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Where to go in South Korea for a summer vacation

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 14, 2016  /  05:04 pm
Where to go in South Korea for a summer vacation

If you are looking for a more outdoorsy experience, consider traveling to Jeju. Jeju has a long list of gorgeous natural wonders. (Shutterstock/-)

If South Korea is on your list for a summer vacation this year, here are some recommended places and activities to see and do while exploring the country.


Although going to amusement parks during summer means you need to be prepared for the heat, visitors can still be found flocking Gyeonggi’s Everland to enjoy the thrilling, steeply wooden T Express rollercoaster, Everland’s character parades, animal shows, as well as beautiful illuminations at night. It also hosts Caribbean Bay, the world’s largest water park.


If you are looking for a more outdoorsy experience, consider traveling to Jeju as it has a long list of gorgeous natural wonders such as Mount Halla and Sunrise Peak for those who love to hike, Olle trails for mountain scenery and Udo Island, famous for its white coral beach (Seobin Baeksa) and natural black basalt stones. Jeju is also home to other interesting places including a teddy bear museum.

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Han River

When the day gets hot and you’re still in Seoul, you may want to drop by the Han River and take a lazy stroll. Rent a bike and leisurely ride along the lane. Enjoy the blowing wind while waiting for the sun to set. Other than renting the bike, you can enjoy your time here without spending any money.


When people look for beaches during the summer, they usually head to Korea's iconic beach city, Busan. If the famous Haeundae beach is too crowded for you, opt for the Gwangalli, Songjeong, Songdo and Daedaepo beaches, or Imrang beach. Imrang beach is more secluded but offers more quiet scenery. However, as it is summer vacation, expect popular places to be filled with visitors and to be noisy, even at night. They may host firework festivals as well.

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Music festivals

Throughout the summer, Korea holds many festivals for music lovers to enjoy. From the Ansan Rock Festival and Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival to K-pop concerts, there are many options available. Concert-goers can usually check for schedules and ticket availability on Interpark.

Cultural festivals

If you are looking for more traditional entertainment, Korea is slated to host the Boryeong Mud Festival, a festival that offers various communal games in the mud, the Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival and the Pohang International Fireworks Festival, all throughout July. Near the end of summer, there is also the Muju Firefly Festival where thousands of fireflies are set to light up the summer night. (kes)

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