Visitors to Korea's capital will be glad to know that Seoul is located in a province, Gyeonggi-do, with plenty of attractions to visit. Even if you do not have the luxury of time to take on a very extensive itinerary, there are plenty of sights to see and places to visit in Gyeonggi-do Province that represent the rich cultural heritage of Korea. Short bus rides or pleasurable quick drives are all it takes to get a more insightful glimpse of Korea's treasures outside of the famous metropolis.
First up is a treat for theme park lovers. You may have fallen in love with Peter Pan's Neverland, but you can be sure to fall even more in love with Korea's Everland. It has all the tricks that will keep any visitor delighted throughout their visit. Aside from the thrilling and adrenalin pounding rides, the amusement park also feature breathtaking flower gardens, two safaris with exciting live exotic animals, and a Caribbean inspired water park. Even more than all these, there is also the remarkable Global Fair that displays miniatures of some of the most inspiring architectural gems the world over. Moreover, golfers will be glad to know that they can also find their haven of choice nearby - the Glen Ross Golf Club.
If you want to breath some fresh air with spectacular natural scenery to boot, then the Namhansanseong Provincial Park is a must visit for you. It is just outside Seoul so you won't have to travel a long distance to be near nature. Trekkers and hikers will find plenty of scenic trails in the area. Depending on the season, you will find the mountain bursting with vibrant colors. For a spectacular panorama of Seoul and the rest of the Gyeonggi-do Province, climb up to the peak of Iljangsan where the wide expanse of the valley below is laid out before you.
If you want to take a trip down history lane, then visit Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon-si dating back to 18th century of the Joseon Period. The fortress is a centuries-old gated military facility that has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The area has plenty of interesting features such as the arches called Sumons and pavilions called Hwahongmun. It is not only a historical and cultural site but it also features clever incorporation of scientific precision and architectural innovation in its construction.
Another must see attraction in Gyeonggi-do Province is the Garden of Morning Calm. More than half a million tourists visit this world renowned garden every year to have a glimpse at its impeccably manicured grounds and beautifully arranged gardens. It is divided into 20 sections representing various themes but they are so well connected that moving from one section to another is an effortless montage of stunning floral scenery.
The garden also features various festivals each turn of the season. If you are a fan of the roses, then summer is the best season to visit. However, if chrysanthemums are more your thing, then autumn is a better schedule for you. Come winter, you will find the garden decked with lights for the winter festival and spring is of course a multi-hued extravaganza of flowers of all kinds, shapes and colors.