As the winter chill settles in around South Korea, some may be dreaming of a quick getaway. Whether for a weekend or a week, the options around Asia are endless depending on what you’d like to do.
It could be snorkeling in Thailand or shopping in Hong Kong. Or maybe even eating your weight in ramen in Japan. However, not everyone can afford to leave the country. It’s good to remember that Korea has much to offer as well.
Rather than escaping to the warm beaches of Southeast Asia or visiting any other country, embrace the cold weather of South Korea and check out some of these interesting places to visit around the country.
A long-time tradition in Korea is to stay up all night on Dec. 31 to watch the first sunrise of the new year on Jan. 1. Some towns even hold their own sunrise festivals.
If you are lost on where to go, check out some of the following locations.
Gangneung Jeongdongjin Sunrise Park
From Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 109 or 112.
Get off at Jeongdongjin Railway Station
Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Jeongdongjin.
Gangneung Gyeonpodae Pavilion
[Bus from Seoul]
Take a bus to Gangneung from Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.
From Gangneung Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 202 at the bus stop in front of the bus terminal, and get off at Gyeongpodae/ Charmsori Museum Bus Stop.
Alternatively, take a taxi (about 10 min).
Pohang Homigot Sunrise Square
[Bus from Seoul]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Pohang (Approx 4hr 40min).
Take Bus No. 200 to Guryongpo Bus Stop. Transfer to Bus No. 203 and get off at Homigot Sunrise Square Bus Stop
Ulsan Ganjeolgot Cape
From Ulsan Intercity Express Bus Terminal, take local bus No. 715 to Ganjeolgot Cape
Yeongdeok Samsa Marine Park
Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Yeongdeok Intercity Bus Terminal.
Take a local bus bound for Samsa Marine Park.
* Local bus schedule: 9 times a day/Travel time: 20min
Ttangkkeut Maeul (Songji-myeon, Haenam-gum, Jeollanam-do)
[Bus from Seoul]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Seoul Central City Bus Terminal.
Take an intercity bus to Haenam Bus Terminal. From Haenam Bus Terminal, take a taxi to the village. (39 km away / the taxi fare will cost around 32,000 won / Travel time: 60 min)
Yeosu Hyangiram Hermitage
Across from Yeosu Intercity Bus Terminal, take local bus No. 111 or No. 113 to Hyangiram Hermitage
Dangjin Waemok Village
[Bus from Seoul]
From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Dangjin Bus Terminal.
(First bus 06:40, last bus 19:30/ Travel time: 1 hr and 30 min)
Transfer to Bus 104 at the terminal and get off at the Gyoro 2-ri Waemok Village Entrance Bus Stop. From the bus stop, walk toward the port for about 270m (4 min).
Take a taxi to the village from the bus terminal.
(About 40 km away / The taxi fare will cost around 21,000 won.)
Sungsan Ilchulbong Peak
[From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal]
Take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop. (Travel time : about 2hr)
[From Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal]
Take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop (Travel time: about 2hr 30min)
Like a movie star
The Korean Wave has spread far and wide with many a K-drama fan making their way to the country to visit. Some of the film sets from these shows have been converted into tourist spots so that fans can visit and relive their favorite scenes.
박하사탕 [Peppermint Candy, 1999]
526-1 Aeryeon-ri, Baekun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Bakdaljae – Jayangyoungdang – Bareron Holy Ground – Taksajung – Uirimji reservoir
밀양 [Secret Sunshine, 2007]
Gagok-dong, Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Recommend hiking course
[Milyang Ariranggil course 1 / 6.2km / 3 hr]
Eupsung – Gwana – Sculpture Park – Sammunsongrim – Aranggak- Mubongsa – Cheonjingung – Yeongnamru
서편제 [Seopyonje, 1993]
[Chungsando Slowgil course 1 / 5.7 km / 1hr 30min]
Dochungri Port Visitor Center – Dochungri – Gallerygil – Dorakriangil – Donggujung, Hwarangpogaetdolbat – Yeonae Bawi
JSA [Joint Security Area, 2000]
125-1 Sinsung-ri, Hansan-myeon, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
[Geumgang 2 Kyeong course / 15km / 3hr 40min]
Geumgang Visitor Center – Sinsungri reeds field
8월의 크리스마스 [Christmas in August, 1998]
211 Palma-ro, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do
[Gubulgil 6-1 course / 6km / 1hr 30min]
Gunsan Modern History Museum – Old Gunsan Customs – Haemanggul – Sinheungdong old Japanese residence – Chowon photo studio – Gowoodang Guesthouse – Dongguksa – Gaebokdong Artists Street – Binhyewon – Old Chosun Bank
If winter sports are more your thing, here are several resorts on offer where you can hit the slopes as much as you’d like.
Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon Station, Seoul Subway Line 2), take an intercity bus to Vivaldi Park.
* Bus schedule: 08:05, 09:15, 14:25, 17:05 (subject to change)
Take an intercity bus to Hongcheon Terminal.
From Hongcheon Terminal, take a local bus bound for Vivaldi Park.
* Local Bus schedule: 06:00-21:00, runs 12 times a day
Welli Hilli Park
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal › Dunnae Intercity Bus Terminal (Take Yellow Bus or taxi) › Wellli Hilli Park (3 hours)
(Jamsil Station. 16 routes) / Gyeonggi-do (8 routes) › Welli Hilli Park (2 hours)
(Wonju Intercity Bus Terminal and 16 other stops) › Welli Hilli Park (1 hour, 20 minutes)
Visit www.wellihillipark.com for the transportation details.
[From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal]
Take an intercity bus to Jangpyeong.
From Jangpyeong Bus Terminal, take the shuttle bus or a taxi to Phoenix Park.
From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take the shuttle bus to Phoenix Park.
Visit www.phoenixpark.co.kr for the shuttle bus details.
[From Seoul Express Terminal]
Take an intercity bus to Hoenggye at Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Hoenggye Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Alpensia Resort (20min).
Visit www.alpensiaresort.co.kr for the shuttle bus details.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Hoenggye Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Hoenggye Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Yongpyong Resort (travel time: approx. 13 min).
Visit www.yongpyong.co.kr for the shuttle bus details
Visit www.high1.com for the transportation details.
Gangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 1. Take Bus 1113-1.
Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & 8), Exit 6. Take Bus 500-1
Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & Shinbundang Line), Exit 7. Take Bus No. 500-2.
Get off at Gonjiam Terminal and take a taxi to Konjiam Resort (10~15 mins, about 8,000 to 10,000 won) or a suttle bus.
Visit www.konjiamresort.co.kr for the transportation details.
Bears Town Ski Resort
Gangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4.
Upon exiting the station, cross the street and walk to the right. Cross the street again to find the bus stop.
Take Bus No. 11 and get off at Bears Town Bus Stop (Travel Time: about 1hr 38min).
Visit www.bearstown.com for the shuttle bus details.
Yangji Pine Resort Ski Valley
Visit www.pineresort.com for the transportation details.
Muju Deogyusan Resort
Take an intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Muju Intercity Bus Terminal.
* Seoul to Muju bus schedule: 07:40, 09:20, 10:40, 13:40, 14:35
From the backgate of Muju Terminal (in front of Jeil Uiwon Hospital).
Take the free shuttle bus to Deogyusan Resort.
Visit www.mdysresort.com for the transportation details.
Eden Valley Resort
From Seoul Nambu Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Yangsan Intercity Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal, go to Yangsang Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1. to take a shuttle bus.
Visit www.edenvalley.co.kr for the transportation details.
Yangsang Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
Take a shuttle bus at E-Mart located in front of Exit 1.
Hot Springs & Waterpark
For those who wish to soak and relax, have no fear – there are several spas to choose from around the country. Find the one that’s just right for you.
Dogo Paradise Spa
176 Dogo Oncheon-ro, Dogo-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm / Fri-Sun & Holidays 9am-10pm
Adult 35,000-40,000KRW / Children (36-month ~ 13yr) 29,000-34,000KRW
Icheon Termeden Spa & Resort
372-1 Singal-ri, Moga-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm / Sun & Holidays 8am-8pm / Fri 9am-9:40pm / Sat 8am-9:40pm
Adult 34,000-42,000KRW / Children (36-month ~ 13yr) 27,000-32,000KRW
157 Beongil 67, Asan Oncheon-ro, Eumbong-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Weekdays 9am-6pm / Weekends & Holidays 8am-6pm
Adult 37,000-44,000KRW / Children (36-month ~ 13yr) 28,000-33,000KRW
Resom Spa Castle
45-7 Oncheondanji 3-ro, Duksan-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Weekdays 9am-6pm / Weekends & Holidays 9am-9pm
Adult 48,000 KRW / Children (36-month ~ 13yr) 30,000 KRW
Aquafield (waterpark and Jimjilbang) at Hanam Starfield
750 Misa-daero, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Adult 20,000-22,000KRW / Children (36-month ~ 13yr) 16,000-18,000KR