Imagine your Korea!
- BE IN AWE WITH SOUTH KOREA’S MODERN & COUNTRY LIFE -
South Korea is one of the highly advanced countries in the world ranking 12th largest economy by nominal GDP in 2020. It is a country with one of the best technological advancements such as fastest internet connections and high-tech transport systems. South Korea’s urbanization is also perfectly complemented by its natural beauty; the country ranked 16th on world travel and tourism competitiveness index by the World Economic Forum in 2019, three places up compared to the previous year.
South Korea Tourism Industry
Seoul, the country’s capital, is the most visited tourist destination in South Korea known for its incredible development in technology and architecture. Moreover, the recent popularity of the Korean pop culture has also caused an increase in tourist arrivals in Seoul and other parts of the country. However, it is important to note that the country’s capital only takes up 0.6% of South Korea’s territory and there are still a lot more to see in other parts of the country. The volcanic island of Jeju, a UNESCO Natural Heritage site, is an astonishing attraction. Other must-visit places outside of the capital include Seorak-san national park and the historic city of Gyeongju.
The total contribution of travel and tourism to South Korea’s GDP amounted to around 81 trillion South Korean won (or about 60 billion USD) in 2017.
About South Korea
Officially named as the Republic of Korea, South Korea is a country in East Asia. Its neighbors include Japan to the east, China to the west, and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) across the northern border. South Korea is a country with a dynamic society both in its ancient historic times and in its present modern times. With over 50 million people, the country boasts in its highly advanced cities, stunning mountain regions, booming K-pop culture, and delicious authentic cuisines, among others.
South Korea Culture
South Korea’s 5,000 years of culture and history was once dominated with Confucian practices with emphasis on respect for ancestors, age, and seniority. These practices continue to influence the present social life of Koreans, although to a lesser degree than in the past.
The country has 13 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites embodying a wide variety of ancient values from tidy and neat artistic spirit to scientific rationality. These values are manifested in the traditional architecture of royal palaces or temples found around the country.
Fact About South Korea
South Korea is generally a safe country to visit. May it be in the busy big cities or in the laid-back country areas, tourists will find traveling here comfortable as the crime rate in the country is pretty low. Yet, it still pays to be careful and vigilant at all times.
South Korea can be a more expensive travel destination compared to other Asian countries as it is more technologically and economically advanced. However, just like any other destination, anyone can find ways to make the visit or stay in South Korea as expensive or as cheap as it can be. Its capital, Seoul, is of course more expensive than any other places in the country. The best way to have an affordable adventure in South Korea is to plan the trip in advance.
Many Koreans speak English although it is safe to say that they can read and write English better than they speak it. The majority of the Koreans who can speak English well are in Seoul. Nevertheless, traveling to South Korea is generally fine for tourists of all kinds, whether English or non-English speakers.
Foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa issued by the Korean Embassy or consular offices in their country. Traveling around the country is not a problem at all as South Korea has one of the most efficient transport systems in the world, especially in its big cities. In Seoul alone, there are two international airports, one is the Incheon International Airport in Seoul which was named the world’s best airport by the Airport Service Quality Awards for 12 consecutive years (2005 to 2017).
Travelers going to South Korea are advised by the CDC and WHO to have vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies. Routine vaccinations for meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza are also recommended.