South Korea – Hahoetal Masks

Hahoetal Masks, South Korea

What’s the best souvenir from South Korea?
-A mask!
Hahoetal Masks are traditional Korean masks.
There are different kinds of masks representing different characters.

If you want to learn more about the Korean masks, watch a mask performance while being in Korea, or visit one of the museums, e.g., Hahoe Mask Museum in Andong.

South Korea – The Best of Jeju

Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju Island, South Korea

Seongsan Ilchulbong is my favorite place in Jeju Island. It’s a volcanic tuff cone and crater. It looks stunning from above, e.g., from the airplane. When you’re just nearby and hike around, Seongsan Ilchulbong still looks great, but not so impressive as from far.

Hike to Mount Hallasan (1950 meters above sea level), should be also on your to-do-list while being on Jeju Island. It’s a dormant volcano located more or less at the center of the Jeju Island.

And Manjanggul Lava Tube is another (not the last one!) volcanic attraction of Jeju Island.

These 3 places are the best known, however you’ll find much more natural attractions on the Jeju Island.

South Korea – Visiting DMZ

Korean Demilitarized Zone, South Korea

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) can be visited as a guided tour (1 day trip from Seoul), however there are some restrictions, e.g., South Koreans are not allowed go there. So don’t be surprised that your guide is a Japanese woman!
In general, it’s a sad, historical and interesting place for visiting. But please follow the rules while being there, and don’t try to cross the border on your own! DMZ is still a war zone, however by many is treated just as a funny attraction…