Travelling to South Korea? Need Vaccinations?
Arriving in South Korea
You can read all the travel guides you want before your visit to South Korea, and study as much background as you have time for, but nothing can prepare you for the sheer size and sprawl of Seoul, a mega-city of over 10 million. Where to begin?
Maybe with the past…South Korea’s rich cultural heritage shines in its ancient Buddhist Temples, Palaces and Pagodas –(One of the loveliest Palaces is Changdeokgung, originally built in 1405, the home of Joseon Dynasty kings for 270 years, and featuring the exquisite natural gardens of “Huwon”, the only rear garden of any Korean palace.) Or perhaps enjoy a stroll through Dongdaemun all-night market, where you can immerse yourself in Korea’s best musical theatre and performing arts. While in the area, don’t forget to visit Iwha Art Village and Naksan park. Or, head to City centre and a leisurely walk along Deoksugung’s Stone Wall path, and for a little more excitement, try University Quarter for nightlife and very affordable restaurants of every kind.
Once you come up for air and start planning tours outside the city, you’ll find a country side of amazing contrasts. Be astounded by the beauty of Korea’s National Parks… (there are 20)… visit Jeju Island and discover Korea’s tropical side, or relax at the resort town of Danyang nestled in the mountains. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks in South Korea, you’ll find that budgeting your time is a must! And, while you are planning your Korean vacation, it’s essential that you factor in that most important visit to our Travel Health Clinic, no less than 3 weeks prior to departure to update your vaccinations. Please call us for an appointment.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to South Korea?
Make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before heading off. The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to South Korea.
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for South Korea. If you are travelling around in the region, have a look at the vaccination requirements for the other countries that you intend to visit as recommendations differ from country to country.
South Korean Food
In major hotels and restaurants in Seoul, your food choices should not worry you, however, if you are trying something more adventurous, it makes sense to check out the reputation of the restaurant before sampling any new dishes. The National dish of Korea is “Kimchi”, which, basically, is pickled cabbage with garlic, is prepared in many different ways. It goes without saying that Kimchi is not for every taste nor is it for delicate digestive systems, but you’ll find it served as a side dish, or fried with other ingredients as a meal, so do give it a try. Seafood is plentiful and well-prepared, and rice features in almost every meal. (including breakfast).
Drinking Water in South Korea
It is important to take care with the water in South Korea, unless you are at your hotel, or you know the water has been boiled. It is always best to use bottled water to avoid any intestinal difficulties during your trip, and afterwards.
Transport in South Korea
Seoul enjoys an excellent inner-city transportation system, with one of the best Metro networks in Asia, and it’s your best choice for visiting this enormous metropolis safely and cheaply.
Health Care in South Korea
In the event that you require medical attention, clinics and hospitals in Seoul are plentiful and well-managed. It’s important to ensure that your Health insurance is up-to-date before departure. Outside the capital, it’s advisable to check beforehand what facilities might be available at your destination.