Across South Korea, temples, churches and shrines are visual reminders of the variety of religions and cultural practices that are bedrocks of local life. Observe shamanistic rituals as practiced at Seoul’s Inwangsan Guksadang. View the sacred texts of the Tripitaka Koreana preserved in a purpose-built 15th century hall at Haein-sa. Learn more about Buddhism by taking part in Templestay programmes at around 100 temples across the country. Major religious festivals and events such as the Lotus Lantern Festival and Jongmyo Daeje in Seoul are well worth scheduling your visit around and provide another window into Korean culture. A couple other enjoyable ways of experiencing the Korean way of life: visit a jjimjil-bang (public bath and sauna) and dig into the nation’s rich culinary scene. Go shopping and grazing at Seoul’s fish market. On Jeju-do drop by the co-operative restaurants run by the island’s famous female free divers.