South Korea is known to be a place of wild contradictions and stark contrasts. It’s where you will see ancient temples beside skyscrapers; experience the hustle and bustle of the city life with the serenity of nature nearby, and where both technology and tradition coexist.
South Korea has four distinct seasons — Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. The most popular times to visit Seoul are during the Spring (March-May) and Fall (Mid-September – Early November) months when the weather is ideal and the landscape is at its most striking. Both seasons are characterized by a dramatic change in color – Spring for its cherry blossom pinks and whites, and Autumn for its fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. Here’s what you can expect during every season.
Getting around South Korea is surprisingly easy. You have many choices such as trains, buses, subways or taxis. The subway networks in big cities like Seoul and Busan are second to none, rail tracks spider out from the metro center into far-flung corners of the countryside, and there’s almost always a local bus available to take you that extra mile (no matter the time of day or night). Traveling by train is without a doubt the most efficient and comfortable way to get around South Korea.
South Korea supports religious freedom. Confucianism, Buddhism, and Christianity are the main formal religions. Many Koreans believe in the ancestral spirit and observe Confucian rituals. There are two main national holidays been celebrate by every Korean, New Year’s Day (second full moon after the winter solstice) and Chuseok (the eighth full moon). Celebrations for these festivals are based around ancestors, family, games, harvest festivals and food. Since the 21st century, South Korea has been renowned for its globally influential pop culture such as K-pop and TV Dramas a phenomenon referred to as the Korean wave.
In recent years South Korea has become better known for its technology than its food. However, thanks to delicacies like kimchi, which has become a global sensation, things are beginning to change. Food in South Korea is centered around rice and soup accompanied by a meat or fish dish, with numerous sides available. Some dishes won’t seem too strange to a western palate – think seasoned rice and vegetables or barbecued meat, while others may at first be too spicy or simply off-putting. Those who persevere usually fall in love with Korean cooking.
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