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Unique Tourist Spots to Visit in Korea

Want to explore a different side of Korea? Check out these cool attractions!
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Fancy a trip to South Korea for your next vacation with your loved ones? If you’ve been there before and would like to try something new when you go back, this article is for you. Korea is a land chock full of attractions for all kinds of people. Whether you’re a nature lover, history and culture buff, enthusiastic shopper, or Hallyu wave fan, this awesome country has something for you. Read on and find out where you can head to next!

1. Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Gyeongju)
Address: 102, Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
How to Get There: Take the KTX from Seoul Station to Singyeongju Station. From there, go to the tourist information center and book a city tour, which includes Donggung Palace. You may also book in advance here. Should you want to DIY, you may also inquire at the center.
Entrance Fee: KRW 2,000

Known as the “museum without walls,” Gyeongju is one of Korea’s centers for history and culture as it was the Capital of the Silla Dynasty for a thousand years. The entire city has been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and one of its top spots is Dongggung Palace and Wolji Pond (more popularly known as Anapji Pond), which was once used as the Crown Prince’s secondary palace. The view is particularly breathtaking at night, so try taking part in a Gyeongju City Night Tour to experience the site at its best.

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2. Gamcheon Culture Village (Busan)
Address: 177-11, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
Hours: 24 hours, 9 AM – 6 PM for facilities
How to Get There: Ride the KTX from Seoul Station to Busan Station. Transfer to the Busan Subway Line 1 and ride it to Toseong Station. From there, take Exit 6. Facing the intersection, walk to the corner and turn right, then walk straight. Once you see the Cancer Center Hospital on your right side, you will see the bus terminal in front of it. Take Bus 2 or 2-2 and go down at the Gamcheon Elementary School stop.
Entrance Fee: Free, KRW 2,000 for a stamp tour

Are you a fan of the book The Little Prince? If you are, this picturesque village should definitely be on your list. Gamcheon Culture Village is widely known as Korea’s Little Santorini and Busan’s Machu Picchu. Once home to refugees during the Korean War, the place has been converted into a center for art and culture since then. It’s filled with vibrantly colored wall murals, houses, and sculptures. If you love a good photo op, you’ll find plenty ofLittle Prince photo spots here for you and your friends.

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3. Haneul Park
Address: 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM (please check with the park for closing hours per season)
How to Get There: Take Seoul Subway Line 6 to World Cup Stadium Station. From Exit 1, walk towards Haneul Park for around 20 minutes and cross the bridge. Once you arrive at the stairs, turn left and go straight till you get to the Redwood Tree Path.
Entrance Fee: Free

This unique and peaceful park is one of five surrounding the famous World Cup Stadium. It is the venue for the annual Seoul Silver Grass Festival held every autumn. In contrast to the bold colors of fall, the park’s grasslands shimmer with fields of silver during the festival. They also extend the park hours so that visitors can enjoy a night view of the Han River while walking along the lighted paths of the park.

4. Seoul Forest

Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Hours: 24 hours every day
How to Get There: Take the Subway Bundang Line and alight at Seoul Forest Station. From Exit 3, walk for around five minutes until you see the sign for Seoul Forest Park.
Entrance Fee: Free

This eco-friendly park is actually a complex with five different parks: the Cultural Art Park, Ecological Forest, Nature Experiencing Study Field, Wetlands Ecological Field, and Hangang River Waterside Park. Seoul Forest is the perfect place for a family outing, thanks to its myriad of facilities from playgrounds and sports equipment to animal and plant houses as well as water forms like fountains and streams. Make sure to visit the park in spring as they have rows and rows of cherry blossom trees.

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