A land of contrasts.
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South Korea is a land of contrasts - ancient traditions alongside modern technology, breathtaking landscapes alongside bustling cities and unique local cuisine alongside innovative fusion restaurants.
Most tourists who come to the country choose to visit the capital Seoul, but there are other cities in South Korea that are worth visiting - from the coastal town of Busan, through the historical sites in Daegu, to the special charm of Jeju Island.
If you are planning to visit South Korea soon, either as part of an independent trip or through an organized trip as the Pegasus company takes to the country, you really shouldn't miss these five cities.
Busan in 4K
Busan, located in the southeast of the country, is known for its beautiful beaches and its rich history and culture.
It is full of ancient temples, lively markets and in its territory there are also quite a few ancient villages that are worth a visit.
But with all due respect to the important historical sites, the vast majority of tourists who come to the city do so mainly for its impressive beaches.
Busan has some of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the country, where there are also many beach corners for those looking for peace, as well as attractions and water sports activities for action fans.
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What do you do in Busan?
: There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in Busan, but Haeundae Beach is the most beautiful of them, thanks to its clear water, the magical boardwalk and a variety of water sports activities that await visitors.
Near the beach there are also quite a few good restaurants, cafes and bars.
: one of the most special villages in all of South Korea stands on the side of a mountain and offers visitors an extraordinary experience.
It is picturesque, full of charm and many historical artistic representations can be found there.
You can walk around it for long hours and get an impression of the authentic lifestyle of the local residents.
: One of the most important Buddhist temples in Korea is known for its unique architecture and the peace that prevails there.
Visitors can walk around the place and be impressed by its power and even join a meditation session with the locals.
Jeju Island in 4K
Off the southern coast of South Korea is one of the most special places in all of Asia - the volcanic island of Jeju, known for its natural beauty and unique culture.
In Jeju Island, apart from spectacular scenery and countless historical sites, you can also find the spectacular Seongsan Ilchulbong peak, which was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Also on the island is a historical cave, a popular local market and an ancient village Extraordinary, which provides a glimpse into the special life of the local residents.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
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What do you do on Jeju Island?
: Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is one of the most special and beautiful places in all of South Korea.
It is a crater of a volcano that is hundreds of meters above sea level, from which a breathtaking view can be seen, especially at sunrise.
Visiting the place is a unique experience, which will leave you with many memories and not a few photos for Instagram.
Jeju National Museum
This impressive open-air museum showcases the traditional lifestyle of the island's inhabitants, and you can find over 100 old houses and other historical buildings.
Visitors can get a close look at the local lifestyle and see handicrafts and traditional performances.
: A unique park dedicated to sexuality, with over 140 sculptures showing different sexual positions.
Although many young couples come to the place to be impressed by the impressive offer, this special park is also suitable for families.
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In the heart of the country is Daegu, one of the least known cities in South Korea.
It is famous for its special markets and the high-quality textile products produced by the local residents.
Daigo is so diverse that everyone will find something to do in it - whether it's a tour of the famous shopping district or a walk in the green Afsen Park, while there is also plenty to do for culture lovers, from the National Museum to local galleries.
Daegu also has quite a few attractions for extreme enthusiasts, such as bungee jumping and a fun amusement park.
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What do you do in Daegu?
: One of the largest markets in Korea is a must visit for anyone who loves shopping and street food.
This authentic market has a long history, and you can find a wide variety of goods such as textiles, pottery and even traditional Korean snacks.
: The entertainment area of the city is known for its many shops, excellent restaurants and lively nightlife scene.
You can wander for long hours in the place, go through the small boutique shops, taste delicious Korean delicacies and close the evening at a local bar with a Korean beer or a delicious cocktail.
: The E-World theme park is a popular destination for families.
It has quite a few activities, sessions and attractions for children and of course also a wide variety of facilities, such as a giant wheel, various roller coasters and even a water park.
In the territory of the park there are also shops, restaurants and cafes.
Gyeongju in 4K
Gyeongju is undoubtedly one of the most special cities in South Korea, with a rich history and countless important sites.
The city also has a wide variety of museums and temples, including the Bulguksa Temple - one of the most important temples in all of South Korea - which was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. In addition, Gyeongju also has a famous observatory, parks and hiking trails, and delicious traditional Korean food.
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What to do in Gyeongju?
: Bulguksa Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in South Korea that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was built back in the 8th century and is known for its beautiful architecture, the complex stone carvings and the peaceful atmosphere that prevails in the place. The temple complex includes Also some other historical buildings and statues, as well as a beautiful garden.
: Cheomseongdae Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in the world. It is uniquely designed, and consists of 27 huge granite rocks. Visitors can admire the unique design and even climb to the top to enjoy Breathtaking panoramic view of the city
: The name of Tumuli Park is a bit misleading.
This is not a park with green areas and walking trails, but a huge burial complex with the tombs of many ancient kings and nobles.
Visitors to the place are invited to be impressed by the variety of tombs, explore them closely and learn about the history and culture of the Silla dynasty.
Jonjo in 4K
In the southwest of the country is Jeonju, which is considered a culinary paradise, and the food capital of South Korea.
The restaurants in the city are considered to be the best in the area, and you can find a wide variety of dishes based on the purity of the local cuisine, such as bibimbap and jonjo-style fried chicken.
Besides food, the city also has quite a few places worth visiting, such as the Junjo Hanok Village, ancient temples and a beautiful zoo.
What do you do in Jonjo?
: This magical traditional village is the most popular tourist attraction in Jeonju, with over 800 traditional Korean houses that showcase local history in a unique way.
Visitors to the place can stroll through the charming alleys, admire the architecture, and even rent a traditional Korean dress worn by the locals to complete the experience.
: Jeonju Zoo is a great place for animal lovers.
The zoo has a wide variety of wild animals, including tigers, monkeys and bears, and there are also petting areas for children.
The park also has an impressive botanical garden and an amusement park for children.
: The largest market in Jeonju offers a lively and bustling atmosphere.
Similar to other markets in Korea, Nambu Market also has countless souvenirs and different items, but without a doubt the icing on the cake are the local traditional foods that are sold at the stalls, such as bibimbap (a famous Korean dish), jonju makgauli (traditional rice wine) and kungnamul gukbap (bean sprout soup ).
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