South Korea is still the most favorite tourist destination for Indonesian travelers. Apart from the interest in K-pop music and various pop cultures, South Korea is the choice of a tourist country that is safe, beautiful, and has many facilities that make it easy for foreign tourists. Most of South Korea's tourist attractions are very easy to find with GPS and complete information on the internet. Likewise, South Korean transportation access is also online-based, especially in big cities. Whether traveling in Seoul to visiting natural attractions such as Jeju Island, your vacation agenda is guaranteed to be comfortable and very easy to fulfill your needs.
Language Spoken in South KoreaSouth Korea is a country with a pluralistic society, native to Korea. Therefore, Korean is the official language spoken by the whole community, and applies to information boards and directions. The letter used by South Korea is called 'hangul' (hangeul), while North Korea uses 'choson gul'.
But don't worry if you don't speak Korean, some big cities like Seoul are also tourist-friendly with English descriptions. Especially for public places such as airports and hotels. Many South Korean tourist attractions have also been equipped with information facilities and staff who can speak English to simplify your travel agenda.
Currency & Money Changers in South KoreaThe currency that applies in South Korea is won. Actually, you can exchange rupiah into won through a bank in Indonesia. However, it is better to exchange only as needed for essential needs. You need to know that the rupiah to won exchange rate will cost you more. Even though when you exchange won to rupiah, the exchange rate will fall cheaper. Therefore, it is advisable to use your won money while in South Korea, don't let it remain and have to be exchanged for rupiah again. That way it's better to just exchange as needed, right?
Or another alternative is to exchange rupiah to dollars, only when he arrived in South Korea the exchange was won. It is very important to exchange money at authorized exchanges to avoid fraud and low exchange rates.
Transportation Options in South Korea1. Subway
Subway is the most used subway transportation by locals and tourists alike. To find out the schedule and various information about Subway in South Korea, you can download the application "Subway Korea". South Korea's Subway also has bilingual signs and information boards; Korean and English. You can find this subway in the cities of Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Gwangju.
2. Various Types of Buses in South Korea
An alternative to public transportation in South Korea that you can use is city buses. There are several types of buses that you need to know; Intra City Bus, Inter City Bus, and Bus Express. Intra City Bus is an inter-city bus only, usually only in big cities. Meanwhile the Inter City Bus is an inter-city bus. If you go to a city that is far away, the Express Bus has a fast speed to save more time. You can order bus tickets online or at the bus machine at the station, or take advantage of the T-Money card for practical and more economical payments.
3. Train Express
For a fast transportation option, you can take an express train. There are two types of express trains in South Korea; Korea Train Express (KTX) and Intercity Train Express (ITX). KTX with a speed of 300 km / hour can be a very fast inter-city transportation to go to various South Korean tourist attractions in various cities. Meanwhile, ITX has a speed of 180 km / hour in various locations in the city.
Recommended Places to Visit in South Korea
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
While in Seoul, don't miss the opportunity to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. This palace is the largest palace in South Korea, a legacy of the Joseon Dynasty. Getting around this palace complex can take about half a day if you explore every part of it. To make it even more exciting, you can go around the palace wearing the hanbok that you rented! So you can get lots of interesting photos with traditional Korean clothes at the most magnificent historical sites.
2. Everland Theme Park
Still in Seoul, you can visit the Everland Theme Park, the largest and most beautiful amusement park in South Korea. This amusement park carries a westernized fairy tale-style architecture. With a colorful European classic building and a flower garden with a variety of dazzling colors. This location can be an exciting and romantic South Korean tourist spot to visit with your partner.
3. Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan
Turning to Busan, this city is famous for its beautiful beaches and beautiful views of the sea. One of the best spots to see Busan's natural scenery is to visit Haedong Yonggusa, a Buddhist temple that stands on the seafront, on top of a naturally beautiful rock cliff. While in Busan, there are many other South Korean tourist attractions that you can visit such as Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, and many more.
4. Jeju Island
Jeju Island is a tourist attraction with captivating natural beauty that is a pity to miss when traveling to South Korea. This island is indeed famous as a tourist attraction, there are many unique tourist attractions that you can visit, such as ALICE into the Rabbit Hole Exhibition and Teddy Bear Safari Museum. Likewise, locations with Jeju natural beauty such as Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Saryeoni Forest Tail, Camellia Hill, and many more.
5. Nami Island
For a calmer and more natural island destination, Nami Island has a different beauty in each season. In spring, you can walk among the blooming cherry blossoms. Nami Island is also still beautiful in winter with its serene forest ambiance, showing the symmetrical beauty of the reddish-leafed trees ready to fall.
Street Food Culinary Tour in South KoreaYou may be familiar with a variety of typical South Korean food in general. The country is also famous for its street food culinary tours. Instead of being confused because there are so many snack menus that are sold, here are recommendations for Korean street food menus that you must try.
- Tteokbokki: This food is made from rice flour with a chewy and sticky texture. Served with sweet and spicy gochujang sauce, best eaten hot.
- Bindaetteok: A kind of savory pancake filled with mung beans. You can also try the ones filled with chunks of seafood or kimchi.
- Hweori Gamja: Who doesn't love crispy potato snacks? Don't miss the opportunity to taste tornado potatoes with savory spices that are famous in South Korean street food.
- Korean Fried Chicken: KFC, but not from Kentucky but Korea. Korean fried chicken is famous for having a different taste compared to fried chicken in general, it's a must try, here!
- Boong Uh Ppang: for a sweet dish, Boong Uh Ppang is a typical Korean pastry in the shape of a goldfish, the filling is apple or mango.
That was a complete guide and recommendations for South Korean tourist attractions which are a shame if you miss them. There are many more charms of South Korean tourist and culinary attractions that you can find. About what tourist attractions and what foods will you try first? Have a good vacation!