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Introducing South Korea

South Korea captivates travelers with its unique blend of traditional and modern cultures. This vibrant peninsula nation offers a diverse range of experiences from the bustling metropolis of Seoul, with its high-tech subways and pop culture, to the tranquil Buddhist temples and historic palaces tucked away in the countryside. South Korea's landscapes are equally varied and beautiful, ranging from the volcanic Jeju Island to the stunning Seoraksan Mountain peaks, and the scenic coastal city of Busan. Visitors can immerse themselves in the country's rich history in Gyeongju, sample local cuisine in a Seoul food market, or explore the art scenes in the rustic village of Andong. All these elements combine to create an unforgettable Korean experience that appeals to adventurers, history buffs, and food lovers alike.

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Go for a ride in a Sky Capsule tram at the Haeundae Blue Line Park in Busan
Map of Best of South Korea: Seoul,  Andong, Busan & Jeju Island - 10 Days
Best of South Korea: Seoul, Andong, Busan & Jeju Island - 10 Days

Explore South Korea's cultural highlights and natural wonders on this 10-day itinerary. The adventure begins in Seoul, where you'll explore the urban culture and street food scene. Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) next before continuing to historic temples in Andong. Discover the beautiful coastline of Busan, then fly to Jeju Island to marvel at the spectacular scenery and take in views from the country's highest peak.

Discover South Korean history and culture on a cross-country tour, stopping for views at Busan's Songdo Skywalk
Map of  Best of South Korea & Japan: Seoul, Busan, Tokyo & Kyoto - 14 Days
Best of South Korea & Japan: Seoul, Busan, Tokyo & Kyoto - 14 Days

See the best of South Korea and Japan as you cross the two nations by car, plane, and train. Learn about culinary traditions at busy markets in Seoul and Busan, then explore volcanic Jeju Island's gardens and mountains. Jet off to Tokyo for Mount Fuji views and pop culture, and ride a bullet train to Kyoto for a tea ceremony and hike before indulging in street food in Osaka.

Taste the flavors of South Korea from the islands to the city
Map of South Korea Culinary Adventure: Seoul, Busan & Jeju - 7 Days
South Korea Culinary Adventure: Seoul, Busan & Jeju - 7 Days

Explore South Korea's diverse culinary traditions from cities to islands on this seven-day tour by train, car, and air, from Seoul to Busan to Udo. Learn Korean flavors and ingredients in a cooking class, and explore the vast Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul. Board a train south to Busan and then join locals at Jagalchi Fish Market, buying seafood cooked to order. Then fly to tranquil Udo for beach time and village life to end your adventure.

Explore K-drama filming locations like the sprawling Gyeongbokgung palace
Map of South Korea K-Drama Tour of Seoul - 5 Days
South Korea K-Drama Tour of Seoul - 5 Days

Experience a taste of South Korea's "Hallyuwood" as you hit the sights of Korean drama scenes on this five-day trip. You'll tour some of Seoul's most famous locations, which feature heavily in popular South Korean movies and TV shows. Visit ancient Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namsan Mountain, and the iconic N Seoul Tower—you'll even have the chance to ride rollercoasters at Lotte World. Head out of the city for more K-drama hotspots, from European-themed villages to the tree-lined parks of Nami Island.

Visit famous K-drama filming locations like Jeonju Hanok Village, with traditional buildings
Map of South Korea K-Drama Tour: Seoul, Jeonju, Gyeongju & Busan - 10 Days
South Korea K-Drama Tour: Seoul, Jeonju, Gyeongju & Busan - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in Korean drama on this 10-day tour of South Korea. You'll visit the country's most famous locations, featured on film, from Seoul to Jeonju, Gyeongju, and Busan. Marvel at the capital's Gyeongbokgung palace and N Seoul Tower, then discover European-themed villages and the UNESCO-listed Seokguram Grotto. More movie-worthy highlights include Jeonju's ancient hanok houses, Daerengwon Tomb Complex, and Busan's Gamcheon Cultural Village.

Discover South Korea's history as you tour sights like the Buddha monument of Sinheungsa Temple in Sokcho
Map of South Korea Highlights: Nature & History From Seoul to Busan to Sokcho - 14 Days
South Korea Highlights: Nature & History From Seoul to Busan to Sokcho - 14 Days

Discover South Korea's past and present on this two-week loop from Seoul. Bookending your trip, you'll have five nights in the capital, exploring palaces like Gyeongbokgung, savoring street food, and discovering the North and South Korean conflict at the DMZ. You'll travel south to reach coastal Busan and nearby islands, then north to Seoraksan to see Sinheungsa Temple. Step back in time in Suwon, admire the natural wonders at Suncheon Bay, and walk across the waves at Songdo Beach.

Make the Most of Your Time in South Korea

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Take in a pansori (genre of musical storytelling) performance of drums and singing
How Many Days to Spend in South Korea

A 10-day visit is recommended for South Korea. The small size of the country, combined with good roads, multiple domestic airports, and excellent public transportation, makes it...

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Andong folk village view with traditional wooden thatched roof house in Andong, South Korea
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1 Week in South Korea - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

One week in South Korea offers enough time to immerse yourself in the country's culture, cuisine, and pristine landscapes. On a highlights tour, you can tick off all three while staying in Seoul, Andong, and Gyeongju or focus on the street food scene of Busan and Jeju Island on a culinary trip. Those looking to discover the rich art of South Korea will find Seoul the place to be, while nature enthusiasts shouldn't miss the opportunity to explore the Western Coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Take in a pansori (genre of musical storytelling) performance of drums and singing
How Many Days to Spend in South Korea

A 10-day visit is recommended for South Korea. The small size of the country, combined with good roads, multiple domestic airports, and excellent public transportation, makes it possible to travel efficiently. Ten days give you enough time for outdoor adventures on Jeju Island, coastal views and traditional markets in Busan, and historical sites and cultural activities in Andong—in addition to urban exploration and street food in Seoul.

Enjoy a sunset over Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju island
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2 Weeks in South Korea - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks is enough time to tour South Korea's highlights, including natural and historical attractions in Seoul, Busan, and Sokcho. Travelers seeking outdoor adventures and cultural exploration will enjoy a traditional market, hiking, and beach time at Jeju Island as well as temples and river rafting in Pyeongchang. A wellness escape brings you to Yeongju to visit a healing center and Suncheon for its national garden and bamboo forest, while a highlights tour allows you to see the best of South Korea and Japan.

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Trip Reviews for South Korea

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Everything went so smoothly. We don’t speak...
South Korea | Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2023

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Nicholas Y.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023
Everything went so smoothly. We don’t speak any Korean but all of the guides and drivers were so helpful and made our trip so easy and low stress. We had a wonderful time. Read more

Everything went so smoothly. We don’t speak any Korean but all of the guides and drivers were so helpful and made our trip so easy and low stress. We had a wonderful time.

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Grand Josun Busan
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Full Day Bulguksa temple  and National Museum Tour
Full Day Bulguksa temple and National Museum Tour
Gyeongju

Our guides sang and James made all the difference. Great people overall and spent so much time making sure we were comfortable and having a good time.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Fantastic! Couldn’t ask them to do any better.
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Very comfy new van.
Visit Haedong Yonggungsa and Haeundae Beach
Visit Haedong Yonggungsa and Haeundae Beach
Busan

Beautiful temple. Well worth the visit.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sang and James were fantastic. Great tips so we didn’t have to wait too long for anything. Also picked us up and dropped us off at the most convenient locations for parking etc.
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Half Day Gamcheon Village and Jagalchi Market
Half Day Gamcheon Village and Jagalchi Market
Busan
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Fun time checking out this unique village.
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Sang and James did a great job explaining everything to us about the history and how this place came about
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Great van.
Local specialist: Jessica Wang
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Jessica Wang
Local specialist in South Korea | Replied on Nov 26, 2023

Hi Nicholas,

Hope you have a great day.

Thank you for sharing your amazing experience in South Korea with us. It brings us great joy to know that you enjoyed your time, especially delighted to hear that you have fantastic time with Sang and James. It’s our great honor to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable.

Welcome you and your family back to South Korea again in the future.

All the best,
Jessica

2 weeks in beautiful South Korea
South Korea | Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2023

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Jody C.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023
Thank you Jessica. We appreciate your patience and hard work in working with us over many months to plan our family trip to South Korea. You never waivered through our many requests and changes as our plans changed. Thank you Sang, you were an excellent guide for our family trip. We felt very safe in your care and appreciated you sharing your knowledge of each of the areas we visited. Read more

Thank you Jessica. We appreciate your patience and hard work in working with us over many months to plan our family trip to South Korea. You never waivered through our many requests and changes as our plans changed.

Thank you Sang, you were an excellent guide for our family trip. We felt very safe in your care and appreciated you sharing your knowledge of each of the areas we visited.

Hotel Reviews
Lotte City Hotel Jeju
Jeju
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Crown Harbor Hotel
Busan
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Ramada Hotel & Suites Gangwon Pyeongchang
Pyeongchang
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Lotte Resort Sokcho
Sokcho
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Surprised to find that 2 people had to sleep in mats on the floor.
Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Myeongdong
Seoul
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Laundry room big plus!
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Half Day Gamcheon Village, BIFF Square and Jagalchi Market
Half Day Gamcheon Village, BIFF Square and Jagalchi Market
Busan
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Half Day Busan City Tour with Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Busan
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Half Day Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch Tour
Half Day Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch Tour
Pyeongchang
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Half Day Exploring Sokcho Beach and Jungang Market
Half Day Exploring Sokcho Beach and Jungang Market
Sokcho

For our family we would have skipped the market and spent more time at the beach.

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Local specialist: Jessica Wang
Jessica
Jessica Wang
Local specialist in South Korea | Replied on Oct 26, 2023

Hi Jody,

Greetings from Jessica.

Thank you so much for your wonderful words and thoughtful feedback regarding Kimkim and your trip to South Korea! Working with you to plan and organize your vacation was truly a pleasure. We are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable.Wishing you andyour family many more incredible experience ahead.

Best regards,
Jessica

Trip of a lifetime - South Korea bliss
South Korea | Apr 7 - Apr 16, 2023

Aoife
Aoife H.
Germany | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2023
I used Kimkim for the first time for my 10-day trip to South Korea with three members of my family (spring 2023), and it couldn't have gone better! The planning went smoothly with Tom, and it showed as soon as we landed in South Korea. We had three very good tour guides that brought us to fascinating and tasty places and made visiting easy (our top places: the National Folk Museum, zip lining to Nami island, and Haedong Yonggungsa). We would like to especially mention our tour guide for... Read more

I used Kimkim for the first time for my 10-day trip to South Korea with three members of my family (spring 2023), and it couldn't have gone better! The planning went smoothly with Tom, and it showed as soon as we landed in South Korea. We had three very good tour guides that brought us to fascinating and tasty places and made visiting easy (our top places: the National Folk Museum, zip lining to Nami island, and Haedong Yonggungsa). We would like to especially mention our tour guide for Busan, Jade Kim. Jade made the short time in Busan memorable - he tuned in with us straight away, was knowledgeable and accommodating, had excellent driving skills and gave us great recommendations for our next step in Jeju Island (loved the gimbap and doughnut places). All in all, a trip of a lifetime!

Hotel Reviews
Best Louis Hamilton Hotel Haeundae

Clean room, friendly staff, choice of 3 menu for breakfast, centrally located

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Lotte City Hotel Jeju
Jeju

Great breakfast buffet on top floor, nice clean spacious room, friendly and helpful staff, great location and service overall!

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Half Day Busan City Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Half Day Busan City Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Busan

The temple of the sea and Gamcheon culture village were breathtaking and fascinating places to visi. However, we think that our tour guide Jade Kim made this day special for us. He shared stories with us about the places, brought us to good places to eat (that fit our style), and was very open minded. We could ask him about go stop card and got the cards in the market, we tried the original hotteok in Busan, and he his driving skills were spot on. He gave us great recommendations for Jeju island too that turned out amazing!

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See the comment above: knowledgable, accomodating, excellent driving skills, excellent English, open-minded, fun
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Go to Busan From Andong with Gyeongju Tour
Go to Busan From Andong with Gyeongju Tour
South Korea

The historic center of Silla is a great must-see for anyone interested in the people of South Korea.

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Full Day Seoul City Tour with Gwangjang Market
Full Day Seoul City Tour with Gwangjang Market
Seoul

Perfect first day in Seoul.

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Kdrama Fan Tour
Kdrama Fan Tour
Seoul

I recognize that Petite France is where a lot of Kdramas were filmed; however, as europeans, this wasn't our favorite location (we came to South Korea to see South Korea). Nevertheless, zip lining to Nami island and Nami island was great! Loved the place!

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Local specialist: Tom Zhou
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Tom Zhou
Local specialist in Bangkok | Replied on Apr 23, 2023

Hi Aoife,
Thank you so much for your reviews. It is glad to know you had a wonderful trip with us!
Hope you will travel with us again in the future!
Tom