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Stay overnight with books in a ‘home for paper’
Feb 01, 2016
The Jijihyang hotel provides Author Rooms where guests can not only read the books stacked on the shelves, but can also be inspired by all the books there written by Korean authors. Nowadays, there are small, easy-to-come-by libraries right next door to us in our neig...


Forest of Wisdom builds new reading paradigm
Feb 01, 2016
Paju's Forest of Wisdom greets visitors with 8-meter shelves stacked with books donated by Korean scholars, intellectuals and specialists from a variety of fields. "Eight meters tall and spanning 3.1 kilometers." At first glance, one may think these numbers refer...


Korean tourism captivates Singaporean PM
Feb 01, 2016
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shows a photo he took of a temple at Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju during his vacation to Korea last December. Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju. Bicycling around Gyeongju. Walking along the water at Hwajinpo Beach. Hiking around Seoraksan Mou...


Long-awaited ice fishing returns to Hwacheon
Jan 22, 2016
There's a reason why people have been long-awaiting the arrival of winter. The yearly Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a time of wintertime fun for many people, and it has now returned to the Gangwon-do city of Hwacheon. Kicking off on Jan. 9 in Hwacheon-gun County, G...


Travel to Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongju
Jan 18, 2016
Being a university student in Korea can be really stressful: final exams, presentations and group project deadlines all pile up before Christmas. That's why some friends and I decided to reward ourselves with a short Korea-travel trip to Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongju after finishing ...


Explore the foods of Seoul across its alleyways
Jan 14, 2016
For tourists in Seoul, which neighborhoods do they just have to explore? The recently published “Top 30 Famous Alleys in Seoul” will guide the intrepid diner to 30 alleyways across the metropolis that are full of delights to eat, see and enjoy. The guide book, available in...

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Enjoy 2016 with festivals nationwide
Jan 04, 2016
Children catch trout by hand at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festival, or Trout Festival, in January 2015. The festival, one of the best-known winter festivals in Korea, has been named one of the three best festivals for 2016. The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festival, the Gimje Horizo...


Best places to watch the sunrise with family in nationa...
Dec 31, 2015
On the last day of the year, beaches on the eastern coast of the country are crowded with visitors who want to see the first sunrise of the coming year earlier than they could in other, more inland places. There are, however, plenty of other options for beautiful places to see th...


Discounts abound for winter adventures
Dec 23, 2015
Winter leisure activities are now on discount across the country. The discounts vary from hot springs that can be enjoyed amid mountainous landscapes and ski resorts where skiers zip down the slopes, all the way to amusement parks adorned with Christmas lights, Santa Clauses and ...


What’s old is new: Tracking the changes in Yeonnam-dong
Dec 11, 2015
Not long ago I paid a visit to an old neighborhood. For two years I lived in the hilly backstreets between Sinchon and Hongdae, within walking distance of their raucous nightlife, but far enough away that at night the only sounds making it up to my fourth floor studio were the o...