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Tourism in South Korea: what you need to know

Not always easy to organize your stay to South Korea, fortunately we have gathered here all the useful information. We have targeted the best activities to do on site, retained hotels and comfortable accommodations, and gathered valuable information about local transport. This article is illustrated with many maps and photos.

Where to stay in South Korea

In South Korea for accommodation there are mostly hotels and the qualitative feeling is generally rather correct. Please note: not all hotels in South Korea offer comparable services . If you book in one of the hotels we recommend in this article, you are sure to make the best choice for your stay at in South Korea.

The 5-star hotels in South Korea

When looking for a 5-star hotel, you want quality first and foremost. It's good:in South Korea 5-star hotels are pretty good overall but be careful though there are establishments with fairly average levels of service. To help you choose, read the following information carefully.

In South Korea and in the immediate surroundings there is an important offer of 5-star hotels. Not always easy to pick the good ones. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

4-star hotels in South Korea

Looking for a good 4-star hotel in South Korea? By coming in South Korea you should be able to find your happiness. Follow our advice to choose from the best 5-star hotels South Korea.

You make good choice if you book at Howard Johnson Hotel Jeju Seogwipo Harbor (one of the best option in Seogwi), at Citadines Haeundae Busan (a excellent establishment ) or at Orakai Insadong Suites.

3-star hotels in South Korea

Good options are: Sunset Business Hotel (one of the best choices in Bus), at The Grand Hotel Myeongdong (a wonderful establishment) or Arban Hotel.

Guesthouses in South Korea

In South Korea and in the immediate surroundings there are more than a hundred guesthouses. Not always easy to find a good one. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice. The best choice will probably be the With U Hotel & Guesthouse, an wonderful establishment. Also consider the One Way Guesthouse Busan, which is wonderful...

Hotels with golf in South Korea

In South Korea and in the immediate surroundings there are more than a hundred hotels with golf. Not always easy to identify which ones are really good to play golf and relax. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

Questions and Answers

What is the best hotel in South Korea? The best place to stay in South Korea is at Lotte Hotel Seoul in Seo.

What is the best 5 stars hotel in South Korea? The best 5 stars hotel in South Korea is the Casa Seorak Bed and Breakfast in Sokcho .

What is the best 4 stars hotel in South Korea? The best 4 stars hotel in South Korea is the Howard Johnson Hotel Jeju Seogwipo Harbor in Seogwi.

What is the best 3 stars hotel in South Korea? The best 3 stars hotel in South Korea is the Sunset Business Hotel in Bus.

What is the best 2 stars hotel in South Korea? The best 2 stars hotel in South Korea is the Rocustel in Sokcho .

What is the best hotel with spa in South Korea? The best hotel with spa in South Korea is the Jeju Aerospace Hotel in Seogwipo.

What is the best resort hotel in South Korea? The best resort hotel in South Korea is the Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort in Pyeongchang.

What is the best hotel to practice golf in South Korea? The best hotel to practice golf in South Korea is the UTS Golf Village in Jeju.

What is the best guesthouse in South Korea? The best guesthouse in South Korea is the With U Hotel & Guesthouse in Sokcho.

How to get to South Korea

Going to South Korea by plane

Incheon International Airport : the airport has 4193 flights per week. It is served by 62 airlines that offer 149 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Guam : flights operated by Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines, Korean Air, T'Way Airlines and Malta Air Charter
  • Vladivostok : flights operated by Aeroflot, Jeju Air and Korean Air
  • Seattle : flights operated by Delta Air Lines, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air
  • Istanbul : flights operated by Turkish Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines
  • Greater Los Angeles Area : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines
  • Honolulu : flights operated by Korean Air, Hawaiian Airlines and Asiana Airlines
  • Khabarovsk : flights operated by Aeroflot and Asiana Airlines
  • San Francisco Bay Area : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and United Airlines
  • Prague : flights operated by Korean Air
  • Rome : flights operated by Alitalia, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Incheon International Airport : Amsterdam

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Incheon International Airport :

  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Korean Air, Hk Express, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Malta Air Charter, Thai Airways International, Air India and Sierra National Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Malta Air Charter, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, T'Way Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines, Korean Air, T'Way Airlines and Asiana Airlines
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by China Airlines, Eva Air, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Jeju Air, Tiger Airways, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways International, Sierra National Airlines and Bra Transportes Aéreos
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Jeju Air, Korean Air, Malta Air Charter, Asiana Airlines, Sierra National Airlines, T'Way Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qingdao : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Jeju Air and T'Way Airlines
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Thai Airways International, Korean Air, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, T'Way Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Ho Chi Minh City : flights operated by Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, T'Way Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jeju Air
  • Shanghai : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines
  • Da Nang : flights operated by Vietjet Air, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Sierra National Airlines, Malta Air Charter, T'Way Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Vietnam Airlines
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Incheon International Airport : Beijing.

Domestic flights from Incheon International Airport :

There are 2 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.

  • Daegu : flights operated by Korean Air

Low cost airlines to Incheon International Airport :

  • Fukuoka : flights operated by Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines, Korean Air, T'Way Airlines and Asiana Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Malta Air Charter, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, T'Way Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Da Nang : flights operated by Vietjet Air, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Sierra National Airlines, Malta Air Charter, T'Way Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Vietnam Airlines
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Jeju Air, Korean Air, Malta Air Charter, Asiana Airlines, Sierra National Airlines, T'Way Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Korean Air, Hk Express, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Malta Air Charter, Thai Airways International, Air India and Sierra National Airlines
  • Ho Chi Minh City : flights operated by Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, T'Way Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jeju Air
  • Guam : flights operated by Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines, Korean Air, T'Way Airlines and Malta Air Charter
  • Kalibo : flights operated by Zest Airways, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Hanoi : flights operated by Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jeju Air and Sierra National Airlines
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Incheon International Airport: Vladivostok.

Jeju International Airport : the airport has 1757 flights per week. It is served by 10 airlines that offer 18 destinations.

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Jeju International Airport :

  • Tokyo : flights operated by T'Way Airlines and Korean Air
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Korean Air and T'Way Airlines
  • Shanghai : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Dragon and Hk Express
  • Beijing : flights operated by Korean Air
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Airasia X
  • Chengdu : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines

Domestic flights from Jeju International Airport :

There are 11 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Busan and Sierra National Airlines.

  • Seoul : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Busan and Sierra National Airlines
  • Cheongju : flights operated by Korean Air, Sierra National Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Air
  • Daegu : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Air
  • Yeosu : flights operated by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines
  • Sacheon : flights operated by Asiana Airlines and Korean Air
  • Gunsan : flights operated by Korean Air
  • Ulsan : flights operated by Korean Air
  • Wonju : flights operated by Korean Air
  • Other domestic destinations accessible by direct flight from Jeju International Airport : Gwangju.

Low cost airlines to Jeju International Airport :

  • Seoul : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Busan and Sierra National Airlines
  • Cheongju : flights operated by Korean Air, Sierra National Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Air
  • Tokyo : flights operated by T'Way Airlines and Korean Air
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Korean Air and T'Way Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Dragon and Hk Express
  • Shanghai : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Daegu : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Air
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Airasia X
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Jeju International Airport : .

Gimpo International Airport : the airport has 1554 flights per week. It is served by 14 airlines that offer 11 destinations.

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Gimpo International Airport :

  • Tokyo : flights operated by Korean Air, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Asiana Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air
  • Taipei : flights operated by Eva Air, T'Way Airlines and China Airlines
  • Shanghai : flights operated by Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Asiana Airlines
  • Beijing : flights operated by Korean Air, Air China, China Southern Airlines and Asiana Airlines

Domestic flights from Gimpo International Airport :

There are 6 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines and Air Busan.

  • Jeju Island : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines and Air Busan
  • Ulsan : flights operated by Korean Air
  • Yeosu : flights operated by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines
  • Sacheon : flights operated by Korean Air

Low cost airlines to Gimpo International Airport :

  • Jeju Island : flights operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Sierra National Airlines and Air Busan
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air
  • Taipei : flights operated by Eva Air, T'Way Airlines and China Airlines

What to do in South Korea

Other places of interest may interest you: Jirisan National Park, Gayasan National Park, Dadohaehaesang National Park, Odaesan National Park, Bukhansan National Park, Leeum, Samsung Museum Of Art and Juwangsan National Park.

Museums in South Korea

If you want to visit one or more museums in South Korea, we recommend you in priority Kimchi Field Museum, Independence Hall Of Korea and Seok Ju-Seon Memorial Museum.

Also be interested in Ulsan Museum, Silla Art And Science Museum, Presseum, Busan Museum, Museum Of Korean Art, Gahoe Museum and Dokdo Museum. But the cultural offer South Korea is much larger. Also, be interested in Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, Tibet Museum, Hwajeong Museum, National Hangeul Musium, Onggi Folk Museum, Global Village Folk Museum, Rakkojae, Heojun Museum, The Abraham Park Kenneth Vine Collection and Gwangju Folk Museum.

Theme parks in South Korea

If you want to visit one or more theme parks in South Korea, we recommend you in priority Baekje Cultural Land, Bucheon Fantastic Studio and Kidzania Seoul.

Hallyuwood are other theme parks in South Korea; they may eventually interest you.

Natural parks in South Korea

In South Korea the main natural parks to visit are Jirisan National Park, Gayasan National Park and Bukhansan National Park.

Also be interested in Dadohaehaesang National Park, Odaesan National Park, Seoraksan National Park, Juwangsan National Park, Songnisan National Park, Deogyusan National Park and Sobaeksan National Park. If you want to visit other natural parks, less known but no less interesting, here are some suggestions: Woraksan National Park, Gyeryongsan National Park, Hallasan National Park, Chiaksan National Park, Mudeungsan National Park, Gyeongju National Park, Wolchulsan National Park, Byeonsan-Bando National Park and Naejangsan National Park.

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