7 Unique Tourist Spots to Visit in Korea

Want to explore a different side of Korea? Check out these cool attractions!

By Belle Yambao
July 19, 2016

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.

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 of Little Prince photo spots here for you and your friends.

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.

5. Ewha Womans University
Address: 52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
How to Get There: Take Seoul Subway Line 2 and alight at Ewha Womans University Station. From Exit 2, walk straight then turn left at the junction. Just keep walking down until you see the university entrance.
Entrance Fee: Free

This women’s university is one of the most prestigious universities in Korea, and it is also home to some of the best architecture. Designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, the university is an eco-friendly space, art center, and building at the same time. The skillfully designed campus is made of two buildings with a plaza running in the middle. The surrounding area is also one of the trendiest and cheapest shopping centers in Seoul, where you’ll find plenty of clothes and makeup at your disposal.


6. Gwangjang Market
Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: 8:30 AM – 6 PM (general stores)
How to Get There: Ride Seoul Subway Line 1 and alight at Jongno 5-ga Station. Take Exit 7 and from there, walk 15 meters. You will soon see the entrance to Gwangjang Market.
Entrance Fee: Free

Gwangjang Market is a traditional market famous for its silk goods, fabric, and clothing, but what keeps locals and tourists alike coming back is the food. Numerous stalls dot the market selling everything including dumplings, jeon (Korean pancakes), kimbap (rice rolls), traditional candy, and more. It’s also a frequent stop for soon-to-be-wed couples in need of hanbok (traditional Korean clothes), yedan (wedding gifts for the groom’s family from the bride), and home items.


7. Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Address: Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Hours: Vary depending on tour taken, not available on Sundays and holidays (on Mondays for some sites as well)
How to Get There: Book a DMZ tour at least three days before your intended visit. Tours usually include pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
Entrance Fee: Tour prices vary from KRW 40,000-130,000 depending on type.

The Demilitarized Zone represents years of history between North and South Korea. When the two countries made a truce after the Korean War in 1953, they designated a two-kilometer area in both the North and South as a buffer zone where no military activity is allowed. You must bring your passport and you may be required to wear proper attire for parts of the DMZ tour. There are plenty of sites to visit in the DMZ, the most popular being Panmunjeom (Joint Security Area), which is the only site within the zone where the North and South Korean soldiers face off. Visit SeoulCityTour.net to see the types of tours usually available.