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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...


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 ...