Southern India Escape
SOUTH KOREA Overview
South Korea is a country determined to leave its previous troubles behind and has entered the new millennium with renewed optimism and passion. This region has distinct features; the traditional and the historical, as well as the sleek and the cosmopolitan. Despite the ever-widening gap between the two cultures, the latter has not completely replaced the former.
These days most towns consist of a new fashionable area with coffee shops, nightclubs, karaoke bars and stores selling a variety of goods - everything from designer-label clothing to freshly baked French bread. But in these same towns you will also find the Korea of old; alleyways and street markets in an intriguing maze where vendors sell everything from fruits, vegetables and seafood, just as they have done for hundreds of years.
South Korea has much to offer the avid traveller and many believe it to be the unspoiled gem of Asia. It possesses untouched natural landscapes, a vibrant history with traditional culture and local people who are friendly and welcoming.
Time - South Korea is 2 hours behind Australian EST
Language - The official national language is Korean
Entry Requirements - Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for Australian passport holders for entry into Korea for stays of up to 90 days
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and home to 11 million of the nation’s 46 million people. As well as being one of the oldest cities, Seoul is also the country’s financial, political, commercial and cultural centre. The old and new mix in this dynamic city, offering the visitor plenty of sightseeing opportunities such as the famed Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul Tower and Insadong Antique Alley.
JEJU ISLAND (JEJU-SI)
Jeju Island is Korea’s largest sub-tropical island located off the south coast. It boasts a treasure chest of tourist attractions including many spectacular geographical features such as the Hallasan Volcano, beaches, impressive waterfalls and fauna. Its culture, traditions and dialect are also remarkably different to those of the mainland. Busan Located on the southeast peninsula of South Korea, Busan is the second largest city after Seoul. A dynamic port city offering a relaxed and laid back atmosphere, it boasts superb beaches, scenic cliffs and mountains which provide excellent hiking opportunities. Hot springs are scattered throughout the city.
The most important period in Korean history was during the time of the Silla Dynasty that reigned from the 1st Century BC right up until the 10th Century AD. The capital of this powerful kingdom was at Gyeongju in the southeast of the peninsula and the town is now almost an open air museum housing a seemingly endless array of tombs, temples, shrines, castles and gardens.
GETTING AROUND SEOUL
Below is some information on transport to assist you in getting to and from Seoul Incheon International Airport.
LIMOUSINE BUS TRANSFERS
There are two types of buses that run from Incheon Airport to Seoul; the City Limousine Buses (operate between 0500- 2230hrs) and the Kal Limousine Buses (operate between 0530-2130hrs); both of which take passengers to a selection of the major city hotels in Seoul. Buses usually run every 15 minutes and take approximately 90 minutes to reach the city centre. Limousine bus tickets cannot be pre-booked, however, tickets can be purchased from ticket booths on the first floor at Incheon Airport.
PRIVATE CAR TRANSFERS
This service is convenient as it offers travellers a hassle-free arrival and a ‘meet and greet’ service. However, due to the tolls and the distance of the transfer, you may find them to be very expensive. Prices are from approximately AU$100 per person one way (based on a minimum of two passengers travelling together).
SOUTH KOREA Group Tours
SOUTH KOREA Short Stays
Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.