Travel Planning
South Korea
Travel Planning
South Korea

South Korea at a Glance

South Korea is busy, clean and very modern. City dwellers build new malls, sky-scrapers and high rises all while protecting their UNESCO listed palaces and more secret collection of temples. In the countryside, hike challenging mountains and find beautiful vistas. Soak your tired bones in a hot spring afterwards.

South Korea is home to mountains, sea shore and islands. Get off the beaten path by taking a fishing boat out to an island village. Smell the salt air and taste the delicious sea-food dishes people have been cooking here for thousands of years. In the mountains, feel the chill of winter. Go to a ski area and spend the day carving your way down a mountain face. In summertime, visit a national park and have a remote camping experience. If you crave activity, Seoul is never far away from anywhere and you can be dancing, shopping and city sight-seeing in no time. 

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Popular Places
  • Seoul Seoul
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Major Airports
  • Major Airport Incheon International Airport
  • Major Airport Gimpo International Airport
  • Major Airport Gimhae International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Tourists do not need visas to enter South Korea if they intend to be there for fewer than 90 days. It is important not to overstay your visa as you will be fined before leaving the country. All travelers need a valid passport from their country of origin with at least one page for stamping and at least six months of validity remaining. For more information, contact a Korean embassy or consulate. American travelers can augment their research using the U.S State Department's website. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Monsoon season starts in July and the remainder of the summer can be unbearably hot and wet. Wintertime is cold and snowy, especially in the far north. 

Safety Concerns Pedestrians and drivers should watch out for drivers running red lights. Traffic can go up onto the sidewalks and drivers may park there as well. Stay alert when walking or driving. 

Health Concerns Travelers need no special immunizations to visit Korea. 

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