South Korea is a dream destination – an engaging, welcoming place where the benefits of a high-tech nation are balanced alongside a reverence for tradition and the 5000 years of culture and history plus beautiful landscapes.
The capital Seoul, a powerhouse of Asia's third-largest economy, is a 'round-the-clock' city constantly on the move. You can hardly turn a corner without stumbling across a tourist information booth, a subway station or a taxi in this multifaceted metropolis where meticulously reconstructed palaces rub shoulders with teeming night markets and the latest technological marvel.
For all of its headlong rush into the 21st century South Korea also proudly promotes its age-old traditions and culture. You can meditate at a Buddhist temple retreat and experience the rhythmic predawn chants of shaven-headed monks.
South Korea's compact size and excellent transport infrastructure mean that tranquillity can be found in easy reach of the urban sprawl. Hike to the summits of craggy mountains enclosed by densely forested national parks. Some of those same mountains transform into ski slopes come winter. Get further off the beaten path than you thought possible by sailing to remote islands, where farming and fishing folk welcome you into their homes and simple seafood cafes. Chill out in serene villages surrounded by rice fields, sleeping in rustic hanok (traditional wooden house) guesthouses.