K Pop aside, South Korea is one of the most amazing places on the planet. If you are dreaming about something different, extraordinary to satisfy your travel bug, we will present you with 50 reasons why you need to visit S. Korea as soon as possible.
A travel duo Hammer and Guillaume, who run a blog, A Fun Couple, shared their fascination with this country and went in-depth to explain what it feels not just to visit but to live in South Korea.
From education for your dog to subways with mini-libraries, culture, traditions, and the future blend perfectly, and yes, you will be making travel arrangements once you are done with these images and stories that follow them.
Our hosts, Hammer and Guillaume, are from Hong Kong and France, respectively, and it is safe to say that they were not that easy to impress. But South Korea did, and here is why.
#1 Subway Car With A Library? We'll Take It!
South Korea is a country of contrasts, where past and future live in perfect harmony. The couple presented every aspect on their blog, but the main reason they fell in love with the country might surprise you:
"South Koreans are very welcoming and positive-minded people. We met so many great people here and made very good friends. Therefore, we highly recommend South Korea as an ex-pat destination."
#2 Nothing, Not Even All Mighty Typhoons Can Harm This Magnificent Tree
A Fun Couple faced some challenges since not many apps or files are in English. But things are looking up, and a language barrier is a minor annoyance. On the other side, there is a beautiful country full of natural wonders and open-minded people.
#3 Four Seasons The South Korean Way
The whole concept "work hard, play hard" is taken quite literally in South Korea.
They usually work 52 hours per week and hang out with coworkers outside working hours. So, getting used to less sleep is a challenge.
A big issue still is unpaid overtime. But, the country is always working on improving life-work balance and making your every day more straightforward.
#4 Seoul Airport Provides You With A Map So You Don't Get Lost
The hard-working South Koreans are also extremely generous, and their solidarity is extraordinary. Hammer and Guillaume explained their sense of belonging by one example:
"An aspect that's really astonishing and will help you understand what we mean by that is the gold collecting campaign."
"In 1998, South Korea was about $304 billion in debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As a national sacrifice, 3.5 million Koreans donated their gold to the government to repay part of the debt. About 227 tons of gold were donated voluntarily during that event. Impressive, right?!"
"This sense of solidarity can be felt in everyday life in Korea. For example, during the pandemic, people were very supportive of each other. Koreans made a joint effort to keep social distancing rules and wear masks at all times. This is also why South Korea was seen as a benchmark when managing the COVID crisis in its early stage."
#5 Korean Ktx Trains Play Healing Broadcasts Of New Born Puppies Because You Deserve It
Our tour guides know that you would instead go to Thailand or Japan. But, they love South Korea, and that is why they spend years in this country:
"We were excited but also curious to live in a country that continues to develop fast yet remains a bit unknown to the Western world."
#6 Pink Explosion Available Only In Jeju City, Jeju Island
#7 The South Korean Government Really Wants You To Quarantine In Style
For those who need to quarantine, the government of South Korea sends "environment-friendly health packages." It also has a note for those suffering from Covid-19, basically wishing you a speedy recovery and a quick return to everyday life.
The note ends with "You can do it" and "Fight it," Though it is not the cure, it is a beautiful gesture, showing that someone cares.
#8 South Korea Encourages Illiterate Grandmothers To Enroll In School And Get Their Education
Continue enjoying mesmerizing photos, and visit A Fun Couple for more info on visiting and living in South Korea!
#9 A Building Is Being Painted, So The Workers Made Sure To Cover Up All The Cars, Just In Case
#10 Seoul's Starbucks Offering Used Coffee For Gardening Is So Thoughtful
#11 If You Are In Quarantine Of Fighting Covid 19 At Home, You Get Food Delivered At Your Door
#12 This Is Handpainted Temple Of The Roof And We Are Speechless
#13 This Is A Common Scenery All Year Round
#14 The Sign Says "Caution: Cat Is Around" And It Is Just Too Pure
#15 Seoul's 2D Cafe
#16 Modern And Historic Worlds Can Co-exist
#17 Tiny Restaurant Under Snow, Just Like In Fairytales
#18 USB, Chargers, And Yes, Those Are Solar Powered Benches
#19 Bukhansan's Trail
#20 Root Bench - Installation By Architect Yong Ju Lee In Hangang Art Park
#21 Traffic Lights Everywhere, In Case You Are Staring At Your Phone And Crossing The Road
#22 In Case It Melts, Your Hands Will Be Clean
#23 This Scenery
#24 Majestic Old Pine Tree, Daedunsan
#25 In Ansan City You Get To A Place To Rest Every Half Kilometer
#26 Rainbow Chips Looks So Tasty
#27 Latte Or Art? You Decide
#28 Showing Organizing Skills Even During The Pandemic
#29 This Is A TV Channel For Dogs, And No, This Is Not A Drill
#30 Welcome To Club Chroma In Seoul, The Largest Nightclub In The World
#31 Use Stairs Whenever You Can
#32 Daegaksa Temple Near Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul
#33 Every City Should Have An Escalator Sanitizer
#34 These Roads Are Cleaning Themselves
#35 Yes, You Can Get Toilet Paper To Test Out
#36 Cakes Come With Candles And Matches Hidden In A Plastic Knife
#37 Minimalistic And Tranquilizing South Korean Architecture
#38 Take This Train, And Get Your Karaoke Booth
#39 Wavy GT Tower In Seoul
#40 This Is A Pump Toothpaste That Knows How Much You Need For Squeaky Clean Pearly Whites
#41 Totoro Says Hi
#42 Check Your Flight Into Through This Polite Robot
#43 Real Library In Seoul Is Every Book Lover's Dream
#44 Automatic Ramen Dispenser
#45 1000 Doors Building In Seoul Is Breathtaking
#46 A Sauron's Tower In Seoul
#47 Cherry Blossom Coke Looks So Chic!
#48 Walk-Through Covid-19 Test Booths
#49 You Will Go Bananas For These Stickers You Get For Purchasing Bananas
#50 Pay Your Respects: The 4th Floor Button In The Elevator Is "F Because 4 Sounds Same As Death"