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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...


Winter Hiking
Jan 06, 2012
Of the highest mountain ranges in Korea, not many allow for both novice and expert trekkers to experience the beauty of winter. Mount Deogyusan's accessibility is its greater appeal, and nature-lovers head to its peaks in the heart of the year's coldest months.Hyangjeokbong peak ...


Gorging on Kwangjang
Jan 06, 2012
For over 100 years, Seoulites have escaped winter's chill at Kwangjang Market. Today, it remains one of the best places to grab a delicious meal, find a great bargain, and rub shoulders with a diverse cross-section of everyday folks.January is Korea's coldest month. It's when a S...


Welcoming the sunrise in 2012
Jan 03, 2012
People gathered at Haeundae Beach to see the first sunrise of 2012On the New Year, Haeundae Beach in Busan was filled with people who gathered to see the first sunrise of 2012 (Photo: Yonhap News).  By Lee Seung-ah Stafff Writer


Nami Island gathered 2.3 million visitors in 2011
Dec 30, 2011
Nami Island in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), where the Korean wave is said to have originated, recorded its highest number of visitors this year. The number of visitors reached 2.2 million, 18% of which were foreigners, or around 400,000 people. Metasequoia ...


Where to ring in the new year
Dec 30, 2011
Dragon is gaining popularity since 2012 is the year of the Black Dragon (Photo: Yonhap News) 2012 is the Year of ‘Yim-jin,’ or the Black Dragon. The Year of the Dragon returns every twelve years but the Year of the Black Dragon only comes every 60 years. Korean people c...


Korea emerges as medical tourism hotspot
Dec 22, 2011
More and more foreign patients are crossing borders to receive medical treatment and take in Korea’s culture and sights. As Asia is emerging as a market with great prospects, the medical tourism industry is enjoying increasing popularity. Continued economic growth and advancement...


A global city, Incheon
Dec 20, 2011
Incheon bridge, Korea's longest bridge, connects Yeongjongdo and Songdo (Photo: yonhap news)The sun crosses the water around Incheon and heads west after completing its day’s work. Mountains and rivers are colored red-orange like a ripe persimmon, almost as if they’re grieving ov...


Korea's ice fishing festivals chosen as one of the 7 wo...
Dec 16, 2011
Every January, the ice-topped lake in Hwacheon County, Gangwon-do transforms into the venue for one of the largest seasonal festivals in Korea. Renowned for its crystal clean habitat for mountain trout, the area has welcomed more than 1 million visitors annually -- to shiver with...