Without a doubt, South Korea offers some of the most beautiful views from above. Unlike some cities and countries I have visited in the past that require hiking / an airplane to access the gorgeous views, many of the views in Korea can easily be accessed without hiking (minus only a few).
The views that qualified to be on this list had only one criteria to meet: they had to be accessed from above ground level. It is very easy to take yourself to a gorgeous beach or a road leading to a mountain and enjoy a scenic view. Instead I wanted to showcase Korea’s best views from above the ground.
This is a collaborative post, so please enjoy some other travel blogger’s personal favorite views first, as well as mine at the end!
Beachy views from Busan Tower
Located in Yongdusan Park in Busan, the Busan Tower is the perfect spot to see stunning views of Busan. At 69m above sea level, you are guaranteed a great coastal view. At night when the city comes alive, you can see amazing city night lights. Entry into the Busan Tower costs a mere 5000 KRW.
Surreal scenic views from the top of Seoraksan (Seorak Mountain)
Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon Province , and offers some of the most photographed mountain views in South Korea. Seoraksan is a hiking spot, offering the most breathtaking views from high above the mountain peaks. While I personally haven’t hiked this myself, it has always been high on my bucket list, and is highly spoke about by most bloggers and photographers.
Watch the sun go down from N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower, or Namsan Seoul Tower, is an observatory is Seoul near Myeongdong that offers panoramic views of Seoul City. While you can visit N Seoul Tower during the day or the night, sunset is the best time to go. Not only are you able to witness the day and night of the cityscape, but you can watch as the sky changes into fiery oranges and bright yellows. Entrance to N Seoul Tower is 10 000 KRW.
Amazing tea field views from Boseong Green Tea Plantation
Boseong green tea plantation is beautiful from ground level, but even better if you take a hike to the top. Not only do you get stellar views of the winding green tea crops, but you can see into the distant horizon. Entry into Boseong is cheap, and will only set you back 4000 KRW.
Sunset views at Hwangnyeong Mountain, Busan
Hwangnyeong Mountain is a fantastic spot to view magnificent cityscapes of Busan as well as sunsets, without having to pay any fees or do any hiking. From the top of the mountain, you can see amongst other things Gwanganli’s Diamond bridge. Getting here is as easy as a short drive from Geumyeonsan station.
Island views from Wind on the Hill cafe, Dolsan Island
A cafe that offers the best tea and views in all of Yeosu is a cafe you should not miss out on when touring the South. Situated on Dolsan Island, Wind on the Hill cafe offers stellar views of the bay below it, as well as beautiful natural scenery.
Secret beach views from Naksansa Temple
Possibly one of the most underrated beaches along the northeast coast of Gangwon-do Province, Naksan beach is a hidden treasure. Located right next to Naksan Beach on a cliff rests Naksana Buddhist Temple, which not only offers a peaceful, seaside temple experience, but also hold beautiful seaside views of Naksan beach below. Entry into the temple will only cost you 3000 KRW.
Hyangrim Hermitage Yeosu
Apart from Haedong Yonggunsa Temple in Busan, Hyangiram Hermitage in Yeosu offers absolutely stellar views from the drive up the the mountain, right until you reach the temple at the top after hiking for thirty minutes. A very peaceful temple perhced up on the mountain overlooking the sea, this temple has breath taking views that rates this temple number one for me. A must see while in Korea, this temple will only set you back 2000 KRW.
Tongyeong Cable Car
The absolutely most beautiful view I have witnessed in Korea was in Tongyeong. Tongyeong is a coastal city surrounded by a number of small islands. Taking a cablecar up to the top of the mountain allows you to get higher up and see the most gorgeous view of the islands down below. Despite the popularity of the cable car and therefore a painfully long wait, getting to the top of the mountain is so worth it. A return cablecar price is 10 000 KRW.
City watch from Apsan (mountain) in Daegu
Daegu has two lovely cable cars, offering two very different views. One is at Palgonsan and the other at Apsan. Apsan Mountain cablecar features a lovely nature walk before you get to the top of the cable car, and then a lovely cable car ride through the trees. Once on the top of the mountain you can see the entire south side of Daegu! The cablecar runs until 18:30 on weekends during winter, giving you just enough time to see the city come to life! The price of a return ticket is 9000 KRW.
Look down onto Pohang’s Dragon Temple
Pohang has a few lovely sea and mountain views of its own, with my favorite views being at the Dragon (Daewonsa) Temple near Chilpo beach. The temple is unconventional in that it’s shaped into a dragon’s body. You can walk through the entire body via the mouth and ending at the tail, before turning around and exiting through the mouth again. At the top of the dragon temple is a small hill which you can walk up, leading to a traditional temple structure, as well as offering scenic views of the dragon temple, rice fields and the ocean down below. The best part about this place is it’s totally free!
Eat lunch high up in the sky on Palgongsan (Mountain)
If you could have a beautiful mountainous lunch view without committing yourself to a treacherous hike, would you do it? Palgongsan has a cablecar that runs to the top of Palgong mountain, and has a 360 degree sky view restaurant. Once at the top of the mountain there are various short trails that you can hike through to get a better view of what lies below. On a clear day or during autumn, this is an awesome weekend spot. A return ticket will cost you 9000 KRW.
Look at an amusement park from Gyeongju Tower
The only place in Gyeongju where you can catch a glimpse of the quaint historical city down below for free, is from Gyeongju Tower. Situated near Bomun Lake, the tower – which not only looks cool- offers a great view of the amusement park and famous Bomun Lake down below. Have you ever seen how tiny an amusement park looks from above..? I hadn’t!
Get lost in the botanical gardens on Wedo Island
Off the gorgeous city of Goeje, is a tiny island called Wedo. The entire island has been turned into a maze of a botanical garden. The botanical garden island features an array of lush plants and flowers, and amazing views of the mountain and ocean in the background. Getting here is a little tricky as you need to purchase ferry tickets, but is easily done with the help of a Korean friend.