A mother of two, Seo Hye-won and her family from Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, have been postponing their trip for months. But, after mostly being cooped up at home due to social distancing, they decided to escape to the great outdoors of Gangwon-do Province.
"Because of having to practice social distancing, this is our first family trip in five months. We had to pack extra masks and hand sanitizer but it feels good to be out."
She added that her family chose to visit spots where disinfection work had been carried out and where fewer people would be around.
"Instead of going to venues packed with people, those concerned about the virus are taking it easy among the birch trees while also complying with coronavirus-related safety guidelines."
"Please put on your masks and maintain a distance from others."
Travel safety guidelines published by the Ministry of Culture not only include wearing masks and keeping a two-arms length distance from others, but also paying online as much as possible and cooperating with other COVID-19 prevention measures.
And, while wearing masks, visitors appreciated the gentle rustling of leaves at the Wondaeri Birch Forest in Inje, Gangwon-do Province.
"It's good to be out in nature where I can breathe in the fresh air. It's a little frustrating to hike while wearing a mask but I'm keeping it on as much as possible."
A family from Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, said their trip brought them even closer together while at the same time let them appreciate the beauty of nature.
"We have rediscovered the preciousness of our country's natural beauty all over again."
According to a survey of 300 South Koreans carried out by online travel company Expedia, 77-percent said they are planning to travel to local destinations this year rather than go overseas.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.