Let’s explore South Korea with CIT, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. Split by a fearsome border, the Korean Peninsula offers the traveller an impressive range of travel experiences, beautiful landscapes and 5000 years of rich history and culture. South Korea is equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.
Strategically located at Northeast Asia, this country is blessed with changing seasons, which makes it an exciting place to travel. No matter when you travel to Korea, you’ll be surprised with breathtakingly seasonal changes in nature, such as cherry blossoms in the spring, flower fields in the summer, colourful foliage in the fall and a white wonderland in the winter. Seasonal changing comes special festivals and dishes, such as the Taebaeksan Snow Festival in winter and cold noodles in summer.
Koreans take pride for their uniqueness of cuisine. This is the result of the country’s natural isolation and climate leading to particular food preparation methods. Take kimchi, for example, the country’s number one side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables that are kept in jars for months, one of many practices used to protect food during harsh winters. Over the centuries, Koreans have created a fascinating and rich food culture made up of meat dishes, stews, soups, noodle dishes, seafood and many vegetable side dishes. When you visit South Korea, you should spend the whole day wandering at street markets sampling your way with a tantalising array of dishes and local beverages.
As Asia’s 3rd largest powerhouse, South Korea is a pioneer of innovative building. Looking at Seoul, for example, you are surrounded by futuristic buildings in one part of the city, such as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid, while contradict historic landmarks, traditional Bukchon Hanok Village lie just around the corner. Last year around, South Korea proudly announced the opening of world’s fifth largest skyscraper, Lotte World Tower, which overlook the breathtaking view of Seoul’s vibrant city. With the can-do and never resting spirit toward technology and innovation, there is no surprise some world’s leading companies such as Samsung, LG, Hyundai and Kia comes from South Korea.
While around 20% of all South Koreans live in and near Seoul, it’s especially the small rural villages where you can find peace and quiet. With superb transport infrastructure, it makes traveller easy reach to the untouched rural areas for tranquillity and insight of traditional Korean lifestyle. You’ll be surprised that you can find lush rice terraces and hidden temples right here in South Korea. Hike to the craggy mountains of forested national parks, or even sail to remote islands to get further off the beaten track, explore the natural beauty part of this nation.