South Korea is a country swathed in green, prodding its stony fingers skyward, and the Koreans are a people obsessed with nature, and with mountains in particular. Wherever you travel, you'll see Koreans out in the open air, clad in the latest adventure fashions, pushing ever onward and upward.

South Korea sits on the east coast of northern Asia and is surrounded by China, Russia and Japan. South Koreans attribute their indefatigable culture to the binding agents of Confucianism, language and pride. The stunning landscape has also played a big part in creating a cohesive Korean identity. Well known for its remarkable economic achievements, this is also a land rich in cultural heritage and esoteric beauty that has somehow remained far removed from the Asian tourist trail.