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Top 12 tourism spots of the past 50 years
Dec 21, 2012
Korea’s top twelve record-setting tourism destinations were revealed by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) at a celebration held on December 11 to mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment. Out of 28 candidates with a significant record in the tourism sector during the KTO...

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Coastal hillside village Gamcheon wins Asian Townscape ...
Dec 14, 2012
Gamcheon, a small village in Korea’s southern port city of Busan, is no stranger to the spotlight. Local as well as foreign visitors come by the tens of thousands each year, often with cameras in tow, to get a firsthand look at the eclectic winding staircases and colorful homes t...

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French Town in Seoul exudes exotic beauty
Dec 14, 2012
10 Million Foreign Tourists SeriesFor a proper taste of traditional Korean culture, there is nothing like Insadong in Jongno District. But those who seek a more exotic atmosphere in Seoul would probably love Seorae Village in Seocho District. Restaurants, open-air cafes, wine bar...

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Hongdae's guest houses offer youth culture to visitors
Dec 11, 2012
With its vibrant nightlife, active counterculture, and increasing convenience, Hongdae has become one of Seoul’s most popular neighborhoods for domestic travelers and international visitors alike. The area, named after nearby arts school Hongik University, is also home to a growi...

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Old and new thrive at Samseong-dong
Dec 06, 2012
10 Million Foreign Tourists Series Thirty-one seconds into the record-breaking music video for “Gangnam Style,” rapper PSY does his signature horse-riding dance in front of a sleek glass-paneled building. A second later, the entire upper half of the glossy façade comes into view,...

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Hanok Homestay program invites visitors
Dec 06, 2012
More Koreans may be living in apartments than ever, but the traditional Korean house is making a comeback. Known as the Hanok, it is becoming a popular attraction not only for foreign visitors, but also Koreans. The Hanok Homestay program ensures that visitors have access to a qu...

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Cheongdam-dong, the Mecca of high fashion and fine dini...
Nov 29, 2012
10 Million Foreign Tourists Series The lights illuminating the street from Cheongdam-dong Intersection to Galleria Department Stores in southern Seoul look like white balloons hanging on trees. The decorations are reminiscent of the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Now the 1.37-kilometer...

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Korea welcomes ten millionth visitor
Nov 23, 2012
This year saw landmark accomplishments for Korea in the sectors of global finance and international diplomacy as well as the domestic and overseas entertainment industries. Last week, with a little over a month left before the year’s end, a new cause for celebration landed on the...

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Jeongdong-gil, a walk through Korea’s cultural heritage
Nov 22, 2012
The quaint street of Jeong-dong, popularly known as Jeongdong-gil, in downtown Seoul is full of cultural heritage and bears vestiges of Korea’s long and storied history. Running along the stonewall of Deoksugung Palace, Jeongdong-gil was designated as the first “Beautiful Stree...

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Garosu-gil sets new trends
Nov 19, 2012
10 Million Foreign Tourists Series Young people do not seem to mind the cold on a winter day while they are coming in and out of shops in Garosu-gil, a trendy street in Gangnam District of southern Seoul. It would be understandable if someone were to visit the place and see what ...