South Korea is a famous, high tech nation that has taken good advantage of the capitalist agenda of managing its affairs. It is highly developed with modern facilities, luxurious leisure facilities, and an established tourism sector. South Korea is a republic situated in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea’s capital city is Seoul, which has also been the capital city for ancient kingdoms for the past six centuries. The city combines both ancient and modern lifestyles of the South Koreans.
Getting into South Korea can be by airplane, ship, or train transport. South Korea offers advanced air flights. Airlines serving South Korea are Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, among other upcoming airlines. There are seven operating international airports in South Korea. Seoul Incheon International Airport is served by airlines that operate between Seoul and other international destinations: France, Turkey, U.S.A, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong in China. Other airports are Gimhae (in Busan), Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Muan, and Gimpo (in Seoul) International Airports.
South Korea is connected to Japan by another means other than air transport, which is train transport. Passengers in Japan can board Japan’s trains to arrive at one of South Korea’s train stations, so remember to consider the specific destination where each of the trains will stop in South Korea.
The Busan seaport of South Korea has ferries that travel to Japan. Incheon ferries travel from South Korea’s ports to China’s seaport cities like Weihai and Tianjin. Traveling by land especially from North Korea is very risky and can be dangerous to life because the borders are heavily guarded.
Korea offers a variety of accommodation facilities: motels, hotels, minibars, and temple-stay homes that suit the individual homing needs of all tourists arriving in this country. The hospitality services are highly advanced as well as their dining facilities. The charges for accommodation are set in a wide range so even the low class can afford a long stay in this country. However, Seoul is the capital city, its homing facilities charge twice more than any other facility outside the capital city.
There are luxurious hotels in every city in South Korea that offer both modernized and Korean styles. However, Korean bedrooms don’t offer beds. Visitors sleep in mattresses on tidied on the floor. To ensure that the floor is not cold, a floor heating system known as the Ondol helps in warming up the stony floor during cold seasons. Other leisure facilities like televisions are available in every room.
Dining in South Korea follows a strict etiquette set of rules. You can never dine without chopsticks, preferably the metallic chopsticks. For newcomers, they have a chance to learn the etiquette and the experiences on table manners, which can be the best way of improving their dining etiquette. South Korean dishes are a bit sophisticated and fun to eat with a wide variety of delicacies on the same table. There are different types of food joints: restaurants, the Bunsik – fast food joints, Kogijip – mainly for meat dishes, Hoejip – for fish desserts, and the Hansik – for a whole serving of the Korean meal.
Some of the tourist attractions to visit in South Korea are:
· The Andong village, which bears the pure traditional culture of the Koreans.
· The Panmunjeom site that retains its initial status as from when it staged the Cold War. Sights of the war are still alive and they show most of the events during the war.
· Boseong is a site to experience the majestic feel of the unique, clean, green environment; spectacular, rolling, hilly landscape; a luxurious spa and sea bath set to enable you to enjoy your tour in South Korea to the maximum.