Where to Start on Your First Korea Trip & Which Cities to Put on Your Must-Do List

A country of contrasts and a land of the times, Korea is a surprising blend of out-of-the-norm pairings and an appealing reflection of its past, present and future. From Buddhism and baseball to a demilitarized zone and digital billboards, the country serves up a setting that is both ancient past and beckoning beginnings.

Though only the size of Great Britain, the history of this East Asian country is long (5,000) years. Bounded on three sides by water (the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea and Korean Straight), sharing a border with North Korea and counting amongst its neighbors China, Japan and Russia, Korea’s geography could be considered complicated. But this same geography yields all four seasons. To best delve into Korea, launch your journey in Seoul, the nation’s action-around-the-clock capital city of 10 million. Its efficiency is readily apparent, from its computerized bus stops to a museum’s rainy day solution for wet umbrellas, a customized shrink-wrap machine.

Cynthia Dial

Cynthia Dial is an admitted travel writing addict, and shares that she pinches herself each time she steps onto the promenade deck of a cruise ship, boards a train or settles into a plane seat to go to work. She's taken a city tour of Melbourne, Australia, from the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hiked the Austrian Alps and learned to surf in Waikiki -- all for a good story. A special corres...(Read More)

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