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Yeouido, a vacation in central Seoul
Aug 07, 2014
Park-goers enjoy the bike path and the giant fountain at the riverside Mulbit Square in Yeouido, Seoul, amid foggy, humid weather on August 5. (photo: Jeon Han)Yeouido, an island in the Hangang River, is so prominent in the national psyche that when people compare the size of an ...

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The port city of Incheon revels in its early modern pas...
Aug 06, 2014
Going to Chinatown Incheon’s best known tourist attraction is its Chinatown, Korea’s oldest and largest. Located just across from Incheon Station and easily recognized by the tell-tale pailou gate, Incheon’s Chinatown was founded in 1884 when traders from China’s Shandong Provinc...

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Bukhansan Mountain reveals Seoul’s hidden beauty
Aug 05, 2014
The Hidden Wall (center) is known for offering one of the best views of Bukhansan Mountain. To the left is Insubong Peak and on the right stands Baegundae Peak, the highest of the mountain's many peaks.(photo: Jeon Han)Seoul, the capital city, got its original shape when Joseon D...

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10 Bukhansan viewpoints: public parks via subway
Jul 31, 2014
"Joseon is a country of mountains. Wherever you step your foot, you cannot miss mountains."So wrote Claude-Charles Dallet (1829-1878), a French Catholic missionary, when he arrived in Korea in the mid-19th century. As Dallet says, mountains are everywhere in the country, whether ...

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Play with water guns, blow off the summer heat
Jul 28, 2014
Participants in the 2nd Sinchon Water Gun Festival enjoy getting soaking wet on July 26. (photo: Jeon Han)The shouts were all of laughter. Even though they were attacked by strangers, people were still happy and having fun. They are all participants in the Sinchon Water Gun Festi...

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New train line to North Korea
Jul 28, 2014
Created by a 2-kilometer deep strip of land that straddles both the south and the north of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), the 4-kilometer wide Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) divides the Korean Peninsula. Uninhabited since the Korean War (1950-1953), however, it now ironically has...

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Love padlocks at N Seoul Tower
Jul 23, 2014
Chinese tourists pose for photos in front of the 'Trees of Love' padlock formations at N Seoul Tower atop Namsan Mountain in Seoul on July 22. There are seven tree-shaped frames covered with padlocks at the base of the tower. (photo: Jeon Han)N Seoul Tower is one of the iconic sy...

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Imagine Your Korea: nation's new tourism brand slogan
Jul 23, 2014
Korea has recently launched a new tourism motto. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), along with the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), announced the new tagline, "Imagine Your Korea," on July 22. It will replace, "Sparkling Korea," the former catchphrase used si...

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Jeju Island offers paradise for fireflies
Jul 15, 2014
Fireflies light up the Cheongsu Gotjawal forest of Jeju Island in summer. A lot of Hotaria unmunsana, an "unmunsan" variety of fireflies, have recently been confirmed to be inhabiting the Cheongsu Gotjawal area, said the Warm-temperate and Subtropical Forest Research Center of th...

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Korea's medical tourism boom
Jul 14, 2014
Korea’s cutting-edge, low-cost medical services are drawing a global audience. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, over 200,000 overseas patients came to Korea to receive treatment last year. Some 211,218 patients from 191 different countries underwent treatment at K...