Korea, with its many mountains and seas, will leave you with a different impression depending on where you visit. The refreshing coastlines along the eastern sea and the expansive tidal flats of the western sea will leave you wondering if they are indeed the same waters. Destinations where mountains are prominent will treat you with vibrant colours that change with the seasons. Below are some notably beautiful spots in Korea that welcome visitors with the serenity of nature. If being closer to nature is more your style, be sure to check out each one when planning your trip.

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    Gangneung

    A city for ocean views, quiet relaxation and healing

    In Gangneung, famous for its beautiful seascapes, especially around Gyeongpo Beach and Anmok Beach, there are many cafes and restaurants where you can relax and dine or enjoy a cup of tea by the seaside. Of course, this makes Gangneung a popular destination for couples all throughout the year as well as for families looking to cool off in the summer with a swim in the sea. When here, be sure to visit Ojukheon, the birthplace of artist Shin Saimdang and her philosopher son Yi I, where the flowers and trees surrounding the old house will convey the seasons and be a memorable point for your trip.

    Konum: 33 Gangneung-daero, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Jeju Island

    Always perfect, always satisfying

    When talking about premier travel destinations in Korea, Jeju Island is always mentioned. It's no wonder the island is a one-stop getaway for so many people. Hyeopjae Beach and Ihoteu Beach show off the beauty of the surrounding seas, while Jeolmul Natural Recreation Forest and Halla Eco Forest let you return to nature for a much-needed breath of fresh air. Plus, cultural experiences can be had at a moment's notice at places such as the Jeju Museum of Art. Also, Jeju International Airport, the centre of transportation here, helps make Jeju Island one of the most convenient holiday spots around.

    Konum: 10 Gwangyang 9-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

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    Yeosu

    A city of romance bathed in light

    The beauty of Yeosu is famous enough to be turned into songs, and there's no shortage of things to do. Jongpo Marine Park is perfect for taking in Yeosu's splendid night-times views, while Yeosu Cable Car has clear-bottom cars so that you can overlook the Yeosu sea from above. Odongdo is also a great place for enjoying Yeosu's natural beauty. Plus, there are plenty of walking trails all around for those looking for a more leisurely experience. If you're travelling with kids, be sure to visit U-World Luge Theme Park or Aqua Planet Yeosu.

    Konum: 1 Sicheong-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Nami Island

    Exciting festivals and all-season charm await

    Nami Island, a small island on Bukhan River that is entirely run as a theme park, is stunning in spring with blooming cherry blossoms and in autumn with autumn leaf colours. Thanks to the beautiful scenery, it's a popular date spot for couples. Plus, there's always an interesting event happening for people of all ages, including musical performances and the Nami Island International Children's Book Festival, the biggest of its kind in Korea.

    Konum: 1024 Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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    Damyang

    Wonderful nature and food to satisfy the five senses

    Damyang is a destination with impressive natural beauty. Juknokwon is a bamboo forest with trees stretching to the sky, while Metasequoia Trail is lined with towering trees that make for great backgrounds to your photos. If those aren't enough, visit Damyang Gwanbangjerim Forest for a walk along the trees by the Damyang River. Damyang Gwanbangjerim Forest is particularly delightful at night when the path is lit up. After all that walking, you're going to have to put some food in your growling belly. You're in luck because Damyang is nationally renowned for grilled short rib patties (Tteok-galbi) and bamboo pot rice (Juktongbap). One thing's for sure: Damyang will give a jolt to your senses.

    Konum: 1371 Chuseong-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Sokcho

    Always something new to discover, calling you back for more

    Sokcho is a well-known destination for being able to enjoy everything both the mountains and the sea have to offer. There may be people who've never been to Sokcho, but there aren't many people who've only been there once. Seoraksan Cable Car makes climbing Mt. Seorak, known as a notoriously difficult mountain to climb, a breeze. Sokcho is full of famous spots for viewing the sunrise. If watching the sunrise over the East Sea is on your agenda, check out the many accommodations, including famous resorts, that offer excellent views.

    Konum: 183 Jungang-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Suncheon

    A wonderful garden city for a green getaway

    Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve is a nationally designated wetland conservation area and is even listed under the Ramsar Convention for its value as a habitat for migratory birds. The beauty of nature is preserved, so you'll be treated to sights not easily seen anywhere else. It's also a great destination for children to learn about nature because there is a wealth of resources such as the Suncheon Bay Eco Centre. Established in commemoration of hosting the Suncheonman International Garden Expo, Suncheonman National Garden is a large themed garden where you can find various styles of gardens representing many countries, and is highly recommended for garden and flora enthusiasts.

    Konum: 30 Jangmyeong-ro, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Tongyeong & Geoje

    Island cities full of wonderful beaches and fresh seafood

    Tongyeong is the historic site of the Battle of Hansan Island full of memorials for the battle as well as national hero Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Yi Sun-shin Park is the prime location for seeing exactly where the Battle of Hansan Island took place. The coastal promenade is particularly lovely, and since there is no admission fee, no one visiting Tongyeong should miss it. What's more, there are plenty of other destinations with free admission in Tongyeong, such as Nammangsan Sculpture Park, Pak Kyongni Memorial Hall and Isang Yun Memorial Park. It's the perfect spot for those looking for a fun trip on a small budget.

    Konum: 515 Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeonsangnam-do, South Korea

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    Taean

    Endless coastlines and mesmerising sunsets

    Taean Coast National Park was built here to celebrate the island's incredible coastlines. Anyone visiting should walk Taean Coastal Trail to really appreciate the beauty on display. Most of the beaches in Taean, including Mongsanpo Beach and Manlipo Beach, are famous not only for swimming but also for their beautiful sunsets. They're very popular with people looking to capture their next great profile picture. What's also popular are the many fresh seafood restaurants sought out by food lovers from all over the country.

    Konum: 1 Guncheong-ro, Taean-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea

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    Yangpyeong

    Where the Han River begins

    The confluence where the Bukhan River and Namhan River meet is especially popular with photographers due to the misty landscape created there. Since it's close to Seoul and convenient in terms of transportation, it's also recommended for those who want to go on a weekend getaway without worrying about the budget. Yangpyeong is also home to several ecological parks that are good for slow walks, such as Yangpyeong Wildflower Arboretum and Semiwon Garden. If you're looking for relaxation in nature before returning to busy city life, there's no greater recommendation than Yangpyeong.

    Konum: 2 Guncheongap-gil, Yangpyeong-eup, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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