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Cheorwon is home to reminders of a tragic past
Jun 19, 2014
Once a large, prosperous railroad and road junction controlling the Gimhwa Valley, a vital north-south passageway to Seoul, the town of Cheorwon on the central sector of the DMZ was virtually wiped off the map in the bitter fighting of the Korean War (1950–1953). All that remains...

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Jeongseon County: from coal to tourism
Jun 19, 2014
When it comes to a weekend outing, many people would flock to traditional markets. It is one of Korea's singular features that there are five-day markets nationwide throughout all the provinces, including Chungcheong Province, Jeolla Province and Gyeongsang Province. Among the mo...

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Food Tourism 9: Jejudo Island
Jun 16, 2014
Jejudo, Korea's largest island, is just over 1,800 square kilometers, about the size of Mauritius or Maui. The oval-shaped island stretches over 73 kilometers from west to east and 31 kilometers from north to south. It boasts an amazing natural vista, being home to more than 2,00...

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Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae hall focuses on Korea
May 27, 2014
The recently renovated Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae re-opened to the public on May 27. (photo: Jeon Han)The Cheong Wa Dae Sanrangchae, a multi-purpose exhibition hall next to Cheong Wa Dae, has been newly transformed into a comprehensive Korean history, culture and travel promotion c...

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DMZ Train takes you to the border
May 26, 2014
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) crosses Korea in the middle of the peninsula. As a border that cuts the peninsula roughly in half, into northern and southern parts, the DMZ is heavily armed and a strictly limited place for the public. Earlier this month, however, KORAIL launched...

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Are there deserts in Korea?
May 16, 2014
Gigantic sand dunes can be seen across the world, from the Sahara Desert of northern Africa to the Arabian Desert of southwestern Asia. On the Korean Peninsula, too, it is also possible to see exotic sand dunes along the coast. According to the Ministry of Environment, there are ...

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Seomjingang River is a passageway to the Korea of old
May 16, 2014
Small Fields, Small Villages The Seomjingang River flows some 212 km from the mountains and lakes of Jinan, Jeollabuk-do, in the north toward Gwangyangman Bay in the south. Along the way, it passes through the towns of Imsil, Sunchang, Gokseong, Gurye, Hadong and Gwangyang. The h...

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Chon Jin Am: birthplace of Korean Catholicism
May 15, 2014
Pope Francis will visit Korea this August, from the 14th to the 18th. He is scheduled to conduct a beatification for Paul Yoon Ji-chung and for 123 other martyrs when he visits the Solmoe Holy Ground and Haemi Castle in Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province) for the dedic...

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Food Tourism 8: South Gyeongsang Province
May 14, 2014
Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) is located in the southeast corner of the peninsula, surrounding Busan and Ulsan. The region is very warm, as cold air from the east is blocked by the Taebaeksan Mountains running along the East Sea and cold air from the north and west...

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Art in the Streets: Exploring Daegu’s Bangcheon Market
Apr 24, 2014
If you’re travelling in Korea, you’ve gotta get yourself to a traditional market! Filled with every snack and knick-knack you can imagine, the traditional markets are a real slice of Korean culture. They hum with the sounds of haggling customers and flickering lights and the scen...