South Korea, 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. It’s 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.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace.
We visited South Korea in September 2015 during a long 12-hr layover on our way to Australia. The Incheon International Airport offers free city tours for travelers with long layovers. On the tour, we visited Heungryunsa Temple, Incheon Grand Bridge, Memorial Hall, Incheon City Museum and Yonggungsa Temple.