Asia

South Korea

South Korea
The Essential
Vibrant ancestral traditions and 21C modernity cohabit happily in South Korea.
Just look at Seoul, the huge showroom-capital of the country: the traditional markets of Dongdaemun, picturesque neighbourhood of Bukchon and prestigious royal palace of Changdeok rub shoulders with head-spinning skyscrapers and huge shopping malls, where consumerism is the order of the day!
Yet South Korea has more to offer than these mercantile pleasures, as a quick glance at the superb, varied natural regions on offer will confirm. The most well-known are also the most beautiful: the paths of Seoraksan National Park, a lovely mountainous region greatly beloved of hikers; the volcanoes of Hallasan National Park and their amazing lava tunnels, a UNESCO World Heritage site; the parks of Gyeongju tumuli, royal tombs covered in grass, whose smooth round lines depict a unique landscape.
These riches are further enhanced by an incredibly refined culture, exemplified by the lovely green-blue celadon ceramics and an inventive cuisine that will delight the taste buds of many a gourmet.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for South Korea

Haein-sa Temple Haein-sa Temple
Haein-sa Temple
Daegu
1:00
Changdeokgung (Changdeok Palace) Changdeokgung (Changdeok Palace)
Changdeokgung (Changdeok Palace)
Séoul
2:00
Daereung-won Daereung-won
Daereung-won
Gyeongju
Seoraksan National Park Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan National Park
Sokcho
5:00
Hallasan National Park Hallasan National Park
Hallasan National Park
Eorimok
5:00
Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)
Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)
Séoul
2:00

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