79-41, Yongdam-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Silla Cultural Festival is held to promote the excellence of Silla history and culture and to give pride to Gyeongju residents. The festival features a combination of traditional and modern aspects.
1, Daehak-ro 8-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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This year’s D. Festa, also known as the Daehakro Street Performance Festival, will be broadcasting through online live streaming. The performances will take place based on the festival’s slogan “Suddenly, Like an Imagination,” consisting of joint productions and 15 guest performances. The main programs include theatre troupe Sadari's performance "My Friend Yangmalmok," Korean mime toupe Pan, performing “The Wandering Knight,” and 42Project, performing “Let’s Not Do This.”
Special tourist zones in Seoul
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Since its inception in 2009, the annual Seoul Lantern Festival has become one of the representative festivals of Seoul. The festival features a number of large paper lanterns and LED sculptures along Cheonggyecheon Stream. Every year nearly 3 million visitors can expect to see lanterns along a 1.3-kilometer-long path beside the stream with various things to see stretching all the way from Cheonggye Plaza and Supyogyo Bridge.
825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
A haenggung is a temporary palace where the king and royal family retreated to during a war. Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is the largest one of these, use by the Joseon kings since the time of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800). In addition to being used as a shelter during war, King Jeongjo also stayed here during trips to worship at his father's tomb. The palace was the location of a splendid feast held on the 60th birthday of his mother, Hyegyeonggung Hong, and many other events, including award certificates for successful candidates of special national exams. These days, the palace serves as a venue for many traditional cultural performances and activities.
1600, Minsongmaeul-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
Naganminsok National Recreation Forest is situated in Nakan-myeon, Suncheon, conveniently accessible by train and bus. Just two kilometers from the historic Naganeupseong Folk Village, Naganminsok National Recreation Forest boasts exquisite surroundings. Some famous attractions near the forest are Songgwangsa Temple, Seonamsa Temple, Juamho Lake, and Sangsaho Lake, offering opportunities to appreciate ancient temples and the glow of the setting sun over the lakes. Perhaps more famous nearby attractions, though, are the breathtaking rows of reeds at Suncheonman Bay and Naganeupseong Folk Village, the home of cultural festivals and events.
The forest is surrounded by mountains and a river with a homely garden atmosphere. The two beautiful mountains, Geumjeonsan and Obongsan snuggly envelop Naganminsok National Recreation Forest. On rainy days, visitors can enjoy spectacular cascading falls of water at Cheonyeopokpo Falls within the forest.
137, Donnaeko-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
With a valley creek hidden by lush green forest leading to a 5-meter-high waterfall falling into a small pool of water, Donnaeko Resort is like a small paradise hidden in nature. The waters, flowing down from Hallasan Mountain, are clear and icy cold even during the hot summer season. The resort's magnificent views and natural pool make the area a popular vacation destination.
39 Seomyeon-ro 68beon-gil Busanjin-gu Busan
This is a place where beef bones boiled with herbal medicines and healthy vegetables are used. This Korean dishes restaurant is located in Busanjin-gu, Busan. The representative menu is Wheat Noodles.
27-9 Jungang-daero 702beon-gil Busanjin-gu Busan
A place where you can taste various Korean dishes. This Korean dishes restaurant is located in Busanjin-gu, Busan. The most famous menu is Beef Small Intestine Hot Pot/Pork Small Intestine Hot Pot.
41 Seojeon-ro 10beon-gil Busanjin-gu Busan
It is a place not only for Busan citizens but also tourists. This Cafe restaurant is located in Busanjin-gu, Busan. The most famous menu is Hand Drip Coffee.
63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Shinsegae Department Store opened its doors as the first modern department store in the country in 1960. It stands where Korea's first department store, the Japanese Misreukkosi Department Store, used to be in the 1930s. After undergoing remodeling in 2007, it reopened as a luxury hall, featuring diverse brands ranging from the top three international luxury brands to new designer brands. Meanwhile, Trinity Garden and the art gallery at the department store provide a cultural space that promotes a new lifestyle combining shopping and arts.
4-1, Sijang 1-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Jumunjin Seafood Market was founded in 1936 and is situated in Gangneung next to Jumunjin Port, home to a large fleet of squid boats. It is the largest seafood market on the East Coast and includes a dried seafood market and a sashimi center. The market is a favorite among both Koreans and international visitors.
Market specialties include a variety of fresh seafood caught on the East Coast such as squid, mackerel, pollacks, pikes, and crabs. At the market, visitors can purchase these items (and a number of dried seafood products) at inexpensive prices, as well as get a taste of fresh, delicious sashimi. In addition, the market hosts a variety of fun events such as the Blowfish Festival and Squid Festival.
14, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and Korea Tourism Association, the National Souvenir Center has strict standards for the brands sold, only allowing those which have won various prizes and passed thorough screening. Shoppers can be assured of high quality and high class products.
27, Gogaok-gil, Jucheon-myeon, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in Jucheon-myeon, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon Province, Jogyeondang (House of Kim Jong-gil) is a traditional “hanok” stay. The nine rooms of the house follow the traditional “hanok” format. Anchae, the inner building with nearly 200 years of history, is dignified and elegant as befitting of its age. The majestic rafters of the building were built from 800-year-old trees, and the “daecheongmaru” raised floor has a sheen from years of care. Sarangchae and Byeolchae, restored in 2007 and 2009, respectively, make up for their relative lack of historical weight with freshness and convenience. The Inner Sarangchae faces the Anchae and the courtyard, while the Outer Sarangchae connects to a space with floor tables, cushions, and bookcases for drinking tea or reading. Guests staying in the three rooms in the Outer Sarangchae and the Anchae Geonneonbang rooms must use a shared bathroom, while other rooms come with private bathrooms. The uniqueness of Jogyeondang lies in its extensive cultural program, which ranges from tea ceremonies to soirees in the historical building. The complex’s manager has many stories to tell about the history of the house and its construction. Breakfast is also available upon reservation and payment, and English and Chinese services are provided for international visitors.
42, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Best Western Haeundae belongs to Best Western, an international business hotel chain operating nearly 4,200 hotels worldwide. It is a 5 min walk from the Busan Metro Line 2 Haeundae Station, and its proximity to the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO), Haeundae Beach, and Dongbaekseom Island make it a popular place of stay not only for business clients but also family travelers. Various room are offered, namely Standard Double, Standard Twin, Standard Ondol, Family Twin, Deluxe Double, Deluxe Family, Ondol Suite, and Ocean Suite. The Deluxe Family is a room for four, equipped with a twin washbasin in the bathroom. The Ondol Suite is equipped with a sink and a microwave oven, suitable for group visitors. Meanwhile, the Ocean Suite, with its wide living room, comfortable sofa, and terrace, is a good choice for a more private and leisurely stay. The hotel also supports barrier-free travel with its unobstructed rooms. The greatest charm of Best Western Haeundae is its floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the rooms that offer a great night view of the sea and the city. Its interior uses white, beige, and brown tones for a calming and comfortable mood. The tea tables and chairs by the windows perfectly capture the hotel's relaxing atmosphere. Furthermore, the lobby is equipped with shared computers and printers for business clients, while the seminar room, complete with a beam projector, also doubles as a breakfast restaurant. Breakfast is charged separately but makes up with its sumptuous buffet spread of nearly 50 dishes (closed between March 23 and April 22, 2020).
38-5, Donggyo-ro 17 an-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Located near Hongik University in Seoul, Most Stay is famous for its trendy and vibrant interior design and excellent services. Although the hotel is situated in a quiet residential area, it is close to popular places in Seoul like the Hongik University Station (transfer station for Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, and AREX), Yeonnam-dong, and Mangwon-dong, which make it a great base camp for exploring the city. There are nine rooms in total, including a Double, Twin, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Triple, Deluxe Family, and a ladies-only Bunker Bedroom. The Bunker Bedroom has three dormitory-style bunk beds, with white-tone furniture and large windows that give the room a spacious and comfortable feel. Private lockers offer safe storage of one’s personal belongings, and there is also a separate powder room in the shared bathroom. The Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Triple, and Deluxe Family have kitchenettes equipped with microwave ovens and sinks. All rooms have refrigerators, electric kettles, nightstands, dressing tables, hangers, toiletries, and hairdryers, which are kept clean and fresh through a daily cleaning service. Moreover, Most Stay offers pickup services for up to six people when requested during the reservation process, as well as baggage storage, concierge, and English and Chinese services. A free breakfast, which consists of toast, cereal, and beverages, is laid out on the second floor every morning.
101, Jungang-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon
Daejeon Modern History Hall opened to the public on October 1, 2013 at the former main building of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government, Daejeon (Registered Cultural Heritage No. 18). Visitors can see various scenes of history and the development of Daejeon over the past 100 years from the early 20th century to current times. Daejeon operates a planned exhibition hall, special exhibition showcasing history, architecture, design, folk style and other varied fields as well as a rotating exhibition. Also, touring the main building of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Goverment, music concerts and various cultural education programs are available in this cultural complex.
* Former Main Building of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government, Daejeon (Registered Cultural Heritage No. 18)
* Filming site of movie "The Attorney (2013)"
13, Hyojasang-gil 5beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Chuncheon Culture & Art Center (CCAC) is a leading performing and visual arts center located in the city of Chuncheon. The performance halls feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems for high-quality performances, capable of hosting international events and programs. The exhibition hall also offers new exhibitions throughout the year in order to offer diverse cultural experiences to the citizens.
89-7, Dogil-ro, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Namhae German Exhibition Hall was opened on June 28, 2014 to display the history and artifacts related to Korean miners and nurses who were sent to Germany for work in the 1960s. At that time, Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world, with an unemployment rate of 30%. The exhibition hall shows the sad and lonely reality these workers lived through while working in a far place in order to send money home to their families.
51-4, Masan-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon
Daecheongho Obaengni (500-ri) Road is a 220 kilometer walking path passing through the Daejeon (Dong-gu, Daedeok-gu) and Chungcheongbuk-do (Cheongwon, Okcheon, Boeun) areas. The road passes Daecheongho Lake, small streams, trekking roads, a forest trail, an old path, and much more. The "obaengni" (500-ri) from the name of the road comes from the distance from Seoul or Busan to Daecheongho Lake, which is 500-ri.
Several mountains at an altitude of 200-300 meters and lots of greenery surround Daecheongho Lake. The area also has a date course, a meditation course, a trekking course, a family trip course to experience rural culture and cultural exploration, a bike course and other themed courses. The road was awarded an Asian Townscape Award by the UN-Habitat Program.
Near the road are tourism attractions like the Daecheong Dam Water Culture Center, Daecheongho Sculpture Park, Daecheongho Art Museum, Daecheongho Natural Ecology Center and others. In addition, there are historic cultural tourism spots like Cheongwon Cheongnamdae, Munui Cultural Properities Site, Boeun Songnisan Mountain, Okcheon Dujunbong Peak, and the birthplace of Jeong Jiyong and Yuk Yeongsu.
97, Ilchul-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
Nongoldam-gil Street, formed in 1941, was transformed in 2010 with the "Nongoldam-gil Street" project by the Donghae Culture Center. With the help from the village seniors and local artists, the street became a canvas storytelling the history of Mukhohang Port and the lives of the villagers. There are also many cafes located along the street, perfect for taking a break to enjoy the view.
187, Mangyang-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Yeosu Ocean Railbike is comprised of a 3.5-kilometer open track that follows the rocky coast of Yeosu. The track takes passengers along the coastal line through the open air and a tunnel course at a leisurely pace. The track and rail bikes are designed to please the eyes of passengers as well as ensure safety and comfort.