Looking to travel to Korea but have no idea where to start? Well, then you’ve come to the right place. Learn about everything you can do in Korea with this ultimate Korea travel guide. This page will include things to do in Korea, the best time to visit Korea, the budget to have in Korea, the top tours and attractions in Seoul, and tips for traveling in Korea. Be sure to start with my Seoul travel tips for first-timers.
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Things to do in Korea
Most tourists visiting Korea only visit the major area like Seoul, Busan, and Jeju, but there is more to do in Korea than just those areas. For example, Gyeongju is one of the most famous places in Korea and is known for its historical and archeological sites that shed light on the city’s rich heritage. It was also the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD). I have broken down each major location to visit below, so be sure to check out the best things to do in each area.
Best time to visit Korea
The best times to visit Korea are during the spring and fall. These times are the best to see the plants changing either with cherry blossoms, flowers, or beautiful fall foliage. The weather is also perfect when it comes to temperature. It’s not too hot and not too cold, making it quite bearable to walk around in.
I would also suggest visiting during winter if you don’t mind the cold. It’s almost always sunny and clear skies during the winter months. I do not recommend visiting during the summer months. It can be quite humid with heaving monsoon rains which will leave you drenched and sweaty.
Budget in Korea
For tourists, I would suggest bringing $50-100 per day on daily expenses excluding the cost of your hotel. This truly depends on how frugal you are and how much you plan to spend. Eating out in Korea can be quite affordable with lots of options, however, if you plan to eat mostly Western food in Korea, it can get pricey unless you stick to fast-food chains like McDonald’s. If you plan on visiting the palaces and taking public transportation, it’s very affordable. Taking taxis can be expensive unless you plan on traveling with a group of people.
Moving to Korea
Moving to Korea depends solely on what your intentions are. If you plan to move to Korea there are few things to consider, for example, how much to save before moving to Korea, what to bring, what not to bring, how to get a visa, getting a criminal background check, how to get your documents apostille and more.
If you are planning to move to Korea to teach English, I would suggest bringing at least $1,000-2,000 USD to last an entire month prior to you get your first paycheck or if you need to make a flight back. If you plan to find your own place and not have provided housing, I would suggest bringing $5,000 USD for the deposit alone, especially if you plan to live in a major city like Seoul, Incheon, Busan, and parts of Gyeonggi-do.
Your monthly budget in Korea can easily be 1,000,000 won per month to live on. It truly depends on how extravagant you plan to live your life here. If you are looking to travel constantly, eat out at foreign restaurants versus Korean restaurants, and more, it can get more costly.
What to Eat in Korea
There are tons of great food in Korea, but it’s quite different from many countries around the world. Korean food consists of a lot of spicy dishes and many dishes are not vegan or vegetarian friendly in Korea. It can be difficult to navigate if you have never had Korean food or not used to eating unique Asian cuisine. Being half Korean, I grew up eating lots of Korean dishes, and most restaurants in the US in the 90s were unapologetically Korean, meaning these dishes did not change to adjust to a Westerner’s palette like Chinese and Japanese food did. Take the time to read my detailed post on the best things to eat in Korea.
Top Tours and Attractions in Seoul
- Rent a Korean hanbok and enter the palaces for free
- Visit Nami Island and the Garden of Morning Calm
- Go on a Han River Cruise
- Learn about the history at the DMZ
- Ride all the rides at the biggest theme park in Korea – Everland
- Enjoy a day at Lotte World
- Go to Seoul Tower in Namsan
- Experience the COEX Aquarium
- Take photos at the Color Pool Museum
- Learn to make Traditional Korean Rice Cake Desserts
Korea Travel Guide Tips and Transportation
- Get a T-Money Card
- Grab a SIM card at the airport. Your phone isn’t unlocked? – Rent a portable wifi device
- Get the Discover Seoul Pass to get into all the major locations and tourist attractions in Seoul
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