South Korea

The Republic of South Korea is a hidden gem of North East Asia. Combining long established cultural attitudes with the advancements of the west, South Korea is an emerging destination. Known as one of The Four Asian Tigers, the Republic of South Korea has effective and efficient infrastructure in place, is technologically advanced, offers a very picturesque landscape as 80% of the land is mountainous and the South Korean people are very warm and welcoming. If you are searching for a travel experience in Asia different from more well worn path, the republic of South Korea should be at the top of considerations.


Highlights & Attractions

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The most heavily militarised zone in the world, the DMZ is a must visit for anyone staying in Seoul. Seperating North Korea from South Korea by neutral land 4km’s wide on the 38th parallel it was formed in 1953, and you can enjoy a 1/2 day tour to either Panmonjeoum or the 3rd infiltration tunnel, or you can turn it into a full day tour. Either way you look, a visit to the DMZ is to be included in any itinerary to South Korea.


Gyeonbokgung Palace

The Royal Palace, and considered to be one of the most scenic locations Seoul, the Palace has been rebuilt


Seoraksan National Park

Recommended to visit in the autumn, the park is considered to be the most beautiful in South Korea and home the the 3rd largest mountain in South Korea, Mt Seoraksan is 1,708 metres (5,603 feet) high.


United Nations Memorial Cemetery

The United Nations Memorial Cemetery ( UNMCK ) is located in southern city of Busan and the burial ground to the UN Command casualties. Home to approx 2,300 graves spread of 35 acres of immaculately manicured grounds this is the only United Nations Cemetery in the world.


Lotte World

Perfect for families Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world and open all year round. Located in Seoul, Lotte World will keep the kids entertained for hours with its multitude of attractions which appeal to all age groups.


Jeju Island

South Korea’s beach playground, located off the southern tip off the Korean peninsula the island is visually spectacular but also offers beach lovers the options to flop and drop. Home to several high end hotels and resorts and easily accessible by a short plane ride, Jeju island is certainly worth considering in your travel plans.


Busan

South Korea’s 2nd largest city and located on the southern end of the peninsula, Busan is home to the most popular beach ( Haeundae  Beach ) and the best sea food in South Korea. Easily accessible as a day trip from Seoul via the KTX fast train, or worthy of spending a few nights exploring the city’s attractions, Busan is certainly a must visit when travelling to South Korea.


Useful Information

Language

The official language of South Korea is Korean. Whilst most signage is throughout the country is also obviously in Korean, the English translation is often located underneath the main text so communicating in South Korea is quite easy.


Currency

The currency of South Korea is the Korean Won ( KRW )and widely used throughout the entire countries. There are many well known established banks and many ATM machines located throughout South Korea.


Visas

Australian passport holders do not require a visa to enter into South Korea if staying for a duration of 90 days or less.


Climate

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average High 'C 2 4 10 18 23 27 29 30 26 20 12 4
Ave Low 'C -6 -4 1 7 13 18 22 22 17 10 3 -3