“This summer, put your phone away for a few days. Make some memories.”
Make your summer a blast!
Summer’s finally back, so here’s your guide to where to go and what to eat and do in South Korea that will definitely help you make the most of your summer this year.
1. Where to Go
It’s finally that time of year again! If you’re like “what?” right now, we are talking about the comeback of the muddiest but also the hottest festival called Boryeong Mud Festival 2016!
From mud wrestling to mud sliding, a whole lot of fun awaits you at Boryeong from July 15 to 24, 2016. Just be prepared to get muddy! If you want to book a shuttle bus package to Boryeong Mud Festival 2016, click here.
Yes, we can never miss out Busan when it comes to summer destinations in South Korea. Along with beautiful beaches such as Haeundae beach and Gwangalli beach where you can bask in the sun or ride a banana boat, this fabulous city also offers some of the best night clubs for you to drink and dance all night long.
A day trip won’t be enough to cover it all, so spare at least two days or more. Check out Trazy’s Busan 2D1N Free & Easy Tour Package if you want to spend more than one day in Busan.
Sailing on a yacht can be some of the best ways to see the Busan’s beautiful beaches and iconic destinations. With Busan Diamond Bay, you can enjoy an hour ride on a high-end yacht at relatively low price and is very popular for their Moonlight sailing, which offers an amazing night view of the city and its surroundings. For more info, click here.
Jeju Island is one the most beloved tourist destinations in Korea. Just an hour’s flight from Seoul, the flight fare is relatively low. From emerald beaches to Halla Mountain to Oreums (hills) and vast grasslands for horses, Jeju Island has plenty of natural wonders that will leave you in awe.Horseback riding, off-road drive, Olle trekking and a variety of water sports and activities are some of the best things you should experience in Jeju Island!
If you want to look around Jeju Island in one day, click here.
D. Gangwondo Province
Located in the northern part of Korea, Gangwondo Province has many nature-friendly cities like Pyeongchang, Hongcheon, and Sokcho. Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple are the two most visited getaways in this province. For more information, click here.If you want to avoid packed beaches in summer, head over to the valleys in Gangwondo province, which are less crowded. There are spots for camping or small resorts near the valleys for the convenience of visitors. Usually family groups choose to go to the valleys, bringing food to cook and fruits to put in a cold water from the valleys.
If you want to do something more exciting and thrilling rather than walking around the city, challenge yourself with the thrill of paragliding over Yangpyeong and soar in effortless silence on the natural updrafts created by wind over the beautiful mountains.
Just an hour away from Seoul by subway, Yangpyeong is one of the most famous paragliding sites in Korea with its fascinating bird’s eye views over where the North and South Han rivers meet. If you want to experience paragliding in Yangpyeong, click here.
2. What To Eat
Samgyetang is a boiled chicken with oriental ingredients like ginseng, jujube, and sticky rice inside the belly of the chicken. You may wonder why people in Korea eat hot (in temperature) food during hot summer. Koreans believe that people become weak by sweating a lot in summer. In order to boost stamina, people eat this Samgyetang as food medicine. Samgyetang is particularly popular in Sambok, the 3 hottest days in year based on a lunar calendar. The price is usually from 10,000 won to 30,000 won. Tosokchon is one of the oldest Samgyetang restaurants in Seoul that you should not miss!
Naengmyeon is a Korean cold noodle in a beef or pork based broth. Mul-naengmyeon is the naengmyeon with abundant broth while Bibim-naengmyeon is the one with less broth but with more seasoned red-pepper sauce. The price of Naengmyeon varies from one restaurant to another but it is usually between 5,000 won and 8,000 won.
Kongguksu is similar to Naengmyeon but with broth made of soybeans. Soaked soybeans are boiled and grinded finely. Salts can be added right before eating the Kongguku based on personal preference. Kongguku has a deep rich flavor of soybeans and is a healthy food as soybeans have a high protein content. The price is from 5,000 won to 10,000 won.
3. What to Do
A. Water sports on the Han River
Instead of spending your valuable time driving on a highway during vacation, you can escape from summer heat in Seoul by experiencing a variety of water sports on the Han River. Try flyboarding, water ski and wakeboarding are highly recommended. There will be an instructor with you all the time, so you can enjoy playing the sports more safely and comfortably.
B. Enjoy cool rides with the hottest people in water parks
In Korea, there are many outdoor and indoor water parks all the year round. During summer, those water parks are the hangout places of hot, young people. The most famous one is Caribbean Bay attached to Everland. Located in Yongin, only 1 hour away from Seoul, Caribbean Bay is crowded with people from Seoul and near cities. The place has many thrilling rides and pools even for children.