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.


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.


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.

Can I find a vacation rental around South Korea?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 428 vacation rentals near South Korea. From 258 Condos/Apartments to 140 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Korea for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Seoul: 314 vacation rentals
  • Busan: 33 vacation rentals
  • Jeju-do: 57 vacation rentals
  • Gangnam-gu: 41 vacation rentals
  • Hello Kitty Island: 18 vacation rentals

And HomeAway 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: 314 rentals
  • Busan: 33 rentals
  • Incheon: 111 rentals
  • Jeju-si: 55 rentals
  • Bucheon-si: 219 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:

  • Suwon (SWU-Suwon Airbase): 23 vacation rentals
  • Jeju International Airport (CJU): 53 vacation rentals
  • Gimhae International Airport (PUS): 32 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?

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

  • Hello Kitty Island: 18 rentals
  • Korea House: 308 rentals
  • Hongdae Music Show Theatre: 312 rentals
  • Incheon Landing Memorial Monument Hall: 105 rentals
  • Haeundae Beach: 32 rentals

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

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