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We are a family of 4 travelling from regional Australia to SK in March, we would love it visit some national parks and see the wildlife whilst we are there, we aren’t brave enough to hire a car so would love to see some info on seeing the sights and nature around Seoul, Busan, Geoje and Incheon.
Sounds like a great trip! I don’t think you need a car for Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, but Geoje would be a lot easier for you with a car. It’s not difficult to drive there at all – there’s hardly any traffic, and it’s a pretty big island. I think you’d waste a lot of time trying to use public transit there. In the latter half of March, the plum blossoms bloom in Maehwa Village near Gwangyang, and sansuyu in Sansuyu Village in Gurye. These are the first signs of spring in Korea, so you might want to look into those. If you’re here in the last week of March, there’s a good chance, cherry blossoms will start blooming in the southern regions of the country too.
Hi Shelley! You’re blog is so great!! My husband and I are going to be in Seoul 28th Dec-2nd Jan this year and I’d love to figure out the best way to bring in the New Year! Are there some good restaurants to eat at and then be able to see the fireworks??? I’d love some recommendations! Maybe even a whole blog post on what to do for NYE! Thanks so much!
Hi Lois! thanks for the nice words. So, I do have a NYE blog post that I’m in the midst of updating, but Korea tends to post info late. I know there’s a Gatsby party on Some Sevit Island, but no news yet on fireworks. Maybe check back maybe in a couple weeks for that updated post?
Mary Anne Zupan
My husband and I would like to see the lighting festival at the Garden of the Morning Calm – please send info how to book. Thank you.
Hi Mary Anne – do you have your own transport? If not, I recommend booking an all-inclusive day tour. I use Klook to book tours usually – this one covers both Nami Island and the Garden of Morning Calm… if you have time, the Gangchon Rail Bike is also a great experience to include. You can customize and book a tour here: https://bit.ly/3sq906e
Make sure to select the evening times to see the Lighting Festival, as follows:
[Winter] Nami Island + The Garden of Morning Calm (3 Dec 2021-14 Mar 2022)
11:50 Depart from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 4
12:30 Depart from Myeongdong Station Exit 2
12:40 Depart from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 10
14:00 Arrive at Nami Island
18:00 Leave for The Garden of Morning Calm
18:40 Arrive at The Garden of Morning Calm
20:40 Leave for Seoul
I have a full post on visiting which you can check out here: https://travel-stained.com/garden-of-morning-calm-lighting-festival-winter/
Feel free to email me if you still have questions. Enjoy! It’s wonderful!