The Ultimate Guide for Perfect Summer Vacation in Korea

Summer is finally back. Regardless of hot weather, there are so many things to do in Korea during the summertime.

If you want to make the most of your summer vacation in Korea, consider this as your guide!

1. Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

1) Boryeong

Every summer, thousands of locals and tourists flock to Daecheon Beach in the city of Boryeong where the popular mud festival takes place. From mud-slides, mud pits, a mud prison, a giant mud bath, a mud swimming pool, there are plenty of mud-based activities visitors can enjoy at the festival.

| TIP: Festival-goers should book their tickets and shuttle bus ride early. Here’s a shuttle bus+ticket package for Boryeong Mud Festival from Seoul.

2) Busan

Yes, we can never miss out on the southern coastal city of Busan when it comes to summer destinations in Korea. The city is famous for beautiful beaches such as Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach where you can bask in the sun, sail on a yacht or a cruise, and enjoy paddleboarding. You can also charter your own crewed yacht at Busan Marine City! This fabulous city also offers some of the best nightclubs for you to drink and dance all night long.

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3) Jeju Island

From emerald beachesHalla Mountain to oreums (volcanic cones), Korea’s southernmost island, Jeju Island, offers plenty of natural wonders that will leave you in awe. Horseback ridingoff-road drive, and a variety of water sports and activities are some of the best things you should experience on Jeju Island!

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4) Gangwondo Province

Gangwon-do Province, the northeastern part of Korea, has many nature-friendly cities like PyeongchangHongcheon, Gangneung, and SokchoSeoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple are the two most visited getaways in this province.

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5) Yangpyeong County

If you want to do something more exciting and thrilling rather than walking around the city, challenge yourself with the thrill of paragliding over Yangpyeong. Just an hour away from Seoul by subway, Yangpyeong County is one of Korea’s most famous paragliding sites with its fascinating bird’s eye views over where the North and South Han rivers meet.

| TIP: You can also enjoy paragliding in Danyang, Gyeongju, Daegu, or Jeju Island!

2. Korean Food for Summer

1) Samgyetang

Things to do in korea during summer

‘Samgyetang’, a chicken soup with ginseng and other nutritional ingredients, is one of the popular Korean specialties during summer.

Here’s a fun fact. For Koreans, eating hot foods during the summer is their way to beat the summer heat! That’s why Koreans eat highly nutritional Samgyetang, which helps people get back their strength and stamina. And the dish is particularly popular in ‘Sambok’, the three hottest days of the year (usually mid-July).

If you want to try Samgyetang this summer, you may want to visit Tosokchon, one of the oldest and most famous Samgyetang restaurants in Seoul. The price usually ranges from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.

2) Naengmyeon

Things to do in korea during summer

Naengmyeon is a Korean cold noodle in beef or pork-based broth. Mul-naengmyeon is the Naengmyeon with icy cold broth while Bibim-naengmyeon is the one with less broth but with more seasoned red-pepper sauce. The price of the dish varies from one restaurant to another, but it usually ranges between 5,000 won and 8,000 won.

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3) Kongguksu

Things to do in korea during summer

Kongguksu is similar to Naengmyeon, but with broth made of soybeans. It has a deep rich flavor of soybeans and is considered a healthy food as soybeans are known to have high protein content. The price of the dish usually ranges from 5,000 won to 10,000 won.

3. Summer Activities in Seoul

1) Water Sports on Han River

Instead of spending your valuable time driving on a highway during vacation, you can escape from the summer heat in Seoul by experiencing a variety of water sports on the Han River.

One of the trendiest water sports that you can easily try in the Han River is paddleboarding & windsurfing. Enjoy windsurfing or paddleboarding in the pleasant breeze and appreciate the splendidly shining view of Seoul with your friends! You can also see the gorgeous sunset and admire the dazzling city lights of Seoul.

Kayaking on the Han River is also very popular these days. After taking a basic lesson from the instructors, relieve your stress on the water, as you canoe your way down the Han River, and see the stunning day view of Seoul. You can choose between a day tour and a sunset tour.

If you are not a big fan of water activities, book a Han River boat or yacht ride and watch the Banpo Bridge Fountain Show on the Han River. You can also see the fantastic island called Some Sevit (Sevit Island), the modern architecture of a “floating island”!

2) Thrilling Rides at the Best Water Parks

In Korea, there are many outdoor and indoor water parks all year-round. During the summer, those water parks are the hangout places for hipsters.

a. Caribbean Bay Water Park

The most famous one is the Caribbean Bay water park adjacent to the Everland theme park. Located in Yongin City, the water park can be reached roughly 2 hours from Seoul.

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b. Ocean World Water Park

Another popular water park in Korea is Ocean World, which is located in Hongcheon in Gangwondo Province. Ocean World boasts various attractions, which include 4 different zones (Aqua Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, Mega Slide Zone). You can book Ocean World’s ticket & shuttle package here.

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If you want to spend a night at Vivaldi Park Resort and enjoy Ocean World water park, book 2D1N Ocean World All-Inclusive Package. This includes room, ocean world entrance tickets, breakfast, activities, and a round-trip shuttle bus for 2 people.

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c. High1 Water World

High1 Water World is the newest and biggest water park in Korea, which is at High1 Resort in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do. There are brand new exhilarating water slides and attractions you can enjoy! With a 2D1N package, you can have a perfect summer trip without any hassles since it includes a 1-night stay at Mountain Condominium, High1 Water World 1 day pass, locker rental, life jacket rental, and round-trip train ticket from Seoul (option).

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d. Wave Park

Wave Park is the largest artificial wave pool in Asia that offers the best surf experience! It’s located in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, which is only about 1.5 hours away from Seoul. All levels from beginners to advanced surfers and enjoy Wave Park making it more enjoyable and safer for everyone. You can also choose a basic surfing lesson option or a hassle-free round-trip shuttle bus option from/to Sadang Station in Seoul.

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e. Woongjin Playdoci Water Park

If you are looking for a water park near Seoul so that you can reach it by subway, Woonjin Playdoci is a perfect choice for you! They have a water park, where you can enjoy swimming and water slides at the water park all year round! You can book the Woongjin Playdoci Water Park discount ticket here (N/A).

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