Beyond the Usual: Five Reasons to Choose South Korea for Your Next Adventure

Why You Should Go To South Korea

Why You Should Go to South Korea

I often get asked about my favorite places to travel, and South Korea always lands in my top 20. While that might surprise some, I’m not sure why—it really shouldn’t. The fantastic food, vibrant festivals, friendly people, and its closeness to other exciting spots in Asia make it an ideal place to visit or even live. Here are just five reasons you should consider adding South Korea to your travel list.

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1. Diverse Topography

The country is small, but its diverse topography gives you an opportunity to experience its mountains, beaches, and cities in a relatively short amount of time.

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2. It’s Relatively Inexpensive

South Korea isn’t the cheapest country to visit in Asia. But compared to its closest neighbors, Japan and China, South Korea offers tremendous value. You can visit the World’s largest mall and experience some of Asia’s top festivals and cultural events for a fraction of the price. I was able to get many things at a fraction of the price including surgery, dermatology treatments, and other services.

3. Good Food

You’ve probably heard (or smelled) kimchi before. I love it and many other Korean staples. The county has tons of great food to experience including BBQ, kimbap, bibimbap, and bulgogi. Many of the dishes are plant-based and thus healthy. And even today, you can enjoy the food traditional settings like hanoks.

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4. Ancient Culture

The country has changed a hundredfold since I lived there as a teenager. I hardly recognized it when I went back the first time. Seoul has become an amazing 21st-century city, but it is estimated to have been founded in 2333 BC. That would make it one of the oldest cultures on the planet. However, there is plenty of soul outside of Seoul. There are tons of ancient temples, ruins, and villages to explore. Many of them are still in use today. This is where I find people to be the most curious, welcoming, willing to share their culture with you.

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5. It’s a Wired Country

South Korea is the world leader in Internet connectivity. As many as 95% of the country uses the Internet. Hence the country is recognized as the world’s leader for the fastest and most accessible broadband Internet. Consequently, the download speeds make it a desirable destination for gamers and digital nomads.

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    1. Stacey A. Peters

      Thank you for your comment! Korea is indeed an amazing place with so much to offer. If you have any questions or need tips for your trip, feel free to ask. Enjoy your journey!

  1. Morgan

    A good friend of mine from college is there. They are raising three little ones and absolutely love it. Seems like such an amazing place to visit.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I hope they get exposed to the language, food and culture. I think its a great place to explore– especially with young kids who are so curious and impressionable.

  2. Brittany

    My husband went here last year and had such a great time! He loved checking out all the historical sights and meeting so many great people

  3. Andrea

    I have a friend who went to South Korea a few years ago to visit and ended up falling in love with the culture and everything and she moved there last year. she has been telling me to visit, gonna have to make that trip happen soon.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Please go. It’s a wonderful place to experience good food, friends and the culture. The language is quite difficult for me, but I managed that too.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      It’s amazing to me, how many friends I made there from other countries. Its a great place to explore thats still budget friendly.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I agree. It’s still accessible to budget travel, unlike its neighbors China and Japan– which is also nice.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Love locks are everywhere now, you just have to google them. The food is both yummy and scary at times. lol

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Did she enjoy her adventure? It is a beautiful country– lots of mountains, nature and things to see.

  4. michenn

    My fiance is Korean and we’re doing the second part of our wedding ceremony in Korea next year so I’m definitely excited to check it out. And the food! Definitely the food!

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I went to a couple weddings while I was there and while many of their traditions are similar– some are unique to their culture. I didn’t know that wedding rings was not common– its something they incorporated from Western culture.

  5. Jenny

    I did my internship in S Korea and I loved it there. My favorite parts were the movies (although I know they were illegal), food, and shopping. I also loved how close it was to other places. I was able to visit Thailand, Guam, Hawaii, and a few other places. AHH I need to go back!

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I know I love all the above as well. I too got to visit North Korea, Thailand (3x), China (3x), Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia– freaking Bali. If you had asked me that a few years ago I would have said never. Its amazing!!

  6. Amy Desrosiers

    Looks gorgeous! I had no idea they were the world leader in internet connectivity. I would love to taste their cuisine.

  7. Erica

    I know someone who recently came back from teaching in South Korea. From the pictures, it really looks like an amazing place to visit. I haven’t traveled much in my life, but I would love to go there someday.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I’ve learned so much about myself and the world through my travels. I hope you get a chance to visit one day.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yes, the food is amazing. I still eat it once or twice a week thanks to my friends who taught me how to make my favorite dishes.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I’ve lived there twice now. It is an amazing place to see and taste. I’d go back again if I can.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I miss the inexpensive food, hikes to the temples and my friends the most. I hope to visit again one day.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yes Jessica, I have heard this before. But its really a budget destination when you think about its neighbors Japan and China that have very similar cultures but are really expensive destinations to visit.

  8. Yuan

    OMG that food looks amazing. Korea is definitely on my bucket list to go. Apart from what you mentioned. I want to add one more, specific to girls. Korean skin care is super famous in Asia. If I go there one day I will definitely go shopping for make up and skin care products there 🙂

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yes Yuan– it’s the capital of skin, beauty treatments and plastic surgery. I enjoyed all of the treatments I had and they are very inexpensive too.

  9. Cynthia

    I’ve never been – it’s been on my list for such a long time! Another reason to go is K-Pop and K-Drama haha! Even if you’re not a fan, just seeing the whole entertainment culture there would be eye-opening, I bet!

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Lol, I hate K-pop!! Haha, it drives me crazy, but yes, its very popular over there. You know most cable companies have a K-pop channel, right?

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