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Destination guide

Big-city kicks and countryside frolics in dynamic South Korea

Put aside your preconceptions and head to a land that's as much about wild open spaces and traditional ways as it is about high tech and glittering skyscrapers. Anchored by round-the-clock capital city Seoul, the country's diminutive size and top-notch transport links mean that it's easy to go from urban sprawl to tranquil spaces in a short amount of time. Visit densely forested national parks, beautiful islands dotted with fishing villages, and craggy mountains that transform into ski slopes in the winter season. To the north is the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a no-man's land forming a border between South Korea and mysterious neighbor North Korea.

Things to do

Head for some undercover action at the DMZ

South Korea vacation rentals let you pack in some big-city action, and spending a healthy dose of time in Seoul is a must, indeed. Key attractions include World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung, the most beautiful of Seoul's five main palaces, and Seoullo 7017, a former overpass which is now one of the city's few green spaces. South Korea's second city Busan makes a viable alternative. It's a dynamic port town full of mountains, beaches, hot springs, and superb seafood restaurants. For a true adventure, you can also take one of a few tightly controlled guided tours of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a 2.5-mile-wide buffer zone between South and North Korea.

Activities

Come fill up your senses with frenetic city life

Whether you're after a big-city thrill or soothing serenity, you'll be perfectly placed to find it from South Korea vacation rentals. Head for mega metropolis Seoul or the seaside city of Busan to fill up your senses with the rush of busy markets, restaurants, nightlife, and culture. Or, head to the countryside for an adrenalin hit of a different kind. South Korea has a great collection of hills for both skiers and hikers, but its most famous is the Olle Trail on Jeju Island, which allows you to work up a sweat as well as take a peek at rural Korean life.

Weather

Sun and blossoms make South Korean springtime bloom

You'll get the best from South Korea vacation rentals if you head to this dreamy destination during the spring months of April, May, and June, when it's cherry blossom season and the weather is warm and dry. September, October, and November are also highly rated, and you'll have the added bonus of seeing fall colors in all their burnished glory. Summer is muggy, wet, and crowded, with higher prices to match. The winter months of December to March are freezing cold, snowy, and dry, creating the perfect conditions for skiing.

Natural features

Keep it safe in the southern half of this divided peninsula

South Korea is part of the Korean Peninsula and shares one of the world's most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. Mountains, green hills, and streams are the dominant characteristics of Korean terrain, though there are farmable lowlands and river valleys further south. The country also has coastal fishing villages and hundreds of sub-tropical islands off its coast. The highest Korean mountain is Paektu (No Head) Mountain, a vast volcanic landmark. The Korean Peninsula forms a nearly complete land bridge from China in the north to Japan in the east. Its southern tip is only about 20 miles from Japanese territory.

How many vacation rentals are available around South Korea?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 527 vacation rentals around South Korea. From 288 condo and apartment rentals to 193 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Korea?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Korea. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Seoul: 388 vacation rentals
  • Jeju-si: 60 vacation rentals
  • Seogwipo-si: 49 vacation rentals
  • Yongsan-gu: 104 vacation rentals
  • Mapo-gu: 113 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in South Korea! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Korea?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Korea:

  • Seoul: 388 rentals
  • Jeju-si: 60 rentals
  • Seogwipo-si: 49 rentals
  • Busan: 38 rentals
  • Incheon: 132 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to South Korea?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in South Korea are:

  • Gimpo Airport (GMP): 386 vacation rentals
  • Jeju International Airport (CJU): 58 vacation rentals
  • Suwon (SWU-Suwon Airbase): 59 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in South Korea?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in South Korea. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Suwon City Hall: 131 rentals
  • Bukchon Hanok Village: 385 rentals
  • Songdo Central Park: 69 rentals
  • Samsung Tower Palace: 377 rentals
  • Korea University: 384 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Korea listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around South Korea

Seoul
388 vacation rentals
Jeju-si
60 vacation rentals
Seogwipo-si
49 vacation rentals
Busan
38 vacation rentals
Incheon
132 vacation rentals
Suwon
21 vacation rentals
Gwangju
87 vacation rentals
Ansan
22 vacation rentals
Bucheon-si
256 vacation rentals
Goyang-si
321 vacation rentals
Yongin
44 vacation rentals
Yangsan
15 vacation rentals
Anyang
314 vacation rentals
Uijeongbu
83 vacation rentals
Pukch'on-ni
39 vacation rentals
Geumcheon-gu
339 vacation rentals
Paju-si
18 vacation rentals
Gwacheon
356 vacation rentals
Gwangmyeong
311 vacation rentals
Yufu
73 vacation rentals