Sometimes it's fun to leave Seoul.
These three islands near Incheon International Airport are underrated. They are beautiful and provide a lot of fun. Biking is one popular activity on these islands. The roads provide ideal paths for bicycles that make exploring the islands both exciting and healthy.
Looking for a place with ATV trails? Paintballing? Bungee jumping? Beautiful mountain vistas? Well, you've found it. Say hello to Gangchon...Lovely Gangchon.
At a mere 63 kilometers away from Seoul, Nami Island is a perfect destination for day-trips or weekend get-aways. The island sits in the middle of the Han River upstream from Seoul and features very refreshing scenery. It won't blow your socks off, but it is a nice change from the big city downstream.
Pocheon is a small city that lies only 42 kilometers northeast of Seoul, and yet it is not a popular destination for Seoulites. The city is known mainly for its maekkoli (rice wine) and galbi (Korean BBQ). This is an unfortunate misperception, as it has more to offer than just alcohol and meat. There is a beautiful lake, three mountains, and a carnival-like amusement park. The area is not overly developed, and as such, it does a good job of balancing nature and comfort. This all makes for an excellent weekend destination for adults and kids.
Visit Korea's 6th largest city, Gwangju. It is home of the infamous 5.18 Massacre that helped lead Korea to true democracy.