Are you feeling stifled because you can’t travel due to the pandemic? Korean cities that are hidden gems such as Jeonju, Andong, Mokpo, Busan, and Gangneung are waiting for you!
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Before you travel with friends and family, go on a time travel to Korea’s Jeonju, Andong, and Mokpo. Try traditional liquor and pajeon (green onion pancake) with friends in Jeonju, enjoy mask dance in Andong, and create fun memories walking the retro and charming alleys in Mokpo.
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For our next destination, how about a trip to two beautiful coastal cities, Gangneung and Busan? Take stunning photos on the beach train, eat fresh seafood at a haenyeo village, and try paragliding against the fantastic nature backdrop in Gangneung.
Jeonju is a city with traditional culture and a beautiful hanok village. Walk the streets to immerse yourself in the traditional village atmosphere or try on hanbok (traditional Korean clothes). Everywhere is a photo zone, from an old building housing a portrait of the king who established Joseon and Jeonju’s oldest catholic cathedral to antique stone wall paths. Jeonju is also a great destination for food lovers because of its delicious traditional foods such as bibimbap and scrumptious street foods.
Places to visit in Jeonju
Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum offers visitors the unique chance to explore the world of traditional Korean liquor and engage in related hands-on experience programs. At the museum, visitors can see the tools and machines used in the making of alcohol and get a closer look at the different types of traditional wine in Korea.
- Address: 74, Hanji-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 한지길 74)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min or a bus for approx. 40 min from Jeonju Station
Gyeonggijeon Shrine was erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon dynasty. The shrine was originally given the name Eoyongjeon, but was changed to its current name in 1442, the 24th year of King Sejong the Great.
- Address: 44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 44)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min or a bus for approx. 40 min from Jeonju Station
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Jeonju is one of Korea’s major tourist cities, drawing in both locals and international visitors with its charm. The city has plenty to see, from the ever-popular Jeonju Hanok Village to the hidden attractions of Gaengnidan-gil Road and Wansan Park.
Hahoe Village in Andong is Korea’s most representative folk village with a long history. The village is full of wooden and thatched-roof houses and sits between a river and mountains. It shows Confucian culture from the 14th-15th century and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2010. The village has a beautiful river and lake scenery, perfect for walking around, and a splendid night view as well.
Places to visit in Andong
Hahoe Village is one of the most famous folk villages in Korea. Surrounded by the Nakdonggang River, the village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan, which still makes up 70 percent of the villagers. The village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited on April 21, 1999 and President George H. Bush of U.S.A. in 2005.
- Address: 2-1, Hahoejongga-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 하회종가길 2-1)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station
The view of Woryeonggyo Bridge with the moon's reflection in the Nakdonggang River is a beautiful sight. Woryeonggyo Bridge harbors a tragic yet beautiful legend about a wife who made a pair of mituri (hemp shoes) out of her hair in heartfelt yearning and condolence for her late husband. In commemoration of her pure and noble love, the bridge was designed in the style of mituri.
- Address: Sanga-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 상가동)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal
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Andong is one the best cities to visit for a trip filled with Korea’s traditional culture. Often referred to as “the capital of Korea’s spirit,” Andong has a long history of Confucian culture from the Joseon dynasty, with that same scholarly ambiance found in the city today. Thanks to the newly opened KTX-Eum line, you can quickly travel to Andong and begin exploring the city’s best attractions!
Mokpo is a great port city for enjoying the charm of the sea. Visitors can ride the coastal cable car to get a bird’s-eye-view of the islands dotting the southwest coast or feel the thrill of walking over glass on the sky walk. The sunset is also magnificent. Fresh seafood such as fish, crab, and small octopus is especially popular. Visitors can also travel 100 years into the past by taking a modern architecture tour in the old section of the city.
Places to visit in Mokpo
Yudalsan Mountain, located in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do, is the last mountain of the Noryeong Mountain Range. Despite its low height of only 228 meters, the mountain boasts a panoramic view of the entire city of Mokpo and the sea.
- Address: San 27-3, Jukgyo-dong, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 목포시 죽교동 산27-3)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 5 min from Mokpo Station or approx. 15 min from Mokpo Bus Terminal
Sihwa Village in Seosan-dong has a beautiful view of the port and sea. The villagers’ decorations of writings and paintings attract many tourists as well. In addition, at Yeonhui’s Supermarket, there is a spot to take photos as well as reenact scenes from the movie that was filmed here.
- Address: 14-2, Haean-ro 127beon-gil, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 목포시 해안로 127번길 14-2)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 6 min from Mokpo Station or approx. 15 min from Mokpo Bus Terminal
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Gatbawi Rock and the connecting coastal walkway are a must when visiting Mokpo. Gatbawi Rock is said to look like two men wearing gat (traditional Korean hat).
Gangneung is an east coast getaway with diverse and unique beaches. At Gyeongpo Beach, there is a pine forest and sandy beach, and you can even see the ocean and lake in one spot. Other well-known places in Gangenung are Jeondongjin, a popular place for seeing the sunrise, and Anmok Beach for its Gangneung Coffee Street. In summer, visitors enjoy surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving activities. Gangneung Olympic Park, the venue for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, hosts various performances, exhibitions, and experience programs.
Places to visit in Gangneung
ARTE Museum Gangneung, located by Gyeongpo Lake, is the third immersive media art exhibition presented by d’strict, a digital media design company. There are twelve media art exhibitions centered on the theme “Valley” that reflect the regional characteristics of Gangwon-do and Gangneung, the center of the Baekdu Mountain Range. The works produced under the theme of “Eternal Nature” have vibrant visuals, sensual sounds, and elegant fragrance adding to the entire experience.
- Address: 505-4, Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 초당동 505)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 9 min from Gangneung Station
Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon-do is great for driving or walking through the forest of pine trees that grow next to the beach. There are also many facilities for tourists, including restaurants, accommodations, and even campgrounds, making this beach popular among younger travelers.
- Address: 514, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 창해로 514)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Gangneung Station or Gangneung Bus Terminal
Experience paragliding above the beach in Jeondongjin with a view of the vast sea and mountains.
- Address: 451, Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 강동면 정동진리 451)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Gangneung Station
- Website: jdpara.modoo.at (Korean only)
Wellness tour in Gangneung
PARK ROCHE Resort & Wellness is a place to dedicate yourself to rest and healing, in the bosom of the beautiful nature and the mountains that surround the complex. Its wellness programs cater to the challenges that we face in our lives today.
Busan is an international tourism city full of exciting festivals and fun attractions. Various festivals include the fireworks festival, international film festival, ocean festival, international rock festival, and more. Popular attractions include Haeundae Blueline Park, Lotte World Adventure, hotels with a view, Yeongdo Island’s famous cafés, and more. Visitors can also enjoy touring for food at Korea’s largest fish market, Jagalchi Market, and street food heaven, Gukje Market. To top it off, enjoy every aspect of tourism in Busan at large shopping spots and international-sized exhibitions.
Places to visit in Busan
When the lights lit up after sundown, the nightscape of the Marine City can compete with world famous nightscape locations such as Hong Kong and Shanghai. With various restaurants, cafes and bars along the street, it is a popular destination for people of all ages.
- Address: U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 우동)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 11 min from Suyeong Station (Busan Subway Line 3), Exit 2
Haenyeo are women divers who collect various seafood in the ocean and can still be seen in Jeju, Busan, and the southern regions. At the haenyeo village in Yeongdo, Busan, visitors can eat fresh seafood caught by haenyeo with soju right in front of the ocean.
- Address: San65-1, Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (부산시 영도구 동삼동 산65-1)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Busan Station
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What are the trending keywords for a trip to Busan? A panoramic view from 100 floors above ground, a ride that speeds 100-kilometers into a water tank, and a hair-raising train ride along the coastline are some of the most electrifying experiences you can encounter in Busan. Get ready to have loads of fun on your trip to Busan!