Weekends in Korea

It’s been a few months since we started this blog and in that time we have taken a few weekend trips around Korea. If you are tired of ogling skyscrapers, traipsing through overflowing shopping districts, wandering the corridors of the central bureaucracy, seeing a palace, and are weary of the smog, the traffic and the crowds… click on the pictures to see some places you can run away to:

((Notice: Destinations are divided by province. Some places happened prior to the start of the blog so I only have pictures. For more information on those destinations, feel free to leave a comment.))

Jeollanam-Do

Jeollanam-do Province in the southwest of Korea is home to diverse tourist destinations. One weekend we escaped down South to visit Gwangju, Hampyeong and Sinan.

Gyeongsangnam-do

 Gyeongsangnam-do, also known as Gyeongnam, is located at the southeastern end of the Korean Peninsula.

 Visitors to Seoul sometimes forget that Korea has a second city, one that’s not only an industrial hub but also, by far, the country’s largest port. Here is some info on our weekend away in Busan:

Dubbing itself the “Blue City”, Geoje is not so much a city but an island — Korea’s second largest after Jeju in fact — and a loose collection of villages and settlements scattered in coves around the coastline.

Here are some pictures from my weekend in Masan and Jinhae:

Gangwon-Do

Sokcho is a small city in the northeast corner of Korea. Bordered by the East Sea and Mt. Seoraksan, Sokcho is full of outdoor parks, waterfalls, and beaches, making it an incredibly popular tourist destination for its beaches and natural beauty.

Chungcheongnam-Do

Chungcheongnam-do is located in the mid-west of South Korea and is also called Chungnam.

If you’re looking for something unspoiled and away from tourists, try Anmyeon Island:

We took a day trip to the bustling yet cute city of Daejeon to visit the zoo:

If you love hiking, consider Taean:

Jeollabuk Do:

North Jeolla Province, or Jeollabuk-do, is a province in the southwest of South Korea. We spent a day in Jeonju exploring traditional cultural heritages and historical sites:

If you must stay in the city then why not try these suggestions:

Seoul:

Nanta has been one of the most popular shows in Korea ever since it premiered in October 1997, drawing the largest number of spectators in Korean stage history. Its is a comic musical non-verbal performance derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori.” The kitchen is its backdrop, chefs its main characters. Knives and other kitchen utensils are transformed into musical instruments in the hands of the performers. They thrill the audience with acrobatic cooking shows, a surprise wedding ceremony, and an exciting dumpling challenge. An absolute MUST SEE!

Korea definitely has its fair share of unique “museums,” but the Trick Eye Museum in Seoul might take the cake for most random museum ever. This is really more of an art project than museum–replicas of famous artwork have been made to be interactive, allowing visitors to become part of the art.

15 thoughts on “Weekends in Korea

  1. I have always wanted to visit Korea, thanks for the lovely pictures, makes me want to visit even more. best wishes from South Africa (temporarily)

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