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South Korea Holidays

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South Korea is a modern country of spectacular natural scenery, a place where ancient temples stand side by side with towering skyscrapers and where the people are proud to retain their own unique traditions and cultural identity. The largest and most important city in South Korea, Seoul is a captivating blend of royal palaces, lively restaurants and bustling markets. To the north is the DMZ and North Korea whilst to the south-east of the country is Gyeongju, capital of the Shilla Kingdom, and Busan, South Korea’s second largest city and major port with popular beaches, good restaurants and a vibrant fish market. Off the southern tip of the peninsula lies Jeju – a subtropical, volcanic island dotted with enticing beaches, waterfalls, dramatic volcanic rock formations and dense forest. With our knowledge and experience we can help to create a unique holiday to South Korea that is tailored exactly to your requirements.

Places to visit in South Korea

A modern cosmopolitan country with a proud history and traditions, South Korea has retained a strong cultural identity despite its proximity to near neighbours Japan and China. Capital Seoul is the archetypal modern Asian city with fabulous gardens and cultural sites, excellent restaurants and first-class shops and markets. Those interested in contemporary history can also travel north of the city for a sobering and thought-provoking visit to the DMZ which has separated the Korean peninsula since 1953. Further south, the eastern city of Gyeongju was once the ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom and is home to some of Korea’s greatest historical treasures including Seokguram Grotto whilst coastal Busan, South Korea’s second city, is a bustling and vibrant metropolis. From Busan it is possible to return to Seoul by high-speed bullet train. For a completely different experience fly to subtropical Jeju Island with beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery.


When to Visit south-korea

South Korea has a continental climate characterised by four very distinct seasons. The best times to visit are spring, which occurs in late March and early April, and autumn, which occurs from late September through October. Both spring and autumn are relatively short but temperatures are mild and pleasant. Summer, which arrives in late April, is wet and humid but the air is warmed by moist prevailing windows from the Pacific Ocean. Typhoon season is typically from June to September, with the southern region of the peninsula experiencing the majority of the rain. Winter arrives around the end of October, though can set in sooner in northern areas such as Seoul, and is harsh with temperatures dropping below freezing. There is occasional snowfall in the mountainous and northern areas, but the southern and coastal regions experience little to no snowfall.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

flag of South-Korea Capital: Seoul

Main Language: Korean

Time Zone: GMT + 9

Currency: Won (KRW)

China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan Holiday Review

I was lucky enough to be given a three month career break and wanted to do some extensive travelling in Asia. I emailed a number of travel companies with a request to prepare a tailor made tour across certain specific dates. Pettitts were the first to reply and from that moment on provided a superb service. Initially there were a number of changes requested to the itinerary, but they were able to accommodate all changes and flex the programme according to our needs. The countries visited were China, Mongolia, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Pettitts have clearly identified high quality international partners given that we were impressed with all travel guides in each country.

Pettitts assisted with all questions we had during the planning of the trip and were very quick to get in touch with us on the one occasion they needed to during the trip. Pettitts were excellent and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their service was first class and I would be more than happy to use their services again.

SG - China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan - July 2018

Accommodation in South Korea

There is a vast range of accommodation available throughout South Korea but visitors will most commonly stay in larger modern hotels. Major cities like Seoul and Busan cater to almost every taste from simple Korean-owned properties to luxurious international hotels but in provincial centres hotels tend to be smaller, locally owned and in a Korean style – sometimes with low futon beds and heated floors. There are few heritage hotels in South Korea. On nearby Jeju Island there are numerous excellent coastal resorts which offer a full range of facilities and amenities.

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