It may not be a very popular tourist destination, but the Republic of Korea, called South Korea to differentiate it from its neighbor North Korea, is a country that has a lot to offer the traveler: culture, traditions, architecture, nature, gastronomy …
With its traditions still deeply rooted, the country is a haven of serenity and modernity. Here you will have the possibility to visit exceptional imperial palaces, advanced cities and preserved nature. In addition, you will enjoy a unique and delicious gastronomy. Today we are talking about its most important cities , based, as usual, on the number of inhabitants. Can you come with us?
How could it be otherwise, let’s start by talking about Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Officially known as Seoul Special City, it is the most populous city in the country. It is located to the northwest, about 50 kilometers from the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. It is considered a global city with a great quality of life. Of course, you can find many tourist attractions: museums, palaces, parks, shopping centers …
The Metropolitan City of Busan, also known as Busan, is located in the extreme southeast of the country. Considered the second most populous city in South Korea, during the 20th century it underwent a complete transformation, becoming a reference center. In fact, it is home to the most important port in the country. Among its greatest attractions are its six beaches . Also, as it is surrounded by mountains, hiking is a very popular activity.
The third most populous city in South Korea is Incheon (officially Incheon Metropolitan City). Located in the extreme northwest, it is home to the largest airport in the country. Due to its excellent bay , in recent times the city has become very important. Although it is linked to Seoul by subway systems, it is a completely independent city.
In terms of population, the fourth largest city in South Korea is Daegu (officially Daegu Metropolitan City). Located in the southeast of the country, the city has always been of great importance thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of the Nakdong and Geumho rivers. It is a conservative place with a great influence of Buddhism, despite its modern buildings.
We continue our tour of the most important cities in South Korea in Daejeon (officially Daejeon Metropolitan City), which is located in the center of the country. The city is not only home to several offices of the national government, but also has numerous universities and research institutes. In fact, some call it the "Silicon Valley of Asia."
The sixth most populous city is Gwangju (officially Gwangju Metropolitan City). It is located in the southwest of the country. The city is famous for its rich and varied cuisine , although there are other concepts that can represent Gwangju as well, such as arts, culture, and cars.
We also have to talk about Ulsan (officially Metropolitan City of Ulsan), which is located in the extreme southeast of the country. For many years it was a fishing port specialized in whaling and today it is the most important nucleus of the national economy. In fact, on its land it houses the world’s largest shipyard, the second-largest oil refinery and the world’s largest automobile assembly plant.
Finally, we must talk about Suwon, which is located south of Seoul (about 30 kilometers). It is the last walled city in South Korea, so its walls have become one of its main attractions. In addition, we must highlight the mixture between the old and the modern that can be seen in its streets.