An extensive guide for people Travelling, Living In or Exploring Korea. The capital Seoul is a huge megacity where can experience a highly technologically advanced metropolis. Whatever your purpose is in visiting Korea we are here to help you along the way. Get out and Explore Korea more. Visit some of the top tourist destinations.
SEOUL Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the biggest cities in the world. Over 10 million people live in Seoul and if you include the surrounding areas that number more than doubles to 25 million people. The weather in Seoul is hot and humid in summer and cold and wet in winter with temperatures around 30C in summer and 0C in winter. What to wear: In the summer, shorts and t-shirts are recommend. In the winter it gets bitterly cold so heavy clothing, a hat, scarf and gloves are required. For spring and autumn something in between is best.
Transportation is very convenient in Seoul with people using the Subways and Buses everyday. In the mornings and evenings during rush hour, the trains can get quite packed. It is best to avoid travelling during rush hour but it can be fun for the first few times after arriving in Seoul.
Busan is located in the southeast of South Korea. Busan is a metropolitan city and the 2nd biggest in Korea after Seoul. The population of the Busan Metropolitan City is 3.6 million people. Busan has a lot to offer to tourists including historic sites, water sports and nightlife. Every year the Busan International Film Festival is held in October showcasing hundreds of movies from around the world. Haeundae beach in Busan is a very busy tourist area and the most popular beach in all of Korea.
Many people have heard of Incheon and if visiting Korea you will more than likely be landing at Incheon International Airport. Incheon has a lot more to offer than just an airport and is often overlooked because of it’s neighbouring city, Seoul. Incheon is a Metropolitan City located east of Seoul. Incehon has a population of 2.8 million people.
Daegu is located in the southern part of South Korea. Daegu is a metropolitan city and the fourth largest city in Korea after Seoul, Incheon and Busan. Daegu has a population of over 2.5 million people. Daegu has become well known around the world as a host city for the 2002 World Cup and the IAAF World Championships in 2011.
Gwangju is located in the south west of Korea and surrounded by Jeollanam-do province. Gawangju is a Metropolitan City and has a population of around 1.5 million people.
Daejeon is located between Chungcheongnam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do. The population of Daejeon is over 1.5 million people. Daejeon is a metropolitan city and the fifth largest city in South Korea. Daejeon Metropolitan City is known for it’s development of science and technology. Also, a new stadium was built for the 2002 Fifa World Cup.
Ulsan City is located in the south area of Korea along the east coast. Ulsan is designated as a Metropolitan City and has a population of over 1 million people. Ulsan like other Metropolitan Cities has a lot of fun things to do and see. Ulsan is the main industrial area of Korea and boasts the world’s largest car assembly plant, the world’s largest shipyard and the world’s largest oil refinery.
Gyeonggi-do is the most populated province in South Korea with a population of over 10 million. The province wraps around Seoul. The capital of Gyeonggi-do is Suwon which is located south of Seoul. To the north of Gyeonggi-do is the DMZ. The DMZ means the Demilitarised Zone and is the most heavily armed area in the world. The DMZ is a border area that separates North and South Korea and special tours to this area are very popular with tourists. Gyeonggi-do is quite large and packed with nature. Many people living in Seoul like to visit Gyeonggi-do at the weekends to go hiking, visit the National Parks, take in the stunning views of the lakes / valleys and enjoy the outdoors.
Gangwon-do is a province in Korea located east of Seoul beside the east sea. Gangwon-do has a population of around 1. 5 million people. The capital of Gangwon Province is Chuncheon. Gangwon-do is made up of 11 Cities and 7 Counties. Gangwon-do is know for it’s natural beauty. Most of the province is made up of mountains and Seoraksan Mountain is very popular with tourists.
Jeollanam-do is a province located in the southwest of South Korea beside the coast. There are 1965 islands in Jeollanam-do which accounts for 65% of the islands in Korea. With all the big coast line of Jeollanam-do and all the islands there are plenty of beaches to visit and enjoy.The population of Jeollanam-do is over 1.9 million.
Jeju-do is an island located south of the Korean peninsula. Jeju Island is the biggest Island in South Korea. The capital is Jeju city. Jeju Island is the only special self-governing province of South Korea. Jeju Island has a population of around 500,000 people. Jeju Island is very popular with Koreans and Foreigners because of it’s unique and distinct Korean Culture and Language. Also, Jeju-do is full of natural wonders / scenic views and outdoor activities with a relatively warm climate all year round.
Jeollabuk-do is located in the southwest of South Korea along the coast of the Yellow Sea. The capital of the province is Jeonju. Jeollabuk-do has a population of over 1.7 million. It is divided into 6 Cities and 8 Counties.
Gyeongsangbuk-do also known as Gyeongbuk is a province in South Korea located along the eastern coast. The province has a population of over 2.6 million people. The controversial Dokdo Island is part of the Gyeongsangbuk province. There is a lot of culture and history in Gyeongbuk as it was the capital of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – 935 AD).
Gyeongsangnam-do is a province located in the southeast of South Korea. The capital of the province is Changwon. The population of Gyeongsangnam-do is over 3 million.
Chungcheongbuk-do is a province located in the centre of South Korea. The capital of Chungcheongbuk-do is Cheongju. Chungcheongbuk-do has a population of around 1.5 million. Chungcheongbuk-do is the only province in Korea to be totaly land locked.
Chungcheongnam-do is located in the mid-west of South Korea. Chungcheongnam-do is also called Chungnam.The capital is Daejeon City which was elevated to a metropolitan city. The population of Chungcheongnam-do is around 1.9 million.
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