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Deoksugung Palace, Seoul

Places to visit in South Korea

A veneer of cutting-edge technology, avant-garde design and exuberant youth culture sits lightly on a rock-solid base of traditions, customs and age-old crafts in South Korea and is one of the things that makes it such an interesting place to visit. We aim to introduce you to it all, and along with South Korea’s main sights, such as the 14th-century palaces of Seoul and the North Korea border zone. Our recommended places to visit include lesser-known destinations such as traditional craft villages and the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia. Our specialists will help you narrow down the options when planning your trip and work with you to create a journey that reflects your personal interests, whether that’s South Korea’s complex politics and history, its architecture, culture or its food.

A bastion of traditional culture at the vanguard of East Asian style, South Korea combines deeply-ingrained customs with cutting-edge sophistication. Discover imperial palaces and Buddhist temples, dine on fiery street food, trawl the city markets or explore the DMZ.

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Popular places to visit in South Korea

Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting South Korea, these places are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travellers. How you choose to include them in your trip can be tailored into a route that best suits your preferences.

Map of places to visit in South Korea

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