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Bupyeong Pungmul Festival (부평풍물대축제)

Bupyeong Pungmul Festival (부평풍물대축제)

10972     2017-08-16

168, Bupyeong-daero, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-32-509-7516

Bupyeong Pungmul Festival started in 1997 to establish the identity and pride of Bupyeong and to develop and promote the success of traditional culture making the area a culture-abundant city. The festival reproduces a scene of Bupyeong farming culture and shares the feelings of Pungmul (farmer’s music) with many visitors.

Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana (대장경세계문화축전)

Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana (대장경세계문화축전)

8313     2017-08-14

1160, Gayasan-ro, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-55-930-4781~4

‘Goryeo Daejanggyeong,’ also known as the Eighty-thousand Tripitaka or the Tripitaka Koreana, is a set of ancient Buddhist scripture woodblocks housed in Haeinsa Temple in Hapcheon-gun County or Gyeongsannam-do. Venerated as the assemblage of Korean philosophical culture, the Tripitaka is desginated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, and also was listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register in June 2007.

A myriad of special exhibitions and programs are scheduled to be held during the festival period in order to raise awareness of the meaning and value of the ancient woodcrafts, while sustaining the thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tripitaka in the new era.

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)

172404     2017-08-14

55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-2011-1744∼8

A festival with a history of a thousand years that wish the world happiness and well-being. By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants can brighten their own hearts as well as the world.

Anyang Art Park (안양예술공원)

Anyang Art Park (안양예술공원)

58015     2017-08-16

131, Yesulgongwon-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-8045-7000

The Anyang Art Park (안양예술공원), located near Anyang station, used to be the Anyang Amusement Park (안양유원지). Built around a swimming pool that uses clean water sourced from the valleys of Gwanaksan and Samseongsan Mountains. The Park is fully equipped with a variety of recreational facilities such as an artificial waterfall; open-air stage; exhibition hall; square; walking path; and a lighting facility. With limpid waters flowing through the nearby valley and lush forested surroundings, the park is an easily accessible resting place near the Seoul metro area.

Bulyeongsa Temple (Uljin) (불영사(울진))

Bulyeongsa Temple (Uljin) (불영사(울진))

13348     2017-08-16

48, Buryeongsa-gil, Seo-myeon, Uljin-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
+82-54-783-5004


Bulyeongsa Temple (불영사), located at the western foot of Mt. Cheonchuksan in Uljin, Gyeongsangbuk-do, was built during the Silla period. ‘Bulyeongsa’ means ‘the reflection of Buddha’s shadow on the pond.’ A lovely path leads from the parking area to the temple, and a beautiful pond and green farm in the courtyard give the temple, inhabited by Buddhist nuns, a cozy and welcoming feeling.

The 13km-long Bulyeongsa Valley is also found around Bulyeongsa Temple. With unique rock formations and thick forest, the valley creates an almost mystical atmosphere. Even though Bulyeongsa Valley is not as magnificent or splendid as Cheonbuldong Valley at Mt. Seoraksan or Mureung Valley and Bogyeongsa Valley at Mt. Odaesan, it offers a serene and beautiful view against the backdrop of Mt. Cheonchuksan.

Soyangho Lake (Inje Section) (소양호-인제)

Soyangho Lake (Inje Section) (소양호-인제)

7192     2017-08-14

133, Wonnam-ro, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-460-2081~4, +82-33-460-2170

Soyangho Lake (소양호), one of the biggest manmade lakes in Korea, along with Chungjuho Lake (충주호), was created in 1973 when the world’s fourth largest dam, Soyang Dam, standing 123 meters high, was constructed. The 60-kilometer watercourse connecting Chuncheon and Inje is a route along which you can enjoy the beautiful hills and streams of Naeseorak. In the Inje section, upstream of the lake, there are various species of fish such as carp, crusian, leather carp, mandarin fish and pond smelt, attracting many tourists and fisherman. Fishing spots are found in areas such as Gunchukgyo Bridge, Bupyeong, Gwandae-ri, and Sangsunaeri Fishing Pier. Also, from December and March when a portion of the lake near Gunchukgyo Bridge freezes, you can bore holes through the ice sheet and enjoy ice-fishing for pond smelt.

Ojangdong Heungnamjip (오장동흥남집)

Ojangdong Heungnamjip (오장동흥남집)

12471     2017-08-09

114, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2266-0735

Ojangdong Heungnamjip has been serving only authentic North Korean style cold noodles (naengmyeon) over the three generations since 1953. It keeps its same taste of various menu such as gogi-hoe-naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles with meat and raw fish), hoe-bibim-naengmyeon (spicy cold buckwheat noodles with raw fish) over 60 years

Ojangdong Hamheung Naengmyeon (오장동 함흥냉면)

Ojangdong Hamheung Naengmyeon (오장동 함흥냉면)

18080     2017-08-09

108, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2267-9500

Ojangdong Hamheung Naengmyeon’s feature menu item is Hamheung-naengmyeon (Pyeongyang-style chilled buckwheat noodles), a delicacy of North Korea’s Hamgyeongdo region, and has continued to receive wide popularity since 1953. Their diverse menu consists of Hamheung-naengmyeon, mul-naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles in a chilled broth), wangmandu (large steamed dumplings), and more.

Hamheung-naengmyeon is a specialty dish that was passed down from Hamgyeongdo long ago, where the cold noodles are made with starch, then mixed with red pepper paste and raw skate. If the dish is too spicy for your taste, try eating it with muchojeorim (shredded radish in vinegar) to cool your tongue. The muchojeorim is a side dish that can be refilled, free of charge.

Other popular menu items include mul-naengmyeon, bibim-naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles mixed with red pepper paste), and the enormously large wangmandu stuffed with meat and vegetables.

Nunnamujip (눈나무집)

Nunnamujip (눈나무집)

11019     2017-08-09

136-1, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-739-6742

Nunnamujip is famous for a North Korean dish called, “Kimchi mari guksu”, which is a noodle dish in cold kimchi soup containing toasted laver, a boiled egg, and sesame. The soup is refreshingly cold and a little spicy. For “Kimchi mari bap”, a bowl of rice is put into cold kimchi soup instead of noodles. The taste is very unique. In addition to Kimchimari, “Tteokgalbi” is a popular dish on the menu as well.

The main restaurant is located in the basement, which has only limited seating capacity with a few tables. As a result, many people usually wait in line for lunch or dinner. A second franchise has opened in a three-story building across the street. To enjoy a quaint atmosphere, the first establishment is better, but the new one’s interior design is much more modern and fancier, giving it a fresh altering look.

Home Plus - Daejeon Tanbang Branch (홈플러스 - 대전탄방점)

Home Plus - Daejeon Tanbang Branch (홈플러스 - 대전탄방점)

7056     2017-08-11

1, Dunsanjung-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon

Home plus Daejeon Tanbang is close to the Yuseong Special Tourist Zone and an area with a number of office buildings. This discount retail store provides easy access to public transportation and attracts many foreign travelers.

Home Plus - Dongchon Branch (홈플러스 - 동촌점)

Home Plus - Dongchon Branch (홈플러스 - 동촌점)

3802     2017-08-11

127, Dongchon-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu

Home plus Dongchon is located near Daegu International Airport, Geumhogang River, and Palgongsan Mountain, which are major tourist attractions so it draws many foreign travelers. The retail store has a traditional food shop which is especially popular with foreign customers.

Home Plus - Munhwa Branch (홈플러스 - 문화점)

Home Plus - Munhwa Branch (홈플러스 - 문화점)

2957     2017-08-10

1690, Gyebaek-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon

Home plus Munhwa is located in Jung-gu, which is near the downtown area. It is also close to Seodaejeon Station and Seodaejeon Park where various performances and events take place. This large discount retail store offers amenities for customers and provides personal shopping assistance services in foreign languages.

Wellihillipark (웰리힐리파크)

Wellihillipark (웰리힐리파크)

7772     2017-08-11

451, Gowon-ro, Dunnae-myeon, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-1544-8833

Wellihillipark is located in the area of Sulibong Peak, Dunnae-myeon, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do, covering an area of 6,600 m2 and at an altitude of 540m that is said to be ideal for the functioning of human biorhythms. It is a year-round recreational complex, comprised of accommodations, entertainment facility, ski resort, golf range, and varied educational cultural facility for youths. Surrounded by Chiaksan National Park, Odaesan National Park and other stunning unpolluted nature areas, it has perfect conditions to become a nice park.

Hotel Seaworld (씨월드관광호텔)

Hotel Seaworld (씨월드관광호텔)

2604     2017-08-11

50-7, Yongyuseo-ro 479beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
+82-32-752-2000

Located close to Incheon International Airport, a major transportation hub of Northeast Asia, Hotel Sea World offers guestrooms with great views of the sunset and various convenient subsidiary facilities including a coffee shop, restaurants, and a business center.

The main restaurant serves various international cuisines, a chef’s special cooked with fresh ingredients, a breakfast buffet with a variety of foods, and high-quality special dishes. A business center equipped with desktop PCs with high speed internet and a fax machine is available 24 hours a day for free.

Eurwangni Beach, the best beach in Incheon, Yeongjongdo Island, and Wangsan Beach are within a 5-minute walking distance, making the hotel a holiday destination all year round.

Lotte Hotel Busan (롯데호텔 부산)

Lotte Hotel Busan (롯데호텔 부산)

15304     2017-08-11

772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan
+82-51-810-1000

Lotte Hotel was built in 1973 to contribute to the tourism industry, modernization of Korea, and show the symbol Seoul’s development with its size and facilities. Expanding from there, there are now five hotel branches: Seoul, World, Ulsan, Jeju, and Busan Branch featuring the largest and highest premium hotel.
Under the vision to become a global leading hotel, it keeps trying changes and innovation to meet their goals.

Busan Lotte Hotel is comprised of guestroom, restaurant, Chrystal Ballroom which can accommodate up to 2,500 people with simultaneous interpretation system allowing 8 languages, wedding hall, duty free shop, coffee shop, and other things to satisfy their needs for business and entertainment.
Lotte Hotel Busan does their best in offering comfortable facilities, convenient business environment, continuous service upgrade and renovations for every visitor.

Kim Koo Museum & Library (백범김구기념관)

Kim Koo Museum & Library (백범김구기념관)

6841     2017-08-11

26, Imjeong-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
+82-2-799-3400

Kim Koo Museum & Library was built in Yongsan-gu, Seoul to commemorate Baekbeom Kim Koo who was a well-known independent activist. Baekbeom Kimkoo Assassination Truth Commission suggested the idea to build the memorial hall in 1996. The Association of Commemorative Service for Patriot Kim Koo was established in 1998, and they started funding for building Baekbeom Memorial Hall. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 26, 2000 and it opened on October 22, 2002. In December, 2008, its name was changed from Baekbeom Memorial Hall to Baekbeom Kim Koo Memorial Hall. The hall is comprised of two floors, exhibiting relics related to his entire life sequence. A statue of a seated Kim Koo is situated in the central space of the first hall.
* Designated as memorial facility 10-1-01 by Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs

COEX Aquarium (코엑스 아쿠아리움)

COEX Aquarium (코엑스 아쿠아리움)

184584     2017-08-08

513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
+82-2-6002-6200

The COEX Aquarium is comprised of 183 display tanks and 90 breeding tanks with 3,500 tons of water volume, making it a large-scaled aquarium. It houses 40,000 sea creatures, which come from 650 different species divided into 16 themed zones. In particular, the highest number of sharks and the largest variety of species in Korea are living in the aquarium. An open-top water tank releasing anions in addition to 20 rest areas make this tourist site in the heart of Gangnam, Seoul a perfect healing place for local and international visitors.

Gangguan Port Geobukseon Ship (강구안 거북선)

Gangguan Port Geobukseon Ship (강구안 거북선)

3446     2017-08-07

328, Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
+82-55-645-3805

Gangguan Port Geobukseon is life-size reconstruction of a Geobukseon ship constructed by the South Korean Navy and commissioned by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to commemorate the patriotic spirit of Admiral Chungmugong Lee Sun-Sin. The 2.2-billion-won project was completed in the downstream area of the Hangang River (part of the DMZ), which previously had limited public access. After that, the area was opened to the public for the first time in 52 years (since the division of the peninsula) to allow the Geobukseon Ship to travel from Hangang Park to Tongyeong-si. The area is also the location of Admiral Lee's victory in the Great Battle Hansan, and the ship’s final destination to be on public display.

* Size
Entire length: 34m, ship length: 25m, ship x_width: 10m
Top speed: Approx. 7 knots
Ship x_height: 6m
Displacement: 185 tons
Materials: Wood (hull made from fiber reinforced plastics)
The length of mast: 11.5m

Sapgyoho Lake (Dangjin) (삽교호(당진))

Sapgyoho Lake (Dangjin) (삽교호(당진))

4354     2017-08-03

Sinpyeong-myeon, Dangjin-si, Chungcheongnam-do
+82-41-350-4211~2

Sapgyoho Lake is a man-made artificial lake that was completed in October 26, 1979. The lake also connects with the sea and therefore has abundant maritime resources. Popular tourist sites like Anyang Hot Springs and Dogo Hot Springs also neighbor the tourist park. For its extensive views, both lake and ocean, the Ministry of Transportation appointed Sapgyoho a must visit tourist site in October 1983. The ministry is continuing to build the Sapgyoho embankment, which stretches out to 3,350m in total and is expected to create a more enjoyable area for visitors as it will have a lot to offer.

Due to its growing popularity, buses depart every 10 minutes at the Seoul Gangnam Bus Terminal. Sapgyo Lake connects Asan-si and Dangjin-gun, and visitors going to the lake need to get off at Sapgyo Lake Resort Bus Stop.

Inje Naerincheon (Stream) Bungee Jumping (인제 내린천 번지점프)

Inje Naerincheon (Stream) Bungee Jumping (인제 내린천 번지점프)

22746     2017-08-02

2254, Seorak-ro, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-461-5216~7


Situated in Inje-gun, Gangwon-do, Naerincheon (Stream) Bungee Jumping is a leaning tower style bungee jumping facility, like those common in Australia. To secure safety, the facility is tilted at 60 degrees and flanked by steel frames on both sides. Adopting technologies employed by Bungee Big, a renowned company in Australia, it offers one of the safest bungee jumping experiences for visitors.

Slingshots are a new type of bungee jumping for beginners who are scared of jumping from above; they are easily accessible and ideal for family visitors and couples. Two people at a time can ride the slingshots, and there are two towers (30m high) supporting slingshots on both sides. Shot from the bottom, slingshots can fly one and half times as high as the x_height of the jumping facility. Flying over 45m in a matter of seconds, slingshots offer extreme thrills for friends, couples, or family visitors.

Chuncheonho Lake (춘천호)

Chuncheonho Lake (춘천호)

6212     2017-07-31

3876-70, Owol-ri, Seo-myeonChuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-250-3068

Chuncheonho Lake is a man-made lake at the foot of Chuncheon Dam on the upper region of the Bukhan River. The area’s beautiful landscape and its easy accessibility make it a popular tourist destination and weekend getaway spot for Seoulites. The road along the top of the dam acts as a connecting expressway between Chuncheon and Hwacheon. The road continues past Uiam Lake, a fantastic fishing spot great for family visitors. Maeuntanggol (street of chili fish stew shops), formed around the Dam, is famous throughout Korea, offering the nation’s best chili fish stew, made from fresh catfish and mandarin fish. The Chuncheon Dam was built in Feb. 1965, blocking the flow of water from the Bukhan River into Paro Lake. The water level is not very consistent in Paroho Lake and fish may sometimes be scarce because of the lake’s narrow entry point. The area still attracts a large number of people because of its superb scenery and easy accessibility.