The Korean peninsula is located in Northeast Asia. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, making it a unique geographical location. With Seoul as its capital city, the land is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea’s total land area is 100,033 square km, neighbouring Japan to the east, China to the west, and sharing a northern border with Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
The total population of Korea is approximately 51,634,618 (July 2016 data) with most residing in the Seoul metropolitan area. Outside of Seoul, other large and economically advanced cities such as Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Ulsan also have higher population densities than other cities in Korea. Local time is GMT +9.
Korea is a land of advanced IT, home to global conglomerates such as Samsung and LG, as well as offering the highest average connection bandwidth to Internet users. Korea is an early adopter of leading technologies: high-tech convenience is guaranteed.
With over 5000 years of history, Korea is a country full of vibrant colours and positive energy. Following its miraculous development over the last 50 years, Korea is now a modernized dynamic nation that still maintains its traditional culture. It offers the perfect mix of touring, shopping, entertainment, and rich history, with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Haeinsa.
Korean food is gaining momentum as a world cuisine – a healthy cuisine with depth in flavour and variety of ingredients. Korean cooking appears complicated, but is in fact rather simple. The delicious flavours and health benefits of Korean food come from the spices, fermented sauce and paste that are used, full of vitamin C, antioxidants and protein. When in Korea, you must try quintessential Korean dishes: Kimchi (Korean cabbages seasoned with different spices), Bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables and beef), Bulgogi (beef in a soy sauce marinade) and Grilled Galbi (seasoned ribs).
The dichotomy of old and new is reflected in Korea’s diversity of shopping and tourist destinations; international tourists will be delighted by both the glittering department stores and shopping malls, and the charming traditional markets.
Korea is an ideal place to go to for an all-inclusive getaway of shopping, touring, and entertainment. Korea is truly a shopper’s paradise for luxury brands, the latest fashion, cosmetics, souvenirs & more. There are several major department stores (Lotte, Hyundai & Shinsegae) and malls throughout the central locations in cities as well as economical markets that offer good quality products at lower prices.
Korea has a wide variety of entertainment options for all ages. Korea has a thriving nightlife scene, with many nightclubs clustered around the central districts in the major cities. Not only is Korea a city of shopping and brilliant night life, there’s more to be discovered. You can take off on an analogue journey in a highly digital nation to discover the “slow” cities throughout Korea. Since 2007, eight places in Korea have been designated Slow Cities. Or you can take a trekking or hiking trip.
Experience Royal Palace Life
Korean Cooking Classes
Taekwondo, Korea’s representative defensive martial art is globally-recognized. It is not just a defensive martial art, but also intended to improve both the physical and mental strength of its practitioners.
Temple Stay, one of the most popular programs for locals and foreigners that started back in 2002, provides a unique opportunity to experience Korean Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality.
Royal palaces are of must-visit tourist attractions in Seoul. Different programs are offered where visitors can watch reenactments of historical royal ceremonies and have pictures taken for a feel of ancient history and culture.
It is said that to really understand a country’s culture, you must experience its food. There are many Korean cooking classes available offering its visitors greater insight into Korean foods, its culture and history.