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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) ...


A city's hidden valley
Jan 11, 2012
Baeksasil ValleyBaeksasil Valley in northern Seoul is one of the city's greatest secrets, well-kept by neighbors and hikers seeking its peace. Groves of tall trees bridge the ground to the blue skies in this quiet mountain valley, where the air is so silent that even the soft fal...

M-pass public transit card released
Jan 06, 2012
A public transit card exclusively for use by foreign tourists is now available for purchase. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) announced on December 28 that it has teamed up with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Korea Smart Card to issue M-Pass card...


Inter-Korean border tourist sites see unprecedented num...
Jan 06, 2012
The annual number of tourists to the inter-Korean border sites in Paju, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province) surpassed 600,000 people for the first time this past year.According to the Paju City Government, approximately 603,000 tourists visited the areas bordering the demilitarizatio...