Seoul is a thriving, modern city, which still manages to hold onto its traditional past. It is amazing to walk along the city streets and come along a Buddhist Temple nestled among the modern buildings. The rest of this country also has wonderful places to behold. From the mountains in PyeongChang, which hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics, to the bustling beaches at Busan and the more quiet and naturally lush Jeju Island, Korea has something for everyone.
Not to miss Activities in Korea
Royal Palaces of Seoul
Seoul is home to five royal palaces that are over 500 years old, constructed during the Joseon Dynasty. The palaces and gardens within them are arranged in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings and it is worth visiting at least one of them.
Templestay is a unique cultural program which lets you experience the life of Buddhist practitioners at traditional temples which have preserved the 1700 year old history of Korean Buddhism. Participating temples offer programs that last a few hours to overnight stays.
Instead of a hotel, try a Hanokstay, where you stay overnight at a traditional Korean house – a great opportunity to experience traditional Korean lifestyle and culture. The Hanoks are decades to hundreds of years old and have retained its architecture and antique furnishings. Some houses offer cultural programs including tea ceremonies, pottery making, and traditional Korean folk games.
The Demilitarized Zone, a neutral zone created by the Korean War Armistice Agreement of 1953, expands just over a mile south and north of the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea. It is a sight to behold and to witness a piece of history that still is relevant today.
Food is an integral part of Korea’s culture and besides discovering the country’s restaurants, cafes, and on their own, visitors can have more in-depth foodie experiences through fun cooking classes, and foodie tours offered throughout the country.
Wellness and K-beauty
Koreans love the idea of wellness and beauty and visitors can experience it via Korea’s many luxurious spas, oncheon (hot springs) and Jjimilbangs (Korean traditional spa). K-beauty also has become popular worldwide and visitors can easily experience this sign up for an inexpensive facial treatments and massages at shops throughout the country.
January – March
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (Hwacheon-gun in Gangwon-do Province)
This is a festival about sancheoneo (Masou salmon), ice and snow. The festival draws about 1 million visitors and is Korea’s largest and most popular winter festival with fun activities like fishing, ice soccer, and ice sledding.
Jeju Fire Festival (Jeju Island)
Early in the New Year based on the lunar calendar, one of the many hills on Jeju Island is set ablaze to wish for a plentiful harvest and good year. The festival originated from Jeju's traditional farming custom of burning rice fields and vegetable gardens in early spring to exterminate pests so that the cows can feed on healthy grasses, and ease cultivation.
April – June
Daegu Yangnyeongsi Traditional Medicine Festival (Daegu City)
The yangnyeongsi (Oriental medicine market) in Daegu is known for its rich history and hanbang (traditional Korean medicine) culture. The festival has become a signature celebration where visitors can learn the history of traditional Korean medicine and experience traditional medical treatments.
Jindo Miracle Sea Parting Festival (Jindo-gun in Jeollanam-do Proince)
Jindo's sea-parting is a unique natural phenomenon that occurs every year. When the tide is low, a path between the mainland and a nearby island is revealed. The festival is already well-known among overseas travelers, and many visitors flock to the quiet town of Jindo-gun every year during the festival period.
Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival (Seocheon-gun in Chungcheongnam-do Province)
This is a festival celebrating Hansan ramie fabric, a traditional Korean natural fiber, given as a regional tribute to the king. Visitors can learn the traditional culture of Hansan ramie fabric that has continued for 1,500 years and enjoy handicraft and clothes made with it.
July – September
Boryeong Mud Festival (Boryeong City)
The internationally recognized summer festival in Korea, Boryeong Mud Festival will be held at Daecheon Beach, the largest beach on the western coast. As the name of the festival suggests, the festival focuses on the use of mud with facilities including mud slides, a huge mud bath and many other mud-related programs for all visitors to enjoy!
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (Incheon City)
A prominent rock festival in Korea that features a wide assortment of artists’ performances, the music festival includes performances by new and local artists, music businesses and other events. The rock festival was even ranked 8th among the best music festivals in the world by UK Magazine, Time Out.
Andong Mask Dance Festival (Andong City)
With the theme of tal (Korean traditional mask) and mask dancing, this is a unique cultural festival that has been introduced by many international broadcasting networks, including BBC and CNN. The festival provides the chance to watch mask dance performances from not only Korea but from other countries around the world, as well as learn some of the dances.
October – December
The Busan International Film Festival (Busan City)
Held annually in Busanm, BIFF is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, as it attracts a large crowd and strives to develop and promote young talent.
Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (Jinju City)
Originating from the lighting of lanterns during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjin War (1592-1598), the lanterns were originally lit by people inside the fortress as a way to communicate with their family members outside but were gradually seen as a form of honoring the men of merit who died during the war.
Gimje Horizon Festival (Gimje City)
Offering visitors a chance to experience Korea's agriculture as well as various traditional cultural performances, the festival highlights the beautiful natural environment of Gimje and the rice produced in the region. During the festival period, visitors can experience harvesting rice and other fun agricultural hands-on activities.
Jarasum Jazz Festival (Jaraseom Island in Gyeonggi-do Province)
Held in early fall on Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong, the festival attracts over 100,000 visitors from home and abroad every year. Visitors to the festival can enjoy smooth jazz tunes and also get a chance to meet some of the world's leading jazz musicians.
The COEX Aquarium (Seoul City)
Comprised of 183 display tanks and 90 breeding tanks with 3,500 tons of water volume, this aquarium has the highest number of sharks and the largest variety of species in Korea. In total, it has 40,000 sea creatures, which come from 650 different species divided into 16 themed zones. Located in the heart of Gangnam, Seoul, this is a perfect stop for family travelers.
Eco Land Theme Park (Jeju Island)
Built in the Gotjawal primeval forest, visitors can explore this park in a train that looks like 1800s’ steam powered Baldwin train. There is a big variety of plants, animals, and insects living in the mysterious Gotjawal forests. The park’s main attractions are Eco Bridge, Eco Windmill, Picnic Garden, Kid’s Town, Eco Road, Bare Foot on Scoria, Floating Café, and topiary art works.
Everland (Yongin City in Gyeonggi-do Province)
Everland is Korea's representative theme park, offering up a mix of an amusement park and zoo including Carribean Bay, the most beloved water park to Seoulites and the Korean Folk Village. The park also offers thrilling rollercoasters, colorful parades, gardens with beautiful with seasonal blossoms.
Intercontinental Alpensia Resort (Pyeongchang-gun in Gangwon-do Province)
This luxurious resort is a classical European-style alpine resort located 700 meters above sea level on a ridge of Taebaeksan Mountain. Surrounded by beautiful nature, the resort offers various activities including skiing, snowboarding, Ocean 700 Water Park, and a 27-hole golf course and an 18-hole public golf course.
Jeju Shinhwa World (Jeju Island)
Newly opened in April of 2018, Jeju Shinhwa World is Korea’s largest integrated resorts, housing family theme park offering more than 20 rides and attractions and spa and restaurants. It also has a series of premium hotels offering more than 2,000 rooms, ranging from family oriented services to ultra-luxurious exclusive accommodations.
Lotte World (Seoul)
Located in Seoul, Lotte World is one of the must-go places featuring one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks. It has both indoor (Adventure Park) and outdoor (Magic Island) sections.
Seorak Waterpia (Sokcho City in Gangwon-do Province)
Located within Seorak Hanwha Resort, nestled at the foot of Seoraksan Mountain and before the deep blue ocean, Seorak Waterpia is one of Korea's largest theme parks. The wide variety of outdoor leisure activities and hot spring facilities use only pure mineral waters. The major facilities include the hot spring sauna, water play area, and the outdoor restaurants.
Hansik — Korean food — is known for its unique flavors and health-boosting ingredients and cooking styles, making it as nutritious as it is tasty. Based on the philosophy that food and medicine come from the same root, Korean cuisine primarily consists of vegetable dishes, although rice, meat and fish also are part of the diet.
Fermented sauces such as doenjang (soy bean paste) and kimchi (vegetables, most notably cabbage and radishes) are among the better-known Korean delicacies.
Bibimbap - rice with nutrient-packed flavor
Bibimbap, or cooked rice mixed with vegetables, sautéed beef, and twigak (dried seaweed or vegetables fried in oil) is one of the definitive Korean meals. There are three common beliefs about the origin of bibimbap. One theory is that it stemmed from the practice of mixing bap (cooked rice) with other dishes used for the ancestral rite of eumbok. Others say that bibimbap originated from mixing leftovers together as a midnight snack on Lunar New Year’s Eve. The last theory is that farmers out working the fields would each bring a portion of food to be mixed together for meals and divided out evenly.
Bulgogi - a sweet treat for special days
Bulgogi is prepared by marinating thin slices of beef in a sweet soy sauce mix before grilling them. Bulgogi is a high-class meal, only being served in the royal court and yangban (noble) households in the past. Bulgogi originated from a dish called maekjeok. Maek was the name of the northeast region of China, and is also a reference to Goguryeo, one of the earliest Korean kingdoms. Maekjeok is made with barbecued beef skewers, and according to folklore, evolved into present-day bulgogi through the introduction of grills, which made skewers obsolete.
Galbi-jjim - soft and tender, the quintessential holiday food
Galbi jjim (braised short ribs) is made from the finest and most expensive cut of beef. As such, galbi jjim is usually only eaten on special occasions or holidays, when family members come together. Korean cooking consists of a large number of braised dishes that require considerable culinary skill. Galbi jjim is one such dish, growing in popularity among international diners as well. When making galbi jjim, the fat on the short ribs is carefully removed before braising. Carrots, ginkgo nuts, and chestnuts are added, and finally pyogo (shitake mushroom) and egg garnish are sprinkled on top to complete the preparation process. Glazed with soy sauce, galbi jjim not only has a rich taste but a mouth-watering visual presentation.
Japchae - a classic dish on festive days
Japchae (glass noodles with sautéed vegetables) is made by boiling glass noodles then draining and mixing them with stir-fried vegetables and meat. No Korean festivity is complete without japchae. It has long been perceived as a luxurious and elegant dish, and was always served on birthdays, weddings and 60th birthday celebrations. Japchae was first created in the 17th century when King Gwanghaegun of the Joseon Dynasty hosted a palace banquet. It is recorded in the Gwanghaegun Ilgi (Daily Records of King Gwanghaegun’s Reign) that Yi Chung, one of the king’s favorites, had the habit of personally presenting unusual dishes to the king. Gwanghaegun relished these dishes so much that he would not start a meal until they arrived. Among these unique dishes was japchae, which the king favored over all the rest.
Haemul Pajeon - perfect when paired with makgeolli ona rainy day
Pajeon (green onion pancake) is a mixture of wheat flour batter and scallions shallow-fried on a griddle. It goes wonderfully well with chilled dongdongju (floating rice wine). For some reason, people associate rain with pajeon. Some say it’s because the sound of raindrops hitting the ground or a window sill reminds people of the sizzle of spattering oil as the pajeon is fried. As strange as it sounds, this theory may not be as far-fetched as you might think. According to an experiment conducted by a sound engineering lab, the two sounds have almost identical vibrations and frequencies.
Samgyetang - rejuvenate yourself during the sweltering summer
Samgyetang is made by simmering a whole young chicken stuffed with ginseng, hedysarum root, jujubes, garlic, and sweet rice. Considered an energy-boosting dish best eaten on hot days, it is a classic Korean dish that has become popular among diners of all nationalities. Japanese author Murakami Ryu and Chinese film director Zhang Yimou have both given extensive praise to the dish. Many restaurants add samgye-tang to their menu during the summer, an example of its popularity.
Korean Royal Cuisine
Royal cuisine was served to the king and was prepared by the best cooks in the court with quality ingredients. The practice has been passed down through court cooks and royal descendants for generations, and is available to enjoy at royal cuisine restaurant in Korea.
Bunsik, literally meaning "food made from flour," is a term used to refer to reasonably priced Korean dishes. The most adored includes Gimbap, tteokbokki and eomuk, sold by street vendors and can be found near university towns like Sinchon, Hongdae, and shopping districts of Myeong-dong and Gangnam.
Korean Temple Food
Korean temple food is a great option for Vegetarians because they are prepared without any animal products except dairy. It also excludes using five pungent vegetables (onions, garlic, chives, green onions and leeks) Temple food can experienced during Templstays or at restaurants specializing in temple food.
Michelin Guide launched its first Seoul Restaurant Edition in 2017. Travelers looking for the best in Korean dining should definitely visit a Michelin starred restaurant, serving the highest quality in taste, presentation, and nutrition.
Fried chicken and Beer – iconic Korean food and drink combo – is ever popular in Korea and available throughout the country.
UNESCO Heritage Sites
Korea boasts 11 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, most of them noted for their history and culture.
Jongmyo Shrine (Seoul City)
In Jongno-gu, Seoul is the royal shrine interred with the ancestral tablets of Joseon Dynasty’s royal family and the place where memorial services for the kings and queens are performed. The place itself has the greatest religious implications from a Confucian perspective and it is a sacred site that presented the legitimacy of the political principal of the time.
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple (Gyeongju City in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province)
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple are ancient Buddhist temples of Korea, which were established in the mid-8th century during the golden era of the United Silla Dynasty. These two heritages represent the highly developed architectural skills and creative craftsmanship of the Silla people.
Changdeokgung Palace (Seoul City)
A royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the palace is famous for its rear garden, also called Huwon, a resting place for the royal family and beautifully landscaped in a way that held on to the original nature of the space. Of all the five royal palaces, Changdeokgung Palace is the most well-preserved to this day, showcasing the creativity of Korean palace construction through the combination of buildings and nature.
Hwaseong Fortress (Suwon City in Gyeonggi-do Province)
Located in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do is a living remnant of the nation’s proud history, representing the Joseon Dynasty of the 18th century. Built by King Jeongjo (Joseon’s 22nd king) in 1796 in an effort to make Suwon the second capital city and as an act of filial devotion to his father, Crown Prince Jangheon, he ordered the relocation of his father’s tomb, as well as many of the nation’s resources.
Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (Gochang-gun in Jeollabuk-do Province, Hwasun-gun in Jeollanam-do Province, Ganghwa-gun in Incheon City)
Dolmens are stone graves that were built in the prehistoric era. Gochang Dolmen Site,Hwasun Dolmen Site and Ganghwa Dolmen Site are unparalleled in the world, given the degree of concentration and diversity in the forms and scales of dolmens discovered in these three sites. Most of the dolmens were built in 1000 BC, providing modern people with a vital glimpse into the society and technological advancement of the period.
Haeinsa Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks (Hapcheon-gun in Gyeongsangnam-do Province)
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeongpanjeon Hall is an official archive built to safely store the 13th-century Goryeo Palman Daejanggyeong (the Tripitaka Koreana), a priceless world treasure. The distinguishing story of Haeinsa Temple and that of Goryeo Daejanggyeong are well acknowledged, whereas less is known about Janggyeongpanjeon Hall in comparison. It is estimated that Janggyeongpanjeon Hall first opened in the 15th century (1401~1500).
Gyeongju Historic Areas (Area of Gyeongju City in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province)
Gyeongju was the capital of Silla Dynasty (57BC – AD 935), and historical attraction where the achievements and culture of the Silla Dynasty have remained well-preserved. There are many sites and monuments important to the 1,000 years of development of Korean architecture and Buddhism.
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (Seoul, Areas of Gyeonggi-do Province and Gangwon Province)
Royal tombs of Korea are well-maintained heritage sites from the fifth century that are invaluable to Korea’s history. Because Korea is a nation founded on the traditional values of Confucianism and harmony with nature, the royal tombs have been well preserved to this day.
Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (Gyeongju City, Andong City)
Andong Hahoe Village and Gyeongju Yangdong Village are historical villages that were developed during the 14th to 15th century in Gyeongsangbuk-do. These two villages are well-preserved examples of typical Korean clan villages based on descents whose members carry the same family name derived from common ancestors. Even today, these families live in the village and continue their meaningful legacy, making the whole village a living and active cultural heritage.
Namhansanseong Fortress (Areas of Gwangju City, Seongnam City and Hanam City in Gyeonggi-do Province)
Namhansanseong Provincial Park is a unique fortress city built during the Joseon period with the purpose of functioning as an emergency capital. The exact date of the establishment has not been confirmed but the well-preserved castellation techniques, which were influenced by the styles of China and Japan, greatly raise the historical and cultural value of the fortress.
Baekje Historic Areas (Areas of Iksan City in Jeollabuk-do Province, Buyeo-gun & Gongju City in Chungcheongnam-do Province)
Tracing the relics of Baekje from Iksan-si in Jeollabuk-do, and Buyeo-gun and Gongju-si in Chungcheongnam-do, one can catch a glimpse of the ancient treasures of the Baekje history, one of Korea’s ancient kingdoms. The glamorous yet not too extravagant palaces and temple sites at Baekje Historic Areas bring to life the most flourishing times of Baekje and have become a fascinating tourist destination.
Haenyeo Museum (Jeju Island)
Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. Haenyeo is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Museum has a restoration of a traditional haenyeo’s home, and her meals. Also on display are the various tools used by female divers.
Kimchi Museum (Seoul City)
Museum Kimchikan is a unique museum dedicated to kimchi and kimjang, the process of making kimchi which was designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The museum was also selected by CNN in March 2015 as one of the world’s top 11 food museums. Visitors can learn the history of kimchi as well as learn and get a taste of the different types of kimchi.
Korea Furniture Museum (Seoul City)
Focusing only on traditional wooden furniture, the museum’s collection boasts more than 2,500 pieces of traditional Korean furniture. Rather than exhibiting the collection behind glass in a regular museum set-up, the pieces are displayed in 10 hanoks to show visitors how these pieces would have actually been used in daily life.
National Folk Museum of Korea (Seoul City)
Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.
National Museum of Korea (Yongsan City near Seoul)
Located in Seoul, National Museum of Korea is the largest museum in Korea and houses precious Korean cultural assets that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient times to the modern era.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul City)
Equipped with facilities including a reference center, a project gallery theater and a multipurpose hall, MMCA Seoul strives to accommodate every mode of new artistic endeavor and to communicate with the public.
Stone Art Museum (Seoul City)
Consisting of six exhibition halls including an outdoor exhibition garden, the museum strives to transcend the constricted traditional view of regarding stone sculptures as mere decorative artifacts in Buddhist temples or in tombs, and introduces a modern perspective that focuses on Koreans’ wisdom and their philosophy of life.
The War Memorial of Korea (Seoul City)
This museum exhibits and preserve materials related to the Korean War and serves as a national moral educational venue. It was established to commemorate the noble sacrifice of the Korean people. The museum houses approximately 33,000 artifacts with about 10,000 on display at indoor and outdoor exhibition halls.
A mountain range and watershed-crest-line which runs through most of the length of the Korean Peninsula, from Baekdu san Mountain in the north to Jirisan in the south. It is often referred to as the "spine" of the Korean Peninsula, and depicted in various historic artworks. It incorporates the Sobaek mountain range and most of the Taebaek mountain range.
Bukhansan National Park and Dulle-gil Trails (Seoul City and Gyeonggi-do Province)
Bukhansan Mountain is situated in the northern part of Seoul. Designated as a national park in 1983, the mountain is 78.45km wide and has 6 districts and extends out into Gyeonggi-do. The name Bukhansan means "big mountain in the north," and has such smooth curves that the large granite rocks sometimes look as if they would slide down the mountain. Bukhansan Dulle-gil, hiking trails of various lengths, connects the forest paths and villages along the foothills of mountain and are beloved due to its beautiful scenaries.
Seoraksan National Park (Gangwon-do Province)
Also referred to as Seolsan and Seolbongsan, the mountain was named Seorak ('Seol' meaning 'snow' and 'Ak' meaning 'big mountain') because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In November 1965, the Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as a park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO.
Hallasan National Park (Jeju Island)
Hallasan Mountain rises up proudly from the center of Jeju Island and is perhaps the island’s most memorable landmarks. Also called Mt. Yeongjusan, meaning "mountain high enough to pull the galaxy," Hallasan Mountain is widely known by scientists for its geological value. Designated as a national park in 1970, there are 368 parasitic volcanoes called Oreums (peaks) around the main mountain.
Odaesan National Park (Gangwon-do Province)
Odaesan Mountain is located in the central and eastern part of Gangwon-do and has the largest natural forest of Korea, home to many wild animals and plants. The area of Birobong Peak is famous for its Nuncheunkbaek and Yew tree forests. The royal azelea and Geumgang Chorong from Durobong Peak to Sangwangbong Peak are famous and there are animals such as boars, musk deer, turtledoves and colorful woodpeckers living here.
Jirisan National Park (located on the boundaries of Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do, and Gyeongsangnam-do)
Designated as the first national park in Korea on December 29, 1967, Jirisan National Park stretches out for 483.022?, making it the largest national park among all 22 national parks. It covers Korea’s three southernmost provinces and houses many famous Buddhist temples, valleys and falls.
Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park (Gyeongsangnam-do and Jeollanam-do Provinces)
Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park was designated as the first national marine park in 1968 and covers the area between Jisimdo Island in Geoje and Odongdo Island in Yeosu with six separate districts including Geoje, Tongyeong, Sacheon, Hadong, Namhae and Odongdo Island. It spans over an area of 535.676 ? and the ocean accounts for 76% of the total area. The outstanding view created by the sea and land attracts over 1 million visitors every year.
Olle Trails (Jeju Island)
"Olle" in Jeju’s dialect originally referred to the narrow path between the street and one's doorstep. Jeju Olle-gil is a series of walking trails that stretch around the entire coast of the island that pass through various landscapes along the way, including small villages, beaches, farms and forests. Each route offers a unique opportunity to soak in the beauty of Jeju and the island's culture.
Korea is a shopper’s paradise, with luxury brands, the latest fashions, cosmetics, souvenirs and more. In fact, Travel+Leisure named Seoul one of the world’s 20 best shopping cities in 2017. Here, visitors will find urban department stores, shopping malls that are open until dawn, and fashion avenues with the latest trends, including K-beauty and K-fashion.
Top Shopping Venues
• Dongdaemun Fashion Town, a 24-hour shopping district in Seoul
• Seoul’s Insa-dong neighborhood, with shops selling traditional souvenirs and Korean antiques, as well as art galleries, tea houses and restaurants, lining cozy alleyways
• Seoul’s Myeong-dong area, a popular tourist spot, with major department stores and specialty retailers, plus alleys lined with food carts
• Department stores throughout major cities and duty free shops at Incheon International Airport and others
• Bustling traditional markets such as Gwangjang Market or Namdaemun Market in Seoul
• Busan’s Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store
Zip-lining, paragliding, ice climbing, white-water rafting, and hot balloon rides are all available in South Korea. The areas most popular for these sports are on Jeju Island and in the steep mountains of Gangwon-do Province.
Koreans love golf and there are famous public and private golf courses throughout the country especially in Gangwon-do and Jeju Island’s resort clusters.
Surrounded by water on all three sides, South Korea is a perfect destination to enjoy water sports during Summer. Country offers various water sport including scuba diving, waterskiing, yachting and even surfing. The most popular areas for water sports are eastern coasts of Gangwon-do Province, southern coastal areas of Busan City and Yeosu City and most notably Jeju Island.
Korea has cold winters and high mountains which give way to a perfect setting for winter sports. As the host of 2018 Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang region is great for enjoying skiing, snowboarding, and hot springs. The area of Gangwon-do province is home to three national parks and has the most amounts of ski resorts clustered, some of them offering night skiing into 2am.