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In addition to the great cuisine, in Seoul visitors may enjoy a cooking class and learn all about preparing Bibimbap. Enjoy visiting Bongeunsa Temple and Bukchon, a traditional village, and observing the changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace and exquisite Changdoek Palace. Shoppers will delight in the underground shopping areas, with more than 1,000 specialty stores. A daytrip to visit the DMZ, the zone between North and South Korea, is almost a must.

In Busan, the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, Beomeosa Temple, is worth visiting, as well as the Iljumun Pagoda. But a highlight here, no doubt, may be spending some time at the local hot springs. Being a port city, seafood is king here, and  visiting Jagalchi Market, Korea's largest seafood market, is a fun activity.

At Jeju Island, one of the best botanical gardens in Asia, Yeomiji Botanical Garden, should be on your itinerary. But the highlight may be Manjanggul Cave, one of the finest lava tunnels in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Seongeup Folk Village, with its Confucian shrines and fortress ruins is worth a stop. You'll also want to admire "The Pond of God," Cheonjeyeon Falls.  There's also the Bonte Museum, featuring local handiwork, and the O'sulloc Museum, where you can learn about Korea's traditional tea culture.