“This summer, put your phone away for a few days. Make some memories.”
Summer is finally back. If you want to make the most of your summer vacation in Korea, consider this as your guide!
1. Top 5 Destinations for Summer Vacation in Korea
Every summer, thousands of locals and tourists flock to the Daecheon Beach in the city of Boryeong where the popular mud festival takes place. From mud-slides, mud pits, a mud prison, giant mud bath, a mud swimming pool, there are plenty of mud-based activities visitors can enjoy at the festival.
| TIP: Festival-goers should book their tickets and shuttle bus ride early. Here’s a shuttle bus+ticket package for Boryeong Mud Festival from Seoul.
If you want to visit Boryeong anytime regardless of the festival, Boryeong 1 Day Tour is also available.
Yes, we can never miss out on the southern coastal city of Busan when it comes to summer destinations in Korea. The city is famous for beautiful beaches such as Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach where you can bask in the sun, sail on a yacht or a cruise, and enjoy paddle boarding. This fabulous city also offers some of the best nightclubs for you to drink and dance all night long.
| TIP: A day trip won’t be enough to cover it all, so spare at least two days or more. Check out Busan 2D1N Tour Package from Seoul if you want to spend more than one day in Busan.
3) Jeju Island
From emerald beaches, Halla Mountain to oreums (volcanic cones), Korea’s southernmost island, Jeju Island, offers plenty of natural wonders that will leave you in awe. Horseback riding, off-road drive, and a variety of water sports and activities are some of the best things you should experience in Jeju Island!
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Jeju Island Bucket List: Top 10 Things to Do in Jeju.
Best Water Activities to Try at Jeju Island in Summer.
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4) Gangwondo Province
Gangwondo Province, the northeastern part of Korea, 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.
| TIP: 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.
5) Yangpyeong County
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. Just an hour away from Seoul by subway, Yangpyeong County 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.
2. What to Eat during Summer Vacation in Korea
‘Samgyetang’, a chicken soup with ginseng and other nutritional ingredients, is one of the popular Korean specialties during summer.
Here’s a fun fact. For Koreans, eating hot foods during the summer is their way to beat the summer heat! That’s why Koreans eat highly nutritional Samgyetang, which helps people get back their strength and stamina. And the dish is particularly popular in ‘Sambok’, the three hottest days of the year (usually mid-July).
If you want to try Samgyetang this summer, you may want to visit Tosokchon, one of the oldest and most famous Samgyetang restaurants in Seoul. The price usually ranges from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.
‘Naengmyeon’ is a Korean cold noodle in beef or pork-based broth.
‘Mul-naengmyeon’ is the Naengmyeon with icy cold broth while ‘Bibim-naengmyeon’ is the one with less broth but with more seasoned red-pepper sauce. The price of the dish varies from one restaurant to another, but it usually ranges between 5,000 won and 8,000 won.
‘Kongguksu’ is similar to Naengmyeon, but with broth made of soybeans.
Kongguksu has a deep rich flavor of soybeans and is considered a healthy food as soybeans are known to have high protein content. The price of the dish usually ranges from 5,000 won to 10,000 won.
3. What to Do during Summer Vacation in Seoul
1) Try water sports on the Han River
Instead of spending your valuable time driving on a highway during vacation, you can escape from the summer heat in Seoul by experiencing a variety of water sports on the Han River.
One of the trendiest water sports that you can easily try in Han River is Stand Up Paddle Board, aka SUP. It is a combination of surfing and paddling which allows you to keep your balance while enjoying the flow of the river. Even if you are a beginner, you can easily learn to paddleboard with a basic lesson. This will be a great way to soak in the nice view of Seoul from the river.
Kayaking on Han River is also very popular these days. After taking a basic lesson from the instructors, relieve your stress on the water, as you canoe your way down the Han River, and see the stunning day view of Seoul. You can choose between a day tour and a sunset tour.
2) Enjoy thrilling rides at the best water parks
In Korea, there are many outdoor and indoor water parks all the year-round. During the summer, those water parks are the hangout places of hipsters.
a. Caribbean Bay Water Park
You can also book:
- Caribbean Bay + Shuttle Bus Package
- Caribbean Bay + Private Van
- Caribbean Bay + Everland theme park
- Caribbean Bay + Everland theme park + 1 Mega Strom Q-Pass (Express Pass)
- Caribbean Bay Discount Tickets & Packages for Foreigners
- Everland Discount Tickets & Packages for Foreigners
b. Ocean World Water Park
Another popular water park in Korea is Ocean World, which is located in Hongcheon in Gangwondo Province. Ocean World boasts a variety of attractions, which include 4 different zones (Aqua Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, Mega Slide Zone). You can book Ocean World’s ticket+shuttle package here.
You can also book:
- Ocean World (+ Luge/Sheep Farm) 1 Day Tour
- Ocean World & Nami Island 1 Day Tour
- Ocean World & Jjimjilbang (+ Sky Swing/Luge/Sheep Farm) 1 Day Tour
c. Woongjin Playdoci Water Park
If you are looking for a water park near Seoul so that you can reach by subway, Woonjin Playdoci is a perfect choice for you! They have a water park, where you can enjoy swimming and water slides at the water park all year round! You can book Woongjin Playdoci Water Park discount ticket here.
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