284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
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Welcoming the first day of the New Year, Seongsan Sunrise Festival features a natural festival aiming to spread the natural values of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, a UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site, to see the old year out and the new year in, and to share the traditional culture and artistic themed-tourism among visitors. Peaceful Jeju Island invites tourists to this festival held in Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, featuring an impressive scene that hasn’t changed since the sunrise that was recorded in the Palman Daejanggyeong in the Goryeo dynasty. Visitors can make wishes for the coming year and enjoy the fascinating sunrise at Jeju’s tourism spot.
39-2, Ganjeolgot 1-gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
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Ganjeolgot Cape in Ulsan is the first place in Korea to see the the sunrise each day, with its end point sticking out into the ocean. The cape is the site of the annual New Year’s Sunrise Festival. The festival starts at sunset on December 31 and is filled with a wide range of performances that last throughout the night. At first light, people can be seen quietly standing with their hands clasped together, making a wish on the newly born year as they watch the sun rise over the ocean.
51-1, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
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The Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Festival celebrates the herb medicine market in Daegu which has been operating since the Joseon dynasty. The festival first began in 1978 and has taken place every year in early May since then. The festival offers visitors an opportunity to experience a wide range of relaxing and curative traditional medicinal procedures.
49, Sajik-gil, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Sajik Park is well landscaped with various trees and flower beds. Around April 15th every year, cherry blossoms are in full bloom creating a splendid scene. During this time, the municipality of Gwangju installs lighting in the trees for citizens to enjoy the blossoms late into the night. The park has become established as a favorite rest area for Gwangju citizens.
The park houses several attractions including a memorial for national heroes, the Gwangju Broadcast Station (KBS), the Memorial Tower for Policemen, Yangpajeong Pavilion, the Gwandeokjeong shooting range, and the Palgakjeong Pavilion overlooking downtown Gwangju. The various trees, shrubs, and flowers offer an inviting atmosphere for an outing.
Yongang-ri, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do
This is a huge lake created when the Geumho tide embankment was constructed in Yeongam on November 1996, as part of a national project to reclaim some 4.3 kilometers stretch of sea from Sampo-ri in Samho-myeon of Yeongam-gun to Byeoram-ri in Hwawon-myeon of Haenam-gun.
Some 100 species of migratory birds, numbering some 300,000, live in this area over the winter on the mud flats which are full of things to eat. Around the embankment where the sea water and fresh water meet, there is a great spot to fish for both fresh water and the sea species. This is perhaps the only place in Korea where the long and silvery cutlass fish, usually found in the deeper areas of the ocean, can be caught while sitting on the rocks along the seashore.
Seongyeon-ri, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
At 790 meters, Oseosan Mountain in Boryeong is one of the highest peaks on Korea’s west coast. Near the meeting point of three localities—Boryeong, Hongseong, and Cheongyang—the mountain is known for its natural beauty boasting a lush forest and pristine waters.
From the top of Oseosan, visitors can see waves of silver grass and fantastic sunsets over the West Coast. The mountain is also surrounded by other equally amazing peaks: Seongjusan Mountain to the south, Gayasan Mountain to the north, and Chilgapsan and Gyeryongsan Mountains to the east. Because of its proximity to the sea, Oseosan is one of few spots in Korea where visitors can enjoy both land and water attractions.
Oseosan Mountain attracts a variety of mountain hikers & climbers. Some enjoy the jagged cliffs and rock formations, others the winding paths along its ridges, and others the gradual incline leading to the peak. There are also several ancient temples and historic sites nearby such as Naewonsa and Jeongamsa Temples and Boksingul (cave formations near Ulgeum Bawi where General Boksin and his men staged the restoration of the Baekje dynasty).
83, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Located in a famous beautiful area of Seoul, Chakraa is an authentic Indian restaurant. It is also near the Embassy of India in Korea and the Embassies of other countries, as well as UN Village. The restaurant has seating for 60 guests.
1158, Cheonho-daero, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
'Vietnamssam Injeongwon,' keeping the new trend of well-being food in mind, serves 'ssam' (roll or wraps), a type of food most familiarly related to Korean food. Normally in Vietnam, the rolls were served as lunch, but the cuisine made its way to Australia where it was altered into a fusion dish and then brought to Korea, where it catered to the taste of Koreans. So, 'Australian-style Vietnamese rolls' takes the main idea of the Vietnamese rolls and adds plentiful amounts of vegetables and fruit, acquiring the fresh taste Koreans love.
11-4, Insadong 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Dawon is a tea house that operates in a hanok (traditional Korean house). Located in the busy tourist area of Insa-dong, this place offers the visitors a moment to relax and find peace in the city. When seated, greenery and flowers in the private garden make for a nice view while sipping tea and snacking on Korean desserts like assorted ttoek (rice cakes). There are many teas available, with more than 15 varieties, all of which originate from Korea. Dawon's peaceful atmosphere and authentic experience make it a must visit for anyone in the Insa-dong area.
8, Insam-ro, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Punggi Ginseng Market is the oldest ginseng market in the Punggi area and is famous for its range of ginseng products. On every 3rd and 8th day of the month, a traditional 5-day market (a market open every 5 days that travels to several towns in the area) opens near the ginseng market, giving the area a traditional and nostalgic atmosphere.
111-4, Daedong-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
The Bukpyeong 5-Day Market takes place in Gumi-dong, Donghae-si every month on days ending in a 3 or an 8.
The market began in Donghae-si around 1796 (King Jeongjo’s 20th year). Its original site was around Jeoncheon Stream, but was moved to the mouth of the stream when the waterway altered. The market eventually settled down at its current site in 1932.
27, Seolleung-ro 146-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Jardin de Chouette initially gained recognition for its jackets and has become a popular shopping destination among fashionistas looking for high-qualiy clothing with unique designs. It is patronized by Korean celebrities such as Kim Tae-hee, Lee Hyori, Han Ga-in, and Song Hye-kyo. Famous for its owl symbol, Jardin de Chouette has an extensive showroom.
17, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Located at Jungmun Beach on Jeju Island, Jeju Grand Ville is a Canadian-style structure of refined architectural beauty. High-speed internet access is available in each of the guestrooms and bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens all feature a modern design befitting the classy feel of the resort. From the balconies, guests can enjoy a beautiful view of the vast beach and cool breezes coming off the sea. A golf putting range, mini swimming pool, barbecue grills, observation platform, and other facilities are available as well.
1898-5, Geojejungang-ro, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
The Geoje Tourist Hotel provides large and small banquet halls able to accommodate 300 people including Dongbaek Hall for 50 people and other banquet halls for conferences. The banquet halls can be used for receptions, engagement ceremonies, 60th birthdays, company anniversaries, New Year's, promotions, celebrations, and various other events as well.
333-3, Hwangtae-gil, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Bukseorak Hwangto Maeul, a village consisting of six ‘hanok’ houses, provides guests with the perfect opportunity to stay in a traditional house of Gangwon-do province. In the past, Neowajip, or houses built by weaving strips of wood together, gradually developed and became the province’s traditional type of house. The six houses of the village – named Sopoong, Hwangto Neowajip, Hwangtojip, Chogajip, Dolgiwajip, and Sandol Neowajip - were built with red clay and have a Korean floor heating system to help guests relieve their fatigue and stress and restore their health. In particular, Sandol Neowajip was constructed by covering the roof with shingles in the Gangwon-do style, while environmentally-friendly construction materials such as paper mulberry and soybeans were used for the wallpaper and the floors. As the Inje area is home to three largest passes of Seoraksan Mountain, namely Misiryeong, Hangyeryeong, and Jinburyeong, it attracts many tourists who come to enjoy its green deep woods in summer, its colorful foliage in autumn, and its snowy mountain scenery in winter.
33, Hakpo-gil, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
Osan-ri Prehistory Museum houses the oldest remains of the Prehistoric age to be found in Korea. The site is not only important for understand the long history of Korea and its culture, but is also invaluable in understanding the general historical relation to the rest of East Asia. As a result, it was designation Historic Site no. 394.
Inside the museum is a life-sized diorama, the first of its kind, displaying the lifestyles of prehistoric times and prehistoric relics of the Yeongdong region. The Relics Exhibition Room is divided into six sections, the Introduction, Overview, the Osan-ri Prehistoric Story, the Story of Relics Unearthed, the Mandaecheon Story, and a conclusion. There are also hands-on programs to help visitors experience prehistoric life and culture.
59, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The National Theater of Korea opened in 1950 as the first national theater in Asia. The theater is the base of operations for four performance groups: the National Drama Company, the National Changgeuk Company, the National Dance Company, and the National Orchestra Company. By supporting these performance troupes, the National Theater strives to globalize Korean traditional arts, modifying select pieces to reach a larger audience.
61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu is the second largest aquarium in Korea and is a landmark of the southern region with a record of about 1 million visitors every year. There are approximately 34,000 marine animals of about 280 species including rare animals such as beluga (white whale) and baikal seal.
130, Sanghadap-ro, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Inje Speedium Resort Circuit is 3.9 kilometers in length, suitable for international competitions, and is open to all visitors who would like to safely experience the thrill of racing. The circuit has the highest level of safety standards in Korea, and features hills for an exciting ride. The circuit can be enjoyed via the circuit cart, a special vehicle designed just to travel around the circuit and which can be driven without any special circuit license. Courses include the Circuit Safari, driven by a professional driver, along with Circuit Taxi and Sports Drive, which visitors can drive by themselves.
145, Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
The indoor ice-skating rink is located in Korea University in Anam-dong in the Seongbuk-gu district of Seoul. This Olympic size rink welcomes guests all year long.
Entrance of Bulgeun Oreum, Gasi-ri, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Saryeoni Forest Trail cuts through the dense Japanese cedar forest growing between Mulchat Oreum and Saryeoni Oreum, starting from the entrance on Regional Road 1112. While the vast majority of the trees growing here are Japanese cedar, visitors can also see Japanese oak, birch, snowbell trees, and cypress trees along this 550-meter-long trail. The forest trail is known as one of Jeju's top 31 hidden attractions, and is well-known as being very protected. It is very popular among tourists who enjoy hiking and the outdoors.