With the surge in popularity of anything and everything Korean related, more and more people are starting to gain an interest in this beautiful country and wanting to travel there
But with so much to do, see, and try, it can be difficult to know where to start planning your Korea trip itinerary. Korea Tourism Organization aims to help with this through their new series of videos. Each episode presents a different tourism theme, showing you different sides of Korea and presenting you with all kinds of exciting offerings according to the theme.
Pssst, EXO-Ls, y'all definitely would wanna check out the series as each video features a different EXO member! See for yourself what it's like to get shown around by your favourite oppa.
Watch the #KoreanAdventures themed video feat. Sehun below:
Need some inspiration for your Korea travel itinerary? Here's some themed suggestions you can follow:
1. Korean Wave - For those who can't live without K-pop
Hit up SMTOWN to shop for your favourite groups' official merch, learn more about them and see exclusive displays, and even watch a hologram musical. Or even better, if you time your trip right to coincide with events like the INK Concert or the Busan One Asia Festival, you'll be able to experience all the hype of being at a live K-pop concert!
2. Korean Trends - For those who love keeping up with the latest happenings
With the endless array of uniquely themed cafés in Korea, your travel photos will be the envy of all. Play with real-life fluffy sheep or make your own custom jewellery, all while enjoying an aromatic cup of coffee and some yummy treats.
Shopaholics will love Dongdaemun where you can literally shop till you drop, all day long - some places are even open as late as 4am! And don't forget to take a stroll along the streets of Hongdae to watch buskers cover the latest K-pop songs and dances.
3. Korean History & Tradition - For those who are interested in learning more about Korean heritage and culture
Take a ride on the DMZ Peace Train to get detailed insights into the historic weapons-free buffer zone between North and South Korea known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Learn about Korea's ancient past at the Gyeongbokgung Palace, and then wrap it up by experiencing the traditional culture for yourself through one of the many hanok villages.
4. Korean-style Healing - For those who want to relax, rejuvenate, and completely pamper themselves
No trip to Korea would be complete without checking out a jjimjilbang (Korean dry sauna). You can kick back and relax in the different types of sauna rooms and snack on the jjimjilbang favourite combo of chilled sikhye (sweet rice drink) and roasted eggs.
But if you truly want a full-on pampering experience, book yourself a day at the Sulwhasoo Spa, the largest spa facility operated by a beauty brand in Korea. To heal yourself from the inside out, give Tea Therapy a try, where you'll get to try different types of traditional tea to find the one that suits you best.
5. Korean Daily Life - For those who are absolutely addicted to Korean food and want to try the best of the best
Authentic Korean BBQ is definitely a must-try, especially if you're visiting Jeju Island, which is home to Black Pork that's said to be the best K-BBQ in the world!
The street food is absolutely unmissable too, you're sure to find them around every corner so don't hesitate to grab yourself servings of tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes), odeng (fishcake), and hotteok (Korean sweet pancakes).
Don't forget to check out the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market for a wide variety of international cuisines, handmade products, and music performances.
6. Korean Adventures - For those looking to have unique, one-of-a-kind experiences
With all kinds of fun mud-related activities by day and a super happening beach party by night, it's no wonder why the Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the largest number of international visitors out of all the festivals in Korea.
Luge rides and the zipline track into Nami Island are both great ways to have lots of sporty fun with your family and friends. And if you're in Jeju, you must go on the unique haenyeo (female diver) experience of diving to catch your own fresh seafood meal.