Confucian academies

Two stunning Joseon-dynasty academies can be found in the Gyeongsang countryside – Oksan Seowon and Dosan Seowon.

Folk villages

Savour a taste of Korean life long forgotten at Yangdong, a village near Gyeongju, and Hahoe, an equally gorgeous version near Andong.

Gyeongju

Once the Silla kingdom’s capital and now Korea’s most laid-back city, Gyeongju has enough sights to fill at least a week.

The Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

Take an easy but enjoyable day-trip east of Gyeongju to two remote temples, before finishing at this unique coastal tomb.

Ulleungdo

This island’s isolation out in the East Sea makes it the perfect place to see traditional life first-hand, or kick back and relax for a few days.

Busan

This smaller, more characterful version of Seoul has many sights including the Jagalchi Fish Market and Haeundae, the country’s most popular beach.

Jirisan

Korea’s largest national park – with its own resident population of bears – has umpteen lofty trails, including a three-day hike across the ridge.

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