Seoul is a place where traditional buildings and gorgeous scenery coexist. But Korea has a lot more to offer than Seoul. If you are bored of the same trip to Seoul, why don’t you go to the outskirts of Seoul such as Suwon, Paju, Chuncheon, Wonju, and Gwangju? Just an hour or two away from the center of Seoul, you can experience a different attractiveness and scenery as much as Seoul.
Recommended Places to Visit Outside Seoul 1
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress: 320-2, Yeonghwa-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a 5.52km long fortress spanning Paldal-gu and Jangan-gu of Suwon-si. It is evaluated that the construction technology of the fortress in Korea was compiled with all the components of the fortress in Korea. . 'Flying Suwon', which climbs up to 150m above the ground on a hot air balloon, is very popular because you can overlook Suwon Hwaseong Fortress at a glance. There is a cafe street called 'Haengridan-gil' nearby, so it's a worth visiting place to take a look around Suwon.
Drama shooting location for: Lucky Romance (2016), Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (2016), Men Are Men (2020), Once Again (2020), Itaewon Class (2020)
Recommended Places to Visit Outside Seoul 2
DMZ: 148-53, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), is the world's only divided country, which includes the Imjingak Tourist Site. Where various relics and historic monuments were created due to the Korean War and subsequent national conflict, the ‘Third Tunnel’ for Invasion from North Korea, and the ‘Dora Observatory’ where you can see North Korea through telescopes. On sunny days, you can often see people enjoying the season at nearby Pyeonghwa Nuri Park.
Drama shooting location for: Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010), The Third Charm (2018), The Wind Blows (2019), Still 17 (2018), My Unfamiliar Family (2020)
Recommended Places to Visit Outside Seoul 3
Nami Island: 1, Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Thanks to <Winter Sonata> drama, it has been the pioneer of K-drama and the hallyu wave which made Nami Island popular among Asian tourists and still is one of the most visited locations among tourists. A variety of things to enjoy, including beautiful trails, restaurants, performance halls, ostrich farms, gardens, rides, and souvenir shops. In particular, the Metasequoia Road is a trademark of this place and is good for relaxing in the beautiful scenery. Other places that can be visited not so far from Nami Island is, Garden of Morning Calm and Jarasum Island.
Drama shooting location for: Winter Sonata (2002), High School King (2014), Rosy Lovers (2014-15), Mother (2018), Mother of Mine (2019), Hi Bye, Mama! (2020), When My Love Blooms (2020)
Recommended Places to Visit Outside Seoul 4
Museum SAN: 260, Oak Valley 2-gil, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
Museum SAN is a country-style museum designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando and offers a variety of exhibitions. In the harmony of nature and culture, you can experience relaxation and freedom that can heal the mind and body here, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In Wonju, where Museum SAN is located, there is Chiaksan Dulle-gil Trail, where you can enjoy a peaceful time amidst the greenery.
Drama shooting location for: Hyde, Jekyll & I (2015), Tomorrow With You (2017), About Time (2018), Love Alarm (2021, S2), Mine (2021)
Recommended Places to Visit Outside Seoul 5
Hwadam Botanic Garden (Hwadam Forest): 278-1, Docheokwit-ro, Docheok-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Hwadam Botanic Garden, located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, is an ecological arboretum. More than 4,300 species of domestic and foreign native and imported plants were created as 17 themed gardens on 50,000 pyeong of land. Spring, summer, autumn, and winter, each season attracts tourists with a different atmosphere. Hwadam Forest is suitable for walking like light trekking, and there is a monorail service, so the elderly, children, and the disabled can also enjoy the view comfortably.
Drama or film shooting location for: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003), Be With You (2018), Little Forest (2018)