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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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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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Euljiro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Arguably Seoul's most memorable and most exotic street snack, buhn-deh-ghee (silkworm larvae) are pure protein. If you've ever had boiled peanuts, they're quite similar! They're a snacking ritual in the Korean capital, so sooner or later, if you...
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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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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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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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종로51 종로타워 17층, 공평동 Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
One of the most distinctive buildings in central Seoul is the 33-story Jongno Tower, a triangular glass and steel tower topped with an oval floating above seven stories of emptiness. Across the street is the traditionally reconstructed...
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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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South Korea, 서울특별시 Jung-gu, Taepyeongno 2(i)-ga, 소공로 119
From the upper floors on the north side of The Plaza hotel in central Seoul, this is the view up Sejong-ro, the city's historical main axis. Reopened in 2010 after extensive renovation and redesign by the Italian designer Guido Ciompi, this is...
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106 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Sogong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
The "Altar to Heaven," hidden away in what is now the garden of the Westin Chosun Hotel in central Seoul, was one of the Joseon Dynasty's last architectural expressions of independence. In the tumult of the end of the 19th and beginning of the...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1 Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I go to Dongdaemun Market (Dongdaemun Stadium Station) to see how the locals live. The market is made up of 26 shopping malls over multiple blocks. There are more than 5,000 shops. You can find everything from food to clothing to electronic goods...
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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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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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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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Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
Chong-gye-cheon stream and park is a several-miles-long ribbon of pedestrian tranquility in the heart of Seoul. For decades, an elevated expressway ran through the heart of Seoul. The air pollution and congestion made people forget that a stream...
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South Korea, 서울특별시 중구 태평로2가 69-5
Koreans apparently love to write messages in all kind of forms...After the padlocks in the tower I start looking around and I could find them everywhere..sadly I could not understand anything...Here a wall of tiles in an underground station.
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Over the last decade or so, these "love padlocks" have been appearing at various sites around the world: Italy, Paris, the Brooklyn Bridge, Tokyo, and in this photo, on a mountaintop in the middle of Seoul (the park around N-Tower on Namsan). With...
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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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185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The website said that Changgyeong-gung Palace was closed on Tuesdays. So on this particular drizzly Monday, (my last day in Seoul), I trekked over, planning on revisiting this site of a childhood outing...But when I arrived, the 400-year-old gates...
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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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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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60 Jangchungdan-ro, Jangchungdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Treatments at the Banyan Tree Club and Spa Seoul draw on regional therapies and ingredients. Banyan Tree’s green tea bath treatment was inspired by the bathing rituals of jjimjilbangs—Korean public bathhouses. Korean green tea is rich in...
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Bangi-dong, Seoul, South Korea
A young man practices his skating in front of Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
My wife was flying to join me in Korea. Due to weather conditions in San Francisco, she missed her connecting flight. (The airline was less than helpful; when my wife finally got to talk to a ticketing agent after standing in line for an hour, the...
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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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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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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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South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Sindang-dong, 마장로 22
We lose ourselves in travel, work or play. Becoming fully engulfed in the moment is all to frequent. This photo was taken in the Sindang Market in Central Seoul. It is tough to put a finger on Sindang Market, it is a place where you can find an...
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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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28 Toegye-ro 34-gil, Pildong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A must-do experience in South Korea. Visit any traditional teahouse or take a lesson in the art of tea making. Lessons last 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the group. You will see that tea making is a skill that requires a lot of patience!...
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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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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Covering 78 acres of hilly forest in the middle of Seoul, the Huweon, or "Rear Garden" of Changdeok-gung Palace is better known by the city's millions as Biweon, or "The Secret Garden." Once exclusively for the royal family, today it's a favorite...
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127-2 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
All the walls of this traditional tea house were covered of messages written by the clients. My daughter left one to the lady as we were leaving.
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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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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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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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Seoul, South Korea
As a student of history, I have often been amazed in Northeast Asia by the lacking presence Christianity has in the region. Now I am not religious, but have always been fascinated by the role it played in various regions. In Korea though,...
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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tired, but determined not to succumb to jet-lag on my first evening in Seoul in almost two decades, I went for a walk in the Bukchon neighborhood...no backpack, no camera--just my iPhone in my pocket. One of the first things that caught my eye was...
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A statue of King Sejong, the man who invented Hangul, the Korean alphabet stands before Gwanghwamun gate (out of frame, on the far left). Out of frame to the right is a statue of Yi Sun-shin (1545-1598), considered to be Korea`s greatest admiral....
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-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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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Surrounded by skyscrapers in the center of Seoul, Deoksu-gung Palace ("The Palace of Virtuous Longevity") got its start as a prince's villa in the mid-15th century. In 1907, the compound became the 'retirement home' of the next-to-the-last king 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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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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South Korea, 서울특별시 Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37
On my first evening back in Seoul, on my first visit in almost twenty years, I could hardly believe I was in the middle of a metropolitan area of over twenty million people. I was staying in the Buk-chon neighborhood, in a 'hanok'--one of the...
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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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South Korea, 서울특별시 Jung-gu, Taepyeongno 2(i)-ga, 소공로 119
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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29-4 Bukchon-ro 6-gil, Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In a metropolitan area of 20 million people, finding an oasis is a must for keeping your sanity. Seoul's Bukchon neighborhood still has a plentiful supply of traditional courtyard gardens—many of the "hanok" (traditional houses) have been opened...
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Walking in Seoul on a rainy day, I looked up from the obstacle course of puddles and saw this parking 'guardian?' 'attendant?' 'demon?' The scowl, the creepily realistic wrinkled fingers of the hands in a prayer (!) pose--I fumbled my iPhone out...
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531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The beautiful roof tiles at Bong Eun Sah Buddhist Temple in Seoul.
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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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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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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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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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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Late spring and early summer in Seoul: musicians in medieval clothing infuse the grounds of Gyeongbok Palace with a sense of its storied past. Built in the 1390's when a new dynasty established Seoul as its capital, Gyeongbok-gung ("The Palace of...
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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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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
My partner and I loved this statue in one of Seoul's grand parks. This park is an oasis in a sea of concrete.
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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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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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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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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Intricate and beautiful tiles at Kyoung Bok Palace in Seoul.
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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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55 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Buddha's Birthday is a splendid time in South Korea. The streets of Jongro in central Seoul become filled with prayer lanterns. If you are in Seoul head to the Jongro and Insadong areas as musical performances and street performers will be...
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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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Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Serving roughly 300,000 commuters each day Seoul Station can be a bit overwhelming but don't fret. Signage and English help desks are never too far. Services to both of Seoul's airports run from here as do a plethora or local trains as well....
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16 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
The Gwanghwamun Plaza, located near Gwanghwamun (a large palace gate for Gyeongbokgung Palace) is the ideal place to spend a couple of hours in the spring time. This area has a fountain set to music and lights and an underground history museum,...
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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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Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The first time traveling internationally by myself, I went to Seoul. It is safe to get around at night, it's beautiful in the fall, and it was relatively easy to get around. The Cheonggyecheon-ro is a stream that runs through the heart of Seoul....
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Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Culture and cuisine go hand-in-hand. For most travelers, the opportunity to try new and exciting dishes is a main reason for going on a trip. Pork jowl is eaten in the United States, but I had never witnessed such an upfront way of marketing the...
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Hwanghak-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Gob-chang is broiled (pieces of) small intestine of cattle, a famous dish in Korea. Especially near the Sindang subway station, you can find many Gob-chang restaurant crowds. If you want to drink So-ju (this is one of the main alcoholic drinks),...
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21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul's Folk Flea Market is a place where you can buy anything, I mean anything! This scary contraption looks like an invention of a comic book super-villain, but for the small price of 5 dollars you could be tightening those crow's feet and...
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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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71-1 Bukchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Did you eat dog while you lived in Korea?" is a notorious question that may lead to a shameful answer. For the common household pet lover, eating dog can create a 'bone of contention.' Therefore, by announcing that I sought dog and ate dog, I am...
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513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
During my last stay in Seoul, I spent most of my time in the historic heart of the city north of the Han river. I did take a Sunday afternoon, though, to walk around the Gangnam district—the chic high rise–dominated neighborhood south of the...
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N Seoul Tower, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Seoul
Seen practically from most areas in Seoul. You can also hike up to the tower for some nice views.
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61 Deoksugung-gil, Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Museum of Modern Art 서울시립미술관 is a beautiful space perched up on top of a hill behind Deoksugung Palace. It is not only one of the most innovative museums I have been to, but also it happens to have a wonderful little cafe on the 3rd floor...
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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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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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81-3 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In the warmer months the plaza area located in front of the Sejong Center for the Arts is alive with commotion. Little kids dance to music and run around in the huge illuminated fountain. this area is quite popular for tourists and locals alike as...
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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Lovely place for a stroll.
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Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Walking in one of Seoul's newer neighborhoods south of the Han River, this unlikely art caught my eye: a sculpture of backpack-toting gorilla climbing up an apartment building. The Gangnam district of Seoul has splashes of whimsy among the new...
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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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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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141-10 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This is Hong Ju Pyo a black belt who helped to open the first Gracia Barra Jiu Jitsu Academy in Korea. I had the privilege of studying under Coach Hong for a year and can tell you without hesitation that this is guy thrives off of adrenaline. In...
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Yeongdeungpodong 1(il)-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Cheonggyecheon-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recently, "camping" is big issue in Korea. Lots of outdoor products are selling like hot cake. But, It's not easy to camping for busy Seoulite(people of seoul). So many outdoor style restaurant are open in Seoul. Although you don't have outdoor...
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704-3 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Koreans taking in some surf on the beautiful Han River. In the background you can see the Olympic Stadium which was built for the 1988 Summer Games.
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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Samcheong-dong, a charming neighborhood lying just north of Anguk station, in the heart of Seoul, features some of the best modern architecture in the city. There are no massive museums or sharp-edged high-rises (head to Gangnam), but high...
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Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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524 Bongeunsa-ro, 삼성1동 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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Samseong 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Admit it--you've learned the dance and watched the clip; "Gangnam-style" is inescapable. (I even read that the Secretary General of the UN has called it 'a force for world peace.' Huh?) But what is "Gangnam" really like? This district, south of...
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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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29 Itaewon-ro, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
South Korea's past is a rocky one, and at the War Memorial of Korea people from all across the country come to pay respects to brave soldiers who fought for their freedom. In addition to the museum's huge display of war- and military-related...
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South Korea, 서울특별시 Gangnam-gu, Cheongdam-dong, 학동로 지하 508
The Korean holiday called Chuseok is a celebration honoring the major harvest in autumn. The celebration is on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calender and is celebrated for three days. The celebration typically consists of going to...
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Dobong 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
As an outdoor enthusiast I enjoy a tough climb. Dobongsan in northern Seoul is one of the best climbs around the city of Seoul. Offering varying paths the climb can take anywhere from 3-7 hours and the fir lined forest quickly turns into rocky...
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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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The massive Express Bus Terminal Station in Seoul, South Korea. This place is a veritable city that expands out in all directions. Shopping, eating, and train transfers are all on the docket here.
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531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Modernization. Westernization. Globalization. These words are sometimes used synonymously, but while all three certainly might be used to describe East Asia, distinctions should be made. South of the Han River in Seoul is the Gangnam district; the...
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50 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
After some meetings on campus, I got to take a short tour of the University of Yonsei in Seoul. I loved the older, plant-covered buildings in this area, and the whole university created such a calm environment for learning.
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424 Olympic-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The worlds most recognized brand. Coke.
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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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South Korea, 경기도 안양시 만안구 예술공원로
My homage to Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. Proportions in art and nature are evident and this lookout tunnel displays that. At Anyang Art Park this look out tunnel is one of many interesting installations that make the viewer think and interact with...
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Garak 1(il)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
It may disturb some westerners to see dogs in a market for sale but when it comes down to it culture heavily weighted. Despite being a fading trend the consumption of dog meat (gae gogi) has been normal in Korea for some time. While I don't...
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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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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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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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Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Anyang, a satellite city of Seoul, has one of the best parks in the world. This installation inside of the park was perfect place to pay homage to Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
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Ogok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Just before we fly back home and while browsing at the airport this fine lady waved us good bye!! Our very nice last memory of Seoul.
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272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
As soon as I clear customs at Incheon Airport, I head to Bon Juk restaurant in public area 1F near Exit 12 of the airport terminal and order a bowl of traditional abalone porridge. The mellow porridge has a nice texture and settles my stomach...
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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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Gageum-ri, Haseong-myeon, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
There are no boats here, where the Han River flows into the Yellow Sea--this is the watery mine-laden western limit of the DMZ. On a trip to Korea in the mid-1990's, one of my uncles took us to visit Aegibong, a 500-ft.-high hill that presides...
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90-4 Seongbok-dong, Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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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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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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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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272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
I never eat in the airport, but after a 4-hour flight from Singapore to Seoul I could not resist the smell of this. For those who follow my thread I think you understand food is my weakness; and this was no different. How can you turn down pork,...
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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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Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
A few days ago, my lovely friend's birthday party was. So, I prepared a cake. In korea, some of franchise bakery hold a monopoly therefore we don't have enough choice. Anyway! Happy birthday my friend !
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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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272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
While waiting for my international flight back home, you can learn to make traditional Korean crafts at the Korean Cultural Centers set up at the airport! You can also dress up in traditional Korean attire and take pictures with these girls! I...
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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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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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South Korea, 강원도 춘천시 중앙로
"Myeng-dong" is the main street in Chuncheon. Near the Myeng-dong, almost important public place are gathered. Like city hall, main bank. Specially, Chuncheon is main city in Kangwon province so, the seat of a provincial government also near here....
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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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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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1 Gangwondaehak-gil, Seoksa-dong, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
This place is a "Hot place" to date with lover in Chuncheon, specially for Kangwon university students :D The place name is 'yen juck ji'. In spring, I can enjoy the cherry blossom. In summer, hundreds of lotuses are blooming . In autumn, many...
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Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
On my way to Nami Island (Namiseom or Namisum), I got off at the wrong station. It was the best mistake I've ever made! To my surprise, not only did I discover a fence full of locks with loving and hopeful messages on it, I also discovered rabbits...
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Juklim-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Go outside Seoul for a day trip or the weekend. Santorini has beautiful views of Lake Soyang and city of Chuncheon. Have a coffee, dinner or stay overnight at the luxurious resort hotel. It is only 1.5 hour by train from Seoul. From the station,...