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International Electric Vehicle Expo (국제전기자동차엑스포)

International Electric Vehicle Expo (국제전기자동차엑스포)

6936     2018-07-11

224, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-64-702-1580

Being the only expo in the world focusing on electric vehicles, International Electric Vehicle Expo is held in Jeju annually in March. Noted manufacturers of electric vehicles, electric motorcycles, batteries, and chargers from both the domestic market and abroad attend the expo. Those manufacturers introduce and promote their products in the expo. At the same time, a conference is also held for domestic and international electric vehicle experts to participate in.

Daejeon International Wine Fair (대전국제와인페어)

Daejeon International Wine Fair (대전국제와인페어)

16490     2018-07-11

87, Expo-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-42-250-1353, 1349

Daejeon International Wine Festival takes place every year, showcasing a variety of imported wines as well as domestically produced wines and traditional liquors. About 10,000 different wines can be seen during this festival. Asian Wine Trophy, a huge scale wine tasting event, and the Asia Wine Buyers Conference, which provides useful wine information, will be held altogether. In addition, various food and performance will be offered along with diverse festival programs.

Korean Folk Art Festival (한국민속예술축제 및 전국청소년민속예술제)

Korean Folk Art Festival (한국민속예술축제 및 전국청소년민속예술제)

7658     2018-07-11

19, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-580-3283, 3260

The aim of the Korean Folk Art Festival is encourage visitors to discover and preserve Korea’s traditional folk art while fostering the public’s awareness of traditional culture. The special characteristic of this festival is that every year, different city hosts the event to showcase talents from cities around the country. The festival was registered as an intangible cultural heritage of Korea.

Songjeong Beach (송정해수욕장)

Songjeong Beach (송정해수욕장)

58017     2018-07-17

62, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
+82-51-749-5800

Songjeong Beach is the ideal beach for families to swim together because of its shallow waters and fine sand. The white sandy beach stretches for 1.2 km, and covers an area of 62,150 square meters. The beach has the unique feel of the southern region, making the experience all the more fun. At the entrance of the beach is Jukdo, where you can find relaxation facilities in the evergreen groves. You can enjoy fishing as well at the northeast end of the beach. There is also a dock where you can use motorboats and take cruises in the summer. A particularly famous part of Songjeong Beach is the Songiljeong Pavilion, which offers a magnificent view of the sunrise and moonrise.
Because this beach is a bit out of the Busan area, it is quite unlike many of the other beaches in Busan. Every year the Harvest Full-Moon Seaweed Festival and the Songjeong Beach Festival are held here, and many vacationers come to enjoy the celebrations.

Dalmaji-gil Road (해운대 달맞이길)

Dalmaji-gil Road (해운대 달맞이길)

102432     2018-07-17

Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Called Busan’s Montmartre, Dalmaji-gil Road is famous for its views of the blue ocean, white sand field, Camellia forest, and pine tree forest, creating one of Busan’s eight scenic sites. Haeundae Dalmaji Hill and the moon seen from Cheongsapo are added to the eight scenic sites for their beautiful ambience.

Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장)

Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장)

292074     2018-07-17

264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
+82-51-749-5700

Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan. The white sand beach is roughly 1.5km long, over a 30~50m wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay, making Haeundae Beach perfect for swimming.

People flock to Haeundae Beach every summer. All kinds of accommodations from luxury hotels to private guesthouses have developed in the area around the beach, making this the perfect summer vacation spot. Haeundae Beach is also famous for various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. Other facilities in the area include Dongbaek Island, Busan Aquarium, a yachting dock, BEXCO, driving courses and more.

Sushi Kaisin (스시 카이신(鮨海信))

Sushi Kaisin (스시 카이신(鮨海信))

605     2018-04-27

12, Dosan-daero 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
+82-2-515-9855

Sushi Kaisin is a luxurious sushi restaruant owned by Japanese Chef Kyousuke Sato. Chef Sato gained much knowledge about seafood through his working experience at fisheries market and two years of experience as a fisher. After building his career as a chef by working at top-notch sushi restaurants and five-star hotels in Japan, Chef Sato opened his very own sushi restaurant in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul in 2017. Fresh ingredients carefully selected and brought in from Jeju Island are prepared into an authentic Edomae sushi through Chef Sato's unique techniques. Although the restaurant is small, allowing up to only six customers at the counter table, Chef Sato ensures that the excellent food and service quality remain consistent as the chef personally tends to every aspect of the restaurant, from selection of ingredients and food preparation to customer service. Chef Sato is able to provide menu explanations and engage in friendly conversations with customers in fluent Japanese, Korean, and English due to his broad experience and expertise from traveling and working over the past years. Reservation is advised due to limited seating.

OPERA Restaurant (오페라)

OPERA Restaurant (오페라)

3263     2018-04-11

29, Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
+82-51-746-6670∼3

OPERA Restaurant is located at Dalmaji Hill in Haeundae. The five-story building with a terrace on each floor resembles the balcony section of a performance hall. There's a karaoke on the first floor, a wine and whiskey bar on the second floor, a restaurant on the third floor, and a cafe on the fourth and fifth floors. The location also gives the patrons a good view of the sea.

Keun Gaetmul Hoetjip (큰갯물횟집)

Keun Gaetmul Hoetjip (큰갯물횟집)

8002     2018-03-29

161, Daepo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Located in Daepohang Hoe Town, an area where ‘hoe’ (sliced raw fish) restaurants are gathered, is Keun Gaetmul Hoetjip, a two-story modern restaurant with a large parking space and a great view of the ocean.
The exceptionally hygienic condition of the restaurant and the kitchen is quite impressive.

Majang Meat Market (마장 축산물시장)

Majang Meat Market (마장 축산물시장)

37869     2018-07-16

40, Majang-ro 31-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2281-4446~7

Majang Meat Market is the largest meat market in Korea. It is equipped with Korea’s most modern and cleanest facilities. The butchers here are proud of the market's size and hygienic facilities.

The market sells fresh meat arriving every hour from all over the country and from overseas. The prices are overtly marked for each meat along with the country and place of origin. For the market's efforts to provide quality products, the market is recognized by the Korean Medical Association (KMA).

Traders are able to trade easily thanks to the market's state of the art systems. At Majang Meat market, high quality meats are available at up to 30% less than at supermarket chains.

Lotte Department Store - Main Branch (롯데백화점 (본점)) [한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality]

Lotte Department Store - Main Branch (롯데백화점 (본점)) [한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality]

546697     2018-07-15

81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

The main branch of Lotte Department Store opened in 1979 and has gone on to be a leader in the Korean shopping culture and industry. The store offers everything from everyday household goods to international luxury brands, along with a duty free shop and restaurants. Being located within the city center, Lotte Department Store is easily accessible via public transportation. The staff aim to provide a friendly and comfortable shopping experience to all visitors.

Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station Branch ( 롯데쇼핑 롯데아울렛 서울역점 [한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality])

Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station Branch ( 롯데쇼핑 롯데아울렛 서울역점 [한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality])

94103     2018-07-15

405, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
+82-2-6965-2500

Lotte Outlet - Seoul Station Branch offers more than 140 famous brands at discounted prices. Connected to Seoul's major transportation hub - Seoul Station, the outlet provides a convenient shopping experience in the heart of Seoul.

Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, Seoul (노보텔 앰배서더 강남)

Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, Seoul (노보텔 앰배서더 강남)

29886     2018-07-16

130, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

The Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, Seoul is one of the hotel chains run by Accor Asia Pacific that opened in September of 1993 by Korea's Ambassador Hotels Group in cooperation with Accor Asia Pacific. Novotel Ambassador Gangnam holds 332 rooms, a coffee shop, lobby lounge, Japanese restaurant, entertainment bar, buffet, deli, refined restaurants and seminar rooms, conference room, cocktail reception, and 4 banquet halls to meet every reception's needs. In addition, the business center is open 24hrs and the hotel provides a wireless internet card for a high-speed internet connection from anywhere in the building. Also, the hotel offers a state-of-the-art health club with a swimming pool, golf range, gym, sauna, aerobic room, and jogging track that is open for guests from 6:00AM to 10:00PM.

The hotel is also closely located to the COEX Trade Center and Gyeongbu Highway, and offers convenient transportation to and from Incheon International Airport. Novotel Ambassador Gangnam is always doing its best to meet every need of its guests so that they may have a comfortable stay in Seoul.

Chiam Old House (치암고택)[한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality]

Chiam Old House (치암고택)[한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality]

3857     2018-07-15

297-10, Toegye-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
+82-54-858-4411, +82-10-3530-4413

Chiam Old House in Anmak-dong, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do is an old traditional Korean house once owned by Lee Man-hyeon(pen name Chiam) who was the 11th-generation descendant of “Toegye” Yi Hwang, one of the most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty and a high-ranking government official during the reign of King Gojong. This house was originally located in Wonchon-ri, Dosan-myeon but was relocated to its current location in 1976 after a flood caused by the collapse of Andong Dam. Chiam Old House consists of 22 rooms, 5 gates, and 1 detached building. The main building is taller than the detached building. One of the unique features of this detached building is that it has both gable roof and gambrel roof on either side. Listed as Gyeongsangbuk-do Folklore Material No. 11, Chiam Old House now serves as a guesthouse for those wishing to experience an old traditional Korean house. The rooms that are open to guests are “Seongmyeongjae,” “Gyeongeopjae,” and “Nakseongdang.” The large room called “Bakkatchae,” or outer building, is the most comfortable one to stay in for a night, since it's furnished with kitchen, TV, air conditioner, and bathroom. “Seongmyeongjae” means “honesty and integrity” in Korean. It’s an “ondol (Korean floor heating system)” room typical of any traditional Korean house, where you have to sleep on the floor. "Gyeongeopjae" is the most popular one among the guests, and its name means “unselfish and reverent.” The rooms next to the gate called “Ilgeonjae,” “Seokcheonjae,” and “Hakgujae” located along the wall are great places to stay if you want to see the surroundings and the old house at the same time. “Jamnyongdang” on the east side of the main building is named after the small pond in the yard, and it means “to strive to be a man of virtue like the dragon flying in the sky.” There are lots of beautiful flowers in the small garden in complete harmony with the old house and surrounding mountains, making it a great place to take a leisurely walk as you experience the history.

Hinokijam II (히노키잠 2호점)[한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality]

Hinokijam II (히노키잠 2호점)[한국관광품질인증/Korea Quality]

90     2018-07-15

49, Guyeong 5-gil, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-445-7585

Hinokijam II is a guesthouse located near Wolmyeong-dong Community Service Center, Gunsan. Hinokijam I right across from Wolmyeong-dong Community Service Center has been in business since 2014, whereas Hinokijam II opened in 2015. It's a Japanese-style house regarded as a modern cultural heritage. All the guestrooms are finished with natural materials such as cypress wood and traditional Korean paper, which are known for their health benefits. The "Love," "Moon," and “Floor" rooms are "ondol (floor-heated)" rooms for two, and the "Sky” and “Cloud” rooms are for three. The “Sun” and “Star” rooms with bunk bed can accommodate up to four people, making it a great choice for families and groups. All the rooms are furnished with a bathroom with shower, and there is a small shared kitchen with cookware in the first floor lobby available to the guests at any time of the day. Popular tourist attractions within walking distance from the guesthouse include Chowon Studio where the popular Korean movie “Christmas in August" was filmed, Japanese-style house in Sinheung-dong, Gunsanhang Port, and Gusan Modern History Museum.

Seoul Animation Center (서울애니메이션센터)

Seoul Animation Center (서울애니메이션센터)

37844     2018-07-16

126, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

The Seoul Animation Center was established by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in May 1999 with the aim of providing comprehensive support to Korea’s cartoon and animation industry. The center runs an information desk, offers educational programs, holds events to support new talents and productions, and hosts diverse events and exhibitions.

A major facility of the Seoul Animation Center, AniCinema is a multicultural space that can accommodate diverse cultural events. Its primary objective is to facilitate the supply of domestic animation films to theaters and to promote animated works by holding a range of film festivals. The theater has 179 seats and state-of-the-art facilities for screening both digital and analogue animated films. High quality equipment at AniCinema, such as the 5.1 channel digital surround sound system and wide screen, allows for a pleasurable viewing experience.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul [MMCA Seoul] (국립현대미술관 (서울관))

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul [MMCA Seoul] (국립현대미술관 (서울관))

43445     2018-07-16

30, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

In 2013, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea opened a new branch in Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu at the former site of the Defense Security Command. The announcement for the construction of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul) came out in 2009, and the architecture for the museum was selected through idea proposals and an architectural design competition in 2010. What makes the Seoul branch different from the others is that it introduced Korea’s traditional architectural concept of ‘madang’, which is a spacious courtyard where people can come in and gather together to socialize. MMCA Seoul's building is also designed to harmonize with the surrounding nature around the city.

Equipped with facilities including a reference center, a project gallery theater and a multipurpose hall, MMCA Seoul strives to accommodate every mode of new artistic endeavor and to communicate with the public. The site is where Korea’s historical and political developments were achieved. Most of the old buildings are gone but a few still remains to remind people of its significant role.

National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관)

National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관)

162337     2018-07-16

37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

The National Folk Museum of Korea has three permanent exhibitions and two special exhibitions as well as a library, souvenir shop, and other subsidiary facilities.

Seoul Sports Complex (Jamsil Sports Complex) (서울종합운동장(잠실종합운동장))

Seoul Sports Complex (Jamsil Sports Complex) (서울종합운동장(잠실종합운동장))

94584     2018-07-16

25, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2240-8741


Situated in Jamsil-dong (Songpa-gu), the Seoul Sports Complex was completed in December 1976. Seoul Olympic Stadium, the centerpiece of the Seoul Sports Complex (also called Jamsil Sports Complex) is surrounded by the housing complex for athletes, Jamsil Apartment Complex, Hangang River, and Tancheon Stream. Olympic Park is located 3.5km from the stadium.

Close to the Sports Complex Station (on Subway Line No. 2), the complex is easily accessible to the public. The complex is also home to a baseball stadium, two swimming centers, an indoor sports facility, a supplementary track field, and an indoor sports facility for students. A large park frequently hosts wedding ceremonies.

Seoul Olympic Stadium has hosted some of the biggest global sporting events including the 10th Asian Games and the 24th Seoul Olympics. Naturally, it has attracted millions of visitors to its various sporting events. In recent years, it has been a popular venue for giant concerts, events, and, of course, sporting events.

Cheongpung Land (Bungee Jump) (청풍랜드)

Cheongpung Land (Bungee Jump) (청풍랜드)

76662     2018-07-13

6, Cheongpungho-ro 50-gil, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do

Cheongpung Land was created in 2002 near Cheongpunghoban Lake (Chungjuho Lake) in Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do. It features beautiful scenery and the maximum use of practical space to build Korea’s first multi-tower. Based on planning, constructing, and test runs, it is operated by Over Class Inc. which is consigned by Jecheon-si. The multi-tower’s three main facilities are a 62-meter Bungee Jump, Korea’s first-ever Ejection Seat, and Big Swing. The bungee jump highlights safety by adding a safety line to the gear to prevent falling accidents caused by breaking of the bungee cord rubber.

Naerincheon Stream Rafting (내린천 래프팅)

Naerincheon Stream Rafting (내린천 래프팅)

15027     2018-07-13

6221, Naerincheon-ro, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do


Rafting is a challenging recreational activity in which a team of six to eight people navigates fast-flowing rivers. Rafting not only offers excitement, but also gives an overview of the natural landscape. Training for rafting provides participants with an opportunity to gain self-confidence, learn to cooperate with their teammates, and relieve stress.

Naerincheon Stream in particular is considered one of the top three rafting spots in Korea along with the Hantangang River and Donggang River. Consisting of over ten rapid sub-streams, Naerincheon is the only stream in Korea that runs from south to north.

The stream stretches over 6km from Wondaegyo to Gosari Resting Spot; its narrow x_width and pointed rocks offer one of the most exciting and challenging rafting experiences. Rafts are often turned upside down, and each sub-stream is connected to the others, offering little time for rafters to make each maneuver.

Naerincheon Stream Rafting is also known for its excellent amenities, like its modern shower facilities with warm water.