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5 ways to experience Korea

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The exotic, beautiful sights and delicious food of Korea annually attract thousands of visitors from across the globe. Typically, the best way to cover all the things that you really should see, is probably by booking a private tour. However, in addition to that, here are 5 suggestions on some ways to experience a different side of Korea. These experiences, will make your trip to South Korea more personal and precious rather than being dedicated simply to seeing and tasting.

Dress in Korean traditional clothing (Hanbok)  

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Up until about 100 years ago in South Korea, these beautiful clothes were worn daily by women and men alike. Nowadays, it is mainly for special anniversaries or festive occasions only that the outfits are seen being worn, but Koreans still love the traditional garb. What a typical Hanbok consists of is a slim top and a wide-bottomed skirt, which creates an elegant outline, especially for women. Currently, there are many places that you can visit in order to try on a Hanbok. It is also good to know that the possibility of the combinations of colours, patterns, and design is enormous, so you can really enjoy the process of choosing the best match to suit your own style as well, before going on a mission to find the perfect Hanbok. Surely, being dressed in these beautiful clothes will be a memorable part of your trip to Korea.

Learn a Korean martial art (Taekwondo)

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Taekwondo is a form of martial arts which uses bare hands and feet to attack opponents and protect yourself. The movement of high kicks is so cool that many young boys must have tried to imitate the professionals when they were young. However, the mastery of Taekwondo is not just a mastering of the physical aspect, but also the mental element. Since the spirit of Taekwondo is said to come from justice and peace, the focus of this art is more on the defense rather than the attack. So, if you make your way to Korea, why don’t you learn the true art of Taekwondo from a Korean master?

Dine like a King with Korean court cuisine

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Besides being beloved in its home country, Korean food is famous and popular in other countries too. However, the traditional court cuisine will most likely be almost only available in Korea. It is made up of 12 dishes, including rice, soup, stew, a hot pot, kimchi, and many other dishes. Traditionally, this meal was only prepared for the king and the queen, and no other people (not even royal family members) were allowed to have it. Today, in restaurants, you can order dishes from the selection of the traditional court cuisine, that are not as spicy as modern Korean menus. So, if you don’t like spicy food and you think that coming to South Korea will pose problems for your appetite, no worries! You can avoid those, and even feel spoilt for choice, especially when you choose to dine in this manner. Choosing as you wish makes you feel more like a king, and the dishes are not only delicious, but also beautifully displayed. So, it is something that you can enjoy with your eyes too.

Stay at a traditional Korean house (Hanok)

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If you really want to absorb Korean culture, you should try staying at a Hanok. A Hanok is a traditional Korean house where you can see and feel what the Korean lifestyle is like. These houses are usually decades or centuries old, but would have been renovated to function as guest houses. The type varies from casual ones to luxurious ones, but usually what remains constant among each one is that when staying in them, you will be hosted by Korean owners. Some of them even offer you the possibility to experience tea ceremonies, pottery making, and traditional Korean folk games.

Cruise to enjoy the world’s longest fountain show

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Did you know that the world’s longest fountain show takes place in South Korea at Banpo Bridge, which is about half an hour from Seoul station? The fountain show changes its program during the day and at night, so no matter at what time you catch it, you won’t find yourself being bored of it. The night program is illuminated by rainbow lights, which creates a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for you to enjoy if you happen to be there with your significant other. In addition, there is a way to enjoy this show from on the water. Take a cruise along the Han river and enjoy the view without any distractions, and in this way, you will also be able to avoid the crowds at the same time.

Watch the non-verbal comedy show NANTA

This is what I personally enjoyed when I visited Korea. The non-verbal show, NANTA, is slightly similar to a stomp show. However, the uniqueness of this show is that not only do they not only make sounds, but they also chop vegetables at the same time, so it looks as if they are cooking. It also includes acrobatics, magic tricks, and traditional Korean music, samul nori. It is mainly a non-verbal show, and the few words used in the show are in English, so there is no need of being worried about not being able to understand Korean!

If these treasures from the East tempted you to plan your journey to Korea, contact the travel experts at Bianchi Travel – Lufthansa City Centre to put together your itinerary. Benefit from added incentives when choosing Bianchi Travel for your travel arrangements.


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