Why you should add Korea to your Indie/RTW trip
Indie Travel Tips
OverviewSouth Korea is home of some of the oldest civilizations in the world, and there must be something to their way of life for it to have survived intact for so long with superpowers Japan and China knocking on their doors like unfriendly neighbors. The pleasant green landscapes of South Korea infuse this nation with a feeling of balance with nature. The towering mountains lend it a sense of permanence.
What to doSeoul is one of the highlights of any trip to South Korea, and a tour of the historical palaces and landmarks throughout the city is on most agendas. Palaces are ancient and impressive, but many monuments in South Korea have been extensively damaged during battles.
Seoul's palaces will give you a historical perspective, but for a sense of the current military strife, head north from Seoul to the Demilatarized Zone (DMZ). Tours through the landmine strewn DMZ are available on a day trip and soldiers are reportedly very friendly and accommodating to travelers. From there you may want to travel south to Busan. Along the way you'll discover the famous mountains of South Korea that has been the key to defending South Korea for so many millennia. Or head east to Gyeongju to explore the ancient world of the Shilla dynasty.
Be sure to read 5 Off the Beaten Track Spots to See in South Korea for more ideas of what to see and do while here.
TransportationFlights to South Korea arrive and depart from Incheon National Airport. Plan to start and end your trip in Incheon unless you want to continue your trip in Japan or China, in which case some ferries are available for travelers. Traveling within South Korea is easiest by train.
Where to stayThe best accommodations in South Korea are found in the bigger cities like Seoul and Busan. Hotels are generally more popular, and common, than hostels, but you will find hostels in South Korea.
Photos by Olivia Raymer