Located in the south-east of the country, with its 3.7 million inhabitants, Busan is a large port city surrounded by mountains where a calm and welcoming atmosphere reigns!
On the program in this port city: shopping, festive evenings by the sea, hikes in the heights of the city, tastings on the terrace and sunbathing on the hot sand. The largest, but also the most popular beach is Haeundae Beach. Looking for a quiet place? Direction Songjeong Beach or Gwangalli Beach from which you can admire the Gwangan Bridge which lights up at nightfall. What to get in condition before making a trip in the very animated districts of Kyungsung and Pukyong. For a more traditional atmosphere, visit Nampo-dong and Jagalchi Market, or stop at Beomeosa Temple located at the foot of Mount Geumjeongsan.
Busan is a great destination for city dwellers looking for clean air. Many festivals and sporting events take place on the beaches every year and everyone here has a tanned complexion. Unlike Seoul, which quickly westernized, Busan has retained a very Korean borrow. Few foreigners have settled there and it is therefore all the easier to feel out of place. Seoulites often tend to refer to the Busanese as "rustic," when they are simply more expressive and more spontaneous. They talk loudly and laugh heartily. Have you been told Koreans are shy? Not the Busanese!
Jeju, or the Island of a Thousand and One Wonders, is one of the many wonders listed as World Heritage by Unesco. This unspoiled green setting is an unmissable stopover.
This small, naturally occurring volcanic island was born from the eruption of Mount Hallasan, Korea's highest peak. A victim of its crazy success, the beautiful Jeju attracts more than 4 million visitors per year, the vast majority of whom are Koreans. It is a favored destination for couples and in particular for newlyweds who often choose it as a destination for their honeymoon. The subtropical climate of this island is pleasant all year round, never freezing in winter or stifling in summer.
You will understand, Jeju Island is a small tropical paradise where it is good to stroll in good company. Most of the activities are therefore linked to the exploration of its lands and to wonder.
Jeju is home to many art museums such as the Jeju National Museum, but also, less commonly, an erotic museum, Jeju Love Land, and its very daring sculpture park. The largest aquarium in Asia is also located here: the Hanwha Aqua Planet. But if you fly to Jeju, it is above all to enjoy the natural wonders that this exceptional place offers you: beaches, volcanoes, natural parks, caves, and hiking trails will delight nature lovers. The Gwaneum Temple is a gateway to the venerable Mount of Hallasan National Park. Byeoldobong Peak and its "Whale Cave" pave the way for one of the island's most beautiful walks on the Jang-su Trail, along the towering cliffs. As for the peaks of Suwolbong and Ilchulbong, they are perfect spots to admire the sunset. Lots of poetry in sumptuous landscapes ...
Seoraksan National Park
A true gem of wilderness, Seoraksan National Park offers greenery, mountains and soothing hikes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Don't miss the walk to Ulsanbawi Rock which leads straight to the top of this renowned vantage point. Say hello to the big bronze Buddha at the entrance of the park, visit the temples of the park and cool off by the waterfalls!
Located in the western part of the peninsula, the extended province of Gyeonggi-do literally encircles Seoul. It is no coincidence that its name translates to "area surrounding the capital".
Even though it is a city region as a whole, it is easy to get out of the city and find yourself in the middle of nature: mountains, parks, fields and lakes allow Koreans to quickly get away from it all for an afternoon. noon or a weekend. Mount Bukhansan National Park is a popular spot for hikers looking for a little exercise and fresh air, as is Suwon Fortress, whose ramparts stretch for more than 5km.
Located in the southwest of the country, Jeolla is one of Korea's oldest provinces. It is particularly known for its refined and generous gastronomy from the royal families of yesteryear.
Although Korean meals are already known to be hearty, Jeolla's are even more so! They are described as richer and more varied and the accompaniments (banchan) are particularly numerous. Yet it is a rather poor rural province where people simply live. There, the small houses are built in the purest Korean tradition and nature is totally preserved. There is a lot of space, greenery and calm. We go there to find something authentic and have a real cultural experience, far from the beaten track. You can do simple activities there, like taking a walk in nature or on the beach, or admiring the sunset at the top of a cliff. A pleasant, no-frills destination, ideal for a small Zen weekend.