Korea Mini Guide
Overview
Currency: Korean won (₩)
Language: Korean
Time: GMT+9
Visas: Generally, travellers do not need a visa. But some countries are not in permit-on arrival list
Money: ATMs are widely available. Credit card is mostly accept in hotel and restaurant.
Mobile Phones: 4G is widespread. Portable wifi can also be useful.

When to go
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Useful Website
www.visitkorea.or.kr
www.korea4expats.com/
www.everydaykorea.com/

Opening Hours
Bank: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, ATMs 7am to 11pm (or 24hour)
Restaurant: 11am to 10pm
Cafe: 7am to 10pm
Shops: 10am to 8pm
Bars: 6pm to 1am

Airport***
> Incheon Airport (Seoul)
> Gimpo Airport (Seoul)
> Gimhae Airport (Busan)

Transportation
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Hotspot in Korea - 2020
Festtival

> Boryeong Mud Festival
The Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea is famous around the world. Every year it is filled with tourists from all over the world coming to participate in the festival. Boryeong is a city with a rich landscape of resources, both the mountains and the beach, which is not only a beach for swimming and playing but also a good source of mud. Boryeong mud received the certificate ISO 9002 and has been certified by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) of the United States and quality assurance by the Japanese Ministry of Public Health. Boryeong Mud Festival will be organized annually in July in the area of ​​Daecheon Beach, Boryeong City, Chungcheongnamdo province of South Korea.

> Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
The festival will be held from the beginning of the month to the middle of April every year in the area of ​​Yeouido park and Yeouido road which is a street that is famous for the most charming Beojkkoch in Seoul. In the event, you will enjoy the walk along the road surrounded by 87,859 beautiful spring flowers from 13 varieties, including Azalea, Forsythias, Royal Azalea, Bridal Wreath Tree and others.

> Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival
The small town that is famous for the viewing of the cherry blossom, or Korea's No. 1 Sakura in South Korea. Jin Hae is popular with the cherry blossom because the whole city has more than 200,000 plantings on roads, parks or on the mountains. During the spring, the whole town will turn pink and will bloom faster than Seoul for 1 week. It is a symbol of the beginning of the warm season of South Korean people.

> Goyang international flowers festivals
This international flower festival is held annually in April in the city of Goyang. A variety of flowers are displayed over the space of 150,000 square meters from 36 countries. There are indoor and outdoor zones. In addition to new flower species and the technology of growing flowers, there are also a flower exhibition seminars, flower arrangement contests, various activities and shows to watch as well.
Historical site

> Hwaseong Fortress
Hwaseong Fortress is a fort that was built during the reign of King Chong Jo or King Lee San. It took 2 years to build from 1794-1796 in order to support the moving of the new capital to Suwon. Hwaseong Fortress was registered as a UNESCO cultural world heritage site in 1997. The fortress wall has been built around Suwon for a length of 5.52 kilometers and there are 4 beautiful architectural gate in each direction including Janganmun Gate (North), Paldalmun Gate (South), Changnyongmun Gate (East), and Hwaseomun Gate (West).

> Bulguksa Temple
"Bulguksa" means the land of Buddhism. This temple was built in the year 528 when Buddhism was officially recognized by the Silla Dynasty. It is currently located in the city of Gyeongju. It was recorded by UNESCO in 1995 as a world cultural heritage.

> Gyeongbokgung palace
Gyeongbokgung palace, the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, built in the year 1394, is considered as one of the best locations according to the principles of Feng Shui. The palace was used as an administrative center in ancient times. It was the power base of Taejo and continuously used by the king in the Choson dynasty. The palace area consists of many different royal residences, such as the chambers of the kings and queens, the alphabet room, throne hall, and outdoor garden.

> Changdeokgung Palace
This palace was an abode of many kings during the Joseon Dynasty and was one the five royal palaces of Seoul that are still preserved in Seoul. This palace has been recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage in 1997. Inside, it consists of public area, palace building for royals, and Biwon park. The park is full of giant trees that are over 300 years old, ponds, and pavilions. The most beautiful time for this place is autumn.

> Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok village Is another symbol of Korea. Among the modern buildings of Seoul, this village still maintains dwellings and the aura of Korea in ancient times. It is suitable for people who like historical attractions. The word Bukchon means "North Village" according to the location of the village on the north side of the Cheonggyecheon Canal and Jongno area.

> Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a temple built on rocks at the beach which is different from most foothill temples. This temple was founded in the Goryeo Dynasty and has the motto "At least one of your wishes will be accepted through your sincere prayer. "

> Anapji Pond
Anbanji Pool is regarded as the highlight of Gyeongju city that should not be missed to visit. It was built during the reign of King Munmu of the Silla dynasty. It is surrounded by a group of buildings so you can see the view of King Shilla in the past. The buildings have been restored to be very beautiful and be a popular tourist destination to visit at dusk until after the sun goes down. At that time, there will be a fire that is nice and is a popular spot to take pictures of the main buildings.
Korea street Food

> Namdaemun Market
This place is the largest traditional market and a very popular shopping destination in Korea. It is full of various products, both wholesale and retail. Most products are produced directly from the shop owner, such as clothing, hats, kitchen utensils, lacquerware, tumblers, toys, fishing equipment, climbing equipment, skiing equipment, stationery, souvenirs, flower carpets, ginseng food, imported goods and much more. This market is a great place for shopping that are open until midnight.

> Gwangjang Market
Gwangjang market is a 100 year old market considered to be one of the oldest markets in Korea. In the past, the market had been destroyed during the Korean War. Now, it has been reconstructed and has become a very popular tourist destination. At present, the 2nd floor of the market is the largest fabric market in Seoul. Aside from being a large fabric market, fresh goods are also on sale.

> Tongin Market
Tongin market is another old market place in Seoul near the Gyeongbokgung Palace created since 1941. It is considered as a delicious food hub to visit in Seoul, including cooked food, vegetables, fruits, meat, and other well-known food at among Korean people such as Tteokbokki, Tweed Kim, Jezeze stir-fried with vermicelli, Korean stir-fried pork, kimchi etc.
Outdoor activities

> Everland Theme park
Everland is the first family amusement park and the largest theme park of South Korea. It is located at Everland resort in Yongin city, Gyeonggi province. There are many zones in this amusement park including Magic land, European adventure, Zootopia, Lost valley, Plantopia, and many other festivals in the night.

> Climb Hallasan mount
Hallasan is located in the heart of Jeju Island, a quiet volcano. It has been registered as a natural world heritage site Of UNESCO. Despite its elevation, it is quite easy to climb, so most people can reach the peak and back down within a day. From the summit, climbers are rewarded with the views of the lake and large crater with a beautiful view of Jeju.

> Seonyudo Park
Seonyudo park is a beautiful garden surrounded by nature, beautiful flowers and fresh air which is suitable for everyone to relax and find a nice picture spot. The highlight here is the Seonyudo bridge or the arch bridge made of wood acts to connect this park with the mainland. When the sun goes down, the Seonyudo bridge is as beautiful as paradise. This place is considered as another place that has a very beautiful night view in Seoul.

> Ski at Gangneung coastal area
Shopping

>Myeongdong Shopping Street
Myeongdong shopping street is the most popular shopping district located in the heart of Seoul. It is easy to travel and attracts more than 1 million tourists per day. This shopping street is considered to be the center of politics, economy and culture of Seoul. Inside the Myeongdong market, it is full of shops and countless restaurants so every shoppers should not miss this market.

>Dongdaemun Market
Dongdaemun Market is the largest wholesale and retail market in Dongdaemun area. There are 26 shopping malls, over 30,000 shops and over 50,000 factories. It opens from around 10.30am to 5 am and closes every Monday and public holidays. This market is another very popular shopping destination.

> Hongdae Shopping Street
Hongdae is a shopping area in front of Hongik University, therefore is a center for teenagers and university students. It is another street that has a romantic atmosphere. There are also many unique cafes, galleries, fashion stores, clubs, art markets and restaurants for 20-30 year olds who like to walk around. The prices of products and restaurants are not expensive as well. It is especially bustling from the afternoon onwards because many restaurants start to open at this time.

> Gangnam
Gangnam is well-known as the most prosperous district in Seoul. The name Gangnam has the same meaning as trendy and modern fashion. Tourists visit Gangnam to feel the excitement of many vast skyscrapers located in the completely modern area. Here, it will be difficult to find traces of traditional culture! Reserve one day of your trip to find the hidden charm and the joy of Gangnam.
Sightseeing

> Nami Island
Namiseom or Nami Island is located in Gangwon Province, about an hour from Seoul. The location in this island is romantic, where many TV serie productions use the scene of this island to be in one of the romantic scenes in the series. You could visit Nami Island for the whole year. In winter, there will be plain snow all over the island. Then, you can expect to see Sakura blossom during spring and verdurous pines in summer. Autumn is the most romantic season on Nami island where ginkgo trees turn the island to yellow.

> Paradise city
Paradise city is the landmark in Incheon near the Incheon airport, where it also be a hotel, a luxury casino resort, an art gallery, or a shopping center. Their building is also designed in a stunning modern design which worth visiting before you fly back to your home.

> N Seoul Tower
Namsan Seoul Tower is another best spot for a couple traveller where you can have a 360 degree view on the top of Seoul along with the Hangang river. It is popular to have a sight on the tower at night to watch the sunset and the night light in Seoul. There are also love locks sold along the path to the tower, which you can create a great memory with your couple by writing some word on the lock and putting it at the provided place.

>Hallasan National Park
Hallasan National Park is on the highest mountain, Yeongjusan mountain, in Jeju Island. Hallasan National Park is also registered as World Heritage by UNESCO. It is also popular to visit the park in autumn when the Island turns yellow and orange. You can also see the korean culture through museums, villages and others in this park. The area of this park is pretty large, so prepare your energy well to explore this national park.
Month by month
January
> The driest and coldest month in Korea, with freezing and snowing in some areas, you could see snow in the North or even in Seoul the Capital of South Korea. There will be a Taebaeksan Snow Festival at the Taebaeksan National park in Gangwon Province where a snow sculptures event is held. If you are excited to experience lots of ice and snow, this festival should be one of the impressive events that you should not miss. It takes only about 3 hours from Seoul to attend the festival.

Febuary
> The weather is still cold but it eases in February. Price of flight and accommodation in February is lower than other winter months, so it is a great month to visit ski resorts in Korea. Seollal, Korean Lunar New Year, is one of the most important holidays in Korea which usually is from late January to the beginning of January. Some local shops will close during this holiday period but most tourist attractions are still open for everyone.

March
> Temperature continued to increase, and the temperature in Seoul could reach above zero celsius in this month. Sunshine could warm you up a bit in March, but the weather is still freezing in most parts of Korea. You may visit Busan and Jeju to escape the cold and chilling at the coasts in the South of Korea.

April
> The beginning of spring in Korea, ice and snow have melted, and there could be a little chance to face rain pour during April. Cherry blossoms begin to flower in Korea which make the view of your trip to be more fascinating. You could also have a greater photo in Korea this month.

May
> A great month to visit Korea, the weather and the view of the green countryside and cherry blossoms seems to be perfect. It is not too cald and not too warm in Korea, and also has Low chance to face some rain. There is Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern festival) in Seoul where you can enjoy street festivals in daytime and experience the stunning lantern parade at night.

June
> June is another perfect month to visit as the temperature is in the great range, only a bit increase from May. Great time to experience some outdoor activities in Korea, especially at the beaches and national park, before it gets more wet next month. Gangneung Danoje Festival is one of the remarkable festivals in Korea which is usually held in June. The festival is also designated to be one of South Korea’ intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, so it is definitely worth attending this festival.

July
> The wettest month in Korea, as the impact of monsoon in this month. In addition, the warmer weather in July makes it the highest humidity period in Korea. If you plan to visit Korea this month, do not forget to often see the weather forecast to make your trip uninterrupted by the heavy rain. Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the most exciting festivals in July, attracting lots of tourists who would like to enjoy a mud party at daecheon beach.

August
> The monsoon continues from July which causes a high level of rainfall throughout Korea in August. We recommend you to plan for indoor activities to avoid hot and humid this month.

September
> The weather is getting better when there is less rainfall in this month and temperature drops to a chilly range. leaves start to change their color in Korea, signaling for the approaching of autumn season. Chuseok, a three-day harvest festival, is also an important holiday which Korean people usually spend time with their families, so some part of transportation could face a bit difficulty.

Octorber
> October is the best month to visit autumn in October as the most part of Korea is turning to orange, and it is the most suitable period to experience the colorful autumn foliage in most national parks or even along the street in the cities. The temperature becomes friendly to travelers again in October where there is less rain and cooler in this month.

November
> The temperature continues to drop in November and could reach one digits number (in celsius) in Seoul. You could still face a mild temperature in the South, so it was one alternative destination to avoid the coming winter.

December
> The beginning of winter, the weather goes freezing again, but not cold as the weather in January and February. You may expect to see snow in the end of the month in the north. The temperature in the Southern coast in Busan or Jeju are still in the acceptable range, so they are still appropriate for people who want to escape the cold.