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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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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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South Korea, Seoul, 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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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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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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South Korea, Gangwon-do, Sokcho-si, Daepo-dong, Seoraksan-ro, 833
About 25 miles north of the site of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics is Seoraksan National Park. These mountains along Korea's East Coast are a hiker's paradise in all seasons, studded with architectural and religious highlights. Sitting,...
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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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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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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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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
All I had was my iPhone to catch this dad-and-daughter scene. I was going for an early evening walk along the seawall in Sokcho (along the east coast of South Korea) when I noticed a guy, looking like an office worker still in his dress-shirt and...
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Songcheon-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Several years from now, spectators and athletes from around the world will be descending on these mountains; the 2018 Winter Olympics have just been awarded to Pyeongchang, in the mountains along the East coast of South Korea. While visiting my...
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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Sokcho, South Korea. At first glance, you might think, "small houses with colorful tile roofs--how quaint. A bit claustrophobic, perhaps, but cozy in an Asian way." Then you remember the history--sixty-one years ago this summer, the Korean War...
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Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
the serenity of hiking in Songnisan National Park and arriving at Beopjusa temple, nestled in the midst of its glorious nature
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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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252-12 Dogok-ro, Eomsa-myeon, Gyeryong-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Gyeryong Mountain (계룡산), in the heart of Gyeryongsan National Park is located approximately an hour west of Daejeon, and although not as well-known as other mountainous areas in the Northeast region, Gyeryong Mountain offers a wonderfully serene...
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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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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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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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Bian-gil, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
...scenes from a morning in the midst of autumn's palette in Odae-san National Park: steam ascending from temple breakfast fires at sunrise, climbing up through maples and pungent gingkoes, happening upon a folk-painting of a tiger on a trail-side...
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100 Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do, South Korea
As the day winds down to an end Buddhists in this sleepy Korean village come to give thanks.
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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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Bangi-dong, Seoul, South Korea
A young man practices his skating in front of Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.
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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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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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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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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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524 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-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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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
On a jetty jutting out into the Sea of Japan, toward a pine-covered lighthouse isle, this metal tree of hearts is a rendezvous spot on the NE coast of South Korea. Visitors from all over Asia come to Sokcho to eat seafood and to see where scenes...
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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
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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22 Majang-ro, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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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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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Cheonghodaegyo-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Here in the world's most internet-saturated country, with smartphones, high-speed trains and HDTVs, this streetscape caught my eye--lost in time. I was wandering the side streets near the seawall in Sokcho, South Korea; I didn't yet know that this...
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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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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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Junggye 4(sa)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Is your mouth watering yet? Sanggye Dong, Seoul, South Korea
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Osaek-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
About 25 miles north of the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and just 25 miles south, as the crow flies, of the heavily fortified DMZ, the Jujeonggol valley in Seoraksan Nat'l Park is an oasis of jade-colored waters beneath pinnacles of...
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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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Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
It is easy to get lost, even with a local! We started the day with high hopes, myself and three others took a bus from Seoul to Seosan and when we arrived at the Seosan Bus Terminal our Korean friend found the correct bus going to Gaeshimsa (the...
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106 Sogong-ro, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, 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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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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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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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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Highlighting Korea's independence from Japanese rule, the Independence Hall of Korea, in Cheonan, South Korea is a fun day trip from Seoul. Along with a historical displays in the museum several artistic installations on the grounds provide an...
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Seoul, South Korea
I have eaten just about everything in this world but at Bennigan's, a western style family restaurant in South Korea, I came across the king of all sandwiches: ham, turkey and cheese on white bread, covered in batter, deep-fried to perfection and...
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1772-10 Idoi-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
When I walked Olle, I can see a lot of that signs. This sign's name is "Gan-se". It means Laziness. Olle walker hope when they walk Olle, they want to be lazy. I love this Idea :)
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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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1137 Seoraksan-ro, Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Look up when passing through the gate at the entrance of Shin-heung-sa temple; you'll see a dragon in the rafters. Near the entrance of Seoraksan National Park, you'll find this Buddhist temple on the valley floor. (Dating to the 7th century, it's...
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Yongdu 1-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Daegu, South Korea
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Osaek-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Mountains and temples are inextricably linked in Korea--when Buddhism was first introduced to the peninsula in the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC to AD 668), numerous temples were built among the forested peaks. Even though Buddhism fell out of...
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Baegun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
Beautiful Buddhist monument, just thought I would pay homage to the big guys B-day coming up soon!
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Seongji-ro 153beon-gil, Choeup-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
The temples of South Korea are always one of my favorite things to check out while traveling there. For one, the temples in South Korea are usually accessible by hike and are often perched on the top of a mountain so just getting to the temple can...
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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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807-2 Boseong-ri, Boseong-eup, Boseong, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
South Korea. To the world it is bright neon lights, fuel-efficient cars, genetic research and kimchi. The Land of the Morning Calm is deservedly lauded as a spreading ground for future tech and well known as the K-pop powerhouse, though Seoul is...
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Haean-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Oreum are parasitic cones that form part of Jeju Island's magnificent volcanic underbelly. There are more than 300 scattered across the island, and some, like Daeroksan Oreum, provide a spectacular view of South Korea's highest mountain, old Halla...