country can be daunting. Here is what you need to know before you go to South Korea. Picture: Shazac Travel & Tours

Visiting a foreign  country can be hard, especially when there is a language barrier. One can either stay in their hotel room for the duration of their trip or learn to enjoy the differences that makes a particular country special. South Korea in East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula has drawn in many tourists over the years. Here are some tips one should know before they visit:

Learn the language

Many travellers fail to enjoy a country they are visiting because they do not know the language of that particular country. While it would be difficult to learn the language overnight, a few phrases will help you tremendously when you interact with locals. The official language is Korean. Many travellers who have been to South Korea have said that many locals do not speak or understand English. Learning certain lingos and gestures will help any tourist.


The best times to visit are between April and June. July to September are hotter months.

Be culture savvy

Whenever I visit a country I try my best to familiarise myself with its culture and customs. Not only do you  learn a lot but it shows locals that you are a compassionate traveller. If you are unsure, ask a local who understands English. You will be surprised at how much you will learn.

It’s okay to travel by public transport

South Korea’s public transport system is deemed to be efficient and safe. Travellers can use the transport system to get around from point A to B as they go about exploring. A tip would be to keep belongings close to one’s self, especially during peak hours when the transport is full as tourists often misconstrued good actions by locals as them wanting to commit theft.

Eat Korean

Local Korean food is relatively cheap and will save you lots of money to enjoy other aspects of South Korea. Foods to try include Bibimbap, a mixed rice bowl that is served in a hot stone pot and deep-fried fish cakes.

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