By now, you hopefully know about the many amazing benefits offered by living and teaching in Korea! But, did you know about how much traveling you can do in Korea? To help you out, I’d like to share a few of the best weekend trips in Korea. The perks of living in Korea extend much further if you’re into traveling. Korea is perfectly situated for quick trips to many destinations including Japan, China, and most of Southeast Asia. However there are even more amazing domestic trips you can take. Korea is a small country with outstanding public transportation. So, no matter where you work, you can travel anywhere for the weekend. Here are three of the best weekend trips in Korea!
Beach Life in Korea – Best Weekend trips in Korea
Thanks to Korea’s peninsular shape, it has countless beaches to take advantage of during the summer. One of my personal favorites is on a small island off the coast of Incheon called Deokjeok-do. It takes about an hour to get there via ferry. While on the island, you can either stay at any number of pensions OR bring a tent and go camping on a beautiful, expansive beach with a view of a lagoon and tree-covered mountains. Besides sunbathing and swimming, there are several great hiking trails that lead up to the highest peaks on the island. End your blissful day with a campfire on the beach. (Don’t forget to bring S’more materials).
Mountains and Hiking in Korea
If you’re into hiking and beautiful nature, then you’ll have to visit Seoraksan National Park. There, you can climb Seoraksan, one of Korea’s tallest mountains. At the top, you’ll get possibly the most beautiful nature views in the whole country. If you spend more than just a day at the park, there are countless other trails you can hike or walk on. Also, you can end the day of hiking at the nearby town’s jimjilbang (hot bath spa). This will not only soothe your aching leg muscles, but is one of the most Korean things you can do!
Winter Adventure Sports and Festivals in Korea
The last weekend trip on the list is a visit to Pyeongchang. If you haven’t heard of this city, you soon will. It is the home of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Go there in winter for an amazing weekend of skiing or snowboarding. The slopes have many runs that should keep you busy no matter what your skill level is. If you time your trip here correctly, you can also visit some interesting festivals. The Daegwallyeong Snow Festival boasts large snow sculptures. The Pyeongchang Trout Festival is even more ridiculous because you can try catching trout through holes in the ice with your bare hands!
These three destinations are just a few of the best weekend trips in Korea. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!