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A night in a traditional Hanok home, full of warmth, ho...
Jan 22, 2015
Amid the forest of high rises in downtown Seoul, there is a chic quarter of traditional Hanok houses, creating a stark contrast between tradition and modernity. It’s the Bukchon Hanok Village, located in Jongno-gu. Travelers who hit the neighborhood as part of their itinerary can...


A-Train takes you to birthplace of 'Arirang'
Jan 22, 2015
Railroad operator Korail launched its new Jeongseon Arirang A-Train on January 22, a new train tour that loops through Jeongseon County in central Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province). The newly-launched A-Train service is the fourth of Korail's themed train tours, following the O-Line ...


Seoul offers green awareness classes along Hangang
Jan 09, 2015
Bean geese, white-fronted geese, white-naped cranes, herring gulls and mergansers. These are some of the more than 80 kinds of migratory birds that inhabit the Hangang River in winter. Currently, many parks and wetlands are running a variety of special programs where participants...


Seosan's Cheonsuman Bay is Korea's best bird-watching d...
Jan 08, 2015
Every winter, the waters and wetlands around Seosan’s Cheonsuman Bay become one of the world’s greatest birdwatching spots. Come either just before dawn or just after sunset and you’ll be treated to the spectacle of tens of thousands of birds taking off and landing in flocks so l...


KTO publishes halal guidebook
Jan 08, 2015
A food guidebook for Muslim tourists visiting Korea has recently been published. The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) produced “Muslim Friendly Restaurants in Korea” written in English last month. The book was designed to boost convenience for observant Muslim tourists who eat on...


Special tour of Gukje Market recalls movie
Jan 05, 2015
As the movie "Ode to My Father" is winning popularity across the country, a tourism program involving Busan's Gukje Market has now been launched. The Busan Tourism Organization (BTO) announced that starting January 3 it will run a special tour designed to introduce the film's sho...


Watch New Year's sunrise in Seoul
Dec 31, 2014
People will be able to watch the sunrise, greet the new Year of the Blue Sheep and participate in various activities at 19 locations across Seoul on the morning of January 1, 2015. The sun is expected to rise at 7:47 a.m. on New Year's Day. There will be a range of New Year's eve...


Int'l visitors hit 14 million this year
Dec 30, 2014
“I came to Korea for my mother’s knee operation,” said Chinese tourist Liushiquan, 33. He arrived at Cheongju International Airport in Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province) with his mother, Zangqiulan, 65, on December 29. The two mainland Chinese visitors became the star...


Christmas train takes revelers to Santa Village
Dec 24, 2014
A Santa village has opened its doors at a flag station in rural Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province). Run by the railroad operator Korail, the mountain-going "V-Train" is now ready to carry passengers to the Santa Village, making the round trip through the Baekdudaegan mo...


Korean maps, tourist info now in simplified Chinese
Dec 23, 2014
A new smartphone application is winning popularity among mainland Chinese tourists travelling in Korea. The app provides information about tourist attractions and information about discount vouchers in major shopping districts. Users can also book a package tour at a travel agenc...