends 09:30-18:30
November-January: Weekdays 09:30-17:30 / Weekends 09:30-18:00
- ☞ Admission
- Entry Only: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers 12,000 won / Children 10,000 won
- Ride Pass: Adults 24,000 won / Teenagers 19,000 won / Children 17,000 won
- ☞ Website: www.koreanfolk.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Photo: Juknokwon Bamboo Garden
Wind down from the stress of busy city life in the peace and tranquility of Juknokwon. Taking a walk through one of the eight bamboo courses will definitely heal your body and soul. The bamboo garden is a beautiful, elegant place, rich in anions and oxygen. After taking a stroll between the dense forests, finish up your relaxing day by stopping for a cup of jungnocha tea, made of green tea leaves grown among the bamboo.
- ☞ Address: 119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
- ☞ Directions
- (Seoul→Damyang): Central City Terminal → Damyang Bus Terminal (Adult fare 17,800~26,400 won / Travel time approx. 3hr 30min)
From Damyang Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take Bus No. 311 to Juknokwon Bus Stop.
- ☞ Operating hours: November-February 09:00-18:00 / March-October 09:00-19:00
- ☞ Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
- ☞ Website: juknokwon.go.kr (Korean only)
Photo: Lotte Premium Outlets – Paju Branch (left) / Paju Premium Outlets (right)
Lotte Premium Outlets - Paju Branch and Paju Premium Outlets are the places to be for serious shoppers. Major department stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques are lined up in these mega malls. The two shopping malls house exceptional clothing brands and exclusive discount benefits are always available.
- Lotte Premium Outlets – Paju Branch
- ☞ Address: 390, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
- ☞ Directions: Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 1 → Take Bus No. 2200 to Lotte Premium Outlet Paju Branch Bus Stop → Walk approx. 300m to Lotte Premium Outlets.
- ☞ Operating hours: 10:30-21:00 (Closed the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving))
- ☞ Website: lotteshopping.com (Korean only)
- Paju Premium Outlets
- ☞ Address: 200, Pilseung-ro, Tanhyun-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
- ☞ Directions: Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 1 → Take Bus No. 2200 to Paju Premium Outlets Back Gate Bus Stop → Walk approx. 600m to Paju Premium Outlets
- ☞ Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30-20:30 / Friday-Sunday & public holidays: 10:30-21:00 (Closed the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving))
- ☞ Website: www.premiumoutlets.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Photo: Seoraksan Cable Car (left) / Seoraksan National Park (right)
Seoraksan Mountain is one of the most beautiful places to view fall foilage in Korea. People from all over the country flock to Seoraksan National Park in fall to take in the warm hues of red and gold covering the mountainside in autumn. The hiking trails at Seoraksan Mountain are not difficult, but visitors can also ride the Seorak Sogongwon Cable Car to indulge in the beautiful surroundings more easily.
- ☞ Address:833, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
- ☞ Directions
- (Seoul→Sokcho): Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Sokcho Express Bus Terminal (Adult fare 17,200 won / Travel time approx. 2hr 30min)
From Sokcho Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 7-1 to Sogongwon Park Bus Stop.
- ☞ Admission: Adults 3,500 won / Teenagers 1,000 won / Children 500 won
- ☞ Website: www.knps.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- ☞ Seorak Cable Car
- Address: 1085, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Operating hours: 08:30-17:00 (Hours may change depending on weather conditions)
Fare: Adults & Teenagers 10,000 won / Children 6,000 won
- Website: www.sorakcablecar.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
Photo: Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju is brimming with the best charms and cuisine in the nation. The gathering of traditional hanok houses and other historic buildings, such as Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeondong Catholic Cathedral and Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian Schoolmake it not only easy but also enjoyable for visitors to immerse themselves in Korea’s history. However, more than history, Jeonju's biggest claim to fame is that it is considered the birthplace of bibimbap and kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout and rice soup). These two popular dishes are readily served in restaurants throughout the village.
- ☞ Address: Area of Pungnam-dong∙Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- ☞ Directions
- (Seoul→Jeonju): Yongsan Station → Jeonju Station (Adult fare 34,400 won / Travel time approx. 1hr 40min)
- From Jeonju Station, walk approx. 200m to Jeonju Station Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 119 to Jeondong Cathedral∙Hanok Village Bus Stop → Walk approx. 200m to Jeonju Hanok Village.
- More Info
- ☞ Websites
- Yongin Tourism: tour.yongin.go.kr (Korean only)
- Damyang Tourims: tour.damyang.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Paju Tourism: tour.paju.go.kr (Korean only)
- Sokcho Tourism: www.sokchotour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)
- Jeonju Tourism: tour.jeonju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* This column was last updated in November 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on November 7, 2016>