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A South Korea Guide To A Dream Holiday

Updated on January 12, 2015
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

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"The Land Of The Morning Calm"

Welcome to this South Korea Guide to a beautiful country that was named 'Chaohsien' meaning morning freshness in 1934 by an emperor of the Ming dynasty of China, the Celestial Empire of the East. The name reflected it's stunning scenery and picturesque tranquility of high mountains and clear lakes particuarly at the beginning of the day, and so South Korea became known as The Land Of The Morning Calm.

It was to this country that my son travelled in order to take up a teaching post in a primary school on the outskirts of the capital city, Seoul. He arrived to many new sights and sounds that were quite different to his native England. In the two years since he has been there he has made many new friends and discovered some amazing sights.

One day I hope to visit him in his new country, meet his new friends and experience for myself The Land Of The Morning Calm.

Until then, let me take you on a short journey- a South Korea guide to sample some of these amazing sights and sounds for yourself and who knows, maybe you too will have the privelege of visiting this beautiful country.


First Impressions Of A New Country - At the beginning my son was living on the outskirts of Seoul in the Cheolsan neighbourhood

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Typical Korean Living in a dense part of Seoul.A Typical highstreet with bars and shops in the Cheolsan neighbourhood on the outskirsts of Seoul.A traditional Martial Arts display at Seoul Namsan Tower Hill.A traditional Martial Arts display at Seoul Namsan Tower Hill.Seoul CIty Hall Square with it's lights  which come up and disappear again from the ground.The busy Myeongdong Shopping District.Seoul Station where you will find the KTX, Subway and Airport Express.A busy rush hour at Seoul Subway, full of tired workers!A woman carrying her load "the old way".
Typical Korean Living in a dense part of Seoul.
Typical Korean Living in a dense part of Seoul.
A Typical highstreet with bars and shops in the Cheolsan neighbourhood on the outskirsts of Seoul.
A Typical highstreet with bars and shops in the Cheolsan neighbourhood on the outskirsts of Seoul.
A traditional Martial Arts display at Seoul Namsan Tower Hill.
A traditional Martial Arts display at Seoul Namsan Tower Hill.
A traditional Martial Arts display at Seoul Namsan Tower Hill.
A traditional Martial Arts display at Seoul Namsan Tower Hill.
Seoul CIty Hall Square with it's lights  which come up and disappear again from the ground.
Seoul CIty Hall Square with it's lights which come up and disappear again from the ground.
The busy Myeongdong Shopping District.
The busy Myeongdong Shopping District.
Seoul Station where you will find the KTX, Subway and Airport Express.
Seoul Station where you will find the KTX, Subway and Airport Express.
A busy rush hour at Seoul Subway, full of tired workers!
A busy rush hour at Seoul Subway, full of tired workers!
A woman carrying her load "the old way".
A woman carrying her load "the old way".

Sampling The Local Food - Where they often sit on the floor around a low table

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Drinking traditional yellow tea.A typical meal of fish and many different side dishes to share.A traditional market where you can buy cheap live or dead fish.A spicy beef dish.More communal eating.
Drinking traditional yellow tea.
Drinking traditional yellow tea.
A typical meal of fish and many different side dishes to share.
A typical meal of fish and many different side dishes to share.
A traditional market where you can buy cheap live or dead fish.
A traditional market where you can buy cheap live or dead fish.
A spicy beef dish.
A spicy beef dish.
More communal eating.
More communal eating.

A Map Of South Korea

The official currency is the South Korean Won

Seoul is the capital city and the country's #1 attraction, famed for it's palaces, museums, shopping, night-life and historical places of interest.

Map of South Korea, North-East Asia

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A South Korea Guide Book - With vital information about the country

This travel guide will get you experiencing the culture in an unforgettable journey. Packed with advice, recommendations and information to ensure that you don't miss anything, but rather get the most out of your holiday of a lifetime.

Yellow Dust
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Yellow Dust Descending

swept across from China and Mongolia.

This is the view once a year in Summer.

Outside The City Of Seoul

South Korea has many national and provincial parks across the country and other popular attractions such as beaches, tropical resorts with stunning scenery and watersports facilities, seafood restaurants and mountains in the east which provide excellent ski facilities and winter sports.

The Beauty Spots Outside The City Of Seoul

The Beauty Spots Outside The City Of Seoul
The Beauty Spots Outside The City Of Seoul | Source
The Buddhist Temple Entrance
The Buddhist Temple Entrance | Source

A Buddhist Temple On Namhae Island

In The North West

In South Korea or The Republic Of Korea, as it is officially known, out of a population of 48,422,600, 26% of the population are Buddhist, the rest are Christian (26%) and No Affiliation (46%).

Here, on the Namhae Island is a Buddhist temple, one of many pagodas and temples that accent the South Korean countryside.

A Boat Ride To Explore An Island At Yeosu In The South

A Boat Ride To Explore An Island At Yeosu In The South
A Boat Ride To Explore An Island At Yeosu In The South | Source

A Model Of Yeosu Harbour

A Model Of Yeosu Harbour
A Model Of Yeosu Harbour | Source

In the Southern City Of Yeosu

In the Southern City Of Yeosu
In the Southern City Of Yeosu | Source

Here Is The Flag Of South Korea

Would You Like To Visit Korea? - A dream holiday?

A buddhist statue on Namhae Island
A buddhist statue on Namhae Island | Source

This would be my dream holiday for two reasons:

1. Because I would love to experience this kind of culture that is so different to my own and

2. Because I would be able to visit my son.

Three Years Later I Visited My Son!

This is me on the right, with my son and his Korean girlfriend. We are dressed in the official Hanbok.
This is me on the right, with my son and his Korean girlfriend. We are dressed in the official Hanbok. | Source

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