23 City and Korea Countryside Worth To Visit in 2022!
In this article we will share to you hidden gems in south korea countryside you never knew before, other than just Seoul, Busan and jeju most famous destinations in south korea. Most of travelers will visit Seoul, busan and jeju, either travel alone or tours, usually these 3 major destinations is what comes to mind when it comes to travel South Korea.
Seoul, Busan and Jeju are3 major destinations are really worth to visit, easy to visit and also kind of a landmark for traveler when it comes to travel South Korea.
However, there is more than that, there is a lot of south korea countryside that have a really beautiful attractions you might not wanna miss when you travel South Korea. Let’s dive right to it.
Jeonju Hanok Village is a village in Jeonju city that houses about 735 traditional Korean hanok houses. Jeonju Hanok village retains it’s historical charms which makes it must visit destination if you want to feel the real korean traditional villages vibes.
Hanok have it’s unique style of roof edges that raise to the sky and also divided into two sections which we called anchae and sarangchae. Men and women had to remain separated and so the Sarangchae is where men dwell, while anchae is located deep inside the house.
Other than that, Hanok houses are heated with Ondol, unique korean flooring heating system. As Korean love to sit down and even sleep on the floor, korean make sure the floor is remain in good warm temperature using Ondol system, you can enjoy hanok stay to feel it yourself.
If you feel bored with hanoks and traditional culture travel in Jeonju, you can shopping in Gaeksa or see more attractions in Jeonju such as Jaman Mural Village and Deokjin Park.
Andong is another city where you can find your quiet time out of the hustle and bustle of capital city lifestyle. This city is well known for it’s relaxing vibes and preservations of korean traditions, makes it perfect for those who wants to find peace and yet still want to have some folk cultural experience.
Many of you might not realize or know that Soju is actually born in Andong city. Back then during 13th century in south korea, Soju was used for medical purpose. Koreans believe that Soju could help cure ailing people who suffered from various disease such as toxic insect bites and stomach ache.
Other than good at cultural preservations, Andong is also great in it’s culinary. Andong is also famous for it’s jjim-dak – a braised chicken marinated in soy sauce served with vegetables and noodles.
Queen Elizabeth II even celebrated her 73rd birthday in Andong city in 1999 and Prince Andrew commemorated the Queens visit two years ago in 2019.
Andong is well known for it’s Mask Dance Festival that is held at Hahooe Folk Village. If you love to see korean cultural performance, then you can visit here during the festival.
Damyang County (Damyang-gun) is a county in Jeollanam-do that is well known for it’s Bamboo forest, a really great and relaxing experience you can do while travel south korea. You can just spend whole afternoon walking around Juknokwon among all the trees.
Make sure you also try their Bamboo nutella ice cream while walking around Damyang beautiful Bamboo forest. Just lose yourself in the nature and find your inner peace.
Suwon is the capital of Gyeonggi Provincefamous for its stone wall and 4 pagoda-topped arched gates. Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is one of the most visited attractions by tourist.
Other than hwaseong Haenggung, you can also check out on Gwanggyo Lake Park and Galleria Gwanggyo for taking some good picture.
Buyeo is another great place for you who love traditional korean culture. If you have watched Moon lovers, you will notice that Baekje Cultural Land is actually located in Buyeo. Other than Baekje cultural land, you can also find the Royal Tombs, and Seongheungsan Mountain here.
Buyeo was the capital city of the Baekje Kingdom, that was ended as the Silla Kingdom invaded during the 7th Century. You can find ancient temples, fortresses, shrines, and other monuments here to add to your explore list.
However, there are more things to do in Buyeo than just the traditional and historical attractions. Buyeo is really a nature lovers heaven, filled with ponds, lotus flowers, calm rivers, fortress forest, and beautiful parks.
Yeosu is a port city on South Korea’s East China Sea coast that is underrated among many tourist when it comes to travel.
There’s a lot you can explore and do in Yeosu, eventhough the most well known to do list here are exploring the various islands with it’s beautiful beach, visit Yi Sun Shin statue and World Expo 2012.
Some beaches you can visit here are Mosageum beach, Jangdeung beach, Ungcheon beach, and Manseongri beach.
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Odongdo (오동도) island is one of the best island you must visit while you’re in Yeosu. It is by far the most accessible island as you can walk right over from the port.
You can also enjoy the various beach in Yeosu, cable car experience from Dolsan Park, Angel’s valley and Paragliding experience.
Jinhae-gu is a district in Changwon City famous for its annual spring festival. This is the most visited cherry blossom picturesque areas all over south korea. The downside is that Jinhae is a really small city, so there’s not much to do here.
On the other hand, the upside is that because it is a small city, you can expect to see all the cherry blossom trees all covering all around the city
Pohang is a city in the province of North Gyeongsang, and a main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. The city is divided into two wards, Northern Ward and Southern Ward.
There’s a new hotspot that was made in late 2021 and open to public for you to enjoy the roller coaster ride while enjoying 360 views of both the great city, yeongil bay and beach.
Other than The Space Walk, You can stay in March Blue Pool Villa, this villa is also currently become hotspot for couple to stay together looking the beautiful beach and also clear views of sunrise.
Dongducheon is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, located in the north of Seoul. This city is important for the defense of the Korean capital. While this city is not super famous among Korea lovers and traveler, actually this city have a japanese style theme park worth to visit, especially because this city is not really far from seoul.
This Japanese style theme park was called Nijimori Studio. This place was back then served as a filming set for several dramas that includes Japan scenery, before later on transformed into a theme park for public, in order to make a better use of this space.
This village allows you to feel the life of Japanese back then during Edo Era. You can find all type japanese buildings and facility here with all furnitures imported and shipped directly from Japan.
Nonsan is a city in Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea, originally came from a small garden ” Nolmoe,” which rises in the middle of farming fields. While this city is not popular among tourist, this city is actually being featured in some korean dramas in which one of them are Mr. Sunshine and Our Beloved Summer.
The picture above is Nonsan Onbit Recreational Forest, famous for it’s beautiful metasequoia line road and a two story isolated house featured in Our Beloved Summer.
Truly must visit no matter which season you are traveling in Korea, it offers you a quiet and serene vibes. If you want to look for korean vintage vibes then you can go to Sunshine Studios
11. Goseong County
Goseong is a county in Gangwon Province, South Korea. You can find beautiful nature, temple, and scenic sites where you can emerge yourself with nature all around.
Other than that, there’s a pension called ‘Ajiro Pension’ that offers you a really beautiful sleep experience on the side of a beautiful beach. It feels like sleeping with ASMR on all the time.
They also offer a bathup with full glass window for you to still be able to enjoy the beautiful waves of the sea as you bathing here, so there’s no time wasting.
12. Seonjaedo Island
Seonjaedo is an island in Incheon that allows you to feel ‘Bali’ or ‘Jeju’ vibes near the city without the need to fly to Jeju.
The name Seonjaedo means “an island where a divine fairy came down and danced.” At low tide, a sandbar path connecting the island with the mainland appears from the ocean.
Seonjaedo Island is also a bridge island that connects Daebudo and Yeongheungdo Islands. Perfect for short escape to enjoy beach with beautiful sunset.
Seosan is located along the west coast of South Korea. It shares Cheonsuman Bay, one of the most famous migration staging areas for birds in South Korea, with other cities.
The city government built a theme park, Seosan Birdland, where you can see models of migratory birds and learn some information about them.
Other than that, you can also visit Ganwolam, a hidden treasure in Seosan, at low tide, it is connected to the land, but at high tide, its looks like an isolated and totally separated island.
Ganwolam was built by Master Mu hak during early Joseon Dynasty before being destroyed and rebuilt by Master Mangong.
Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea. The city is located approximately 140 kilometres east of Seoul. Wonju was the site of three crucial battles during the Korean War.
Sogeumsan Suspension Bridge is one of the main attractions in Wonju. It is the longest and highest scale among mountain pedestrian bridges. The thrill of walking on this bridge is great for those extreme sport lovers and the skywalk next to the bridge offers an amazing view of the surroundings.
Gangneung is a coastal city boast of the beautiful views of East Sea and lush pine forests. It has a diverse cultural heritage and also well known for it’s cafe as well as coffee culture.
For BTS ARMY, you can visit this BTS Bus Stop in Gangneung while enjoying the beautiful views of jumunjin beach.
After finish strolling around what gangneung has to offer, you can also experience this Jungdongjin Sun Cruise Resort. It is a premium cruise resort on land that perfectly captures the sun rise as you bask in elegant relaxation
Gurye is a county in the province of Jeollanam-do, it is a small county with picturesque farming areas situated between Jirisan and the Seomjin River. You can also come here during the early spring Gurye Sansuyu festival to feel the rural nature vibes filled with yellow color trees.
Boseong County is a county in South Jeolla Province famous for its green tea leaves and plantation. About 26.71 hectares of land dedicated to the productions of green tea leaves. This is a home to tea cultivation since 300’s BC and most of the tea process here is using traditional and organic methods.
There is a lot to do than just looking the beautiful plantation here, some of them are visit the museum and try their iconic green tea ice cream or go to the picturesque green tea cafes here.
Suncheon is a city well known for it’s Suncheon Bay reed’s field. Suncheonman Bay’s reed field covers a total area of approximately 495,867 sqm which makes it perfect for those who wants to see the real korean nature. The iconic reed fields in Suncheonman Bay is so beautiful especially as it’s sway by the wind, it looks like watching the waves on the sea.
Paju is an artistic and historical city located south of Panmunjom. It is also home to the third tunnel of aggression – the highlight of DMZ Tour.
Heyri Art Valley, located close from DMZ areas, is an art complex with morea than 50 art galleries and museums, began as a small art community that aims to inspire, create, and educate. It was named after Paju’s local song titled Heyri Sound sung by farmers in the past.
For cafe hopper, you can find Dirty Trunk cafe, one of Paju’s landmark known for it’s signature coffee, american style food as well as spacious and industrial vibes interior style cafe.
Geoje is a city located in South Gyeongsang province that offers a wide range of tourist attractions and surrounded by blue waters all around.
Other than beach and waters, Geoje is actually also rich in history. The Prisoner-of-War (POW) Camp located in Geoje is known to be the largest camp used to houses north korean prisoners during the Korean War.
You can also find a small Maemiseong fortress here. It was named after Typhoon Maemi in 2003 that hit nearby villages and just caused many crops destroyed.
Okpo Great Victory Commemorative Park is a historic site that was built in 1996 as the memorial of the first victory of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s at Okpo Battle during the Im-jin War.
This is the hidden gems of Geoje, Oedo Botania. It is a European-style botanical garden with more than 1,000 types of subtropical plants that will fill your whole eyes with natures all around and beach as the backdrop of it.
Daegu is the fourth largest city in Korea, located exactly between Seoul and Busan. Daegu is well known for its 83 Tower Observatory, similar to Seoul 63 Building
Other than boast of tower observatory, Daegu also boast of it’s Opera House, the first municipal opera house in Korea that hosts various performances with an amazing sound systems.
Seomun Market is another place you can visit in Daegu, it was ranked as one of the three major markets in Korea.
If you are a stargazers, then you can go to Apsan Park. It is perfect spot for those who want to get the perfect city view at it’s fullest.
Gyeongju is definitely a city you can’t visit just once a lifetime. You need to visit here at least twice, there’s a lot to see in this city.Other than Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, yo can also go to Anapji pond, Bulguksa Temple, Cheomseongdae and more.
While you might see many of the city and countryside above is focus on Joseon dynasty, Gyeongju is actually more unto Silla Kingdom. It was the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57 BC to 935 AD, and you can easily recognize it from all its architecture and landmarks.
Gwacheon is knwon as family city as it is packed with many attractions that will appeal to children. One of them is Seoul Grand Park, one of the representative attraction in Gwacheon that houses the Seoul Zoo, Seoul Land Amusement Park, Botanical Garden, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), and more.
South Korea Cities and Countryside
Here are some list of anti mainstream yet beautiful cities and countryside you can travel other than Seoul, Busan and Jeju. We will keep updated this list everytime we find a new hidden gems and place to explore. Make sure you save this and put some on your travel bucket list.
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