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807-2 Boseong-ri, Boseong-eup, Boseong, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
South Korea. To the world it is bright neon lights, fuel-efficient cars, genetic research and kimchi. The Land of the Morning Calm is deservedly lauded as a spreading ground for future tech and well known as the K-pop powerhouse, though Seoul is...
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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
On a jetty jutting out into the Sea of Japan, toward a pine-covered lighthouse isle, this metal tree of hearts is a rendezvous spot on the NE coast of South Korea. Visitors from all over Asia come to Sokcho to eat seafood and to see where scenes...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Dumplings are delicious. That's not much of a secret. But snacking on dumplings in one of the world's busiest and most atmospheric night markets? That's an entirely different experience. Namdaeumun Night Market, located smack dab in the heart of ...
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78 Namdaemun-ro, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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In the Korean capital's Myeongdong district, you're not limited to 'Seoul-food;' you can also taste distinctive dishes from Jeonju city, in the country's fertile Southwest. Go to "Go-gung" (pronounce: goh-goong) restaurant. The restaurant's...
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Seoksu-dong, Manan-gu, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Anyang, located just outside Seoul, is an incredible place for a day trip. The Anyang Art Park has numerous sites to see—including this maze-like staircase. The park, situated in a valley, is a perfect place to spend an afternoon in any season.
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137 Seobinggo-ro, Seobinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
The National Museum of Korea is the largest museum in Korea and houses a comprehensive collection of Korean cultural artifacts that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient days to the modern era. There’s also the Children’s...
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In the peaceful Korean countryside side the Hwaeom Temple prepares for Buddhas birthday by hanging bright and colorful lanterns. Buddhists from across the region to write personal messages and attach them to the bottoms of the ornate lanterns.
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Amidst the almost hypnotic repetition of pattern and color, I spent an afternoon 'lost' in the colonnades of Changdeok-gung Palace. Focusing my vision on architecture in a historical context far removed from my everyday life--one of my favorite...
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Seongji-ro 153beon-gil, Choeup-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
The temples of South Korea are always one of my favorite things to check out while traveling there. For one, the temples in South Korea are usually accessible by hike and are often perched on the top of a mountain so just getting to the temple can...
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60 Jangchungdan-ro, Jangchungdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
seoul.go.kr"Bukchon Hanok Village offers an old-fashioned Korean hotel experience. You sleep on thick sheets with a hard pillow on a heated floor. Try the Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul (shown) if you want to be pampered. —Heong Soon Park This...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In the Samcheong-dong neighborhood, I saw this whimsical mural on the side of a bakery—perfect for a Francophile Korean sweet tooth. I became a lover of macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) when I lived in Paris. I had no idea that the...
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51, Marine City 1-ro, 우동 Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Pritzker Prize–winning architect Daniel Libeskind found inspiration in wind-filled sails and the waves off Haeundae Beach when he devised the curvilinear geometry of this 269-room hotel. The interior design includes French oak floors,...
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136 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Expecting a stuffy museum, I found the King Sejong Story was a pleasant surprise. This monument in the center of Seoul, housed underneath one of the hippest areas, is worth a look. No amount of rambling can present how great King Sejong was for...
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Cheoksanyangjimal-gil, Nohak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
"Mak-guk-su' are hearty Korean buckwheat noodles--the rustic cousins of Japanese 'soba' across the sea...The port city of Sokcho is famous for its seafood, but just a few miles inland, in the village district of I-mok-ri, cold and spicy...
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60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A great way to spend an afternoon in Seoul: a good book and the genius of sculptor Louise Bourgeois at the Leeum Museum. A gentleman relaxes on ‘Eye Benches,’ while 'Maman' stands guard. It’s in Itaewon that Samsung planted the Leeum Contemporary...
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55 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A window-display near the Jogye-sa temple in central Seoul...now, THAT's a paper lantern! Buddhist temples were not allowed in Seoul during the years of the Joseon (Yi) dynasty (1392-1910); the new rulers were suspicious of clerical involvement in...
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Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Throne Hall of Gyeongbok-gung Palace in Seoul has a lofty name based on Confucian principles: "Geun-jeong-jeon," meaning "diligence helps governance"—words for politicians to live by, eh? Originally built in the 1390s when a new dynasty...
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South Korea, Gangwon-do, Sokcho-si, Daepo-dong, Seoraksan-ro, 833
About 25 miles north of the site of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics is Seoraksan National Park. These mountains along Korea's East Coast are a hiker's paradise in all seasons, studded with architectural and religious highlights. Sitting,...
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Tucked away on the side of a mountain just a few miles south of Seoul proper is the Anyang Art Park, home to dozens of art installations from burgeoning international designers. A favorite among weekend warriors, the place is left virtually empty...
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20-17 Bukchon-ro, Jae-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For some reason there are many Filipinos in my life. My dad's best friend, my cousin's husband, my aunt, my old roommate, etc....and when I came to Seoul to study at Yonsei University, it was to my pleasant surprise to find out I had a Filipina...
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Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Globalization is this groovy thing leading to all sorts of adventure. I was surprised while living in Central Asia to find how many people had family living in Korea or were Koreans living in the region. With this said, I should not have been...
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Euljiro 6(yuk)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Dongdaemun, the old East Gate of Seoul, has been the site of a market for generations. Today, the double-roofed stone arch no longer marks entry into the city, but the capital's residents still come here to haggle over everything from shoes to...
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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While in Seoul, stop by Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace, where you can see semi-daily changing of the guard ceremonies.
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Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
The Giant's Causeway in Ireland is perhaps the most well-known example of seaside columnar basalt cliffs...and here on this green volcanic island on the other side of the world is a less well-known locale where you can find this geologic...
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I have to admit, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to being called a "tourist". I prefer "global citizen", "traveler", or "cultured", mostly for the sake of feeding my own ego. Though while at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, looking at fresh cherry...
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Earlier in the evening, this spot in Gwanghwamun Plaza was full of families, children playing in the fountains beneath the statue of 16th-c. Admiral Yi Sun-shin. After dinner, with the kids gone, I got a moment of calm. For decades, this statue...
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Seoul, South Korea
The thousand-year-old Korean tradition of decorative knots becomes high art in the studio of Kim Eun-Young, where she weaves and ties intricate patterns of flowers and insects out of silk thread. Kensington Tours can arrange a visit with Kim or...
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85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A steaming bowl of ginseng chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered—no matter what ails you—and To Sok Chon is Seoul’s top spot. Each portion contains an entire boiled chicken, accompanied by roots and herbs. Despite the quantity, you’ll hear...
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Gugi-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Clear your mind with an overnight session at Geumsunsa Temple, where you’ll welcome the dawn with 108 yogic bows. On a hill in central Seoul, the grounds are a welcome escape from the city’s urban center. geumsunsa.org. This appeared in the...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This religious site is within a quarter mile of the popular Gyeongbuk Palace and is worth a visit. The courtyard in front of this wall of buddhas is shaded by bamboo. The atmosphere is extremely peaceful unlike the busy streets just outside this...
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Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
Chili fish cakes, deep-fried squid, zucchini and dumplings... anything more perfect on a cold day in the city?
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Gunja-dong, Seoul, South Korea
The best time to take a walk around Seoul is towards the end of March when these little blooms make quite a punch.
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Osaek-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
About 25 miles north of the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and just 25 miles south, as the crow flies, of the heavily fortified DMZ, the Jujeonggol valley in Seoraksan Nat'l Park is an oasis of jade-colored waters beneath pinnacles of...
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Sometimes I visit Insa-dong in Seoul, South Korea. Insa-dong is traditional culture street. I can taste original Korean slush at the traditional teahouse. The basic topping is red bean, but many teahouses or coffee shops are trying to change to a...
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Songcheon-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Several years from now, spectators and athletes from around the world will be descending on these mountains; the 2018 Winter Olympics have just been awarded to Pyeongchang, in the mountains along the East coast of South Korea. While visiting my...
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56-1 Dodong-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
A secret in a vast sea of secrets, Ulleung Island is one of the most remarkable travel destinations in all of Asia. Gaining popularity among Korean holidaymakers, Ulleung is still generally viewed as a stopover en route to Dokdo Island - a couple...
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82 Boan-gil, Hupyeong-dong, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
This is a cool noodle that made of buckwheat. The name is "Mak.guk.su". My hometown where is chun cheon is specially known as town of Mak guk su. It is light instead of oily so, anyone can eat and digest easily. Try !
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105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Look to the top of Seoul’s 860-foot-tall Namsan Mountain and you’ll see the N Seoul Tower, which rises an additional 777 feet. This aerial perch is the highest point in the city and offers incredible views. Far below, Seoul sprawls out...
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South Korea, Incheon, Jung-gu, Bukseong-dong 1(il)-ga, 86 ()-ga
Wolmido, an island off the coast of Korea near the city of Incheon, is a nice place to go for a day trip. The small amusement park can be fun for kids, while the adults will love the multitude of seafood restaurants. The picture depicts the...
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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There are many imperial palaces in Seoul, but only one is open at night - Deoksugung Palace. For about $1, enter the east gate and watch couples hold hands as you stroll through the grounds of former kings and queens. When you leave, cross the...
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Seoul, South Korea
I went to Seoul in November, and I have never seen such beautiful, vibrant fall colors. The foliage is everywhere—in the parks, by the museums, and surrounding the ancient palaces.
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Juklim-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Jade Garden is one of big size botanical garden in Chun cheon. Actually, this garden isn't Korean style. It is almost look like European style. But you can feel Korean's four seasons in this garden. As you know, Korea has four seasons. Specially...
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Dang-dong, Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Ever been to Central Park in New York? Well, Seoul Grand Park is a bit like that, but instead of buying a hot dog, you’ll nosh on dried squid or fish cakes. Stroll through the botanical gardens, ogle gorillas at the world’s 10th-largest zoo, and...
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Seoul, South Korea
Bibimbap is by far one of Korea’s most popular dishes, and it’s found in almost every traditional restaurant in Seoul. Once you’ve sampled it, you’ll understand why. Imagine a large bowl is placed before you, filled with a heaping portion of...
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Seoul, South Korea
A little-known fact among many Americans, South Korea is actually quite mountainous. In fact the highest mountain in Seoul is Bukhansan. Playing children and hiking grandmothers (ajemas) will fly past you while you stand captivated by the view of...
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Hongjung-ro, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
This picture was taken near Seogwipo, on the Southern coast of South Korea's Jeju island. Popular with honeymooners and dubbed Korea's Hawaii, Jeju can easily be added on to a trip to Seoul as a weekend getaway...it's only an hour flight! Enjoy...
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An easy day trip from Seoul, Seoraksan is one of South Korea's most famous mountains. Hiking is very popular among South Koreans - most people do not realize that the country is very mountainous. Enjoy flowing streams, modest waterfalls, and other...
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Jonghwa-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Now connected to Seoul via the KTX high-speed train, Yeosu is a gem not to be missed on South Korea's south coast. This picture is of the cliffs and seashore of Odongdo Island, but there is much more to Yeosu! It is also where the 2012 World Expo...
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249 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The renovated Shilla Hotel's brand new dining venue, La Yeon, gives Seoul's high-end restaurants a run for its money with beautifully executed lunch and dinner courses. The prix fixe midday meal is not too be missed -- an elegant parade of...
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531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Sometimes you don't have to escape the city to find a retreat. At Bongeunsa temple in the heart of Seoul's Gangnam district, visitors can relax at an overnight temple stay that encourages guests to clear their heads and refocus. Think of it as...
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1779 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
December 18th, 2012. My first morning off in English Village. This looks to be a promising adventure.
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Ulsan, South Korea
I love art, don't understand it at all but love it. So when I came across this crazy exhibit I could not resist a look-see... I don't know what it means, but I am open to interpretation… What do you think?
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Gwangan-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
What remained of the animal - a few fat-laden morsels of succulent sirloin - were tossed into an empty plate, and our server removed the charred grill, still steamy hot, with her bare hand. With her other hand, she nestled a nickel silver pot on...
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87-2 Geumto-dong, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
the restaurant bean table thrives in the southern outskirts of seoul and is not the most accessible, but worth seeking if you're in the mood for a healthy introduction to tofu's role in farm-to-table Korean cuisine. generous portions, well-paced...
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162-2 Daedae-dong, Suncheon, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Suncheon Bay Ecological Park is a great place to learn about how South Korea takes care of their environment. While walking through the wetlands (on a boardwalk), you can see crabs, birds, mudskippers, and other animals. Then, enjoy a hike up the...