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South Korea: Your Next Runner's Vacation Spot

South Korea: Your Next Runner's Vacation Spot

From the bustling city life of Seoul to the natural wonders of Seoraksan National Park and the pristine beaches of Jeju Island, South Korea has something for everyone, including runners. South Korea boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. If you're ready for a caffeine boost, you're in luck. South Korea has a vibrant cafe scene. History and culture await visitors in the country's major cities.

Dong-a Ilbo Gyeongju International Marathon

South Korea, Gyeongju 20 Oct, 2019

Dong-A Ilbo Gongju Baekje Marathon

South Korea, Gongju 08 Sep, 2019

Gunsan Saemangeum International Marathon

South Korea, Gunsan-si 14 Apr, 2019

Chosunilbo Chunchon Int'l Marathon

South Korea, Chunchon 27 Oct, 2019

Daegu International Marathon

South Korea, Daegu 07 Apr, 2019

JTBC Seoul Marathon, former Joongang Seoul Marathon

South Korea, Seoul 03 Nov, 2020

Seoul Marathon 2019

South Korea, Seoul 17 Mar, 2019

Munhwa Marathon

South Korea, Paju 07 Oct, 2018

Incheon Songdo International Marathon

South Korea, Incheon 07 Oct, 2018

Jeju MBC International Peace Marathon

South Korea, Jeju-do 31 Mar, 2019

Things To Think About

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Don't leave a tip. Tipping is considered rude in South Korea.

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Remember to take off your running shoes before entering someone's home.

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Bring a phrase book or use a translation app. Most people do not speak English.

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Never haggle. Shopkeepers won't budge on posted prices.



World-Class Marathons

Runners can participate in a uniquely-competitive Korea marathon. The exciting Dong-A Ilbo Gyeongju marathon takes place every October. Eager participants flock to the historic capital of Gongju for the Dong-A Ilbo Gongju Baekje marathon in South Korea. The Seoul Marathon, the most famous marathon in South Korea, has been attracting international competitors since 1970. South Korea offers runners a wide range of event possibilities.

Dong-a Ilbo Gyeongju International Marathon

South Korea, Gyeongju 20 Oct, 2019

Good to Know

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Rains can be quite severe during the summer months. Keep this in mind when you are planning your Korea marathon calendar.

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The crime-rate in South Korea is exceptionally low, making it one of the safest countries on Earth.

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Koreans dress conservatively. Check with other participants to know what to wear during your Korea marathon. Bare sports bras are not acceptable attire in Korea.

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Public transportation is fast and efficient in South Korea.

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What runners are saying about South Korea: Your Next Runner's Vacation Spot

Jacqueline Wong

Jacqueline Wong

Seoul Marathon 2019, Reviewed 04 May, 2019

Seoul is a great race for anyone hoping to PR because the weather is ideal. It was around 4C at the start and warmed up to about 12C. The course is flat, not too crowded and there was no jostling at t...

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Andrew Louey

Andrew Louey

Seoul Marathon 2019, Reviewed 03 April, 2019

Completed the 10km at the Seoul Marathon festival 2019. This is a great route to do a PB for 10km. Temperature is probably too cold for a PB for the marathon, but is ideal for the 10km. Positives: We...

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