Want to explore more of what Korea has to offer? Why not take a day trip or weekend break to another city? All of these places are really accessible, so it’s perfect if you have a few spare days left in your trip.
Covered with temples and home to UNESCO World Heritage site, Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon is a temple hoppers dream within easy reach of Seoul. About 30 km outside of Seoul, this city offers a great blend of modern and traditional sites.
Jeonju is a little further afield, but can easily be explored over a weekend. It’s the birthplace of bibimbap and was even named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2012! Apart from being a haven for Korean foodies, the city is also incredibly proud of its history – with hanoks everywhere, there couldn’t be a more picture perfect opportunity.
If you’re looking to take a weekend trip and are in search of a truly traditional Korean experience, then Gyeongju is a must-see destination! Known as the ‘museum without walls’, this city is truly a temple lovers dream and best explored by bike. It was the ancient capital of the Silla kingdom for 1,000 years and is saturated with tombs, Buddhist statues and pagodas.
If you’re looking for beaches, mountains and a vibrant party scene, take a train to Busan. Yes, just like the movie, you can get the KTX from Seoul to the seaside city in just a few hours, but rest assured there’re no zombies. Party the night away at Haeundae beach, hike up to the hidden temple, Seokbulsa, or taste the freshest seafood at Jaglachi fish market. Busan offers a jam packed itinerary of outdoor and city activities, fit for nature lovers and city slickers alike.