South Korea

The Soul of Asia

Rich in tradition and cultural diversity, South Korea is a country that blossoms in beauty every season. The country is home to 14 UNESCO world heritage sites, that all travellers must explore. Each site holds its own unique, cultural and historical significance. With a mixed blend of bustling cities, vibrant countryside and cheerful locals, South Korea is a must visit destination for everyone.

Top Highlights

Fish Market

South Korea's Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan is not only the largest fish market in the country but also one of the largest in the world. What makes it unique is its bustling atmosphere, where visitors can witness a vast array of seafood species, including some exotic varieties, being sold fresh off the boats. It offers an immersive experience into South Korea's rich fishing culture and culinary traditions.

Largest Indoor Theme Park

South Korea boasts a unique theme park called "Lotte World," located in Seoul, which holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest indoor theme park in the world. This sprawling complex features a blend of thrilling rides, live entertainment, an indoor ice skating rink, and an outdoor amusement park, making it a year-round destination for visitors of all ages seeking fun and excitement.

Capital

Seoul

Time

GMT +9

Currency

Won

Religion

Buddhism, Christianity

Population

51 Million

Language

Korean

International Airports

Seoul, Pusan, Cheju Island

Weather

South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are usually long, cold and dry. Summers are very short, hot, and humid. Spring and autumn are pleasant but also short in duration. Seoul's mean temperature in January is -5 degrees Celsius to - 2.5° Celsius (23°- 27,5° Fahrenheit) and in July the mean temperature is about 22.5° C to 25° C (71°- 75° Fahrenheit).

Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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