For the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about which travel destination I’d most like to return to, once it’s safe to do so again.
Going through old photos and blog posts has been a great way to look back on all my travel memories and a fun activity to pass the time.
Of all the countries I visited, one stood out: South Korea.
I’m a little surprised I haven’t had a chance to return since my last trip to korea in 2016 Because I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
I know many readers will want to wait until it is safe to travel again, and I agree. Feel free to use this article as inspiration to plan your next trip to Korea once you’re safe.
Hands down, Korea would be the perfect first destination I could visit Asia once again.
Korea has incredible food and culture. It’s safe and clean, and the people there are amazing. It is also an accessible destination to visit.
Plus, Korea is perfect for lonely backpackers looking for a fun destination on a budget.
In this blog post, I consider why Korea would get my vote first when it was safe to travel once again. After reading this article, I hope you will also consider going to Korea for your next foreign trip.
Here are my top reasons to travel to Korea.
Korean food is my favorite dish on the planet
Now, I know this is a bold statement. I have been to many places and tried many different dishes, but there is something about Korean food that makes it my favorite.
I could write an entire blog post about why I love Korean food. When asked which country has my favorite cuisine, I always say Korea.
Korean food is not only healthy and balanced, it’s also full of flavor – and preparing meals with others is a fun way to socialize.
In addition, I have found Korean food to be an affordable and good value for travelers.
One of the best experiences for me was preparing a dish called bulgogi, which is Korean BBQ beef.
My favorite BBQ spots are the ones you can find in student areas because they offer a more casual and relaxed atmosphere and cheaper cuts of meat so you can grill up a banquet.
It is best to go with a local friend for your first experience learning the ropes of Korean BBQ.
Typically, you have your group sit at the grill, then you cut the meat you want to cook with scissors and grill to your heart’s content using the prongs provided.
It’s a fun and delicious way to spend an evening in Korea.
Another aspect of Korean food that I love is Korean street food. One dish I particularly enjoy is mandu, a dumpling that can be found on most street corners until the early hours of the morning. It is an economical and convenient snack to enjoy at any time of the day.
Just follow the smell of steam and find yourself a stool to sit on and taste Korean soul food, or you can even call it Seoul food (sorry, bad pun).
One aspect of Korean culture that I love is the limitless selection of spices.
If you want to have more tea, water, chili sauce, rice, pickled radishes or kimchi with your scheduled meal, all you have to do is ask, and the spices will always be in hearty portions.
You can tuck in as many side condiments as your heart desires and have a real feast if you wish. Traveling around South Korea on an empty stomach is tough.
Another recommendation for those who love fried chicken (like me!): You should Experience Chi-Make.
Chi-Mac is a fried chicken eaten with beer. The word “chimike” comes from “chee” for chicken and “myk” for makju, which means “beer” in Korean.
Koreans love different varieties of fried chicken with different sauces and frying methods.
You’ll also learn a drinking game or two while enjoying this dish, so be sure to see if you can get a group of local friends to join you.
Also worth trying is the local soju drink, which is a popular alcoholic drink in South Korea.
it is important to note. This is a shaved ice dessert covered in matcha tea powder – absolutely delicious. Okay, enough about Korean food already, I hope I did a great job selling it to you. It’s world class quality and one of the biggest reasons why I can’t wait to return to Korea when I can.
Korea is safe, clean and easy to travel
I found Korea super safe to travel to and felt welcome and at home throughout my trip. Also the places I stayed were very clean and well maintained.
Traveling around Korea was easy. I found the country to be quite well connected and it was cheap to get around using public transport.
I found a low cost SIM card with 4G data, which helped navigate.
Speaking about internet – After talking to people, I found out that many homes have at least 1GB internet speed (or more), which is crazy. Wi-Fi was really super fast.
So, if you are looking for the first destination to travel in Asia that is safe, clean and easy to navigate around, Korea is a great option to consider.
korean culture worth seeing
Korean culture has, in recent years, become a global phenomenon. With K-style, K-drama, K-pop and Korean films winning global awards, Korean culture is known globally, and it is great to see.
Korean culture is a mixture of old and new, steeped in history and modern technology. something for everyone.
Horrible people of Korea
During my visit to Korea, Korean people made my trip even more special. I found that the locals were really interested in where I was from and where I was going.
A shop owner saw me from afar and dragged me from the street to his shop and said that he wanted to serve me lunch.
He told me that his daughter is studying in London and wants to practice her English. We had a light conversation with the words we juggled among themselves. It was a delightful conversation over tea.
The food was a lunch set of delicious and well chosen Korean dishes. When I went to pay, he didn’t want to accept my payment, he just wanted to wish me a pleasant trip in Korea.
This was my first lunch ever in Korea, and I was blown away by their hospitality. I could not have asked for a better introduction to the people and culture.
During my travels in Korea, I found many of my meetings like this. People were curious, polite, and willing to help and share their experiences about life in Korea.
It was the wonderful and lovely locals that made Korea a special place for me, which is another big reason why I would love to go back there.
Discover Korean History
To get a taste and understanding of Korean history, all you need to do is visit Gyeongbokgung Palace on your trip to Seoul.
Located in North Seoul, the Gyeongbokgung Palace It was built in 1395 during the time of Joseon Dynasty. It is the largest of the 5 grand palaces, and you can easily spend a whole day exploring the entire grounds.
I got lost on several occasions around campus as I became attached to the incredible historic architecture from this unique period of Korean history.
The large arches are draped in many colours, surrounded by a fort like a fort. It’s easy to walk around the field and take it all in.
Another highlight are the guards who guard the entrance and change regularly.
You feel like you have gone back to this period, and many of the nearby shops and restaurants also belong to this period. They are also worth checking out.
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