Regions of South Korea
Seoul Province (Korean: 서울, Korean pronunciation: [sʰʌ̹uɭ])
Jongno, Myeongdong, Hongdae, Sinchon, Kongdae, Gangnam, Yeuido, etc.
As the capital and largest city of South Korea, Seoul is an attractive place that combines Korea's history, culture, nature and shopping trends. The public transportation system is convenient and can take you from Incheon International Airport to downtown Jonggak in just 1 hour and 20 minutes (using the airport subway), using the regional subway for a day trip from Gapyeong in Incheon, Gyeonggi District, to Chuncheon in Gangwon District . The Han River, which runs through the middle of the city, divides it into Gangbuk and Gangnam: Gangbuk is filled with the 5 main palaces of the Joseon period and attractions such as Insadong, Bukcheon Hanok Village, Seoul Namsan Tower, while Gangnam houses many places to shop, such as the Gangnam Station Express Terminal underground mall.
Famous Symbolic Buildings (and spots): Gyeongbokgung, Namsan Tower, Han River People's Park, Lotte World, Lotte World Tower, 63 Buildings, Bukcheon Hanok Village, Namsangol Hanok Village, Korean National Museum, Korean War Memorial, etc.
Busan Province (Korean: 부산시, Korean pronunciation: [pu.sa̠n])
Nampo-dong, Gwangmyeong-dong, Bupyeong-dong, Songdo-dong, Haeundae-gu, Jeonpo-dong, etc.
Busan, which we can call the second capital of Korea, is a touristic city that is visited by foreign tourists, like Jeju Island. Being a metropolis by the sea, it has 7 beaches and most of its tourist attractions can be easily visited by the Busan metro. The traditional market, where the romance of the harbor part of the old town is still alive, and the sophisticated state-of-the-art mall, you can get different shopping experiences. Especially Haeundae's magnificent night view, dynamic water sports and a cup of tea in a beautiful cafe are special experiences you can only have in Busan.
Famous Landmarks (and Points): Jagalchi Market, BIFF Square, Bupyeong Gangtong Market, Gamcheon Cultural Village, Gwangalli Beach, The Bay 101, Dalmaji Hill, Marine City, Centum City (Lotte AVM, Shinsegae AVM), Tejung University, etc. .
North Chungcheong Province (Korean: 충청북도, Chungcheongbuk-do)
Cheongju, Chungju, Danyang, etc.
The North Chungcheong District is a good place to enjoy the beautiful and lush nature that looks as if it has never been touched by human hands. Although North Chungcheong is the only landlocked region of Korea, it has many lakes, large and small, including Chungjuho Lake as large as the sea. Therefore, it is the right address for water sports and fishing. Moreover, there are many people who come here for paragliding because the mountain is low and the slope is perfect. In addition to all these, the view of the valley and the cave in harmony is also wonderful, and you can take a wonderful souvenir photo with cherry blossoms everywhere in the spring.
Famous Symbolic Buildings (and Points): Daechong Dam (Cheongju), Dodamsambong Hills (Danyang), Gosu Cave (Danyang), Cheongpungho (Jecheon), Binaeseom (Chungju), Hwalok Cave (Chungju), Chungjuho Lake (Chungju), Beopjusa (Boeun), Sanmagiyet Road (Goesan), Yeonpunghyanggyo (Goesan), etc.
South Chungcheong Province (Korean: 충청북도, Chungcheongbuk-do)
Cheonan, Asan, Buyeo, Dangjin, Taean, Seocheon, etc.
South Chungcheong District is the place that combines Korea's symbolic natural heritage and historical heritage. The mud tidal plain, the hot spring, the coastal dune, the ancient king tombs and the Independence Museum; It was collected in South Chungcheong. You can experience the history of natural Korea with its special cultural remains in every region where history and nature coexist, and you can swim in the wide Yellow Sea and have fun with water sports. Especially since the slime of the natural tidal plain of the Yellow Sea is famous for being good for the skin, you can swim in the mud or have a unique experience that will make your skin healthier with a massage at the "Boryeong Mud Festival" held every summer.
Famous Landmarks (and Points): Korea Independence Monument (Cheonan), Hyeonchungsa (Asan), Asan Mediterranean Village (Asan), King Muryeong's Tomb (Gongju), Sunshine Land (Nonsan), Haemieupseong Castle (Seosan), Daecheon Beach (Boryeong), Jeongnimsaji (Buyeo), Sinduri Beach Sand (Taean), Sinseong-ri Reed Forest (Seocheon), etc.
Gangwon Province is a province of South Korea, with its capital at Chuncheon.
Chuncheon, Gangneung, Donghae, Pyeongchang, Sokcho, Samcheok, Cheolwon, etc.
Gangwon District is adjacent to the sea and mountain and has taken the strengths of both these geographical environments equally. It is easy to swim in the Donghae area, do various water sports and taste fresh seafood. In Gangneung, there are many places associated with K-Pop idols and Korean dramas. You can ski in the mountainous areas of Gangwon District, relax in the woodlands, and enjoy its hot springs. Especially the landscape where the lush green hill where the lambs are running around and the blue sky blend in harmony is like a painting. Pyeongchang, which hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics as a representative, is also in this region. You can visit the popular attractions of Gangwon District by taking KTX from Seoul or using the intercity bus, which usually takes 2 hours.
Famous Landmarks (and Points): Soyanggang (Chuncheon), Jumunjin Beach (Gangneung), Mangsang Beach (Donghae), Donggang Leports (Yeongwol), Naksansa (Yangyang), Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm (Sokcho), Samcheok Ocean Rail Bike (Samcheok) , Wondae-ri Birch Forest (Inje), Ocean World (Hongcheon), etc.
Gyeonggi Province (Korean: 경기도, Korean pronunciation: [kjʌŋ.ɡi.do])
Suwon, Yongin, Gapyeong, Paju
Gyeonggi has 31 regional local governments surrounding Incheon and Seoul, so each district can be reached by the capital subway. It is also suitable for cheap access to activities such as water sports, golf and skiing, which are difficult to reach in Seoul, to escape the city and enjoy the elegant nature. Various cultural festivals are held every season and there are many traditional markets selling local products and delicacies from the region. Gyeonggi's famous tourist area includes Incheon and Suwon with many historical ruins, Yongin with many theme parks as well as Everland, Paju as a safe tourist destination, and Gangwon as a tourist destination that formed the origin of Hallyu.
Famous Symbolic Buildings: China Town(Incheon), Wolmido (Incheon) Suwon Hwaseong (Suwon) Everland (Yongin), Yongin Folk Village (Yongin), Imjingak Pyeonghwa-nuri Park (Paju), Seoul Land (Gwacheon) , Nami Island ( Gapyeong), Jara Island (Gapyeong), Namhansanseong Fortress (Seongnam, Gwangju), etc.
North Gyeongsang Province (Korean: 경상북도, romanized: Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korean pronunciation: [kjʌŋ.saŋ.buk̚.t͈o])
Gyeongju, Andong, Mungyeong, Uiseong, Cheongdo, Uljin, Gumi, etc.
The entire Gyeongbuk region, which preserves the various historical remains of the Korean Peninsula, from the ancient kingdom of the 6th century to today's Korea, is like a museum without a roof. In Gyeongju, you can visit the magnificent ruins of Silla, which ruled the peninsula for about a thousand years, and feel like you have traveled through time by staying in the old houses of the Joseon Period nobles (Yangbans) in Andong. You can have fun finding traces of the 1900s while walking through all the narrow streets in Daegu. Also, there are many mountains and temples in Gyeongbuk. It is also an attractive area for those who want to experience Korea's Buddhist culture in one of the temples in the fresh mountain air.
Famous Symbolic Buildings (and Points): Homigot (Pohang), Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Gyeongju), Bulguksa (Gyeongju), Seokguram (Gyeongju), Andong Hahoe Village (Andong), Dosan Seowon (Andong), Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park ( Mungyeong), Uiseong Jeori Dinosaur Footprint Fossil (Uiseong), Modern Narrow Streets (Daegu), 83 Tower (Daegu).
South Gyeongsang Province (Korean: 경상남도, romanized: Gyeongsangnam-do, Korean pronunciation: [kjʌŋ.saŋ.nam.do])
Changwon, Gimhae, Jinju, Geoje, Tongyeong, Miryang, Namhae, Hapcheon, Changnyeong, Uiryeong, etc.
The place where you can experience flowers, sea, active relaxation and sports at the same time is exactly South Gyeongsang. First of all, many flower festivals, which are the symbol of Korea, are held in South Gyeongsang, especially the Jinhae Gunhang Festival. Every year when spring comes, colorful landscapes appear all over South Gyeongsang, painted with lots of beautiful flowers such as cherry blossoms and azaleas. In addition, both mountain tourism and sea tourism have developed here. It is very nice to visit the original villages overlooking the sea in the touristic places on the coastal areas, and in the mountainous parts, you can have fun with active activities both on holiday and doing sports.
Famous Landmarks (and Points): Hallyeohaesang National Park (Sacheon, Geoje, Tongyeong, Hadong, Namhae), Yeojwacheon Romantic Bridge (Changwon), Jinju Castle (Jinju), Windy Peak (Geoje), Hakdong Mongdol Beach (Geoje), Dongpirang Mural Village (Tongyeong), Skyline Luge Tongyeong (Tongyeong), Namhae German Village (Namhae), Gachon Darangyi Village (Namhae), Upo Wetlands (Changnyeong).
North Jeolla Province (Korean: 전라북도; Hanja: 全羅北道; Jeollabuk-do; )
Jeonju, Gunsan, Iksan, Namwon, Buan, Jeongeup, Sunchang, etc.
North Jeolla is the hometown of tradition and flavor. Since North Jeolla was not damaged much in the Korean War, the 19th-20th century. The cultural heritage of centuries is well preserved. Jeonju bibimbap, which Koreans love to eat, and Sunchang Geochujang, which is ddokbokki sauce, are also made here. Starting from Korea's most famous tradition-experiencing village "Jeonju Hanok Village", you can taste country-famous foods such as Jeonju chocopie (a halley-like snack in Turkey) and Imsil cheese in North Jeolla. Not only that, Naejangsan Mountain, the famous tourist destination for its autumn leaves in North Jeolla, and Muju, the natural habitat of fireflies, are also in this region, and if you visit in winter, you can capture the scenery that resembles the backdrop of fantastic movies.
Famous Landmarks (and Points): Jeonju Hanok Village (Jeonju), Nambu Market (Jeonju), Mireuksaji (Iksan), Wanggung-ri Ruins (Iksan), Saemangeum Seawall (Gunsan), Naejangsan Mountain (Jeongeup), Jeongeupsa Park ( Jeongeup), Dolmen (Gochang), Gochangeupseong Castle (Gochang), Muju Bandi Land (Muju).
South Jeolla Province (Korean: 전라남도; Hanja: 全羅南道; Jeollanam-do; )
Yeosu, Mokpo, Naju, Suncheon, Jindo, Haenam, Gokseong, Damyang, Boseong, etc.
South Jeolla is famous for its scenery in Korea, where approximately 2,300 islands, large and small, come together for harmony with the azure sea. Moreover, it is a food Mecca, the birthplace of delicious dishes that Koreans love, such as ganjang gejang (crab in soy sauce), gat-kimchi, and stingray. You can enjoy visiting regions with their own characteristics such as Odongdo Island, the island of camellia flowers, Yeosu full of various experience facilities, Mokpo full of romantic places, ecological Suncheon with its untouched nature, and Boseong, a green tea plantation. What's more, you can cruise through the ports of Mokpo and Yeosu to Incheon and Jeju.
Famous Landmarks (and Points): Mokpo Harbor (Mokpo), Nakan Eupseong (Suncheon), Suncheon Bay National Garden (Suncheon), Maehwa Village (Gwangyang), Yeosu World Expo Hall (Yeosu), Jindo Mysterious Seaway (Jindo) , Gurye Sansuyu Village (Gurye), Metasequire Road (Damyang), Daehawon Boseong Green Tea Plantation (Boseong), etc.
The province comprises Jeju Island (Korean: 제주도; RR: Jejudo; IPA: [tɕedʑudo])
Gujwa-eup, Seongsan-eup, Jocheon-eup, Hanlim-eup, Andeol-myeon, Jungmun-dong, Yongdam-dong, etc.
Jeju Island is located in the southernmost part of Korea and is a huge island completely surrounded by the sea. Unlike other regions, there are many naturally shaped rocks, caves, etc. is found. Unique landscapes and resorts abound, and it has become one of Korea's top 3 tourist destinations, along with Seoul and Busan. It is generally divided into regions as east-west-north-south, taking Hallasan Mountain as its center. The eastern part has many nature-centric tourist destinations, including Seongsan Ilchulbong, while the western part has many beaches and nice cafes. In the south, you can explore various theme parks with accommodation facilities and various experiences, while in the north, you can visit the urban areas of Jeju and experience Dulle Road in places.
Famous Symbolic Buildings (and Points): Seopjikoji, Jusangjeori, Bijarim, Hallasan, Marado, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Sassanid Forest Road, Yongsan Gumburi, Yongduam, Jungmun Tourist Complex, etc.