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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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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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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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Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Korean alphabet, known as hangeul, is the only alphabet in the world where the letters were created to resemble the shape the mouth makes as you voice them. Created by King Sejong in the mid 15th century as a way to educate the illiterate, the...
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281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Like a spaceship that has alighted on the famous Dongdaemun shopping district, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which opened last March, is Seoul’s sparkling center for design, fashion, art, and more. DDP is one of Seoul’s—and arguably the world’s—most...