Over the past few months I’ve put a lot of thought into which destination I would most like to return to once it’s safe again.
Browsing through old photos and blog posts was a great way to look back on all of my travel memories and a fun activity to pass the time.
Of all the countries I have been to, one thing stood out: South Korea.
I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t had a chance to return since my last visit to Korea in 2016 as I really enjoyed this trip.
I understand that many readers would like to wait until it is safe to travel again and I agree. Feel free to use this article as inspiration in planning your next trip to Korea once it is safe to do so.
Without a doubt, Korea would be the perfect first destination I would travel to when I go to Asia again.
Korea has amazing food and culture. It’s safe and clean and the people there are amazing. It’s also an accessible destination to travel around.
Additionally, Korea is perfect for solo travelers on a budget looking for a fun destination.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss why Korea would get my vote as the first place when it is safe to travel again. After reading this article, I hope that you are also considering traveling to Korea for your next overseas trip.
Here are my top reasons to travel to Korea.
Korean food is my favorite cuisine on the planet
Well, I know that’s a bold statement. I’ve been to many places and tried many different cuisines, but the Korean food makes it my favorite.
I could write a whole blog post about why I love Korean food. When I am asked which country I have my favorite cuisine in, I always say Korea.
Not only is Korean food healthy and balanced, it’s also full of flavor – and preparing to eat with others is a fun way to socialize.
In addition, I have found that Korean food is affordable and inexpensive for travelers.
One of the best experiences I’ve had was making a dish called Bulgogi, that’s Korean BBQ beef.
My favorite BBQ spots are the ones you find in student areas as they offer a more casual and relaxed environment and cheaper cuts of meat for you to grill a banquet.
The best thing to do is to go with a local friend to get your first taste of Korean grilling.
Typically, you’ll sit down at your group grill, then cut the meat you want to cook with scissors and grill to your heart’s content while using the provided tines.
It’s a fun and tasty way to spend an evening in Korea.
Another aspect of Korean food that I like is Korean street food. One dish I particularly like is called mandu, a dumpling that can be found on most street corners until the wee hours of the morning. It’s affordable and a convenient snack to enjoy any time of the day.
Just follow the smell of the steam and find a stool to sit on and sample Korean soul food, or call it Seoul food (sorry, bad pun).
One aspect of Korean culture that I like is the unlimited variety of spices.
If you want more tea, water, chilli sauce, rice, pickled radishes or kimchi to add to your menu, all you have to do is ask and there are always savory spices available.
You can stick in as many minor spices as your heart desires and have a real feast if you want. It’s hard to travel through South Korea on an empty stomach.
Another recommendation for those who love fried chicken (like me!): You should Experience Chi-Maek.
Chi-Maek is fried chicken that is enjoyed with beer. The word “Chimaek” comes from “Chi” for chicken and “Maek” for Maekju, which means “beer” in Korean.
Koreans love different types of roast chicken with different sauces and roasting methods.
You’ll also learn a drinking game or two while enjoying this dish. So be sure to see if you can find a group of local friends to go with you.
Also worth trying is the local soju drink, which is a popular alcoholic drink in South Korea.
This thing is worth mentioning. It is a shaved ice-cream dessert that is coated with matcha tea powder – absolutely delicious. Ok enough about korean food, hope I did an excellent job selling it to you. It’s world class quality and one of the main reasons I can’t wait to return to Korea when I can.
Korea is safe, clean, and easy to travel to
I found Korea super safe to travel and felt welcome and at home throughout my trip. Plus, all of the places I stayed in were very clean and well maintained.
Traveling around Korea was pretty easy. I found the country to be pretty well connected and getting around using public transport was affordable.
I managed to find an inexpensive SIM card with 4G data that helped me navigate.
Speaking of the internet – after talking to people I found that many households have at least 1GB (or more) of internet speed, which is insane. The wi-fi was super fast indeed.
So if you are looking for a first time travel destination in Asia that is safe, clean, and easy to navigate, Korea is a great option.
Korean culture is well worth exploring
Korean culture has become a global phenomenon in recent years. With K-style, K-drama, K-pop, and Korean films receiving awards around the world, Korean culture has become known around the world and that’s great to see.
Korean culture is a perfect mix of old and new, full of history and a mix of modern technology. Something for everyone.
The great people in Korea
During my visit to Korea, the Koreans made my trip very special. I found the locals really interested in where I was coming from and where I was going.
A shopkeeper spotted me from afar and pulled me from the street into his shop and said he would serve me lunch.
He told me that his daughter was studying in London and that he wanted to practice his English. We had an easy conversation with the words we threw together. It was quite a delightful conversation over tea.
The meal consisted of a lunch of delicious and well selected Korean dishes. When I went to pay, he didn’t want to accept my payment, he just wanted to wish me a pleasant trip to Korea.
This was my first lunch in Korea and I was blown away by his hospitality. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the people and the culture.
This is how I found many of my encounters on my travels in Korea. People were curious, polite and ready to help and share their experiences about life in Korea.
It was the wonderful and lovely local people who made Korea a special place for me, which is another big reason why I would love to return there.
Discover Korean history
To get a taste of Korean history, all you have to do is visit Gyeongbokgung Palace on your trip to Seoul.
The hotel is located in the north of Seoul, the Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty. It’s the largest of 5 great palaces, and you can easily spend a full day exploring the entire site.
I got lost in the complex several times as I fixated on the incredible historical architecture from this unique period of Korean history.
The large archways are decorated in several colors and surrounded by a castle-like fortress. It’s easy to walk around the site and take it all in.
Another highlight are the guards who protect the entrance and change regularly.
You feel like you have stepped back in time, and many of the surrounding shops and restaurants date from that time too. They are well worth a visit.
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