Places in Gyeonggi-do
The famed pottery centre of Icheon, 60km southeast of Seoul, is surrounded by mountains. Shoppers and ceramics lovers may want to stay here overnight to have time to look around or dabble in making something at a hands-on workshop, but otherwise the place can easily be visited in a day from Seoul.
Heyri & Paju Book City
Less than 10km south of the DMZ, Heyri is a charming village of small-scale contemporary buildings that couldn’t be more of a contrast to the heavily fortified, doom-laden border. Conceived as a ‘book village’ connected to the nearby publishing centre of Paju Book City, it has blossomed into a community of artists, writers, architects and other creative souls.
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) & Joint Security Area (JSA)
The 4km-wide, 240km-long buffer known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) slashes across the peninsula, separating North and South Korea. Lined on both sides by tank traps, electrical fences, landmines and armies in full battle readiness, it is one of the scariest places on earth.
Tours and activities
Admission to Everland Theme Park or Caribbean Bay Water Park with Transport from Seoul
With your admission ticket to Everland Resort, the world’s 7th-largest theme park, you’ll be driven from Seoul to Yongin for a fun day of thrilling rides, water slides and wildlife attractions suitable for the whole f...
Tips and articles
Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital
Often referred to as Korea’s ‘museum without walls’ Gyeongju is an archaeological and architectural wonderland, comprising more marvels from the Middle Ages than any other place in the country...
Zen retreat: a beginner's guide to Korean temple stays
3am. Stars hover over a misty mountain temple. A gong sounds, rousing you from sleep on a thin floormat. Your feet crunch in the dark, making their way up to the daeungjeon, the main hall...
East Asia's craft beer revolution: the ultimate guide to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China
There’s something brewing in the Orient, something that will make beer drinkers positively hoppy with glee...
Escape the concrete jungle: pockets of the past in modern Seoul
Concrete. Glass. Steel. That’s the common perception of Seoul...