According to directoryaah, the capital of South Korea – Seoul, at the moment has concentrated not only the main levers of power, but has also become the political, cultural and scientific center of the country. On the territory of the city, many interesting sights have been preserved, among which the four royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty deserve special attention. The main palace of Seoul is considered Gyeongbokgung (Gyeonbokgung) – the oldest palace of the dynasty. On the territory of this castle is now the National Museum of Korea, the throne room, as well as the main ethnographic museum. He left behind a trace and one of the five palaces of the Joseon era, which was destroyed during the Japanese expansion, and now there is a park in its place. All buildings of the former palace up to the main gate have been restored. Every day from 10.00 to 17.00 there is a ceremonial opening of the gate. The number of attractions located in the capital is simply huge, among the variety of interesting places it is worth highlighting the house-museum of the first president of South Korea, the Institute of Korean Classical Music and, of course, the modern symbol of the city – the Seoul TV Tower. The area near the Jamsil station, which the locals consider the second center of the capital, has become very popular with tourists. Here is the largest indoor entertainment complex in Korea (“Lotte World”), which consists of numerous attractions, a shopping center, an ice rink, a modern hotel and a sports complex. For those who want to get acquainted with the culture of Korea, it is worth visiting the Namsangol Hanok Mayul Folk Village. In this village, tourists can see the traditional life of the people of South Korea and the houses that are typical for different regions of Korea. This fascinating place constantly hosts various competitions, circus performances, street festivities and much more. The best beaches in the country are located in the east of the country. This region is considered the center of South Korea’s beach holidays. An important part of the country’s tourism industry is Seoraksan National Park, which lies on the shores of the Sea of Japan, not far from the capital. In addition, Seoraksan is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Convenient location (by the sea and Seoraksan Mountains) allows the resort to work all year round: in summer, a wonderful beach holiday is available, and in winter, the National Park turns into a ski resort. The second largest city in Korea is Busan, which today is the main sea gate of the state. places, which would be of interest to tourists here are a huge number and everyone can find a vacation to their liking. The most famous are the UN Memorial Cemetery, the Gwangbok-dong area, which has now become the main entertainment and shopping center of the city, as well as the Hallyo Marine National Park. Hallo Park is a fairly large sea area on the territory, which contains about 400 islands, most of which are uninhabited, and the coastline cut by rocks has created many unusual places and caves here. One hundred kilometers from the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula lies the island of Jejudo, which has become the resort center of South Korea. This island is very different from the continental part of the state, the climate here is tropical, and accordingly, the main part of the vegetation presented here is not found on the peninsula. The main place of this small island is the extinct volcano Halla, 1950 meters high, in the crater of which there is a high-altitude lake. The lava that flowed during the eruptions left behind many bizarre formations (tunnels, pillars, etc.) and volcanic caves. Also on the island there are a large number of diving centers.
National cuisine of South Korea
Korean cuisine is different from Japanese and Chinese, although it uses a fairly large amount of spicy, seafood and fresh vegetables. The basis of Korean cuisine is rice, dishes from which are presented here in a wide variety of forms. The main rice dishes are rice cakes, unleavened rice porridge and rice sandwich. Rice is usually served with small plates of panchang snacks. Vegetables are usually served pickled, the most famous vegetable dishes are acorn jelly, bean curd, potato cakes. In second place after rice are seafood, without which Korean cuisine is unimaginable. Dishes are prepared from almost everything, up to algae. You should definitely try a dish of chopped raw fish – “khwe”, seafood hodgepodge, squid and octopus dishes. The basis of meat dishes is pork and beef. The favorite meat dish of Koreans is Korean barbecue and fried ribs. In addition, such meat dishes as stew, dumplings, marinated meat are widespread. Koreans do not drink traditional tea in our understanding. Instead, they drink various decoctions of herbs, rice, which they also call tea (“cha”). However, not so long ago, coffee began to be actively imported into the country, which eventually became one of the most favorite drinks of the country’s inhabitants.