Top things to do

Top Choice Area in Jeonju

Jeonju Hanok Maeul

This maeul (village) has more than 800 hanok, making it one of the largest such concentrations in the country. Virtually all of them contain guesthouses, restaurants, cafes, and hanbok (traditional clothing) rental …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Jirisan National Park

Ssanggye-sa

The visual imagery of this temple is a feast for the eyes and, like any exquisite dinner, should be savoured with deliberation. Stone walls supporting multiple levels of buildings notched into the mountainside, comb…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Cobbler

This high-end bar is located inside a hanok (traditional Korean house) within a nest of small, dark alleyways. Owned by Robin Yoo, a pioneer in Korea's cocktail scene, the undeniably cinematic bar serves up a mean c…
Top Choice Korean in Tongyeong

Ddungbo Halmae Gimbap

Hungry travellers with limited Korean skills come here because there’s no need to speak or read a menu: this place only serves chungmu gimbap (충무 김밥), a spicy squid-and-radish dish. The waitress will ask how many se…
Top Choice Island in Tongyeong

Saryangdo

Jagged ridges, 400m-high peaks, ropes, ladders and awe-inspiring views await travellers looking for a challenging hike. Most travellers disembark the ferry (return ₩10,000, 40 minutes, departs 7.30am, 9.30am, noon, …
Top Choice Korean in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Jungsik

Voted number 25 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018, neo-Korean cuisine hardly gets better than this. At the Apgujeong outpost of the New York restaurant named after creative chef-owner Yim Jungsik, you can expect…
Top Choice Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gwanghwamun Jip

Following the same recipe since the 1980s, Gwanghwamun Jip is one of the most famous kimchi stew restaurants in South Korea. In true hole-in-the-wall fashion, the interior is shabby-chic but the food is truly fabulo…
Top Choice Club in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Club Octagon

Voted number seven in the world's top clubs by DJ Mag in 2018, Octagon is one of Gangnam's best for serious clubbers. High-profile resident and guest DJs spin house, trap, hip-hop and techno in a warehouse-sized spa…
Top Choice Bridge in Daedunsan Provincial Park

Samseon Bridge

It's only 36m long, but it feels much longer once you reach the middle of this steel-cable bridge shooting up to the sky at a 51-degree angle. A fantastic experience, if you don't look down.
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Bongeun-sa

Located in the heart of ritzy Gangnam, the shrines and halls of the Buddhist temple Bongeun-sa, with its tree-filled hillside location, stand in direct juxtaposition to its corporate high-rise surrounds. Founded in …