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157 Jong-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This was my favorite of the historic sites in Seoul. You walk along paths through a wooded park to sacred buildings that date back to the 16th century, shrines that house tablets said to hold the spirits of the monarchs of the Joseon Dynasty. The...
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Jinhae-gu, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
If you happen to be in Korea in late March or early April, consider hitting the cherry blossom festival in the city of Jinhae. We hired a driver and did it as a day trip from Busan. The traffic is horrible. But the cherry blossoms are beautiful....
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63-3 Jungangdong 4(sa)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
We found this place as we wandered back toward the Crown Harbor Hotel, our base in Busan, near the train station. We'd had a long day, and we really wanted to have barbecue on our last night in Korea. We'd almost reached our hotel, so we'd almost...
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58-5 Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The streets near the no. 6 exit of the Jongno Metro station are packed with barbecue joints where you sit outside and cook up your dinner on converted oil drums. It was delicious, and the most fun meal we had in the city. The places all run...
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Seoul, South Korea
Seoul's Bukchon district is made up of traditional Korean buildings, many of which house workshops where artisans practice ancient crafts. Strolling the quiet streets and ducking in to listen to a master talk about his or her work is one of the is...
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Seoul, South Korea
When we were planning our visit to Seoul, we thought it would be cool to stay in a hanok, a traditional Korean house. We picked a good one. The staff was very friendly (they kept sneaking cookies to our son, which won his heart), our room was...
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Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
This park would be a pleasant city oasis even if it weren't also a fascinating historical site. The hills that you stroll around are actually tumuli, burial mounds for the elite of the Shilla dynasty, which made the city of Gyeongju its capital...
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We had walked by this place with the giant plastic cartoon chicken out front and the sign proclaiming "Korean Chicken Ginseng Soup" and wondered, would that really be a good place to try chicken ginseng soup, a Korean classic? Our tour guide...
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25 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 7(chil)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Even if you're not a huge baseball fan, it's worth going to a game in Korea, just to see what it means to be a sports fan there. What does it mean? Singing. For every batter, throughout the game. Dancing women in short shorts. A slightly manic...
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Gyeongbokgung is listed first on most lists of Seoul attractions, and with good reason. It's an impressive, sprawling complex of nicely restored buildings. The colorful painting on the undersides of the pagoda roofs are particularly cool. We...