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Korean mountains via stamps: Jeju's obaengnahan
Apr 24, 2015
A range of rocks resembling an unfolded folding screen along a Hallasan Mountain trail is called Obaengnahan (오백나한, 五百羅漢). The name Obaengnahan literally means 500 Buddhist saints, referring to saints who had gained the ultimate enlightenment and were entitled to respect and reli...

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Seoul National Cemetery: The Less Crowded Cherry Blosso...
Apr 23, 2015
I just found a new spot to see the cherry blossoms in Seoul! If I go to Yeouido, I will be elbowing against a million other people while walking the five-kilometer cherry blossom lane behind the National Assembly grounds. So, there's no Yeouido for me this year. There's anoth...

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On an Easter day at Tongdosa, home of Korean Buddhism
Apr 22, 2015
Tongdo-sa (통도사) is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korean Buddhism. Like Songgwang-sa and Haein-sa, the two other Jewel temples, this temple is situated in the south of Korea. On Dale`s temple website Tongdosa is rated 10/10, worth to pay a visit we thought. So on Easter Su...

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Iksan, jewel of history
Apr 20, 2015
With a population of 310,000, Iksan City in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province) has the third largest population in the Honam area, following Gwangju and Jeonju. The above photo shows a bird's eye view of the city of Iksan. Located in northwest Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Pr...

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Travel guides published for solo Chinese travelers
Apr 16, 2015
Travel guides for solo Chinese travelers visiting Korea have now been published. The new Xinger guide books for Chinese tourists, which cover Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Gyeonggi-do Province, Gangwon-do Province and Jeju Island, were released on April 13. Most of these are r...

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Korean mountains via stamps -- Jeju's oreum
Apr 16, 2015
The volcanic cones formed from lava deposits discharged following a volcanic eruption are called oreum in the Jeju Island dialect. It refers to the range of small cone-shaped mountains scattered at the foot of Hallasan Mountain. There are traces of craters atop these small hills ...

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Gimhae offers 9 local specialties, 9 tastes
Apr 14, 2015
Ripe raspberries await the harvest, in Sangdong-myeon Township in Gimhae City. There are many locations and fables associated with King Kim Su-ro (d. 199), founder of the Garakguk Kingdom (43-532) in what is today Gimhae City. Among them are many names that begin with “Gu.” ...

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Gimhae filled with ancient Gaya festivals, history
Apr 14, 2015
The city of Gimhae in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) has an upcoming series of festivals that highlights its 2,000 years of history. The Gimhae National Folk Bullfight Festival and the Gimhae Buncheong Ceramics Festival bring to life both agricultural and artistic t...

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'Sea of Iron,' Gimhae embraces Gaya history
Apr 14, 2015
In July 1990, the first tomb excavations took place in Daeseong-dong, in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province). The artifacts from the ancient Gaya Confederacy (42-562) from some 1,600 years ago finally came to light. The excavations led to the discovery that ...

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Doors re-open on Garakguk Kingdom
Apr 10, 2015
The Taegeukjeon, the main building at the Gimhae Gaya Theme Park, is used as a theme-based exhibition venue. The Gaya Confederacy (42-532) has been brought back to life with a reconstruction of its largest constituent kingdom, the Garakguk Kingdom (43-532), or Geumgwan Gaya....