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Korail expands luxury cross-country Haerang rail servic...
Sep 29, 2014
Surrounded by a sparkling golden exterior, the train is equipped with high-end amenities that almost remind one of a luxury hotel. The train is Korea Railroad (Korail)'s recently-expanded Haerang passenger train service. It provides travelers with everything from a cozy bedroom a...

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'Safe Travel in Korea' published for overseas visitors
Sep 19, 2014
To help international visitors enjoy a safer and better trip to Korea, a new travel book, “Safe Travel in Korea,” has been recently published. The book contains a variety of information aimed at non-Korean travelers, helping them to cope with unexpected losses, danger or emergenc...

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11 things to do around Seoul during Chuseok
Sep 05, 2014
This month, we have a nice fat long weekend coming our way (September 6-9 or 10). But before you start making travel plans, first let me explain why you should stay in (or come to) Seoul and what you can do here. Chuseok is often referred to as “Korean Thanksgiving,” but that’s ...

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Temple experience program in downtown Seoul
Sep 01, 2014
A program offering a sample of religious life in a Buddhist temple, targeted at international tourists, will now be available in the heart of Seoul. The program consists of practicing with a wooden percussion instrument, making lotus lanterns, drinking tea with Buddhist monks, wr...

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Welcome to Incheon, the city of delicacies
Aug 28, 2014
The Incheon Asian Games are just around the corner, with less than three weeks remaining now until the opening ceremony. On the occasion of Asia's biggest sporting event, the city is expected to attract more than two million visitors. In line with this, Incheon City has been buil...

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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...