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With the global phenomenon of Gangnam Style, K-Pop and more importantly South Korea itself have been firmly placed on the map. Travellers are becoming increasingly interested in this little visited corner of East Asia, and rightly so, for those who make the journey are rewarded with a perfect travel combo of history, culture, city, beach and amazing cuisine. So get off the beaten track and uncover for yourself one of Asia's most undiscovered nations where old world charm comes with a vibrantly modern twist.

South Korea Fast Facts

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in South Korea is Korean.

Currency

Name: South Korean Won Code: KRW Symbol: ₩ 2000 KRW is approx £1.40

Time Zone

Time Zone: Korea Standard Time (UTC+09:00)

South Korea Fast Facts

Beers

The typical cost of a domestic beer in South Korea is about 3,000 ₩ on average (approx £2.10), and you're looking at around 5,000 ₩ for an imported beer (approx £3.50).

Meals

The cost of a cheap restaurant meal in South Korea is around 7,000 ₩ on average (approx £4.85), but the price of incredible street food ranges from as little as 1,000 ₩ (approx 70p) to 5,000 ₩ (approx £3.50).

Taxi Ride

Looking to catch a cab? A normal taxi tariff starts at 3,000 ₩ (approx £2) and adds around 1,200 ₩ (approx 85p) for every 1km.

Transport

A one way ticket on public transport costs between 1,200 ₩ and 1,300 ₩ (approx 85p-95p). If you're there for a while, have a look at the monthly pass, as it only sets you back 55,000 ₩ (about £38).

Hostels

Looking for a hostel in South Korea? The cost per night for a dorm can be up to 20,000 ₩ (approx £14).

Hotels

South Korea has a range of accommodation to choose from, from hostels or guesthouses to high-end hotels, with prices starting at around 33,000 ₩ (approx £23) a night, going up to 200,000 ₩ (approx £138) and beyond.

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Getting Around South Korea

Lucky for us visitors, South Korea offers a great Rail Pass, allowing us to get around the country with relative ease. Alternatively, there are some awesome adventure tours and packages allowing us to see the best the country has to offer. Take a look at a few of our favourite travel options for South Korea below, or get in touch with our Travel Experts for more information.
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Korean Rail Pass | 1-7 days
The Korea Rail Pass is a discounted ticket, allowing unlimited rail travel throughout South Korea over a one, three, five or seven-day consecutive period. The pass is valid to travel anywhere in South Korea, on all Korail services, including the modern and fast KTX trains.
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Best of South Korea | 10 days
On this ten-day bustling trip you'll visit beautiful Seoul, authentic folk villages, unique temples and beautiful Jeju Island. Learn the sombre history of North and South Korea and see the Demilitarised Zone separating the two. Plus, sample Korea's diverse cuisine and sip cocktails from rooftop bars!
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SOUTH KOREA TOP PLACES TO VISIT

SEOUL

Seoul boasts an incredible mix of ancient and modern, with beautiful centuries-old palaces neighbouring snazzy skyscrapers. Gyeongbokgung Palace is a must, as is Changdeokgung Palace and Gardens. Head to Gangnam to experience for yourself Seoul's trendiest district and check out Gwangjang Market for some delicious local delicacies. And before leaving the city, be sure to try the K-Pop Experience!
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Busan

South Korea's second city, Busan has a more traditional and rugged atmosphere than Seoul despite its skyscrapers. Pojanmacha street food vendors offer tasty bites late into the night and Gamcheon's colourful neighbourhood boasts vibrant murals and pretty winding streets. Nearby Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is picture perfect with its dramatic cliff location over the sea, definitely worth the visit!
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Jeju Do

The country's biggest island, Jeju Do is a favourite getaway amongst Koreans thanks to its beaches, striking coastline and beautiful countryside. If outdoor activities are your thing, be sure to hike up Hallasan, South Korea's highest mountain. Or just kick back and relax between the island's white sands and the warm waters of the East China Sea.
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Gyeongju

Once the ancient capital of the whole peninsula, Gyeongju boasts more temples, pagodas and ruins that anywhere else in the country. Not to be missed is the Bulguska Temple, one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country, along with Seokguram Grotto, both dating back to the 8th century. Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village also offers an interesting insight into the Korea of times gone by.
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When to Visit South Korea

South Korea experiences extremes in terms of its climate. The winter months see freezing temperatures and great ski conditions - South Korea will actually be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Spring sees a rise in temperatures and beautiful blossom across the country, perfect for the snap-happy amongst you. From June to September the heat is on, with high humidity and heavy rain in July in particular. Autumn however is a great time to visit with the natural areas of South Korea ablaze with colour.

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