If you are looking to have a holiday in South Korea you will probably base yourself in Seoul. Most travellers tend to flock to the city where skyscrapers dwarf shanty towns and posh boutiques are just around the corner from small alleys selling cheap goods. Whilst visiting Seoul, you must see Korea's iconic royal landmark, the Gyeongbok Palace, as well as the surrounding mountains and the Korean Memorial Cemetery. If you are more adventurous, you can head to the volcanic island of Jeju, while Busan boasts beaches, hot springs and nature reserves.
You can get flights to South Korea that will take you to one of the country's many airports. However, these are indirect flights, to destinations such as Jeju and Busan. If you want to go direct, flights are available from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Seoul Incheon International, courtesy of carriers Asiana Airlines and Korean Air. Journey time is between 11 and 12 hours.
You can begin your holiday in South Korea by picking up a bus at the airport. However, you'll soon realise there's an overwhelming amount of buses, so take care when boarding them and ensure you are going to the correct destination.
If you are flying into Jeju, Busan or any of the other airports in South Korea, buses and taxis are readily available to take you onto your final destination.
You won't have a problem finding cheap hotels in South Korea if you avoid the country's peak season - the summer months. Spring and Autumn are also much more pleasurable in terms of temperature as the weather isn't so humid.
A great way to eat cheaply during your South Korea holiday is to pick up food from the street carts or pojanmacha, covered wagons, that can easily be found on the streets of big cities such as Seoul. Sample odeng (fish cakes), dakkochi (grilled chicken skewers) or kimbap (steamed rice in seaweed sheets).
Food is a very social activity in South Korea. You will find you may get charged extra or viewed suspiciously if you dine alone. If you are a lone traveller, try and pick up a dining companion on route or stick to the street food. If you enjoy a drink or two while on your holidays, you'll be happy to hear that alcohol is very cheap here. As well as eating, South Koreans spend a lot of time drinking socially, they also do business over a few drinks.
Updated 5th March 2014
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