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Most Famous Korean Places in Beautiful South Korea

Updated on February 29, 2016

South Korea is one of the few destinations in the world that very few travelers know about despite its beautiful landscape and exotic lifestyle. If you are fortunate enough to have the time to visit this small exotic destination, then there are plenty of famous places in South Korea you should probably visit. Here is some interesting information on South Korea that you may need to know before going on your trip.

South Korea is considered one of the most developed countries in the world. Having a democratic government, the country’s economy receives a major boost from its exports. Typically, South Korean citizens have a high standard of living and the country has already been identified by the World Bank as one which has an advanced economy.

If you are looking for places to visit, there are plenty of famous places in South Korea for your enjoyment. The Changdeokgung Palace is perhaps the most popular especially with foreign tourists. The Palace has plenty of historical significance. Often referred to as the “Palace of Prospering Value” and happens to be one of the five original grand palaces which were built during the Joseon Dynasty. Having been home to several Korean rulers, the palace has been through several events such as the Japanese invasion in 1952. A typical tour of the palace would normally take about one to two hours. Guided tours are normally available from April through to November, with plenty of English guided tours available.

One of the South Korean wonders is Mt. Sorak, which is the tallest mountain in the Taebaek range. Being about 15 minutes away from Seokcho City, the mountain as well as its surrounding Seoraksan national park has plenty of places to see. Some of the popular places include Yukdam and Biryeong Waterfalls as well as the challenging rock formation, “Ulsanbawi.” There are hikes for beginners and also advanced trails. For the main trail, you should either start out VERY early, or you should take a tent, as it takes around 6 hours in each direction. There are both mountain trails and natural walks, all of which offer stunning scenery and beautiful clean air. This is one of the best natural parts that I have seen and I will definitely return. However, be warned that long weekends can get extremely busy, just look at the way the bus in the photos is being PACKED!

If you visit South Korea, then you will more than likely visit Seoul. Seoul, the capital of South Korea has plenty to offer to the avid tourist. For shoppers, they will find numerous shopping malls available to meet their needs. Having a rich historical past, the city has plenty of palaces for one to visit if they wish to. Lastly, the city has a vibrant night life, quite a different aspect than most would associate with its traditional South Korea culture. As such, it remains something to be sampled whenever in Seoul.

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Nice photos, Brett. South Korea sounds like an interesting place to visit.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I would love to visit South Korea some day. Your pictures are beautiful! I love the trees and rivers and hiking. The rock climbing I would have to leave to someone else! LOL I would really love to see the palace. Your hubs are awesome, allowing me to visit places I will probably never get to see in person. Voted up and SHARING! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Your hub is AWESOME Brett. Beautiful pictures. Voting up and thanks for SHARING.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Hey Guys n Gals, sorry I'm a bit late replying, been applying for jobs and playing catch-up on here. However, yes they are my photos. Most are from an old Nokia phone, so I was really pleased with the results!

      The climbs vary, but you can do everything from a stroll to vertical cliff face climbing ... the choice is your, or maybe it's your body's lol.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I was at the Seoraksan national park in November, a few years ago, it was extremely cold as our bus arrived at 7.30am. Wow, the chilly wind was most unexpected and we were all not properly dressed for this weather!

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      CreateHubpages 5 years ago

      One of my favorite place to visit in South Korea is the City of Seoul.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love the photographs and am totally inspired to visit South Korea! Rated up - best, Steph

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What great photos that you took of places in South Korea. It truly appears to be a beautiful place. Hope that you write more about it and show more photos. Useful, interesting, beautiful votes and sharing.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a marvelous country! Looking at your breathtaking pictures, I realize I must go there one day. However, for now; Thanks for a wonderful journey into this incredible country. Thanks for SHARING!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Thank you for these great comments.

      I have to confess though, the pictures were just taken on an OLD Nokia phone, 3 megapixels I think lol. Was pleased with how the colours came out though.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Wow! I would almost give anything to spend a day hiking at Mt. Sorak. I love the outdoors and this seems like a beautiful place to visit. Before I read this hub I literally knew nothing about South Korea. You are very fortunate to live there. The Changdeokgung Palace seems to be a treasure trove rich with history. Your photography is absolutely incredible. What kind of camera did you use for these pictures? Thanks for SHARING.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very detailed hub on South Korea. This made me want to visit South Korea in the future. Captivating photos!

      Thanks for SHARING! Useful & Interesting. Voted up and socially shared.

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Photograph are just amazing, by watching these now i would love to visit South Korea.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Someday I will visit this place Brett but for now I need to work hard to earn the money that I need to spend to get there and have a great time.

      Right now all I do is drool at those wonderful picture that you have posted. This will be my inspiration to work harder :)

      Thank you for sharing this.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      There is no way I will be visiting South Korea. I am having a virtual tour in this hub

      Thanks for SHARING these beautiful photographs!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      The photographs of the mountains remind me of my childhood. The trees are different but the scenery as beautiful. If life was different I would be packing right now.

      The great thing about owning a business like mine is I can work from anywhere there is internet access, as long as I can find someone trustworthy to handle the local business.

      Traveling for me personally is very expensive. I am at a point in my life where a personal attendant is necessary for long distance travel. A four day business trip last year just six hundred miles each way cost over $5000 dollars.

      I am afraid what I will see of the rest of the world now will be through the eyes of others. Thanks for SHARING these wonderful pictures and words explaining your current home in the world.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Brett,

      This hub has spectacular photographs of the mountainous region you speak of.

      The second photo looks like a pretty hectic climb?

      As you point out there are other less arduous routes and I just wondered if there was a way to drive up, for the less energetic?

      The scenery is stunning and we really must come there when it is possible.

      Thanks for a beautiful glimpse into this fascinating country.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Nice photos. It is an interesting and beautiful country. Voted up. socially shared.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful pix and informative hub.

      dunno when I will visit that country but thanks for enlightening me :)

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Lovely photos. Thanks. Sandra Busby

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These photos are spectacular. I assume they're yours? Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What an amazing country. The photos are fabulous and the scenery is breathtaking. I must definitely visit South Korea before I die.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Also socially shared.

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      MP50 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, voted up useful and informative thanks for SHARING.

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