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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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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbok-gung and Changdeok-gung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of buk-chon son mandu, which translates as "handmade dumplings." Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake...
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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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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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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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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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Jinnam-ro 328beon-gil, Jeonpo-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
Busan, South Korea is an amazing city. I liken it to San Francisco because of its mountains and the seaboard. It is extremely modern, has impeccable public transportation, and is a booming metropolis being the largest port in South Korea. It is...
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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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18 Insadong 4-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
"Yeot...what?" The closest approximation in English for one of Korea's favorite street-sweets might be "taffy." It ranges from sticky-soft all the way to jaw-breaker-hard. Traditional vendors announce their confectionery presence by loudly and...
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175 Sejong-daero, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The open plaza area in front of the Sejong Cultural Center was a frequent visiting spot for me when I lived in Seoul. In the summer months the cool water was a relaxing spot to wet your feet and watch children running through the musically...
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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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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, 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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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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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While living in Seoul, exploring was something I would often do. I would ride the subways and pick a random stop, get off then walk as far as I could. In my opinion there is no better way to gather a sense of place in a foreign land. One area I...
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15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
With volcanic soil and a subtropical climate, the island of Jeju-do has become a center for tea cultivation. On a quick visit to this island off the southwestern tip of Korea, you are practically obligated (by hotel concierges, taxi drivers,...
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During daylight hours, Gwanghwamun gate's portals are open to visitors entering and leaving the Gyeongbokgung Palace compound. Coming in or going out, make sure to look up as you pass through: the ceilings are vividly painted with mythical...
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When Seoul's Gyeongbok-gung Palace was built in the 1390s, it was the centerpiece of the newly established Joseon dynasty, which had just named the city as its capital. Six centuries later, after invasions, fires, colonization, and wars, its...
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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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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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Namdaemun Market, the most bustling place in Seoul. Food vendors fly through unnavigable aisles with food stacked on their heads, touts selling their wares and a constant stream of shoppers looking to spot the best bargain. Three things you should...
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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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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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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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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
When we fell in love with lover, we want to promise the eternal love. N seoul tower is one of the sacred place of love. Lots of couples have visited there then locked their own lock at the fence and throw the key out of the fence. They believe...
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The upswept rooflines of Korean architecture are beguiling: intricate eaves are a symphony of patterned color...and every once in a while, a face pops out, like this scowling end-tile 'guardian'--a face only a roofer could love. I spent a couple...
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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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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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18 Insadong 4-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
On a sidewalk in Seoul's Insa-dong district, a husband-and-wife team demonstrate the traditional way to make "tteok," chewy-sticky rice-cakes. Pounding the sweet rice in the giant stone mortar with a wooden pestle turns it into a flour which is...
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99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I spent the better part of a summer afternoon on the grounds of Changdeok-gung Palace, wandering the old courtyards and lush gardens of one of the most visited sites in Seoul. Originally built in 1405 as a secondary palace, this complex served as...
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Bangi-dong, Seoul, South Korea
In an effort to facilitate tourism in South Korea, the government tourism site offers Free Volunteer Guides! http://visitkorea.or.kr/ena/GK/GK_EN_2_7_3_1.jsp I had a one-on-one local explain the history, culture and geography of Seoul. He was on...
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78 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
About halfway between China and Japan, just off the SW tip of Korea, is Jeju-do. Dominated by lake-filled Halla-san volcano (extinct, and incidentally, the highest peak in South Korea), this subtropical island has been known for its horses since...
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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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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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Garyeong-ro, Idoi-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Spain has the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago), South korea has Olle. It is in Jeju island in south korea and has been making 19 course since 2007. This place is one of the course. If you walk Olle, you'll meet beutiful sea, moutains( a sort...
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A church service may not find its way onto your must-see list, but maybe it should if that church is Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, aka the largest church in the world. More than one million people consider themselves members of the...
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Seoul, South Korea
The traditional of Korean wellness is best understood at Gyeongdong market where locals congregate to cure ailments. Tea shops, ginseng shops, spice vendors and traditional doctors line the many streets of the district. It is important to note...
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100 Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do, South Korea
This is a spectacular view from the Naksan Temple which sits atop Naksan/Obongsan Mountain. The temple is located near Sokcho (city name) in the Gangwon Province. This area is particularly beautiful because directly behind me (in the photo above),...
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Dosan-daero 13-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
No, it’s not your imagination. Everyone—men, women, children, even dogs—dresses up in Seoul. Sure, you’re bound to see the odd denim-clad dud, but on the whole you’re more likely to spot bow ties and blazers or blouses and heels walking the...
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144-1 Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Escape to explore. Seoul to Serene. Walk to wander. Nami Island is a crescent chunk in the middle of the Han River, an hour and a half by subway stopping at Gapyeong. Take the bus 33-5 or any bus that goes towards Namiseom. Total trip there will...
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203 Gamnae 2(i)-ro, Gamcheon-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
Korea's second city has become known for its dazzling skyscrapers, film festival, and popular beaches, but Busan's hills are not to be missed. To the southwest of the trendy Haeundae district and the sights and smells of the old harbor's Jagalchi...
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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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Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Beans & Berries may seem like just another Korean coffee shop chain, until you step inside and realize that they serve frozen yogurt. This is a relatively new concept in Korea, where Baskin Robbins ice cream shops abound in even the country’s most...
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4 Itaewon-ro 23-gil, 이태원동 용산구 서울특별시 South Korea
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Off of Itaewon’s main thoroughfare is a tiny alley containing one of the best bakeries in all of Seoul: Tartine Bakery and Pie Cafe. Sunny yellow tables and chairs decorate the sidewalk and cheerfully beckon passersby to sit and stay a while....
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South Korea, Seoul, Gwanhun-dong, 48, insadong 14-gil
Near Anguk subway station, "Amandier" is a perfect place for a morning café au lait and a croissant before exploring the Joseon-dynasty royal palaces--it's halfway between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, and on the edge of the traditional...
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South Korea, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Ulleung-gun, Ulleung-eup, 도동리 89-1
It's the most beautiful island you've never heard of: Ulleungdo. A three-hour ferry ride from Korea's east coast will drop you off in the tiny, abrupt harbor of Dodong. The pirate's-cove feel of the place is not just a movie-inspired comparison;...
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485-5 Nari, Buk-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
You've made it to the splendid isolation of Ulleung-do island's north shore...Now, where to sleep? "Chusan Ilga Pension" is one of the island's best choices: above the waves, on a clifftop beneath a volcanic peak, with a granite Buddha overlooking...
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1-138 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Jazz Story is a musical enclave that screams originality. With the confidence of a naked toddler, the exposed, hacked walls reveal a depth of S(e)oulful play that one would envision at a jazz club. Starting at 8 pm every night, one can find...
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219-1 Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
A proud member of the growing "cittàslow" (slow city) movement, Jeonju's historic "Hanok Maeul" district is a pedestrian, gastronomic, and architectural delight. Korea's southwest is still off the tourist radar for most Western visitors, but this...
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998 Seoraksan-ro, Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
I can never get enough good Buddha, especially in the mountains. There’s something about the mix of nature, Jesus-free religiosity and scented candles that makes me happy. Save for the stunning gateway of cherry blossoms, this is the first thing...
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460 Buil-ro, Simgok 2(i)-dong, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
One of Seoul’s most ubiquitous coffee chains is the unusually named Angel-in-Us (strangely, Korean’s pronounce it Angelina’s). The name apparently means that the store's coffee is god's gift delivered to earth by angels. Heavenly moniker aside,...
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2198 Hwanghak-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There are only two other countries in the world that have more Starbucks locations than Korea. It’s fair to say that Koreans love their coffee, and Seoul is leading the pack with over 200 of the brand’s coffee shop locations. My favorite is the...