South Korea

Discover

South Korea is a land of opposites, green hills, rugged mountains, and the thousands of islands off the coast that are a stark contrast to Seoul, the country's capital. But there are also enough contracts within Seoul because modern high-rise buildings are interspersed with age-old remains.

Seoul is filled with skyscrapers, street markets, palaces, and temples, Seoul is a very vibrant city where cutting-edge modernity goes hand in hand with traditional.

After a few days in Seoul, the inland is a relief to travel to; East of Seoul, in the Gangwon-Do district, is the well-known Seoraksan National Park where Korean mountain goats and musk deer can be seen. The mountain area of ​​Jirisan is also particularly beautiful. A national park with peaks of up to 1,915 meters! This is where the collar bear lives, an omnivorous forest dweller who can climb very well.

Experience the ancient culture and rich history of the country. South Korea's temples, palaces, and museums provide a glimpse into its fascinating past. South Korea is also a food-loving country; Korean cuisine is healthy, fresh, and full of surprises.

South Korea has a number of beautiful beaches, such as the white sand beaches of Jeondongjin Beach and the beaches of Jeju Island.

South Korea, the country of great opposites

Discover Seoul

4 Days / 3 nights

Seoul is a vibrant, modern, and hip metropolitan but it's also home to some interesting culture and history. Experience mouthwatering food, beautiful architecture, interesting culture, and vibrant nightlife. Seoul really has it all!

Explore South Korea

8 Days / 7 nights

If you love history, culture, and ancient old traditions, our Explore South Korea is the tour you are looking for. Combining many of the UNESCO world heritage sites of the country and an overnight stay at a local temple, you will really get to feel like a local and live the South Korean ancient culture.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives of the same level and value for money.
Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhoea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a GoPro for those action shots. Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
•  Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colours. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension) and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for F Type Plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements Passport valid at the time of entry. No visa is required for stays less than 90 days for tourism or business. Visa required for all other purposes, including employment, teaching English, and for stays longer than 90 days.

Insurance A travel insurance is highly recommended when travelling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitisers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels. 

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes. 

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. Flying a drone is legal in South Korea, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations 

Electricity For South Korea the associated plug type is F, which is the plug that has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. South Korea operates on a 220V supply voltage and 60Hz.

Religion Christianity and Buddhism is the largest religion in South Korea.

Climate The climate of the Republic of Korea is cold but sunny in winter, while it’s hot and sultry, with abundant rainfall, in summer. Spring and autumn are quite short but pleasant. The latitude of the country is not high: the border with North Korea is located on the 38th parallel, but winter is cold because of the prevailing winds from Siberia.
South Korea is affected by the Asian monsoon regime: in winter, cold air masses from the Asian continent prevail, while in summer, the country is reached by warm and moist air masses of tropical origin. For this reason, the precipitation pattern is opposite to that of the Mediterranean climate: the driest season is winter, while the rainiest one is summer. Moreover, in summer and early autumn, South Korea can be affected by typhoons

Best time to visit The best time to visit South Korea is between March and May if you want to see the vibrant pink of the cherry blossoms in bloom. If you want to see the landscapes come alive as the leaves change in the cooler weather, then we’d recommend visiting between September and November. Temperatures during these times are generally pleasant and suitable for outdoor activities. June, July and August offer the best conditions for hiking, but the weather is hot and humid away from the mountains.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering South Korea. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.  

Money and currency The South Korean won is the currency in circulation in South Korea since 1945, although it would later be replaced, temporarily, by the Hwan. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash iifyou would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine icannotconnect to any network. Credit- or debit card is also acceptable in South Korea.

Tipping Tipping in South Korea isn’t customary and is therefore not expected or an obligation. In fact, it is not uncommon for staff to politely refuse a tip if the establishment doesn’t accept gratuity. You won’t offend someone by not tipping, but there are times when a small token of appreciation is welcome, such as in Western-influenced businesses or when hotel services are exemplary. 

Dress code Pack fairly conservative clothing. You don't need to cover every inch of skin, but don't expose your cleavage or wear mini skirts. Any skirt you wear should fall at least to the knee and be loose enough to allow you to sit on the floor comfortably, since you may need to do so while dining. Always wear shoes that are easy to slip in and out of; whenever you enter a temple, you'll be expected to remove your shoes. Wear socks so you won't have to walk around barefoot. In general, pack clothing you'd be comfortable wearing to a dressy dinner out. In large cities like Seoul, Koreans tend to dress up; you'll stand out in jeans and T-shirts.

 

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