The weather is warming up and spring is right around the corner. The change from winter to spring in South Korea is usually celebrated through various festivals held throughout the country but unfortunately, that has not been the case since last year. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many festivals have been postponed indefinitely or canceled, but do not be alarmed. Below are fun things to do in South Korea this March to make the best of it. Be sure to mask up and stay safe!
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List of Things to do in South Korea
Take Insta-Worthy Shots at Windy Hill | Goeje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Towering high over the quiet fishing village of Dojangpo, Geoje Windy Hill is surrounded by the beauty of nature. The refreshing breeze, amazing view of the sea, and the natural greenery offer a romantic yet relaxing atmosphere. The windmill surrounded by nature and in tune with the sea offers a great view for photos especially during the golden hour as the sun sets beautifully in the background. A visit to the Windy Hill is definitely a great way to start spring!
Hike Around Odongdo Island | Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Odongdo Island is located in Yeosu and is the perfect destination for nature lovers. A simple hike along the breakwater from Yeosu Port to the island exposes you to the beautiful vast ocean, water fountain musicals, caves, an aquarium, and more. This island is also popular for its colorful camellia tree forest that blooms from November to April, wrapping the entire island in scarlet. What better way to spend an afternoon with your date, family, or friends in the perfect March weather than a visit to Odongdo Island?
Ride a Bike at Yangsu Bike Trail | Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
If you’re in for a little exercise, then riding a bike at Yangsu bike trail might be the perfect activity for you this March. Yangsu bike trail is a dedicated bicycle trail, free of cars. You can rent a bike and explore various trails through tunnels, on bridges, or catch the beautiful view of the mountains while riding your stress away. When tired or hungry, there are great local restaurants where you can take a break while feasting on some delicious Korean food.
Paragliding in Danyang | Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
If you’re not afraid of heights, paragliding in Danyang is something you should try. Located about two and half hours from Seoul, Danyang is not only known as a famous paragliding spot but it’s also recognized for its gorgeous natural scenery. Surrounded by a beautiful river and mountains, paragliding in Danyang not only gives you the adrenaline rush you seek, but you also get to appreciate some of the most beautiful nature in Korea. You can also take time to walk around or find a restaurant nearby to enjoy delicious Korean food.
Picnic at Muuido Island | Jung-gu, Incheon
Muuido Island is a small island located in Incheon. It’s popular as a beautiful spot for picnics with family, friends, or your date. A walk along the bridge gives you a chance to experience different stunning views of the East Sea and there are hiking trails you can take. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can visit Hangae beach and Silmi beach, two of the famous beaches on Muuido Island for a dip, or simply relax on the sand.
Rail Biking in Gangchon | Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Built on old railroad tracks used by the Mugunghwa train, the Gangchon rail park offers visitors a chance to pedal along the historic discontinued train tracks while enjoying the marvelous view of Bukhangang river scenery and mountains. During the ride, visitors pass through themed tunnels filled with beautiful lights, bubbles, and music. The ride starts from Gimyujeong Station and once you complete the course, there are lots of nearby restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a meal.
Pet Alpacas at Alpaca World | Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
If you can’t resist the urge of petting animals, then Alpaca World is the place for you. Alpaca World is not only a place where you can see tons of adorable fluffy Alpacas running and playing around but it is also home to other farm animals. Visitors can go for a healing walk with Alpacas while touching and feeding them or take the safari train around the farm. You can also visit the Alpaca playground, rabbit country, deer country, birds garden, and many other spots for nature and animal lovers.
Accessible only by ferry, Oedo Botania is a marine botanical garden located in Hallyeo Maritime National Park. It is home to camellias and various rare flowers surrounded by the South Sea. You can get a mesmerizing experience by taking the Stairway to Heaven where you get to see the beautiful garden enveloped by the crystal blue sea. There is also a western-style garden called the Venus Garden and the Paradise Lounge where you can view sparkles of sun rays on the sea while enjoying beverages.
Enjoy a Light Show at Pocheon Herb Island | Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Pocheon Herb Island is a wonderland of aromatherapy shops, herb spas, restaurants, and cafes with herb-infused dishes and desserts. Visitors can also make their own personalized souvenirs, visit the herbs museum to learn about herbal teas, or visit the herbal healing center for a herbal healing therapy and herbal detox. At night, Pocheon Herb Island is filled with beautiful lights that create a romantic ambience that’s perfect for a date or family time.
Explore Upo Wetlands | Changnyeung-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Upo Wetlands are the largest natural swamps in South Korea, consisting of four large and small swamps. It covers a huge area and is home to numerous endangered and rare species living in its murky waters, including rare plants such as the prickly lotus and several migrant birds. Visitors can walk or cycle around while enjoying the scenic view and peacefulness of the marsh. Constellation gazing, fireflies, willow groves, and Upo rain fog are other attractions here that you don’t want to miss.
If you found this article helpful, leave a comment below! You can also check out our list of indoor activities to do in Seoul if you need suggestions on indoor activities more than the outdoor activities listed in this article.