Close to the border with North Korea you find the beautiful National Park Seoraksan. This park shows a fantastic combination of high peaks, granite cliffs and waterfalls. When you ar there in mid-October the trees are wonderfully colored. You can walk up to the top for a nice overview along narrow paths, however, only when you succeed in handeling the crowds of primarly Korean tourists. Among this impressive nature, several nicely painted temples are located here. Of course this place wouldn't be complete with a huge Buddha statue.
When you arrive in Seoul you immediately see that you've arrived in a city with over 10 million inhabitants. We didn't have much time to explore this city, and shortly visited the Olympic Park of 1988. You can find every participating country represented by a bear (the Dutch one is really strange) and of course the Olympic Fire. To truly enjoy South Korea you should try snacks sold in small stands along the road, have dinner in a traditional restaurant where you sit on the floor, drink Soju and complete your evening with Noreh Bang (Karaoke).
By a high speed train we travelled to the South-Eastern town Gyeongju. From here you can visit several interesting sites, including the Bulguksa temple which is on the the Unesco World Cultural Heritage List. In the mountains above this temple you find the Seokguram temple which harbours a huge Buddha and gives a nice overview. Other cultural places (embedded in beautiful surroundings) are the temples of Namsan, the Wolseong Park and the Tumuli Park (which has 23 tombs of Silla monarchs and family members). The market in Gyeongju is also worth to visit.
Physical activities: eg Walking / Rafting / swimming Nature: eg National Park / Reserve City / Cultural site