Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 22 September 2019, 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.
There are several public holidays coming up over the next few months as follows. Click on the links to find out more about each public holiday.
- 3 October 2019. National Foundation Day. This day commemorates the founding of the Korean nation by the legendary god-king Dangun.
- 9 October 2019. Hangeul Day. This day commemorates the creation of Hangeul in 1446, the country’s native alphabet.
- 25 December 2019. Christmas Day.
Autumn is the time for many cultural and music festivals across South Korea, as well as getting closer to Halloween!
- You can check out further details of upcoming events and book through Trazy at this link.
- You can check out further details of upcoming events and book through Klook at this link.
Below is an overview of the most popular events:
- 20-26 September 2019. Seoul International Film Festival
- 3-12 October 2019. Jinju Lantern Festival
- 6 October 2019. Seoul International Fireworks Festival
- 26 October 2019. Zombie Run Festival in Seoul
- 26 October 2019. 2019 SKA Super Swag Festival in Incheon (Trazy exclusive early bird deal for this Hip-Hop music festival)
- 2 November 2019. Busan Fireworks Festival
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. We did this tour ourselves on our recent visit to South Korea and had a great day out. The zipline was a real highlight and we loved seeing the autumn colours in the Garden of Morning Calm.
- Nami Island + Rail Bike (plus optional Zipline)
- Nami Island + Rail Bike + Petite France (plus optional Zipline)
- Nami Island + Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm (plus optional Zipline)
- Nami Island + Rail Bike + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm (plus optional Zipline)
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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