Welcome to the South Korea hub at David’s Been Here! Back in May of 2019, I was fortunate enough to be hired by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) to go on a group trip that would have me explore South Korea for several days. Little did I know at the time that this trip would unexpectedly reunite me with my good travel buddy Sam of Nomadic Samuel, who I had traveled through India with less than a year prior. We did the trip together and extended it by several days so we could return to Seoul and Busan afterward to explore at our own pace and take some exciting day trips!
I admit, I didn’t know much about South Korea before I visited, but Sam–who had lived there for a few years with his wife Audrey–gave me a crash course on the very first night, giving me my first taste of Korean barbecue. It changed my life. My taste buds were awakened to the smoky, savory, meaty flavors, which I found myself craving through the rest of the trip. I also found myself falling in love with the spicy fermented cabbage dish called kimchi, the fresh and organic Korean fried chicken, and the hot, chewy rice cakes called tteok-bokki. By the end of our trip, Korean food had skyrocketed up my rankings of favorite foods. There so much complexity of flavors, tons of interesting textures, and lots of heat that makes your tongue tingle!
During our trip, we also explored Korea’s past and present with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the infamous Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the border with North Korea. We also took deep dives into the country’s incredible history with trips to several centuries-old temples in Seoul and a day trip to the historical city of Gyeongju. But the highlight of our trip was our overnight stay at the beautiful Beomeosa Temple, where we learned about Korean Buddhism from the resident monks and participated in their day-to-day activities. It was a mind-blowing experience I will never forget!
Check out the map above to see all of the cities I visited during my South Korea trip. If you click on a city, you will be taken to my main written travel guide for that city. You’ll also find those same guides linked below, along with every episode from my South Korea travel vlog series. I hope you enjoy them!
SOUTH KOREA TRAVEL GUIDES
Below, you’ll find all of my written South Korea travel guides, including city guides, Korean food guides, and more! I hope they help you craft the South Korea trip of your dreams!
SOUTH KOREA TRAVEL EPISODES
Below, you’ll find every episode of my South Korea travel vlog series, listed in order and organized by city. I hope you find them entertaining and informative, and that they help you plan your trip to South Korea!
Episode 2: Authentic Korean BBQ in Seoul – Samgyeopsal & Banchans + Korean Craft Beer | Seoul, South Korea
Episode 3: Korean Cooking Class in Seoul – Making Sundubu Jjigae & Haemul Pajeon | Seoul, South Korea
SEOUL (2nd Visit)
SEOUL (3rd Visit)
Episode 13: Manduguk Korean Dumpling Soup + Wearing Hanbok at Gyeongbokgung Palace | Seoul, South Korea
SEOUL TO BUSAN
Episode 14: KTX Korean Bullet Train Economy Class Review + Korean Breakfast | Seoul to Busan, South Korea
BUSAN (2nd Visit)
Episode 20: Full Korean Breakfast + World’s Biggest Department Store in Centum City | Busan, South Korea
BUSAN TO SEOUL
Episode 26: KTX Korean Bullet Train First Class Review + Spicy Korean Breakfast | Busan to Seoul, South Korea
SEOUL (4th Visit)
Episode 32: Healthy Korean Breakfast – Trying Korean Porridge + Changdeokgung Palace Tour | Seoul, South Korea
And that’s it! Those are all of my travel guides and travel episodes from South Korea. I hope you enjoy reading and watching them as much as I enjoyed creating them! If you have any questions about traveling through South Korea, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! You can email me at david[at]davidsbeenhere.com or send me a direct message on Instagram! I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can!