South Korea: The Land Of Morning Calm – Saida Ouacha
In 2016, I went on a solo trip to Asia for the first time in my life. I still remember how excited and intrigued I was about the new adventure. I visited Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong and South Korea. I wouldn’t be lying if I say that all of them were amazingly beautiful and incredibly stunning. However, I consider South Korea the highlight of my trip for I had the time of my life discovering every corner of the land of the morning calm.
South Korea is a magical place that blends tradition and modernity in a unique way, it offers a breathtaking display of beautiful natural sights, well-preserved historical sites, and futuristic skyscrapers. The country is a hidden gem for so many reasons: Korean culture is vibrant and exciting, the scenery is breathtaking, the food is wildly diverse, and most importantly the people are welcoming and very friendly.
I spent twenty days in South Korea, mainly in Seoul where I visited many historical sites like the National Museum of Korea, the War Memorial of Korea, the Bukchon Hanok Village, the Jogyesa temple, the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace, the only UNESCO World Heritage palace in South country. During my trip, I stayed in Myeongdong, a popular neighbourhood known for its bustling shopping area that features local cosmetics shops and luxury department stores. The district is also known for its 19th century Gothic-style Cathedral and its succulent street food. Itaewon, is another vibrant neighbourhood known for its cosmopolitan dining and nightlife, I particularly enjoyed the delicious Korean barbecue food at the halal shops and the K-pop karaoke experience.
After Seoul, I moved to Busan where I spent three wonderful days. Busan is home to majestic mountains, glistening beaches, steaming hot springs and fantastic seafood. I specifically enjoyed the lively fish markets and the trendy designer cafes. My last stop was Jeju Island where I spent two relaxing days. Jeju Island is an ideal place for nature lovers, it is perfect for hiking since its home to the country’s tallest mountain. The island is also home to a wild coastline, dramatic volcanic landscapes, and scenic beaches.
South Korea has been one of the best travel destinations. Whether you prefer the chaotic bustling streets, or you enjoy the long walks near the beach, South Korea has something to offer for everyone.