Pandemic life has been marked by restrictions, especially when it comes to travel. But that hasn’t stopped us from whipping up some elaborate adventures and vacation fantasies for when the world opens up again.
We will never take our pre-2020 globetrotting freedoms for granted again, but until then we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to fuel our urge to travel and simulate the travel experience. there is no real substitute, but we’ll take what we can get).
Recently, Korea Tourism launched a series of live videos tracing – in real time – the wide range of festivals and summer events that take place across the country from May to September. From historic folk villages to open-air markets and the scenes of its brilliantly lit city centers, it’s the ultimate way to travel far – without ever having to leave your sofa.
So, learn about Korean culture and its iconic food scene – and maybe (just maybe) quietly start setting the stage for your next trip abroad – by tapping into the live streams via Facebook this summer. For now, here is an overview of what you will discover in each of the virtual tours.
Oh, and don’t worry, if you miss any of the live tours you can always catch up with it here.
Korean folk village
An hour from Seoul, tucked away in the countryside, you’ll find the popular tourist attraction Yongin Korean Folk Village. The first in the live-streaming series to edit, the video takes you on a guided tour of traditional Korean culture and life, including its long-standing architecture, clothing, and culinary conventions.
Stroll through the park’s rich pavilions, temples, and totem poles as you learn about Korea’s 5,000-year long history of elaborate dynasties and kingdoms. You will even discover, surprisingly, ghosts and spirits, an important part of Korean folklore.
Something to look forward to in June is exploring Busan – a Korean city known for its mountainous landscape, ancient temples, and sandy beaches. The town has a laid-back vibe and is full of cool breweries, vintage shops, art, restaurants, and markets.
The food here alone is its own draw, and being a port town and everything, it has some pretty awesome seafood. On the live tour, your guide will lead you through the many food stalls and fresh seafood vendors at Haeundae Market to your landing at Haeundae Beach, the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. from the sun.
Picture this: a budding metropolis adorned with modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, and a traditional culture of Buddhist temples and palaces that clashes wonderfully with the youthful pop culture of K-pop and K- dramas. Here, in a nutshell, is the capital of Korea, Seoul.
As you will see on the July live tour, the city is alive with neon signs, delicious street food, world-class restaurants, museums, and vibrant nightlife. Your trusted guide will lead you through the attractions and places you don’t want to miss. Don’t worry if you’re only halfway through the series and already can’t wait to get to Korea, we’ve got you covered.
Jeonju, which aptly translates to “perfect region,” is a local tourism hub that is expected to attract foreign tourists imminently. Among other things, it’s also the birthplace of the bibimbap and home to a thriving street food scene.
As you can probably see, Korea is full of beautiful villages. Besides admiring the sights and scenes of beautiful Jeonju, in this August video you will also be guided through Jeonju Hanok Village, Korean cultural and traditional calligraphy houses, makgeolli (rice wine Korean) and its various museums.
What do you want to see next?
From the beaches of South Korea’s east coast to the stunning nature reserves of Dadohaehaesang National Park, there is still so much to explore in Korea.
To learn more about some of Korea’s most interesting destinations and events, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook to stay up to date with upcoming live broadcasts.