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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Top 5 Places to Visit in South Korea

To me, these are the top 5 must see's of South Korea. There is so much more to do here than what is only included in this list. It was very difficult to narrow it down to 5 places.

1. War Memorial of Korea

This is an amazing memorial to the Korean War. It is filled with so much history and honor to those who fought in the war. The grounds that the Memorial was built on was the actual head quarters for the Korean Infantry during the war. This is on of the largest memorials of this kind in the world. It is located in Seoul not far from Yongsan Army Base. 

My son was enthralled with the outside of the museum. He loved being able to climb, touch, sit and look inside of all the planes, tanks and trucks. My favorite part of the Memorial was the statues of soldiers who were in the Korean War.

2. N. Seoul Tower

The N. Seoul Tower is a must see in Korea. You can explore the grounds, eat at one of the delicious cafes, and take an elevator ride up to the observatory of the tower. In the observatory you will see the most breathtaking views, so do not forget your camera!

The N. Seoul Tower is also known for it's romance. Come with your sweetheart and lock a lock of love along with the thousand others at the tower. It is said that you will be together for eternity if you place a lock here. 

3. The Great Palaces of Seoul

Seoul is a wonderful mix of new and old, of the modern and the historical. There are 5 palaces of Seoul. Gyeongbok Palace built in 1392, Changdeok Palace built in 1405, Changgyeong Palace built in 1483, Gyeonghul Palace built in 1623 and the Deoksu Palace which was turned into a palace around 1592. These are the 5 Royal Palaces from the Chosun Dynasty.

Gyeongbok Palace

4. Korean Folk Village

If you are a history buff then you will love exploring a Korean Folk Village. There are a few Folk Villages in Korea but the one that we went to is located in Suwon. 
A great way to experience Korean culture is visiting a Folk Village. The Village in Suwon has over 260 houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty. Here you will be brought back to a simpler time. You will experience traditional Korean clothing, food, workshops, housing styles and customs of this time period. It is fun for all ages and very informational. 

5. DMZ, JSA & 3rd Tunnel Tour

The DMZ is the barrier separating North and South Korea. This is the most heavily militarized boarder in the world. If you have the chance, you should definitely take a tour to the DMZ. It is a very informational, emotional and eye opening tour. 

The Joint Security Area (JSA) is one of only two connections between North and South Korea. This is where the Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. On this tour you will be able to cross a line and actually step into North Korea. Not a lot of people can say that they have been to North Korea.

You will also be able to tour the Third Tunnel of Aggression. This is one of the numerous inflation tunnels that North Korea has built. It is a little over a mile long and 240 feet deep. North Korea claims it was built to be apart of a coal mine but coal was never to be found here.