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South Korea SKorea_map

The Korean Peninsula is located in North-East Asia. It is bordered by the Amnok River (Yalu River) to the northwest, separating Korea from China, and the Duman River (Tumen River) to the northeast which separates Korea from both China and Russia. The country itself is flanked by the Yellow Sea to its west and the East Sea to the east. There are several notable islands that surround the peninsula including Jejudo, Ulleungdo and Dokdo.

The Korean peninsula is roughly 612 miles long and 105 miles wide at its narrowest point. Korea’s total land area is 100,033 sq km, and it has a population of 49.8 million people.  Because of its unique geographical location, Korea is a very valuable piece of land and an international hub of Asia.


Climate

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March.

  • Spring (April-May) is a beautiful time to visit with all the cherry blossoms in bloom.
  • Summer (June-August) is warm and wet.
  • Autumn (September-November) is the prefect time visiting Korea.  The country experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw.
  • Winter (November to March) is cold and dry and is an ideal time for winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Korea boasts over 10 UNESCO sites that are included in many of our program itineraries.

Cultural

  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex (1997)
  • Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (2000)
  • Gyeongju Historic Areas (2000)
  • Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks (1995)
  • Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (2010)
  • Hwaseong Fortress (1997)
  • Jongmyo Shrine (1995)
  • Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (2009)
  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple (1995)

Natural

  • Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (2007)