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  • Cheonggyecheon (Seoul): Years ago, a small river that flowed through Seoul was paved over. Although Cheonggyecheon is no longer a "natural" stream, this restored green space in the middle of the city gives new perspective to the skyscrapers towering on either side.
  • Songnisan (Chungcheongbuk-do/Gyeongsangbuk-do): This national park has some of the best hiking trails in South Korea. In a country where hiking is the unofficial national sport, that's saying something.
  • Juwangsan (Gyeongsangbuk-do): The smallest of the country's national parks, it is still one of the prettiest. Jusanji Lake, whose clear waters reflect the surrounding peaks, is well worth the hike.
  • Hong-do (Jeollanam-do): If you have a day to spare, take a ferry to this "red island" in the middle of Dadohae Maritime Park. A protected area, its pebble beaches and quaint seafood restaurants are overshadowed only by its magnificent scenery.
  • Inner Seorak (Gangwon-do): Although all of Seoraksan boasts beautiful landscapes, the less traveled inner section is worth the extra trek, especially in the fall when the autumn colors light up the mountainsides.
  • Sanbang-gulsa (Jeju-do): This island grotto and nearby Yongmeoli Haebyeon (Dragon Head Beach) are stuff of legend and wonderful examples of the volcanic island's natural beauty.
  • Seongsan Ilchulbong (Jeju-do): This isn't called "Sunrise Peak" for nothing, since it's a choice spot for watching the morning's rays. This former parasitic volcano is now home to beautiful rape flowers that bloom in the spring.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.