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Walking the streets of Seoul now, it’s hard to imagine this country’s future was once so uncertain. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the things that make South Korea such a fascinating and fun travel destination!
South Korea’s temples, palaces and fortresses across the country are fantastic to explore, and a great way to experience the country’s imperial past – reading or hearing about it is one thing, but actually being there, seeing the architecture and being able to tie events to a physical place is a completely different experience. One of the most famous sites is Haeinsa Temple, most notable for the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, which is carved into 81,258 wooden printing blocks that are still housed here today.
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2. People and culture
Korean culture is profoundly influenced by Confucian principles, which supports harmony, respect for elders and authority, and the importance of family, friendship, ancestors and tradition. As you can imagine, this makes for a friendly and harmonious society with much lower crime rates than countries of similar economic standing, meaning you’ll feel extremely safe as you explore.
Korean food is unique and delicious, and it plays a huge role in Korean society. The country’s natural isolation and climate means it has developed its own particular food preparation method, such as the salted and fermented side dish of kimchi. Over the centuries, a fascinating and rich food culture has emerged made up of meat dishes, stews, soups, noodles, seafood and vegetable side dishes. From plain and simple to extravagant and everything in between, there’s something on the menu for everyone.
4. Changing seasons
South Korea is blessed with four distinct seasons, so no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be surprised at the breathtaking seasonal changes taking place. Cherry blossoms in spring, fields of flowers in summer, foliage taking on beautiful autumn colours, and the white wonderland of winter all make for exciting times to visit!
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We all know how important it is to have good WiFi connectivity while travelling to keep friends and family up to date on how much fun we’re having, and in that regard, South Korea absolutely has you covered. Widely touted as the most connected country in the world, South Korea’s readily available and amazingly fast WiFi is six times faster than the world average. Much of the public transport system is connected with WiFi, too.