What are the cities in South Korea

Vacation in South Korea - of megacities, historical heritage and beautiful nature

Arrival to South Korea

South Korea is around 8,700 kilometers from Germany. So you have to expect correspondingly long flight times. The direct connection from Frankfurt am Main or Munich to Seoul takes around 10.5 hours and is offered by Lufthansa. You will also find transfer connections from all German airports: for example via Dubai with Emirates or with a stop in Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Seoul is the most important international airport and is usually the first destination on your vacation in South Korea. There are also the following airports in the country:

  • Incheon (ICN)

  • Busan (PUS)

  • Muan (MWX)

  • Jeju (CJU)

  • Daegu (TAE)

If you would like to combine a vacation in South Korea with a trip to Japan or China, you can also take the ferry: For example, you can take one from Osaka or Tsushima Ferry to Busan. The route is offered by various shipping companies, including Korea Ferry and Panstar Cruise Ferry. You can also get to South Korea from numerous Chinese cities by boat: From the ports of Dandong, Yantai or Tianjin you can reach Busan in 14 to 24 hours, depending on the starting point and route.

Entry and visa information for South Korea

For entry into South Korea your passport is enough - A visa is not necessary unless you no longer than 90 days stays in the country. Upon entry, your biometric data will be recorded and you will have to hand in a fingerprint.

Where do you go on vacation in South Korea? Cities, destinations and regions

City or country, beach or culture? At a Vacation in South Korea you don't have to decide for either or - you will find everything in this East Asian country. We'll provide you most beautiful destinations and the most important highlights in South Korea in front.

The capital Seoul: tradition, modernity and night life

Your first point of contact with South Korea is usually this Capital Seoul. And you should devote a few days to this, because there is a lot to discover and experience - both during the day and at night.

During the day you should take a little time for culture: that's how they are five great palaces all worth a visit. They were at the time of the last koreanKingdom in the Joseon Dynasty erected, which lasted from 1392 to 1910. The oldest and at the same time largest palace is the Gyeongbokgung from 1395. However, the original building was demolished during Japanese rule at the beginning of the 20th century. The current palace was reconstructed true to the original in the 1990s and now shines again in its old splendor.

One fantastic overview of the city and you get the environment if you dare to go up very high: first on the Namsan Mountain, on which a cable car will take you, and then to the N Seoul Tower, the city's landmark, where you can enjoy the skyline. Especially for sunset the view is simply breathtaking!

Other must-see attractions in Seoul include:

  • the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Shopping center and architectural highlight by Zaha Hadid

  • the Banpo Bridge, Water games and light show in the evening

  • the Bukchon village on the northern outskirts, the traditional South Korea up close

Bukhansan National Park: experience nature

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, just get on the bus in Seoul: Only a few stops separate you from a natural highlight, namely the one Bukhansan National Park. The landscape is shaped by the Bukhansan Mountain with its rugged cliffs and sweeping mountain curves. In contrast, there are the green valleys, tranquil rivers and dense forests. Numerous hiking trails lead through the national park - including to the fortress Bukhansanseong, which was once supposed to protect the country from conquest with mighty walls.

No man's land in the north: the DMZ

About 50 kilometers outside of Seoul is the border to North Korea and in front of it lies the demilitarized zone DMZ. The strictly guarded area is a special kind of attraction - and a guarantee for goose bumps. The DMZ is one of the best guarded zones in the world. You can only visit them with guided tours and you should definitely familiarize yourself with the safety regulations beforehand.

Dream beach in East Asia: Jeju Beach

The water shimmers turquoise blue, the sky looks deep blue, the sand is snow-white and delicate as icing sugar: If you have this view in front of you, you are on the island of Jeju-Do in the East China Sea on the south coast of the Korean peninsula. The Volcanic island is a popular holiday destination, especially with the South Koreans: The climate is milder than in the rest of the country and the landscape is simply enchanting. From the crater rim of the Seongsan Ilchulbong volcano you have a unique view of the island and the surrounding sea.

Beautiful cities in South Korea

Seoul

Of course, the beautiful, South Korean capital Seoul not missing. The city is home to some of the best markets and nightlife areas in Asia and is also that absolute paradise for shopping fans. Seoul just gushes off Art, culture and going out. But relaxation is not neglected either, because the pulsating metropolis also offers quiet corners cozy teahouses or in green parks bedded Palaces. You have a special experience in Seoul at the beginning of April, when thousands of flowers immerse the land in it Cherry blossom sea of ​​flowers.

Our pirate tip: Seoul is known for its vibrant nightlife - from one of the countless restaurants to the karaoke bar and on to a club in the Gangnam district - which you may know from the YouTube hit of the same name. The quarter is one of the fancier nightlife areas in the South Korean capital.

Busan

It doesn't always have to be Seoul. A major South Korean city that offers at least as many adventures is Busan. The second largest city in the country is located on the South coast and is also a tourist magnet due to its exposed location on the East China Sea. Thanks to their proximity to the sea, you will also find the best fish in the country. You should definitely go to one of the many restaurants but also on the incredible street food markets test from Busan! Busan has a completely different atmosphere than the capital: Numerous temples, Green spaces and contemplative quarters shape the cityscape and with the Haeundae Beach lies one of the most popular beaches in South Korea just outside the city gates.

Incheon

Incheon is that third largest city in South Korea and has a lot to offer. Even so, it will be because of her Proximity to Seoul often overlooked. Incheon is just right there 28 km west of the capital Seoul. But actually it couldn't be better for you than having two such great cities practically next to each other! The two cities are grown together almost seamlessly, even the subway networks are now connected. Some of our Highlights in Incheon include Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village, Baengnyeongdo Island, Jajangmyeon Museum, Songdo Central Park and many more.

Daegu

It goes on after Daegu. With nearly2.5 million inhabitants is it the fourth largest city in South Korea and not even two hours from Seoul. Here you can really experience an incredible amount and that off the typical tourist trails. For example, here are some of the coolest festivals of South Korea instead of like the Chicken and Beer Festival. Plus you have a few here fantastic hiking trails With breathtaking views, huge traditional markets and fascinating temples. K-Drama fans in particular should not miss Daegu. Here were already shot many scenes for K-dramas, e.g. for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.

Seogwipo

Seogwipo is anything but a metropolis and differs with it not even 160 thousand inhabitants clearly from the previous cities that we have presented to you here. Nevertheless, Seogwipo should not be missing here, because the city is simply picturesque. The second largest city in the South Korean island province of Jeju-dois right on the volcanic coast and inspires, among other things two fantastic waterfalls. As you can see, the focus here is not on skyscrapers & Co., but above all on one unique backdrop! Incidentally, there were also some games of the Football World Cup 2002 take place, including the round of 16 between Germany and Paraguay.

Gangneung

Similar to Seogwipo is also written Gangneung may not be on every South Korea itinerary, but it should. These too “Smaller” town with 230 thousand inhabitants shines mainly through his incredible setting. For one thing, the city is on the East coast of South Korea on the Sea of ​​Japan located, but also on the other hand in the Taebaek Mountains.

So you have the most beautiful of two worlds: fantastic beaches and breathtaking mountains. For all Sports enthusiasts So this is really paradise, whether hiking, surfing, cycling, scuba diving or kiteboarding, everyone gets their money's worth here. Perhaps the name Gangneung comes from the sports enthusiasts in particular Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics 2018 known, because this is where the ice sports competitions were held.

This is of course also an absolute must-see in Gangneung Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival in April. The cherry blossoms bloom along a 4.3 km long road on Gyeongpoho Lake. Other great ones Festivals are for example Gangneung Danoje, Gyeongpo Summer Festival or the Gangneung Coffee Festival.

The best time to travel to South Korea

The weather in South Korea is comparable to that of Europe: warm summers, cold, rather wet winters and mild autumn and spring. In April you can expect average temperatures of 16 degrees, the hottest months are July and August, where the thermometer often climbs to over 30 degrees. From June, the summer monsoon dominates the weather, which is why heavy rainfall and a warm and humid climate can be expected. The hottest months are therefore also the wettest. If you want to visit South Korea, the months March to May and September are best. In October it slowly gets cooler, in winter the temperatures often drop to minus ten degrees.

Culture and behavior in South Korea

South Korea is a quiet country: Loud statements or even outbursts of anger are frowned upon. Willingness to help is very important: If you are looking for the right path, you will certainly be approached quickly and people will try to help you further. Around a quarter of South Koreans are Buddhist. If you follow a few basic rules of conduct, you will be on the safe side in day-to-day interaction: For example, it is considered impolite to point your finger at someone, and the soles of your feet should never be pointed at someone.

The cuisine of South Korea

Kimchi is one of the most typical Korean dishes: the lactic-acid vegetables are served with almost every dish. You should also try one or the other restaurant in Seoul or in the country - because Korean cuisine is unique. Aromas of garlic, ginger and peppers combine with sesame oil, seaweed and fish sauce, rice, meat and seafood to create delicious dishes. A typical drink that you can find in every restaurant in the country is Soju, Korean vodka.

Popular accommodations

In the cities you will find a large number of hotels: luxury houses with every comfort, middle-class houses and simple guesthouses. The hotel standard is high throughout the country, so you can expect western comfort. If you're out and about in the country, you can also stay in one of the minibaks: In the private rooms you can experience authentic Korean life - they are often the only way to spend the night in regions outside the cities and tourist resorts. Camping is generally allowed, but not common.

A vacation in South Korea combines adventurous tours through up-and-coming cities, a colorful nightlife and unique nature experiences.