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Silla Hotel earns five stars
May 08, 2015
A ceremony to celebrate the Silla Seoul earning a five-star rating takes place on May 7. It was attended by Kim Jongdeok (third from right), minister of culture, sports and tourism, and Lee Bu-jin (third from left), president of the hotel. The Silla Seoul hotel has become th...

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Korean mountains via stamps: Jeju's mountain-top field
May 06, 2015
Along the Yeongsil Trail to the peak of Hallasan Mountain, there are three volcanic cones (oreum) in a row in the highlands between 1,600 and 1,700 meters above sea level. There, the high mountain field spreads around the Witseoreum and Bangaoreum volcanic cones. This is the Sunj...

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Green leaves, flowers decorate Gangjin
Apr 29, 2015
Against a backdrop of flowers, a replica Goryeo celadon vase shines its brilliant blue-green colors in the front garden of the Gangjin Celadon Museum. Gangjin was the production site of much of the iconic blue-green celadon crafted during Goryeo times (918-1392). Home to man...

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Naju: hometown of historic figures
Apr 29, 2015
A model of a Goguryeo palace can be found at the Naju Image Theme Park. Naju is home to a village that is surrounded by Goguryeo palaces and fortresses. This is the Naju Image Theme Park, where the soap operas "Jumong" and "Kingdom of the Winds" were filmed. Located in the s...

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Local southern delicacies now closer to home
Apr 29, 2015
Namdo hanjeongsik, or southern Korea's traditional dining, showcases the range of tastes and flavors found in dishes from the southern regions of the Korean Peninsula. In Korean, the word Namdo refers to the southern provincial areas south of Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province...

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Naju, South Jeolla's wealthy 'Little Seoul'
Apr 28, 2015
Located in mid-western Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), Naju has long been regarded as a city of abundance, ever since time immemorial. The Yeongsangang River, one of Korea's four largest rivers that form the nation's lifeblood, flows through the center of the city. Surround...

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Gangjin, hometown of celadon, explored with Korail
Apr 27, 2015
Located inland in southwestern Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), Gangjin-gun County has an appeal as a coastal city, thanks to Gangjinman Bay that penetrates sharply inland. To the north, it borders with Yeongam-gun County by Wolchulsan Mountain, creating a wonderful skyline ...

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Korean mountains via stamps: Jeju's obaengnahan
Apr 24, 2015
A range of rocks resembling an unfolded folding screen along a Hallasan Mountain trail is called Obaengnahan (오백나한, 五百羅漢). The name Obaengnahan literally means 500 Buddhist saints, referring to saints who had gained the ultimate enlightenment and were entitled to respect and reli...

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Seoul National Cemetery: The Less Crowded Cherry Blosso...
Apr 23, 2015
I just found a new spot to see the cherry blossoms in Seoul! If I go to Yeouido, I will be elbowing against a million other people while walking the five-kilometer cherry blossom lane behind the National Assembly grounds. So, there's no Yeouido for me this year. There's anoth...

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On an Easter day at Tongdosa, home of Korean Buddhism
Apr 22, 2015
Tongdo-sa (통도사) is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korean Buddhism. Like Songgwang-sa and Haein-sa, the two other Jewel temples, this temple is situated in the south of Korea. On Dale`s temple website Tongdosa is rated 10/10, worth to pay a visit we thought. So on Easter Su...