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Nami Island gathered 2.3 million visitors in 2011
Dec 30, 2011
Nami Island in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), where the Korean wave is said to have originated, recorded its highest number of visitors this year. The number of visitors reached 2.2 million, 18% of which were foreigners, or around 400,000 people. Metasequoia ...

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Where to ring in the new year
Dec 30, 2011
Dragon is gaining popularity since 2012 is the year of the Black Dragon (Photo: Yonhap News) 2012 is the Year of ‘Yim-jin,’ or the Black Dragon. The Year of the Dragon returns every twelve years but the Year of the Black Dragon only comes every 60 years. Korean people c...

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Pyeongchang welcomes growing number of foreign tourists
Dec 30, 2011
Pyeongchang has enjoyed improved awareness as a winter sports destination after being elected as the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which has resulted in a rising number of foreign visitors this winter. The phenomenon is particularly visible at the Alpensia Resort (www.al...

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Korea emerges as medical tourism hotspot
Dec 22, 2011
More and more foreign patients are crossing borders to receive medical treatment and take in Korea’s culture and sights. As Asia is emerging as a market with great prospects, the medical tourism industry is enjoying increasing popularity. Continued economic growth and advancement...

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A global city, Incheon
Dec 20, 2011
Incheon bridge, Korea's longest bridge, connects Yeongjongdo and Songdo (Photo: yonhap news)The sun crosses the water around Incheon and heads west after completing its day’s work. Mountains and rivers are colored red-orange like a ripe persimmon, almost as if they’re grieving ov...

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Korea's ice fishing festivals chosen as one of the 7 wo...
Dec 16, 2011
Every January, the ice-topped lake in Hwacheon County, Gangwon-do transforms into the venue for one of the largest seasonal festivals in Korea. Renowned for its crystal clean habitat for mountain trout, the area has welcomed more than 1 million visitors annually -- to shiver with...

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Green tea plantations celebrate year end with Light Fes...
Dec 09, 2011
The terraced fields of green tea bushes are decorated with lights for the festival (image courtesy of Boseong County). Green tea isn’t considered a traditional Christmas drink, but the Boseong Green Tea Plantation is getting in the festive spirit this year. For the ninth year, va...

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Korea Revisited: World Heritage in Korea ③ Gyeongbokgun...
Dec 08, 2011
The Royal Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty -- Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung, and Changgyeonggung -- are must-see attractions for tourists visiting Seoul. Of the four palaces spread throughout the city center, Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most popular, surrounded b...

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Views from Korea's 52 Scenic Roads
Dec 07, 2011
The Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs (MLTMA) has released a promotional booklet and brochure showcasing Korea’s most picturesque and culturally rich highways and roads. Titled Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads, the publication is designed to help travelers find their w...

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KOCIS prepared a special trip for foreign laborers
Nov 30, 2011
Foreign workers who participated in the Korea cultural trip organized by the Korea Culture and Information Service (Photo courtesy of Center Tour). Foreign workers living in Korea made their way to Seoul and Gyeongju in the second and fourth weekends of November. The Korean Cultu...