South Korea Vacation: Coronavirus Information
Most South Korea hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on your South Korea trip, please visit our Coronavirus Information page.
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South Korea Holiday
Tour this country that charms with its culture, heritage and diverse landscapes. Visit ancient temples, explore dense rainforests and relax on tranquil beaches. With forested mountains, ancient temples, traditional villages and large modern cities, South Korea fascinates visitors with its diversity. Shop in designer boutiques, travel through underground caves, drink tea with the locals and embark on mountain hikes.
Seoul straddles the Han River and is surrounded by mountains. The country’s business, cultural and economic hub has been South Korea’s capital for more than 600 years. Well-preserved ancient palaces, temples, shrines and monuments stand alongside modern skyscrapers, mega shopping malls and entertainment complexes.
Explore the many historic sights of this modern city. Tour the 14th-century palaces of Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace. The Great South Gate is one of the main gates of the old city. Shop for handcrafted souvenirs and antiques on the streets of Insadong. Enjoy a steaming mug of omija cha in one of the neighbourhood’s traditional tearooms. Browse upmarket boutiques in Gangnam, the district made famous by the global hit song, Gangnam Style. Dine in European-style cafés and restaurants serving Asian cuisine in the Samcheong-dong district.
Seorak-san National Park is a vast protected area of mountains, forests, beaches and temples, a 3-hour drive from Seoul. Hike on trails that take from under an hour to three days to complete. Look for the park’s wildlife, such as the long-tailed goral and musk deer. Relax in the therapeutic waters of Osaek Hot Springs.
Visit Busan, the country’s second-largest city, to sunbathe on its beaches. Go on a guided tour of the Demilitarized Zone, the fortified border between North and South Korea. Venture through lava tubes in the volcanic Jeju Island’s caves formed by flowing lava.
Although South Korea has airports in several cities, most international flights arrive at Seoul’s Incheon Airport. To get between cities, use the efficient and extensive bus and train networks. Some major cities have metro and light rail systems. Alternatively, rent a car.
With great natural diversity, modern cities and a rich culture and history, South Korea offers the traveller numerous choices.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in South Korea?
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to South Korea?
- Seoul (ICN-Incheon Intl.): 15,042 international flights per month.
- Busan (PUS-Gimhae): 2,372 international flights per month.
- Seoul (GMP-Gimpo Intl.): 834 international flights per month.