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Cheap flights from South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, which constitutes the southern part of the Korean Peninsula which it shares with North Korea. It borders China across the sea to the west, and Japan to the southeast. South Korea is a prosperous country, gaining the highest income in Asia and 10th highest in the world, ranking 15th in the list of Human Development Index’s most developed country – the highest in East Asia. Not to mention, its pop culture has gained global exposure in the recent years. It also ranks highly (due to its high priority in the following industries) in education, healthcare, rule of law, ease of doing business index, government transparency, job security, and tolerance and inclusion. Bloomberg Innovation Quotient named South Korea as the most innovative country, being the seventh largest exporter in the world due to its global brands and high-tech multinationals like Hyundai-Kia, LG, and Samsung. It also ranked first in ICT Development Index, e-Government, 4G LTE penetration, and second in smartphone penetration. In fact, South Koreans enjoy having the fastest Internet connection speed in the world.

Where to go

The top cities that you should visit before you leave the country are Seoul, its capital, which boasts a long history of tradition and culture still seen amidst the modern city life; Busan (the major port city), Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Gyeongju, Jeonju, and Chuncheon. Seoul in particular is teeming with national attractions rich with historical and cultural value. You’ll find South Korea’s major palaces in Seoul, such as the grand Gyeongbok-gung, Changdeok-gung, Deoksu-gung, Changgyeong-gung, and Gyeonghui-gung. Seoul’s mountains are easily accessible and offer great hiking opportunities. Check out the trails in Mount Bukhan (arguably the best hiking trail), Mount Gwanak, and Mount Inwang. The city parks are not only recreational areas but most of them have historical value. 4.19 Memorial Cemetery is the burial site of the 224 people killed during the April 19 Movement and also houses a museum, statues, and a mausoleum. Boramae Park was the former site of the Korean Air Force Academy and has a zoo, a pond, sports facilities, and well-designed walking paths. Namsan Park is an iconic symbol of Seoul. This ecology-island is surrounded by urban district and can be seen from any point on Seoul.

Other parks worth visiting are Hangang Citizen's Park, Olympic Park, Tapgol (Pagoda) Park, Yangjae Citizen's Forest, and Yeouido Park. Notable shrines and temples in Seoul are Jongmyo Shrine (devoted to the royal family members of Korean dynasties), Mount Inwang (home to Inwang Temple and Guksadang – the most famous shamanist shrine in Seoul), Jogye Temple (one of the most significant modern Buddhist temples in Korea), and Bongeun Temple. Amusement parks that you’ll surely enjoy while in Seoul are Everland, the country’s version of Disneyland; Lotte World, one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the world; Seoul Land theme park; and Children's Grand Park.

Short Haul

Beijing is not only the capital of China but also its cultural, educational, and political centre. Its important and notable landmarks are found in the city centre, most significant of which is the Tiananmen Square in Dongcheng District – the largest public square in the world, attracting tourists from all parts of the world because of the majestic buildings that surround it like the Forbidden City, Great Hall of the People, Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, and the Qianmen Gate. Traces from the medieval city are preserved here, like the remaining city wall of the Ming Dynasty City Wall Site Park in Chongwen District, Qianmen in Chongwen District, and the Drum and Bell Towers in Dongcheng District. Beijing’s museums are some of the largest and most famous in Asia. Some of them are the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace Museum, the National Museum, Capital Museum, and China Aviation Museum.

Long Haul 

Known as the “City of Angels,” Los Angeles in California is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the US. It’s a beehive of jovial activities and world-famous landmarks set against a backdrop of vast mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches along the Pacific Ocean, and a nearby desert. Some of its most popular tourist spots include Hollywood, Universal City, and Venice Beach. There are also areas in downtown L.A. worth visiting like Griffith Park and Los Angeles River. There are plenty of museums in L.A. that house a vast collection of works that highlight the art, history, and culture of the city and the state as well. Visit Museum of Contemporary Art, The Getty Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Page Museum at La Brea Discoveries, Museum of Tolerance, and Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles is also home to some of the country’s premier concert venues and convention centres like LA Convention Center, LA Fair, Nokia Theatre at LA Live, and Staples Center.

How to get out

There are seven international airports that serve South Korea: Busan (Gimhae Airport), Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Muan, Seoul (Gimpo Airport), and the largest one in the country, Incheon International Airport. The last one in particular is dubbed as one of the best airports in the world, both for its services and facilities. The smaller international airports do not offer regular services.  

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