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Exploring South Korea: The Top 5 Must-Visit Cities

Seoul may be the biggest attraction of South Korea, but it's certainly not the only gem worth exploring in this vibrant country. In recent years, there has been a surge in tourism in South Korea, yet it seems that the spotlight often shines solely on Seoul. Now, don't get me wrong - I love Seoul too, and if I had just one week to spare, I'd likely spend every moment soaking in its bustling streets and rich culture. However, for those lucky tourists who have more than one week to spare, I strongly encourage you to venture beyond the capital borders and discover other beautiful destinations around the country.


Here is my list of top cities to visit in South Korea.

SEOUL - 서울

Seoul, the heart and soul of South Korea, nonetheless the dynamic and bustling capital city of the nation. From its beautiful skyscrapers to the hundreds of centuries-old palaces and temples, Seoul offers a blend of modernity and tradition that appeals to every traveler. Whether you're up for touring the historical landmarks, or exploring the vibrant street markets or shopping districts, Seoul never fails to amaze with its endless array of attractions and experiences. There are so many areas and attractions worth visiting in Seoul. No matter how many times I've seen, I will never get bored of exploring their rich history and cultural significance!

BUSAN - 부산

Busan, South Korae's second-largest city, offers a refreshing and relaxing escape from the bustling energy of the capital! While it may not be as fast-paced as Seoul, Busan boasts its own unique charm and laid-back vibe. You'll discover picturesque neighborhoods and endless attractions waiting to be explored. But what truly sets Busan apart is its stunning seaside scenary, which you won't find in Seoul. I have been living in Busan for a couple of years, and although I really like Seoul, I've fallen in love with Busan's coastal beauty. Once Busan captures your heart, saying goodbye becomes a challenge you never imagined.


Gyeongju, often referred to as 'The Museum Without Walls', is a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and casual travelers alike. Even if history isn't your cup of tea, Gyeonju's beauty is undeniable. This city is the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, so its rich heritage boasts countless archaeological wonders, temples, palaces, and royal tombs. By wandering through its streets, you'll feel like you're walking through an open air museum, where every corner holds a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered.


Nestled in tradition, Jeonju boasts its famous hanok village where you can get a glimpse of the Korean traditional architecture. You can walk through its charming streets lined up with traditional houses, shops, cafes, and try out its famous dishes such as the iconic Jeonju bibimbap and chocopie.


Incheon Songdo District Photo

Incheon, ranking as the third-largest city in South Korea after Busan, is located close to Seoul, making it a perfect option for a day trip from the capital. As you explore Incheon, you'll discover plenty of attractions, ranging from historical landmarks such as the country's oldest temple - Jeondeungsa -, to the vibrant energy of its Chinatown and modern Songdo District.

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These cities are just the beginning of South Korea's rich variety of captivating destinations, each offering its own charm!

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