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Korea's five unique museums recommended by KTO
Mar 26, 2013
Why did Koreans of the past draw paintings depicting tigers along with magpies? Why does the fish in the old folk paintings try to come out of the water with its head up? The answers can be found at Korea’s unique museums. It’s time to go and hit the special museums of Korea this...


Beauty and culture abound in the Naples of the Orient
Mar 14, 2013
Koreans call the harbor town of Tongyeong the “Naples of the Orient,” and it’s not hard to understand why once you’ve seen its spectacular location, tasted its hearty local cuisine, and experienced the joie de vivre of its residents. It’s also a city with an artistic soul. Over t...


5 highlights of Korea’s garden expo
Mar 08, 2013
Suncheon Bay is one of the world’s top-five best preserved coastal wetlands and also the widest reed bed in Korea. Located in the southwestern province of Jeollanam-do, it is home to 120 species of salt plants and more than 230 species of migratory birds. Boasting Korea’s la...


Taebaek, a spectacular tapestry of sacred peaks
Feb 18, 2013
One of the most inspiring sunrises in Korea can be enjoyed from the peak of Mt. Taebaeksan, the “Great White Mountain” Koreans have regarded as sacred for centuries. As the sun comes up over the East Sea, the horizon turns a spectacular crimson, illuminating the purple ridges t...


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, ...