With the Coldplay tour coming up in Asia, one might start to consider those destinations to explore. South Korea is one of one of them, and it’s usually overshadowed by other Far East destinations. Seoul, the capital, has a population of over 25.4 million people. It’s the third largest metropolitan area in the world, after Tokyo and Jakarta.
Like Japan, South Korea has four distinct seasons; Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. However, the best and most popular of which is, of course, spring. First, the weather is ideal and the landscape is at its best. But most importantly, the country turns pink and white as it gets covered with the cherry blossom blooming trees. I have always thought that you need to go all the way to Japan to catch one of those, but it turns out that Korea is enough.
If you want to catch the cherry blossoms, then you should plan on being in Seoul around the second week of April. That would be safest. However, please be advised that the cherry blossoms are largely dependent on the weather so it’s no guarantee that they’ll be blooming then. So keep an eye on the weather forecasts before getting the tickets. I know you’re probably thinking that I am making a big deal out of a tree! But believe me, it’s worth it. They even hold a festival for it at the town of Jinhae.
Moving on to the rest of the city, Seoul has five royal palaces. The most beautiful of whcih is Gyeongbokgung (photo above). Another one is called Chandeokgung, and it is considered a UNESCO Heritage Site. Continuing the site seeing, Bukchon Hanok Village, is an amazing place to explore as well. It’s basically a traditional Korean historical village, with houses built on the Korean style and very narrow streets. It’s a cool place to check before getting lost in the super modern city.
Going out of the capital, you can check the Cheonjiyeon falls located at Jeju. With stunning mountain views and turquoise waters, there’s no question as to why it’s so popular. hiking, checking the volcanic craters, and swimming in the natural pools in the ocean are just few examples to the outdoor activities that can be done there.