Top 10 Things to do in South Korea Outside of Seoul

Finding things to do in South Korea is easy.  Seoul may be the main metropolis in South Korea, and the center of culture and events, but that doesn’t mean your options are limited to only the city.  Spending a weekend, a day, or even a few hours getting away from the gleaming buildings and urban lifestyle can reinvigorate you, and can give you a glimpse of a whole different side of South Korea.

If you are looking for things to do outside of Seoul, here are ten great options.

1  Honeymoon Island

Despite the name, this island isn’t just for newlyweds.  It’s a popular travel destination for many Koreans, as well as foreigners.  With dramatic volcanic rocks, picturesque beaches, and unique folk culture, there is plenty to see and do here.  If you’re in the mood for hiking, you can make the climb up Hallasan, South Korea’s tallest mountain.  Honeymoon Island is easily accessible by ferry or by plane.

2  Demilitarized Zone

A trip to the Demilitarized Zone definitely is sure to be a unique experience.  Access is tightly restricted to the public, so you’ll have to go with a tour group to see this buffer zone between North and South Korea.

3 Skiing

Interested in winter sports?  Within a few hours of Seoul, you can find over a dozen ski resorts.  Many of these resorts offer rentals, night skiing, as well as transport from the slopes to your lodging.

Flickr Photo by MacKensie!

Flickr Photo by MacKensie!

4 Gyeongpo Beach

Easily accessible by bus from Seoul, this popular destination boasts idyllic white sand beaches, blue waters, beachside hotels, as well as a number of museums and attractions.  It’s definitely worthwhile  spending the weekend here.

5  Jumunjin Beach

Jumunjin beach typically attracts fewer tourists than Gyeongpo beach.  If you are looking for a more laid-back, local experience, with plenty of fresh seafood, then this is the place for you.

6 Aranabi Zipline

If you are heading to Jumunjin beach, then a trip to the Aranabi zip line is perfect for the more adventurous travelers.  You’ll zip down along a 412m zip line, with fantastic views of the sea and surrounding beaches.

Everland Theme Park Flickr Photo by Dentarg

Everland Theme Park Flickr Photo by Dentarg

7 Everland Theme Park

If you are looking for things to do outside of Seoul, you aren’t limited to outdoor pursuits.  Everland theme park is the fifth most popular theme park in the world, and well worth the trip outside of Seoul.

8 National Parks

South Korea has 20 national parks.  They range from marine and coastal, to mountainous, to historical parks.  You can find serious hiking and mountain climbing or some easier nature walks at these parks, or you can just enjoy the scenery.

9 Daegwallyeong Recreational Forest

This rustic forest is a great place to travel in South Korea outside of Seoul.  It is especially popular among families and couples.  A lot of people enjoy a simple, peaceful weekend staying in the forest cabins.

10  Somaemuldo-Island

This island is just a 30 minute ferry ride from Geoje-Do, and offers stunning and dramatic cliffs, as well as plenty of opportunities for hiking.  It is definitely worth checking out!

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3 Comments
  1. Southeastern Asia is a great place for a vacation spot: Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Singapore are just a few examples of how different the world is. There are a lot of attraction around these cities too, but it requires time to be able to visit everything there is to see there.

  2. “Honeymoon Island” isn’t called that; it’s Jeju Island (or “Cheju” if you read something written 10 years ago).

    A lot of honeymooners go there, so it is nicknamed “Honeymoon Island”, but it isn’t its name.

  3. i love korea i learnt about south korea through watching amazing korean dramas and now im hooked sarang-gayo south korea

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