Sightseeing in Korea breaks down in to the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. Old will have you visiting relics of a land ruled by kings 1,300 years ago, from which palaces and temples remain. New is a world economic powerhouse which raises new skyscrapers and high-tech malls at a staggering pace. Both of these different versions of South Korea’s co-exist side-by-side and the juxtaposition between the old and new makes for an enthralling travel experience.
Other than spending time in buzzing Seoul, the most popular excursion is to visit the De-militarized Zone (DMZ) and the Joint Security Area (JSA) between North and South Korea. In many ways, it comes across like a Cold War theme park … until you realize that the soldiers on the gate are real (and very tough) and the tunnels you are exploring really were very recently audaciously dug under no-man's-land, for the express purpose of North’s glorious army invading the decadent South. President Clinton called the DMZ "the scariest place on earth" – a hearty incitement to visit, if ever we heard one!
It is possible to organize a temple stay, an opportunity to experience Korean Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality. This is your opportunity to live a monastic life for a short period – we think it dovetails well with time on the slopes. Zen and the art of skiing, if you like. The schedule is rigorous: lights out at 9pm and devotions at 3.30am … but the experience is unlike any other you’ll ever have and genuinely profound. Don’t worry, Seoul’s nightlife acts as raucous antidote once you get back.
Different Snow can create a truly tailor-made itinerary. It’s up to you how much you wish to focus on the skiing only, or how much time you want to devote to exploring the country and culture beyond. We know South Korea well and, using our expert advice and on-the-ground knowledge, will create the perfect itinerary ... for you. To see what we’ve organized previously for other guests, take a look at our sample itineraries. These serve to demonstrate what is possible; yet can be adapted to suit your interests, preferences and budget.
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