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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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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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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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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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Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is full of street food, and open-air markets and sidewalk stalls abound. But wander the avenues at night, and warm light from under tarps beckons; it's the poh-jahng-mah-chah. Literally meaning "covered/tented wagon," these are an...
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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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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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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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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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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Every year in May, Buddha's Birthday brings the amazing Lotus Lantern Parade at nightfall in Seoul. Be amazed as the brightly lit pass you by. Insider's Tip: if you are non-Korean, inquire as to where the foreigners only section is. Sure, you may...
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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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Seoul, South Korea
If your visit to Seoul consists of only one day, there is nothing that will get you into the spirit of Korea faster than a meal at a “galbi” restaurant, aka Korean barbecue. Each table is equipped with its own charcoal or gas grill, where...
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531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The beautiful roof tiles at Bong Eun Sah Buddhist Temple in Seoul.
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135 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This wax display attempts to capture the suffering of the South Korean people during the active fighting years of the Korean War. This museum is not to be missed. It offers everything from live black-and-white footage of the war to real airplanes...
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Seoul, South Korea
The traditional curves of the sloping roofs and intricate patterns adorning doors and gates are the benchmarks of Bukchon Hanok Village in central Seoul. Set on a gently rising slope with views of the modern metropolis in the distance, the...
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65 Hangaram-ro, Jamsil 2(i)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Han River is Seoul’s main artery, and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula. This glistening waterway bisects Seoul’s bustling neighborhoods, while modern bridges span the divide and pretty pathways meander along the banks. Han...
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Seoul, South Korea
A massive fall hit occurring each October is the Seoul International Fireworks Festival. This explosive evening boasts a carnival atmosphere, with concerts and games to distract visitors between fireworks sets. Teams of pyrotechnicians from Italy,...
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Seoul, South Korea
UK cookie favorite Ben’s Cookies has recently established a presence in Korea’s capital, and Seoulites are hooked. As I sat eating a warm chocolate chip cookie smothered with vanilla ice cream, I watched as a never-ending line queued at the cookie...
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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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Seoul, South Korea
Sure, you could stay in a brand-name hotel chain when you visit Korea’s capital, but why not try something a little different? Korea has a plethora of “love motels,” so-called because of their propensity to be used for romantic rendezvous. However...
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Seoul, South Korea
Korea is a carnivore’s dream, and there is no shortage of Korean barbecue restaurants in the nation’s capital. Standing out from the pack is the popular chain restaurant Su-reh Galbi. Walk into any of the the spacious locations, and you’re...
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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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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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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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Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Chuncheon's one of nickname is "Culture city". Somebody thinks, Chuncheon is quiet city. but that is not true. Chuncheon has lots of festival and all that are very exciting ! If you experience a festival in Chuncheon, you would be fall in love...
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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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Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
From Seoul, take the train (subway) 2 hours east and get off at Gapyeong Station. Then take the ferry to Nami Island, now called the Naminara Republic but the locals just call it Namiseom or Namisum. From Gapyeong Station take a quick taxi ride to...
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1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Although I was warned that Namisum (Nami Island) was a romantic place for lovers to go, I wanted to go there anyways by myself. The serenity is unmatched to any other place I have been. It was actually quite fun and comforting to be among so many...
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Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Every Korean school kid dreams of Everland, and for good reason. As far as amusement parks go, it's 247 acres of festive fun, with coasters, a zoo, and even a water park—don’t forget your swimsuit! Whether you are visiting Seoul with children or...
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Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, South Korea
Under the eave, a monkey supports the weight of a temple roof on Ganghwa Island, in the Han river estuary, northwest of Seoul, a stone's throw from North Korea... On one of my teen-age visits to Korea, an uncle took us to spend the day here, an...
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Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Located 18 miles south of Seoul in the bedroom community of Suwon, the Toilet Culture Park showcases a toilet-shaped house, museum, and a collection of outdoor sculptures all dedicated to the latrine. Guests take an interactive journey through the...
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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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Munhwa-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Sure, you can get Chinese food in Seoul, but a quick trip to the end of one branch of Seoul Metro's Line 1 can bring you a step closer to China! Enjoy Chinese restaurants and bric-a-brac shops galore! Insider's Tip: Seek out the garlic bud statue...
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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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662 Gyeongin-ro, Sindorim-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Located in southern Seoul at the Sindorim Subway Station is D-Cube City. This retail monolith houses scores of shops and restaurants. There are the ubiquitous H&M, Zara, and Uniqlo, but also trendy Korean labels such as Bean Pole, Codes...
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737 Yeongdong-daero, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongdong Market specialized in traditional Asian herb, dried and fresh food, and ginseng, lots of them. There are outdoor and indoor markets, and people come here to eat, drink and hang out. The place is one of the cleanest markets I've ever...
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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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651-4 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tucked in neatly amongst the designer boutiques in trendy Apgujeongdong is Ceci Cela. This quaint little café looks as though it’s been transported from the streets of Paris or SOHO, the sidewalk seating and European flair a nice change from Seoul...
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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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Koreans love hiking, so it’s very convenient for Seoul dwellers that Bukhansan National Park is located a quick jaunt to the north of the city. Jutting granite peaks topped with assorted temples and pavilions make for a great day trip. Just be...
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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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I love Korean food! Fortunately, living in a cosmopolitan muticultural city like San Francisco, I have access to a great variety of it. However, during my recent visit to Seoul, a friend of mine took me to a restaurant called Rhang, and it opened...
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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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Samseong 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Across the street from Asia's largest underground mall, Bong-eun-sa temple still functions as one of Seoul's largest and oldest Buddhist temples. Under the paper lanterns, ritual continues, a counterpoint to the the wired and wifi frenzy in the...
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3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
While New York has its pastrami, Montréal is the home of smoked meat. (The preparation of both is similar: A beef brisket is cured in spices for a week, then hot-smoked and finally boiled before being served.) Though others may question the...
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Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC, Canada
One of the first things I learned about Montreal while attending McGill University is that the tourists head to the Old City and western parts of town, while the locals go east. Vieux Montreal, while quaint and cobblestoned, is an overpriced...
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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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524 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bong-eun-sa Temple, in the southern part of Seoul, dates back to the end of the 8th century. The skyscraper-studded Gang-nam district, in which the temple now finds itself, dates back just a couple of decades; as recently as the 1980's, rice...
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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...