South Korea is one of Outpost's spotlight picks for 2016—and this trip will show you why! You will discover one of East Asia’s gems of the world’s tiger economies, even as it remains a mystery to most travellers.
Explore Seoul, from Insadong’s galleries and tea shops, to thriving—and now legendary—Gangnam. Ride the world’s largest subway system and venture north to the Demilitarized Zone that separates South Korea from North Korea. Visit palaces, temples and folk villages, head to Busan’s Haeundae Beach in the south, then spend two nights on Jeju Island.
Days 1-2: Immersing yourself in metropolitan Seoul, including the magnificent Gyengbokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market, the largest and oldest traditional market in Korea
Day 3: Setting foot in North Korea under the watchful eye of North and South Korean military at the DMZ, one of the last vestiges of the Cold War
Days 4-5: Travelling back in time to Gyeongju, including visits to UNESCO-protected areas such as Seoguram Grotto and the Yangdong Folk Village
Days 6-7: Exploring South Korea's second city, Busan, including visits to its famous Jagalchi fish market and the skyline-defining Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park
Days 8-10: Relaxing on the coastal stretches of Jeju Island, Korea's Hawaii, with adventurous outings to Manjang Cave and the Sangumburi crater