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Getting the whole picture of Seoul’s traditional market...
Feb 15, 2013
Passengers pass by Bangsan Market, famous for its wrapping paper, on a test run of the Traditional Market Tour bus (photo: Yonhap News). Traditional markets are a great place to get a sense of many things about Korea including Korean culture, tradition, and food. In that sen...


Food Alleys: Gwanghui-dong Little Russia
Feb 15, 2013
Nestled between the skyscrapers of Dongdaemun is the small, unassuming neighbourhood of Gwanghui-dong. At first its narrow alleys may seem uninviting, but those intrepid enough will find some of Seoul’s most unexpected culinary delights. Many of the signs in the area are in Cyr...


HK uncovers Seoul’s hidden delights
Feb 13, 2013
Hong Kong is swiftly catching up on Seoul’s new travel trends. The January 25th edition of Hong Kong’s U Magazine introduced Seoul’s up-and-coming travel spots, which have only recently been getting attention among Korean people themselves. The feature story which concerns unusua...


A stage for dancing birds Geumgang Estuary
Jan 28, 2013
Geumgang Estuary in Gunsan is an excellent spot to observe baikal teals. They appear to dance in groups when they take to the sky. The city of Gunsan flourished during the Japanese colonial period, and vestiges of that time remain here and there.When the sun sinks below the horiz...


Joseon royal tombs: a look into Korean history
Jan 22, 2013
Historic royal tombs can reveal the entire lineage of a kingdom. The location and arrangement of the tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), highly informed by Confucianism, provide visitors a chance to experience exquisite examples of landscaping and insight into Korea’s histor...


Gwanghwamun woos visitors with attractions
Jan 22, 2013
It is easy to spot visitors in Seoul despite the cold weather these days. Along with the tourists flocking to Korea, parents often look for places where they can bring their children who spend their winter vacation at home. Gwanghwamun in central Seoul can be an answer for them, ...


Korea’s first garden expo nearly here
Jan 16, 2013
Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013 draws near, with less than 100 days remaining before the opening. The upcoming garden expo will take place all across Suncheon Bay in Suncheon City, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province) from April 20 to October 20 for a six-month run. Suncheon Bay,...


Beat the chill with Korean hot springs
Jan 15, 2013
As winter enters its coldest month and a cold wave comes over the whole country, Korean people seek winter retreats to beat the chill and stay healthy. One surefire way is to visit one of the hundreds of hot springs across the nation. According to the Korea Hot Spring Association...


Korea named best travel spot by overseas travel publish...
Jan 14, 2013
Korea was recently selected as one of best travel places by leading publishers overseas. Korea was recommended as one of 13 destinations for 2013 from a report published in Fugas, a supplement of leading Portuguese daily the Publico, on December 29, 2012. World-leading travel pub...

A Pure White Town Under the Azure Sky

A Pure White Town Under the Azure Sky
Jan 10, 2013
When it snows, Jeonseon becomes a winter wonderland.On the mountain ridges in the two Gangwon-do towns of Jeongseon and Yeongwol is a network of trails on which trucks once transported coal from what today are abandoned mines. People left the area after the mines closed, but the ...