Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 9 September 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.
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South Korea Events
Autumn Foliage Planning
For those of you planning to visit South Korea from now to mid December you are almost definitely planning to try to see some of the glorious autumn foliage colours throughout South Korea.
I have found a very comprehensive guide on the Trazy website which includes detailed information about the fall colour dates and locations across all of South Korea from north to south. Click here to check it out and to incorporate into your itinerary planning.
The major upcoming events are below including how to book tickets for each event:
2 – 13 October 2018 – 2018 Jinju Lantern Festival is one of the best known throughout South Korea. Trazy has a great day trip deal which includes round trip transportation from and to Seoul as well as festival entry.Click here to book your day tour from Seoul to the Jinju Lantern Festival through Trazy
6 October 2018 – 2018 Seoul International Fireworks Festival (SIFF) is definitely one of the significant festivals in Korea ever since it first launching in the year 2000 with the aim of wishing for peace and harmony. On this festival, over 1.2 million people will flood into Yeouido Hangang Park to experience a thrilling showcase of fireworks in the city. Click here to find out more about the festival.
20-28 October 2018 – Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) is a mega festival for K-Pop and includes fan meetings and cultural experiences. You can easily purchase tickets for the Opening & Closing Awards Concert through Trazy, which includes a range of transportation options.Click here to book your BOF Opening and Closing Concert tickets through Trazy
27 October 2018 – Busan Fireworks Festival is one of the top fireworks festivals in South Korea, held looking over Gwangalli Beach. You can easily book either a seat only or seat and table ticket through Trazy.Click here to book your Busan Fireworks ticket through Trazy
Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets – Nami Island Tours
Nami Island is a very popular day trip option from Seoul, as it is located within a couple of hours drive to the north east. Visit the half moon-shaped Nami Island, famed for its romantic scenes all year around and filming site of many dramas. You can also catch an awesome zipline across the river to get to Nami Island! In close proximity are the beautiful Garden of Morning Calm, the kitschy Petite France European style village, and two different rail bike options which are a great way to enjoy the scenery and get some gentle exercise!
Klook makes it easy to book your day tour with the following options available – these tours run every day as long as they have a minimum of 4 people:
- Nami Island + Rail Bike $US 67.35 pp, with zipline $US 106.35 pp
- Nami Island + Rail Bike + Petite France $US 90.39 pp, with zipline $US 129.39
- Nami Island + Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm $US 95.69 pp, with zipline $US 134.69
- Nami Island + Rail Bike + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm $US 101.05, with zipline $US 140 pp.
Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
50 South Korea Travel Tips by There She Goes Again
This post will cover all the Korea travel tips I can think of, from what to do before you come to accommodation tips to safety concerns and more.
I’ve been meaning to write some sort of practical guide with tips for visiting South Korea for ages now, but I just never go around to it! I think when you live in a country vs. visiting for a short time, you just don’t think about certain things.
Anyhow, now that I’m back and was traveling around the country for a month before starting my new job, I do still remember some of the things I needed to know before having my residency card (ARC). So, if you’re traveling to South Korea for the first time, here are 50 tips you may want to keep handy! Click here to read more…
The Ideal Two-Week South Korea Itinerary for Solo Women by Women on the Road
Imagine someone giving up their subway seat so two friends can sit together. Or leaving your room unlocked or your luggage out of sight on a train – without worrying it might disappear. Or a bus driver bowing before driving off – and he’s wearing white gloves.
You’d be in South Korea, of course, and what follows are the highlights of my two-week Korea solo trip in a land of near-unbelievable contrast.
Built on the rubble that was once Seoul, the capital is now a world-class metropolis. Much of South Korea’s success today – Hyundai, LG, Samsung, Daewoo – dates to the aftermath the Korean War, which killed millions and destroyed the country’s infrastructure, leaving it one of the world’s poorest countries. It’s hard to conceive of Seoul as a flattened city, from which 90% of the population fled and whose remaining 10% often scavenged for food.
If it weren’t for the unpredictability of North Korea-US relations (despite the recent meeting between the countries’ two leaders), this would easily qualify as one of the safest destinations for women – anywhere. South Korean solo female travel is not to be feared but on the contrary, to be embraced. Click here to read more…
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