Well known for its divide between the North and South, Korea is much more than just the war-torn country that the mainstream media portrays it to be. Brimming with history and culture that dates back over 5000 years - the two sovereign nations of South and North Korea are filled with mouthwatering cuisine, photogenic scenery and welcoming smiles.
South Korea is a burgeoning nation and is fast becoming a favourite holiday destination for Australians - not just due to its close proximity, but for its alluring culture and beautiful landscapes. Many people only think of South Korea as a big metropolis, but there is so much more to discover outside of the populated cities. Within the very city of the capital city Seoul, there lies Mt. Namsan – a symbolic mountain with beautiful lookout points at its summit. Also in the very same city you can find numerous historic, untouched palaces dating back to the 1300s spread throughout the city – Gyeongbokgung in the north as the capital’s oldest palace, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung in the east for their beautiful gardens and architecture or Deoksugung and Gyeonghuigung for a more quiet and peaceful visit. If historic architecture and traditional culture isn’t for you, you could venture out of the city and enjoy the beautiful sights of the mountainous Seoraksan National Park or the Songnisan National Park – the latter even having a large Buddhist temple tucked away in the tranquillity.
With such diverse attractions spread throughout this small country, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more Australians are making South Korea their holiday destination. Inversely, there are also more and more Koreans coming to visit Australia each year due to the Asian economic boom in recent times.
Korean is the official language of both South and North Korea and is spoken by almost 80 million people throughout the world. Regardless of whether you're looking to learn the Korean language to increase your employment opportunities or if you're looking to eventually move to South Korea and become the next K-Pop star, we believe Korean is a language worth learning.