From fast-paced cities that never sleep to serene mountains, Buddhist temples and golden beaches, Korea truly has something for every traveller. With Korean Air and Asiana Airlines operating daily direct flights from London Heathrow, and tour operators offering diverse itineraries for families, couples and solo travellers of all interests, it couldn’t be easier to embark on your K-Adventure.
The Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) in London is here to assist you in making the most of our dynamic destination and we are happy to answer any enquiries from prospective visitors, media and the travel trade. We are available by phone, email and through our social media channels, and we also welcome walk-in visitors (though as we are a small team, we do advise you to make an appointment in advance if possible).
In recent years, a “wave” of Korean film, dramas, food and pop music has swept the globe – placing Korea firmly in the spotlight and making it the perfect destination for families, school trips and fun holidays with friends. Make the most of your visit to the home of hallyu with a K-Pop dance class, a night out in Gangnam (of Gangnam Style fame) or a tour of the Parasite or Squid Game filming locations.
Korea’s rich history and vibrant cultural legacy are best explored through its UNESCO World Heritage – currently comprising of 13 cultural sites, 2 natural sites and 22 intangible practices. This diverse collection spans several historic periods from the Neolithic Dolmen Sites through to the palaces, folk villages and Confucian academies of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Those more interested in modern history can visit the world’s only UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan and the De-militarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
Korea’s efficient public transport network makes it easy to get off the beaten track and explore nature – from mountain trails and bamboo forests to UNESCO-recognised getbol (tidal flats). Famous not only for its striking volcanic rock formations, Jeju Island is a paradise for cyclists and beach-lovers alike, but those looking to really escape should head deeper into the woods for a Buddhist templestay or relaxing traditional spa.
Recently named the world’s most popular cuisine by The Bucket List Company, Korean food is as diverse and flavorful as they come. From quick, satisfying street food to innovative Michelin-starred restaurants; from spicy fermented kimchi to indulgent KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) – foodie travellers are spoilt for choice. Plenty of halal and plant-based options make sure everyone is covered, and temple food in particular is naturally vegan, sustainable and based on thousands of years of culinary history.