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Fun in the mud at one of Korea's hottest summer destina...
Jul 08, 2014
No discussion of the West Sea town of Boryeong is complete without mentioning the eponymous mud festival, which has gained a reputation as a particular favorite among expatriates. From its humble beginnings, this celebration of the city’s mud, touted for its rich mineral content,...

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Temple stay: A trip for inner healing
Jul 03, 2014
Traveling is a journey of self-discovery, seeing a side of yourself you have never seen before. The meaningful moments that you come across in a place you have never been to sometimes point in the direction you have to go from now on. Staying overnight at a calm and serene moun...

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Biking in Seoul
Jul 02, 2014
One of the best ways to spot spring’s arrival in Seoul—after the cherry blossoms—is the increased traffic on the city’s bike paths. Bicycling on Korean roads can be frightening, but despite some street-level shortcomings, Seoul and its surroundings offer a vast array of bike-frie...

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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...