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10 Best Places
to Visit in Korea in 2024

Japan and South Korea are top choices for travel in Asia! Whether you're looking for classic must-visit landmarks or the latest and trendiest attractions in 2024, We've got you covered!


South Korea, with Seoul and Jeju Island as its two most popular travel destinations, offers a diverse range of experiences. The capital city, Seoul, ranks among the world's top ten financial and commercial hubs. Its consumer price index ranks fifth globally, trailing only behind Tokyo in Asia. In Seoul, ancient architecture coexists with modern civilization, offering a myriad of entertainment activities and a vibrant nightlife. Traditional Korean cuisine blends with global gastronomy, creating a unique culinary scene.


10. 서울타워 N Seoul Tower (서울Seoul )


Located atop Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower is a quintessential landmark in Seoul It is as classic a journey for foreign tourists as ascending tokyo tower or Taipei 101 are for visitors to Tokyo and Taipei. Located at the summit of Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, is one of Seoul's most famous landmarks. Built in 1975, it is a structure that combines tourism and television transmission. At 243 meters above sea level, Namsan Mountain's peak is the highest point in Seoul. From the top of the tower, visitors can enjoy a bird's eye view of the entire city. The tower's lights change according to the season and theme, adding to its splendor.

N Seoul Tower is synonymous with romance, having been featured in Korean dramas like "My Love from the Star" and "Boys Over Flowers," where it provided the backdrop for heartwarming scenes. The observation deck offers panoramic views of the Han River and the Seoul skyline, making it a popular spot for couples' dates. The rooftop terrace, in particular, has become a romantic rendezvous point.

To reach N Seoul Tower, one can take the Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus, which many people opt for due to its convenience. The ride takes only 3 minutes, during which passengers can enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Seoul.

How Long to Spend: 1-2 hours for an entire city view.

9. 경복궁Gyeongbokgung (서울Seoul )


Changdeokgung Palace, built in 1394, is the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty, renowned for its grandeur and exquisite architecture. It's a popular filming location for Korean dramas like "Queen In-hyun's Man".When in Seoul, visiting Changdeokgung Palace offers a chance to delve into Korean history, admire the palace's beauty, and even experience wearing a traditional hanbok, transporting you back to the Joseon Dynasty era.

Conveniently accessible by the Seoul subway, foreign adult visitors can enter for only 3,000 Korean won, while those dressed in hanbok can enjoy free admission. Nearby hanbok rental shops offer attire for visitors to immerse themselves in the experience fully. Highlights of the palace include the Injeongjeon Hall and Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, both iconic examples of Joseon architecture. Additionally, visitors can explore the National Palace Museum of Korea located near Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum of Korea adjacent to the east side of Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, capturing memories with each sight and photo taken.

How Long to Spend: 3-4 hours for a genuine historic experience.

8. 롯데월드 어드벤처 부산 釜山樂天Adventure(부산釜山)


Busan, South Korea's second-largest city, has opened a brand-new attraction this year called "Lotte World Adventure Busan: Magic Forest." It is South Korea's largest theme park, located at Osiria Station on the Busan Metro Donghae Line. Covering a total area of 158,000 square meters, 20% larger than Lotte World in Seoul, with the amusement park area being about 60% larger. It's rightfully hailed as the biggest theme park in South Korea.

"Busan Lotte World Adventure" The park is themed around fairy tales, with "LORRY" as the main character, and each attraction extends the storyline like an interactive adventure game. There are six main zones: "Joyful Meadows," "Royal Garden," "Wonder Woods," "Rainbow Springs," "Tinker Falls," and "Underland." These areas feature a wide range of entertainment options, including 17 thrilling rides. Visitors can also enjoy scheduled performances and parades. Additionally, guests have the option to rent costumes, allowing them to relive their student days and have a blast.

How Long to Spend: 1 day for the craziest day ever.

7. LEGOLAND(레고랜드® 코리아리조트)(춘천Chuncheon)


LEGOLAND Korea is another wonderland you shouldn't miss! Opened in the summer of 2022, located in Chuncheon City, Gangwon Province, the entire park spans over seven major themed areas, constructed with over 30 million LEGO bricks. It features a unique Korean-exclusive zone, boasting more than 40 different attractions and rides.


Family-Friendly Experience: LEGOLAND parks are designed with families in mind, offering attractions and activities suitable for guests of all ages. This is a place where bricks meet thrills and imagination knows no bounds! Get ready for a colourful adventure filled with LEGO-themed attractions, from high-flying rides to brick-tastic shows. Dive into vibrant indoor and outdoor zones, where every corner is bursting with LEGO magic. Whether you're building memories with family or unleashing your inner child, LEGOLAND Korea Resort promises fun around every corner.


So grab your bricks and let's play!"

How Long to Spend: 1-2 days for pure happiness.

6.이태원 Itaewon (서울 Seoul)


Itaewon is a famous commercial district in Seoul known for its exotic atmosphere. The origin of its name is a subject of debate. One theory suggests that during the Korean War, many Japanese individuals had children with locals in the area, leading to it being called "Iteawon" (梨泰院), which was later changed to its current name to avoid taboo. Another theory is that numerous pear trees were once planted here, giving rise to the name.

Due to its proximity to the Yongsan Garrison, the US military base in South Korea, the area began attracting many foreigners in the 1950s. Over time, it became a popular destination for tourism, blending the characteristics of various countries such as the United States, Thailand, India, and Mexico, particularly in its diverse culinary scene. It has become a unique presence in Seoul.


In the popular K-drama "Itaewon Class," characters like Yi-seo and Geun-soo attempted to enter the "Chungga" restaurant group's pub, but being underage, they were kicked out. The filming location for this scene is a branch of Manmankokoro located in Itaewon. It's actually a convenient stop for those shopping in Hongdae to grab a quick meal. The district became one of the most desired destinations for fans. 

How Long to Spend: 1-2 nights for an authentic Seoul experience

5. 환호공원 스페이스워크 Hwanho Park Space Walk 



Located in Pohang, Space Walk is a creation by a German artist couple, taking 2 years and 7 months to complete. Its intricate design allows visitors to experience a bird's-eye view of the cityscape. Spanning 333 meters, Space Walk features over 700 steps, reaching heights of up to 25 meters above the ground. Its varying elevations offer different perspectives of the surrounding scenery, creating a sensation of floating in mid-air. Many visitors choose to take photos while standing on the stairs, especially on clear days when they can capture breathtaking views against the backdrop of the blue sky.


In addition to daytime visits, Space Walk transforms into a panoramic spectacle during dusk and nighttime, illuminated by lights. Walking along the trail at this time feels like being suspended in the sky, offering a rare and enchanting experience. To ascend Space Walk, it's advisable to arrive early as the maximum capacity is limited to 250 people, with safety personnel on-site to ensure visitors' well-being. For those seeking to capture stunning photos from high above, Space Walk is a must-visit destination!

How Long to Spend: a day trip for adventure seekers

4. 서문시장Seomun Market( 대구Daegu)


The Seomun Market was previously known as the Daegu Great Market and boasts a long history. When referring to the three major markets of the Joseon Dynasty, they were Daegu, Pyongyang, and Ganggyeong. Named for its location on the western side of Daegu's city walls, the market was initially situated about 300 meters from the walls, in the area now known as the motorcycle street around Honda Coffee Shop on Market North Road, where markets were held on the 2nd and 7th of each month.


Today, street names such as "rolling pin pancake" and "chicken pancake" still reflect this history. The market primarily sells fibre-related products, including silk, fabrics, knitwear, crafts, clothing for men and women, utensils, dried fish, and more, boasting a large scale. In addition to experiencing warmth and hospitality, the market provides modern amenities such as heating and cooling facilities and a large parking lot.

The signature dishes include cupped tripe, a dish that captures the essence of Daegu's cuisine by serving grilled tripe in cups, thinly sliced radish cooked into a spicy rice cake soup base, and shrimp and chips, inspired by traditional British fish and chips. These dishes are so popular that they often require queuing for purchase.

How Long to Spend: a morning for a local experience. 

3. 한라산국립공원 Hallasan National Park
(제주도Jeju Province)


Hallasan, located on the Korean Peninsula, stands at an altitude of 1,950 meters. One of Jeju Island's most iconic natural attractions is South Korea's highest peak, Hallasan. Visitors here can choose from various hiking trails of different difficulty levels, all while enjoying breathtaking scenery and diverse ecosystems. The mountain is adorned with lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

In autumn, the mountains are ablaze with vibrant red foliage, while in winter, they are blanketed in snow. One word alone cannot encapsulate its beauty. Surrounding Hallasan are over 360 peaks, creating a unique landscape. Moreover, standing proudly in the centre of Jeju Island, Hallasan embodies both compassion and resilience, as it withstands various weather conditions.

Hikers must make reservations in advance through the official website for routes such as Seongpanak and Gwaneumsa.  Reservations can be made one month in advance, for example, if planning to climb Hallasan in March, reservations can be made starting from February 1st. The Seongpanak route allows 1,000 visitors per day, while the Gwaneumsa route allows 500 visitors per day.

How Long to Spend: 2-3 days for a mind-blowing journey.

2. 범어사Beomeosa (부산 Busan )


Beomeosa Temple is one of South Korea's five renowned temples, reconstructed in 1713 after being destroyed in earlier years. Legend has it that atop the mountain lies a golden well, where golden fish descend from five-coloured clouds to play in its waters, hence its name. The temple's main hall and three-tier stone pagoda are designated as South Korean national treasures, signifying their special cultural, historical, and artistic value. Surrounded by autumn foliage, the temple exudes a serene atmosphere, offering visitors a tranquil space amidst the solemnity of the ancient temple grounds. If you're a nature lover, you can't miss out on Beomeosa Temple as one of Busan's prime spots for viewing autumn foliage.


How Long to Spend: 1 day in your imaginary temple. 

1. 남이섬 Namiseom or Nami Island  

(강원특별자치도Gangwon State


Escape Seoul's hustle and bustle with a trip to Nami Island, located about 63 km east of the city. Renowned for its natural beauty and association with the beloved Korean drama "Winter Sonata," Nami Island offers a refreshing retreat for visitors.

You can stroll along scenic paths like Metasequoia Lane, Ginkgo Tree Lane, Cedar Road, and Reed Road, each offering stunning views throughout the year. From cherry blossoms in spring to colourful foliage in autumn and serene snowscapes in winter, every season brings its enchanting charm to the island.

To get there, take Seoul Subway Line 7 to Gapyeong Station or Line 6 to Sinnae Station, then transfer to the Gyeongchun Line to Gapyeong Station. From Gapyeong Station, hop on the Gapyeong City Tour Bus to Nami Island Station, where you'll catch a ferry to the island. For an added thrill, try the exhilarating high-altitude zip line entry!

While transportation might seem daunting, it's all part of the adventure. So pack your sense of adventure and get ready to explore the beauty and romance of Nami Island!

How Long to Spend: 1 day for all-stress released. 

Before You Go

Travelling to Korea could be completely or partially different from your past travelling experiences and this could stress you, especially when you can't understand the Korean language and some tips. Here are the quick guides, I wish you success on the speedrun.

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Now you have your secret places list to visit in Korea in 2024.

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