Go To: Seonyudo Park in Seoul, South Korea

If the weather is nice, the beautiful parks in Seoul will be busy. Families head to Yeouido Park on the Han River to play in the fountains and pools, or to listen to music and dance by the band shell. Tourists climb or take a cable car up to the top of Namsan. Beyond the gorgeous botanical gardens there, you can get in line for Seoul Tower’s Digital Observatory, the highest point in the city.
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Busan, South Korea: The Greatest Hits

I wasn’t expecting to fall so quickly in love with Busan. I traveled throughout South Korea as much as possible during my time there – I went to the beach in Sokcho, spent a long weekend in Jeju, ate Chinese street food in Incheon – the list goes on. Visiting each of these places was a great new experience, but only Busan had this rich feel of traditional Korean culture mixing easily with modern ways of life. After almost a year in Korea, I felt like I was experiencing it for the first time.

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Go To: Yongpyong Ski Resort in South Korea

In Pyeongchang County, S. Korea, future host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, you will find the 28 slopes and 15 lifts of Yongpyong built into the Taebaek Mountains. Yongpyong is the biggest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, with a vertical of 750m, and 29km of slopes. It is very friendly toward beginner and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, but there is plenty to keep anyone happy. Go there!

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Go To: Muuido, South Korea

Muuido (“do” means “island”) may be my favorite place in Korea. About an hour and a half outside of Seoul, it is easily accessible by public transportation. Well, it requires taking the train to a bus to a ferry, but the trip generally runs smoothly, takes about two hours from central Seoul, and costs only about 10,000 won all together. For such a small island, it has a wide range of beautiful beaches, hikes, and neighborhoods, as well as friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere.

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