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Hapcheon: home to Mother Nature, time-honored tradition
Mar 30, 2015
Located in the northwestern part of Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province), Hapcheon-gun County is clean and tranquil. At the same time, it's been recognized for being home to numerous relics and heritage items, including Haeinsa Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple with more...

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Royal azaleas, cherry blossoms beckon atop Hwangmaesan ...
Mar 30, 2015
At first sight, there are yet few signs of spring atop Hwangmaesan Mountain on March 26, but the broad view and pleasant wind blowing over hills tell that spring has already arrived. Films like "TaeGukGi: Brotherhood Of War" (2004) and "Welcome To Dongmakgol" (2005), a...

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Spring arrives on Gwanaksan Mountain
Mar 27, 2015
Spring is in the air across the mountains and fields. Growing buds can be found everywhere, after hiding during the long winter past. A variety of flowers have already blossomed. Mountains are a good place to experience the arrival of spring. Not far from the city, there ...

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Korean mountains via stamps --the Baengnokdam crater
Mar 25, 2015
"Mountains are beautiful as they protrude from the earth," wrote poet Shin Seokjung. Two thirds of the Korean Peninsula consists of mountains, and there are many famous mountains among them. The first bundle of "Celebrated Mountains of Korea Series" of stamps was issued b...

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Spring explodes across the peninsula
Mar 25, 2015
The Korean Peninsula is approximately 70 percent mountains, making spring ever more meaningful. The trees lose most of their leaves in the winter, bearing bare branches during the cold season. Then in comes spring with its flowers and leaves, budding with nature's beautiful exube...

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Catching a first glimpse of springtime at Beomosa templ...
Mar 20, 2015
The first weekend of March we had a plan to visit a friend in Yangsan (Gyeongsamnamdo). So on Friday at 5 pm we got on the bus at the Pyeongtaek busterminal.  Five hours later, after a change in Daejeon, we arrived safely and well at the Nopo busterminal in Busan. In Busan i...

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Muju County: heart of the country
Mar 18, 2015
Muju-gun County connects six cities and counties across five provinces, including South and North Gyeongsang Provinces, South and North Chungcheong Provinces and North Jeolla Province. With the Daejeon-Jinju Expressway cutting through it from north to south, Muju now lies at the ...

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The Garden of Morning Calm’s Snippets of Spring
Mar 18, 2015
One of my most memorable trips in Korea was when I visited The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원) in 2013. My Korean best friend was having his school break so he decided to take a vacation in his hometown Hoengsong (횡성) in Gangwondo (강원도). At that time, I really had a plan to go t...

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Fireflies, wild grapes represent green Muju
Mar 17, 2015
Fireflies can only live in clean water and in an unpolluted environment. The presence of fireflies is a gauge of an area's purity. Fireflies glow in the dark and bring on a childlike innocence and nostalgia. They like damp environments and only show up at night after hiding durin...

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Visit Imsil, a base for cheese tourism
Mar 16, 2015
Cheese was unfamiliar to many people only a few decades ago, but now it's one of the most widely consumed foods across the nation. Recently, many innovative chefs have added cheese to spicy dishes, taking the food scene by storm, creating menu items such as "cheese dakgalbi" (spi...