Overland Travel in South Korea
Disconnected from other countries by road, you have to ship your overland vehicle to one of its ports before starting out on a unique road trip.
In South Korea, don’t expect dirt roads or 4×4 challenges but enjoy the ease of driving on asphalt. The mountainous and coastal landscapes are beautiful beyond imagination and driving your overland vehicle allows you to visit the remotest temples and pitch your rooftop tent anywhere for a night under the stars. Driving and camping in South Korea are super safe.
Apart from that, make sure to include some hiking, whether in a national park (Seoraksan and Jirisan are recommended) or the challenging and stunning 750-km-long Baekdu-daegan Mountain Ridge.
The Baekdu-Daegan is a mountain ridge across the country and includes national park. This is the ultimate region for hiking in South Korea.
The easiest way to get your overland car from South Korea or Japan to northern Asia is a ferry crossing to Russia. Here’s how to do it.
In our South Korea Overland Travel Guide, you’ll read all about documentation, gas stations, money matters, road conditions, and more.
After two thru-hikes, the Baekdu-Daegan in South Korea and the Jordan Trail, we have learned what hiking gear we need. Here’s our list.
Romance Factory in South Korea saved our day, our trip, and potentially lots of other vehicles – they fixed the car’s failing brakes.
Paid accommodation, staying with locals and where to go overland camping in South Korea, including GPS Waypoints.
Japan kicked us out two months earlier than we had hoped for and anticipated. We use our remaining time in Japan enjoying its beach life.
I was giving up. I didn’t want to do this anymore. My clothes were soaked with sweat, my legs and arms covered in scratches from overgrowth taller than I was. … Read more
The cherry blossom in South Korea is the announcement of spring. People go out, join the crowds, have fun, and take selfies!
The magic of the trail found in its landscape, culture, fog and sun, the spiritual and history are all reasons to thru-hike the Baekdu-Daegan.
When writing our last newsletter (Yes, I want to receive it too!) I was reminiscing about our 6-month stay in South Korea and started thanking people whom had helped us in … Read more
700+kms of hiking the Baekdu-daegan in South Korea, may be the most challenging yet inspiring way to travel here.
Underground, above the ground, on foot, or varying from using 1 to 4 wheels or more. See the fascinating, nifty, and fun ways of traveling in South Korea.
One week of sightseeing Seoul: the Olympic Park, the Bongeunsa Temple, Royal Tombs, Korea’s National Museum and the Korean War Memorial.
4 days of hiking in Jirisan National Park were followed by an additional 7 further north. It ws the start of the Baegdu Daegan Trail.
July 11, 2016: A 3-day hike in Seoraksan National Park had us blown away. The views, the trails, the sites along the way, the meetings with Koreans all contributed to a new passion: hiking.
Visiting the Demilitarized Zone, in shorti DMZ, in the east of South Korea: the Eilji Observatory and the 4th tunnel, both near Yanggu.
Starting our Landcruising Adventure on a new continent, South Korea has the honor of being our first step in the Far East.
When traveling from one country to the next, let alone to another continent, it’s hard not to compare. And while doing that, we tend to focus on what we like about the … Read more
Ins and outs of shipping the Land Cruiser in a container to Busan Port in South Korea.
Where are we – South Korea 3: Landcruising through the southern part of South Korea: cherry blossom, temples, food, hiking, camping, people.
After 60 days sailing around the world, our home on wheels is back on terra firma. Better: we retrieved it from the port today!
March 25, 2016: We’re in South Korea! We are super excited to start a new phase of our journey. It couldn’t have started in a better way: by being invited by South Koreans.