Tea may have ceded ground to coffee across the nation, but Seoul’s traditional Insadong district still has dozens of secluded tearooms Dropdown content serving traditional brews.
Relax by the lake as kings once did at this secluded “Secret Garden”, which nestles at the back of a UNESCO-listed palace in central
Here you can sleep in a
Korea’s dirtiest, most enjoyable festival takes place each July on the west coast – don’t forget your soap.
Get drunk the local way with this milky rice wine, which has undergone a huge surge in popularity of late.
The epitome of kitsch, most notable for its diorama room portraying twentieth-century events such as teddies tearing down the Berlin Wall, landing on the moon and going down with the Titanic.
The most distinctive temple complex in the country, Guinsa’s paths wind snake-like routes up a tight, remote valley in Korea’s heartland.
The wonderfully unspoilt countryside surrounding the city of
Over three thousand islands are sprinkled like confetti around Korea’s western coast – pick up a map in
A 24-hour market in a city that never sleeps, Dongdaemun is a Seoul institution, with sights and smells redolent of decades gone by.
Shaped like a soft volcano, this national park’s ring of peaks provide the country’s most mesmerising displays of autumn foliage.
Take a step inside the 4km-wide Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea: the world’s frostiest remnant of the Cold War.
A near-mandatory part of a Korean night out is a trip to a “singing room”, the local take on Japan’s karaoke bars.
A fire at the centre of your table and a plate of raw meat to fling onto it – could this be the world’s most fun-to-eat dish?
Overlooking the river in sleepy
Korea’s most surreal village has a train station on the beach, a ship-hotel atop a cliff, an American warship and a North Korean spy submarine.
The former capital of
That which has become ironic in Eastern Europe remains iconic in the DPRK, with colourful murals found all across the country – send one home on a postcard.