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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and greatest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was reconstructed in 1867. Today, the palace grounds, filled with lotus ponds,...
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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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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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94 Wausan-ro, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
If the name of Seoul’s favorite new ice cream shop sounds familiar, maybe it’s because the moniker is gleaned from an intersection in San Francisco where the owner used to live. This small-batch parlor serves up imaginative flavors of ice cream,...
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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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South Korea
One of the things I love about Korea is the vending machines. Though this coffee tastes more like chocolate milk, it offers the right amount of sweetness after a spicy breakfast. Plus, a bonus: it comes out hot... HOT canned coffee... bless the...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Hoehyeon-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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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Among the biggest and most chaotic markets in Korea, Seoul's Namdaemun Market is the capital's oldest, dating to the 1400s. Today you can find ANYthing here, if you're willing to brave the crowded alleyways tucked in behind skyscrapers:...
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Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tucked away in the heart of downtown Seoul is the quaint Insadong district, where a Korea of yore comes to life in the form of traditional artists and musicians, shops selling Korean crafts and souvenirs, and street performers dressed in native...
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Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
An artery of calm running through central Seoul is the Cheonggyecheon stream. This soothing green space proffers a respite from the bustle, with tranquil waterfalls, bridges, and landscaped rock formations adorning the 5.2 miles of wooden walkways...
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Junggye 4(sa)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Is your mouth watering yet? Sanggye Dong, Seoul, South Korea
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78 Namdaemun-ro, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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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Sinsa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Prominently situated on Rodeo Drive in the ritzy district of Apgujeong is the aptly named restaurant Salt and Butter. Cooking up what one may call comfort food, I stumbled upon Salt and Butter while window shopping one afternoon. Owned by a Korean...
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South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 49-23
Travelers looking for a rich cultural experience should book a room at a hanok, or traditional Korean home. One of the best, Rak Ko Jae, has fancy touches such as jade floors and a mud sauna. Guests can perform a tea ceremony and make their own...
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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul-based food pundit Daniel Gray leads eight-hour ultimate insider tours of the city. Each is customizable. Meat lovers can focus on Korean barbecue, while vegetarians may want to sample kongguksu (chilled noodle soup in soy milk broth) and...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
You don't need to go to back alleys or historic markets (although those are great!) to sample traditional snacks in Korea; almost all the major boulevards in the center sprout mini-kitchens, set up on the sidewalk even across from chic...
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272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Postcards from abroad just aren't as evocative if they don't have the foreign stamp and postmark...So, before our departure from Korea, my wife wanted to make sure to send a few from the airport post office. We went up to the fourth floor in the...
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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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88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For over a century, Seoul's Gwangjang Market has been a destination for snack-seekers. The labyrinthine passageways are covered, and you can find anything from knock-off shoes ("fira" instead of "Fila," for example) to chili powder and embroidered...
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Cheonghodaegyo-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
On the surface, Korean cuisine is roughly defined as the meeting of rice and kimchi, yet at its core the culinary tapestry of South Korea is interwoven with richness and vibrant delicacy. Locals and visitors alike are simply spoilt for choices...
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Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Oh-deng" is a street-food classic found on the streets of Seoul. It's kind of hard to describe: formed crab-cakes, or white fish sausage (sounds weird, tastes great!). Late one night in Seoul's Myongdong district (think Times Square meets the...
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685 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Spa as the locals do: Spend an afternoon at a jjimjilbang, a public bathhouse such as Happy Day Spa, with cauldron-like hot tubs, kiln-stoked saunas, and areas to just relax on the heated floor. This appeared in the January/February 2014 issue.
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135-1 Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A flagstone courtyard under a persimmon tree, lattice-doors under an upswept tile roof...on my last night in Seoul, I stayed in these traditional surroundings in the city's Bukchon neighborhood. Twenty million people live in the South Korean...
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Seoul, South Korea
Seoul has to be Asia's most caffeinated mega-city. There is plenty of tea to be had, but coffee rules in Korea's capital. Along with an abundance of multi-storied Starbucks, every street seems to have sprouted a home-grown café: from the...
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Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In the middle of a metropolitan area of twenty million, Seoul's historic Bukchon neighborhood has kept a traditional village feel. "Hanok"—traditional courtyard houses, with upswept tile roofs and latticed sliding doors—line the hilly streets....
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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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Donghae-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Korean's love seafood. Major transport both on water and land allow freshly caught seafood to be delivered easily throughout the country. The crabs above were for sale in the Mukho Harbor Market. Donghae, South Korea
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Jibong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Dongdaemun" is the old east gate of Seoul. The word is also synonymous with the massive market area that surrounds the gate, both above and below ground. Several of the nearby subway stations connect with underground shopping arcades. You can...
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333 Haeun-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
Busan is an extremely dynamic city full of wonderful architecture, a dramatic cityscape surrounded by mountains, a beautiful coast, and tons of public art. One of the coolest areas to see a plethora of public art is Centum City. This area is...
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Sincheon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bodega is a Spanish wine & tapas bar in a funky neighborhood in Seoul. Nothing strange about that. In fact, there's nothing strange about the food or the wine at all—the sparkling brut is cheap as chips, and the albariño blend comes to the table...
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88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
You won’t break the bank at Gwangjang, lively 100-year-old market in Seoul’s Jong-Ro. To get a taste of the countryside just like the locals do with all the hustle and bustle of a traditional market, try Jeon scallion pancakes, Yukhoe (Korean Beef...
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12-20 Daeheung-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Near the Ehwa university, many cart bar that sell street food are along the street. The main street food is "tteokbokki(rice cake in hot sauce). Specially, this area's tteokbokki is really hot ! Maybe you might cry while you are eating. With...
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Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There is a definite rhythmic buzz along the streets of Myeong Dong, in the heart of Seoul. From the energetic calls of salesgirls thrusting skincare samples into the hands of passersby to the throngs of trendy travellers stopping at the roadside...
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Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Anyone who's been to Seoul knows how coffee-crazed South Korea's capital is: There are well over 200 Starbucks locations in Seoul alone! But this independent coffee shop, a few blocks down from the city's medieval East Gate, takes it to a whole...
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Taean-ro 95beon-gil, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
This is a road trip and an excursion of chow all rolled into one. First, get yourself to South Korea. That's key. Second, get onto the subway, and head south on Line 1. Get off at Osan College Station. Exit the station, and crawl inside the tented...
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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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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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Jugyo-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Evidently Lord Stow's Bakery is a Macau-based chain with a handful of locations in Asia, but we weren't aware of that as we found it while strolling through Seoul on a frigid February morning. We simply saw the cute-as-a-button, closet-sized space...
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Seoul, South Korea
The sidewalks of Seoul are one big fashion show. Both men and women dress to the nines, and boutiques purveying designs by local designers abound. In-the-know locals with a passion for fashion frequent Galleria Design Street. Located on the second...
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Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Café Publique is one of my favorite spots to sip a beverage and watch the world go by in Seoul. Actually more of a café hybrid attached to a quirky boutique called Around the Corner, Café Publique serves up a cool bohemian vibe similar to what you...
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This glitzy district, considered an Asian Beverly Hills, has its very own Rodeo Drive. Apgujeongdong is an area within the Gangnam district that emits more luxury and ostentation than Oscar Day on the red carpet. Affluent Seoulites flock to...
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119 Sogong-ro, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
From your bedside touch-screen phone in The Plaza Hotel in central Seoul, you can control almost everything--the lights, the drapes and curtains, the air conditioning, whether you want the 'do not disturb' sign to appear on the door...and you can...
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Seoul, South Korea
Seoulites work hard, but they know how to play hard too. And one of their favorite pastimes is singing their hearts out at the noraebang. This Korean version of Karaoke doesn’t require copious amounts of talent (or alcohol) to get up on stage....
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Seoul, South Korea
It may not spring to mind like Russia or Ireland, but when you think of countries that like their liquor, Korea is up there drinking with the best of them. Soju, aka Korean rice whisky, is often cheaper than water, and the emerald green bottles...
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272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
If you have a few hours to kill before your next flight, don’t sweat the downtime at Incheon Airport. Packed with possibilities, Incheon’s international terminal is a wonder of airport entertainment. A movie theater, ice-skating rink, jimjilbang...
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288 Jong-ro, Jongno 6(yuk)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
a hidden gem among industrial buildings and wholesale shopping markets. a little oasis to be enjoyed by singles, couples, families and the elderly. the gentle swish as the water passes you by!
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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Lovely place for a stroll.
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36-3 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeong-dong is a hip, young part of Seoul full of shopping and food. The street vendors are a huge hit, and these fried potatoes on a stick were the best of all the summer offerings. For about $2 USD, you get a whole baby potato, spiral cut and...
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If you do not know what K-pop is, you will after visiting the electrified gallery inside of the Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong, Seoul. Constantly changing digital displays adorn every inch of wall space, allowing you to admire extremely...
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12, Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Seoul's summers can be incredibly muggy; fortunately, the South Korean capital is full of sweet treats to cool you off. A recent trend has been "soft ice cream"—but get the taste of fast-food dubious-dairy 'soft-serve' out of your mind. Organic...
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Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
One of the best sandwhiches South Korea has to offer!
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Seoul, South Korea
Spelling Korean food in English is notoriously difficult: gimbab, kimbop, kimbab, kimbap, gimbob--all are different renderings of the seaweed-wrapped rice-veggie-and-meat-rolls that make up Seoul's most convenient quick meal. The streetside stalls...
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Seoul, South Korea
A whimsical logo of little girl riding an oversized bird demarks each location of Coco Bruni Barista & Chocolatier scattered around Seoul. This chic, upscale café is a culinary treasure, particularly renowned for its scrumptious cakes. Sample a...
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266-73 Seogye-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Walk the streets of Seoul for even one day, and you will begin to notice that Paris Baguette—the most popular of Korean bakery shops—is ever present. Located in train stations, bus depots, malls, the airport, and on practically every street in...
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Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong is a dizzying shopping mecca where every major Korean cosmetic and fashion brand has a store—or several. The Korea Tourism Organization estimates that more than 1 million visitors pass through the area every day. Anchored by the...
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182-21 Gwanghuidong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
As ubiquitous as "mandu" (dumplings) may be in Korea, when in Seoul, seek out their Mongolian lamb-filled 'ancestors.' One theory says that meat-filled dumplings were introduced to the Korean peninsula during the Mongol invasions of the 14th...
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Ulsan, South Korea
While wandering around Ulsan, my stomach started sending me messages that it was empty... so like any backpacker I checked my wallet and started looking for something cheap. Now don't get me wrong, in Korea all food is cheap for the most part, so...
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626 Teheran-ro, Daechi 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The home of e-sports is without a doubt Korea! I had the chance to visit Korea for a few days and I knew I could not go without attending a live Starcraft 2 match. It was held at GOMTV's new studio in Gangnam. We were very lucky because the...
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Seoul, South Korea
Everyone knows that beer is a worldwide staple drink, and it’s no different in Korea’s capital where thousands of gallons of the golden brew are consumed on a nightly basis by thirsty Seoulites. Koreans are true to their three major beer brands:...
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177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Skip a day of dieting and splurge on this ridiculous meal, perhaps the most expensive hamburger on the planet. For around US$200, bust your gut with an incredible mash-up of indulgent eats: an all-beef patty with a layer of foie gras (of equal...
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7 Apgujeong-ro 50-gil, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Sure, you've probably dabbled in Korean barbecue in your hometown, but nothing beats the real thing in the motherland, and Gaewhaok is the place to cut your teeth, so to speak. Upholding a proud tradition of locally sourced food, Gaewhaok started...
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249 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Smack in the middle of Korea's largest city, the Shilla's brand new poolside retreat has become of a haven for those who need a vacation but don't have the time to head for Korea's shoreline. A vast beach club of sorts, the Shilla has two pools...
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Busan, South Korea
A lot of people usually only visit Seoul in South Korea but I discovered beautiful Busan which is the second largest city in this mountainous country with less harsh winters than Seoul but is just as wonderful. I stayed a week and travelled by...