Everyone has a different idea of ‘fun’ – be it exhilarating theme park rides, nabbing the best buys on a shopping street, or just chilling out with a cocktail in hand. Thankfully, South Korea is one place where you’ll be able to find just what you love to do!
If you are planning a trip to South Korea, you have to know where all the best spots are for unwinding and letting your hair down. While we can’t possibly cover all the fun activities at once, here are some highlights you should definitely put on your next itinerary!
1. Experience heart-thumping amusement rides
Have you ever been to Korea if you haven’t checked out one of their many amazing theme parks? Lotte World and Everland are by far the most well-known and extensive amusement parks in South Korea. For the thrill-seekers, these are where to get your adrenaline pumping!
Everland tops the theme parks in South Korea based on its sheer size and is largely an outdoor park, inclusive of a zoo as well as a water park area. Its most famous ride is probably the T Express – South Korea’s first wooden roller coaster, and also the highest, fastest, longest, steepest roller coaster in the country.
In contrast, Lotte World has both indoor and outdoor park areas, with their indoor area being the largest for a theme park in South Korea. It should also be noted that this is not simply an amusement park, but an all-rounded recreational complex, which also houses a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, shopping malls, sports facilities, and movie theatres.
2. Get your fill of Korean snacks
We can’t miss out mentioning Korean food! Apart from tasting all the must-try Korean dishes, you should also leave some stomach space for all the tasty Korean street snacks as well as tidbits!
Korean street food stalls are readily found at every corner, but if you want to explore proper, you can head to one of the numerous famous markets or food streets like Namdaemun Market or Insadong.
Don’t forget the assortment of Korean tidbits and confectionery that are so uniquely Korean! Lotte Mart is a haven for stocking up on these guilty pleasures, from tteokbokki crackers to MarketO brownies.
3. Shop till you drop
It’s not news that South Korea is a shopaholic’s dream come true! From fashion to cosmetics, South Korea is lined with shopping streets, markets, and malls that cater to all kinds of shoppers.
Myeongdong is one of the most popular shopping hubs in South Korea, with a vast offering of international brands, dining options, and Korean cosmetics. Here, you can pick up your beauty haul from cult-favourite Korean cosmetic brands like Innisfree, Tony Moly, and Missha.
For a more ‘hipster’ vibe, head on down to Hongdae, known for its youthful, underground culture. If you want an Instagram-worthy shopping experience, Common Ground is the place to be! Made out of striking blue shipping containers, it houses an array of shops selling clothes from budget to boutique brands.
While it might be a while before we can travel again to enjoy all these wonderful offerings that South Korea has to offer, it wouldn’t hurt to dream! Meanwhile, you can also prepare for your trip by equipping yourself with some basic Korean language skills. Here at Sejong Korean Language School, you can pick up the basics at our Korean language courses and get to meet like-minded learners who share a passion for all things Korean! Our native Korean teachers will also be more than happy to share our insider tips on the best things to do in Korea!