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Winter blooms on Geoje Island
Feb 08, 2012
Off the southern coast of Korea, winter comes in vivid ruby hues. Geoje Island in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) is home to some of the country’s thickest groves of dongbaek, known in English as the Japanese Camellia.The flower’s jewel-like red buds bloom from Octob...


Five tourist sites recommended by the Wonder Girls!
Feb 07, 2012
The Wonder Girls Cover Dance Contest, which was held from November 14 to 30, 2011 by VisitKorea and JYP Entertainment, attracted 1,013 teams from 62 countries. In the heated competition, ten teams (7 from overseas and 3 from Korea) won the contest. Three of these winning teams, w...


Memorable skiing moments
Feb 06, 2012
Beutiful scenary at a skiing slope Catherine Luck from Hong Kong arrived at the Bokwang Phoenix Park in Gangwon Province after staying one day in Seoul. She came to Korea on a six-nights seven-days tour with an itinerary that includes Seoul, Gangwon Province, and Jeju Island. “I...


Slow living at Samjinae Village
Jan 31, 2012
The old stone wall in Samjinae Village was built over 100 years ago with rocks that the villagers collected from a nearby river (Photo: Weekly Gonggam).It’s a typical winter afternoon in Samjinae Village. Thin wisps of white smoke float up from the chimneys of the traditional Han...


Two keywords to make Korea known in FITUR: K-Pop and Ko...
Jan 27, 2012
FITUR (Feria Intenacional de Turismo), a kind of world tourism fair, opened on January 18 and continued until January 22 in Madrid, Spain. The Korean booth that prepared a K-pop dance performed by Spanish youngsters and an in-flight meal from Korean Air captivated a great number ...


Winter wonderland at Taebaeksan Mountain
Jan 25, 2012
Travelers looking for a taste of winter splendor in Korea need look no further than Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), home to record snowfalls and the much-anticipated annual Taebaek Snow Festival.Some of the peninsula’s most beautiful snowy scenery can be found at Taebaeksan Mounta...


Holiday shoppers tour traditional markets
Jan 19, 2012
A shopping-tourism event was held on January 12 to alleviate the stress of the holiday rush and revitalize the regional tourism industry (photo courtesy of the KTO).With Seollal, Korea’s largest holiday, just around the corner, the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations are we...


Theme parks offer special holiday prices and events
Jan 18, 2012
Several of Korea’s representative theme parks have rolled out special offers for foreign residents, students, and travelers who will be spending the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday in Korea. A nong-ak troupe plays traditional folk instruments in a performance at Lotte World (lef...


More temples to welcome foreign visitors year-round
Jan 17, 2012
This year, two historic temples located in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province) will open its doors all year round to welcome foreigners wishing to participate in a Buddhist templestay program. Templestay programs invite you on a journey into tranquility and search for your tru...

Korea's biggest shopping festival for foreign visitors
Jan 12, 2012
2012 Korea Grand Sale - From January 9th to February 29th - A total of 77 businesses and 21,800 sole-proprietorships offer 10-50% discounts - The proceeds from the bazaar sales are donated to multicultural family support projects / a gift (maximum gift up to KRW 10 million) ...