Ever since you heard about Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, you are curious about South Korea particularly a district in Seoul that portray the lifestyle of the rich and the young. Following his song and many others, the world finally knew about Korean pop not to mention Korean drama. That was the beginning of Korea’s increasing popularity.
Today, many Singaporeans are welcomed in South Korea every day. If you have plans on getting there, you should learn about their culture first. Here are some experiences worth your time and effort:
- Visiting SM Town studios: There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are a big fan of catchy tunes as well as baffling dance moves. Your South Korea experience will never be complete if you do not visit the SM Town studios. The studios is home to the famous Super Junior, SNSD and EXO. The good news is that the company will show you the inner workings and the best thing is you can catch a sight of “unnies” and “oppas” passing. If that is not enough, you can also visit entertainment companies like Cube and YG.
- Seeing the DMZ: In 1953, there is an agreement between North and South Korea called the Armistice Agreement. It divided the two countries and established a militarized border. It is called the Demilitarized Zone. Do not think of the horror though. You can take a peak on their observatories and tunnels. This is a one of a kind experience.
- Wearing the hanbok: Korea’s history and culture are rich that it transcends through time. Like for instance the wearing of their traditional hanbok costume. Make sure to have pictures of you wearing the hanbok costume. Hanbok is worn during celebrations and festivals. You associate hanboks with temples and palaces so might as well head there after trying the hanboks. There are remnants of the Joseon Dynsaty, the Deoksugung Palace that you will see.
- Trying skiing: If you seek thrill, the best time to visit South Korea is during winter. You can choose a ski tour. There are many ski resorts with different difficulty levels so you can slowly challenge yourself. If you do not know how to ski, there are trainers out there willing to give you a hand.
- Witnessing the autumn leaves: There is no winter in Singapore that is why the autumn leaves are a welcome sight. This is like a Korean-drama where you sit in a bench, surrounded with woods and the autumn leaves.
South Korea is indeed a wonder and it is time that you discover and experience it.