1116, Danghangman-ro, Goseong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
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Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo takes place in the area of Danghangpo Tourist Resort from April to June. The festival operates various exhibitions and hands-on program facilities including a Hologram Hall, 5D Hall, Dinosaur Character Hall, Digital Dinosaur Experience Hall, Dinosaur Dongsan and others. A parade taking place three times daily will excite visitors young and old.
400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
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Taean Tulip Park presents the largest flower festival in Korea and offers excellent photo opportunities. The festival venue is divided into sections, which are decorated in different styles according to the annual theme, allowing visitors to enjoy the sight of colorful tulips among creative and fun backdrops.
219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
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Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every autumn along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colorful fireworks make this one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Although most people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Dongbaekseom Island, and Igidae Coastal Park also offer great views of the fireworks.
80, Haetgol-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Jade Garden, created under the theme of "Small Europe in the Forest," is located near Jade Palace Golf Club on a plot of land measuring 160,000 square meters. The 24 distinctively-themed areas in the garden boast a total of 3,000 plant species including rhododendrons, maple trees, irises, and blueberry bushes as well as patches of thick, natural forests. The arboretum makes the most out of its natural valley topography and presents visitors with a mix of tidy gardens, graceful flowers, and an array of European-style architecture.
For the convenience of guests, Jade Garden operates a Tuscan-style visitor’s center where patrons can enjoy a simple snack or beverage and purchase souvenirs. Visitors may choose from three different walking courses (each 2 hours in length) around the arboretum and a gardening program is also available for aspiring gardeners.
1128, Sinsaembat-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Built in October 1973, Soyang Dam is Asia's largest and the world's fourth largest rock-fill dam. It stands 123 meters high and 530 meters long, and can generate 200,000kW/h of electricity. It serves multiple purposes including flood control, hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, and fishing. It holds 29 million tons of water, which has become Soyangho Lake, Korea's largest man-made lake. Spanning a large area that borders the Gangwon-do cities and districts of Chuncheon, Hongcheon, Yanggu and Inje, the lake is often referred to as an "inland sea". Passenger ferries bound for Yanggu and Inje run along the 60 kilometer-long water route that leads to Seoraksan Mountain.
24, Hwamokwon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Gangwon-do Provincial Flower Garden is located approx. 5 kilometers from downtown Chuncheon, surrounded by a variety of leisure attractions and retreats. The garden was formed with the intention to create and display Gangwon region's local flowers as well as to preserve nature, distribute and experiment. Since the public opening on May 20, 1999, the garden has been used as nature observation for kids as well as a place to relax.
* Flower Garden - 120,476㎡ (1,804 species / about 85,000 pieces)
7, Geumgang-ro 62beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Myeongdong 1 Beonji Dakgalbi is located on the famous Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street in the lake city of Chuncheon. The restaurant’s main menu is makguksu (cold buckwheat noodles) and dakgalbi, both specialties of Chuncheon that are hearty and delicious!
The chopped chicken used to make dakgalbi is 100% domestically produced and is served with fresh vegetables and the restaurant’s signature seasoning. Makguksu, another well-known local specialty, is buckwheat noodles served in cold broth with seasoning on top.
17, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 209beonna-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Dongbaekseom Hoetjip is a nearby gourmet restaurant. It is a three story white building with a curved glass front on the second floor. The hearty modeum-hoe (assorted sliced raw fish) is the flagship dish of this restaurant. The portion is quite filling, despite the deceptively low price. You can enjoy the fresh raw fish of Busan, or any of the other dishes such as hoe-deopbap (raw fish bibimbap) and maeun-tang (spicy fish stew) which are also tasty.
25, Gwandeok-ro 15-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Dombe gogi stems from the Jeju dialect for "steamed and sliced pork served on chopping board," and is a widely popular traditional Jeju Island dish.
Dombedon restaurant, introduced in a MBC program, only uses meat from black pigs raised on Jeju Island. The meat is not only tasty, but is also low in fat, high in nutrition, and is said to be beneficial for health and beauty purposes—making it especially popular among women.
To preserve local flavor and taste, the restaurant prepares its meat using traditional cooking methods, as opposed to simply grilling the meat like many restaurants in the downtown area do. Thanks to these traditional cooking methods and the power of word-of-mouth, Dombedon has become a must-visit attraction of the region. In addition to the famous dombe gogi, the restaurant offers an array of dishes including grilled black-skinned pork, dolsot bibimbap, and chef’s cold noodle.
35, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Boon the Shop boasts an impressive array of fresh, attractive international brands with unique designs. It is a perfect place for visitors looking for luxurious brands that differ from better known brands. It houses clothing items created by both famous and young designers. Focusing on people from their twenties to forties, Boon the Shop has become a popular shopping spot among fashion leaders.
35-1, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Etude House has five branch stores in Myeong-dong. It focuses on trendy cosmetic products. Its first floor boasts over 760 individual items while the second floor consists of the Dollhouse Gallery and the attic in which the entertainment star, Song Hye Gyo shot a commercial.
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.
7-5, Jungheung-ro 100beon-gil, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Apple Tree Hotel is a business hotel located in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It's a five-story building with a total of 28 Double, Twin, and Ondol Rooms. Non-smoking rooms are available, and free breakfast is served from 7:00am to 9:00am. The hotel is a mere 5-minute walk from Pohang Bus Terminal and only a 10-minute ride from Pohang Airport. Nearby tourist attractions include Guryongpo and Homigot Sunrise Square. The most famous dish in Pohang is "Guryongpo Guamaegi,” which is half-dried mackerel pike or herring.
125, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Hotel Dynasty in southern Seoul has 58 Western-style and 6 Korean-style guestrooms. The hotel’s location in Nonhyeon-dong offers easy access to the city’s trendy spots such as Gangnam and Apgujeong.
288, Gwangwang-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Nestled at the foot of Seoraksan National Park, Cheoksan Spa was designated as a nationally approved spa due to its clean water. Visitors can stay here in comfort thanks to the wide guestrooms, and large parking lot. Subsidiary facilities include spa bath, resting area, barbeque site, and Korean restaurant as well as a seminar room perfect for business meetings and workshops.
3017, Yeongseo-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Chuncheon Puppet Theater is the only theater in Korea that features puppet shows for children. There are over 500 performances each year. Founded in 1989, the theater offers upscale puppet performances from various countries and special events through its annual Chuncheon International Puppet Festival in August. In addition to the theater, there is also a Puppet Workshop where children can make puppets as well as a Puppet Museum with exhibitions of various puppets from around the world.
877, Gasamunhak-ro, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
The Gasa Literature Collection is located in Damyang, Jeollanam-do, an area which is famous for its fertile land and rich historical heritage.
During the Joseon dynasty, when the Chinese classical literature had great influence, some scholars wrote poems in Korean called "Gasa." A total of 18 representative Gasa poems such as "Gwandongbyeolgok" and "Samiingok" are housed in the Gasa Literature Collection, earning Damyang the title of "the heart of Gasa poetry."
Damyang-gun established the Gasa Literature Collection in order to pass down the important cultural heritage of Gasa to future generations. In the museum, historical literature such as “Myeonangjip” (a collection of Gasa poems by Song Sun) and “Songgangjip,” (a collection of Gasa poems by Jeong Cheol) are on display. In the auxiliary facilities, local specialties are exhibited and traditional teas are available for purchase. Other major tourist attractions in the area are Soswaewon Garden and Sigyeongjeong Pavilion, whose beauty has been a source of inspiration for Gasa poets throughout history.
48-25, Seoha-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju Folk Museum opened in 1987 as the largest museum operated by a city government in Korea. It was established for the purpose of preserving valuable Korean folk relics and putting them on exhibit to increase the public's cultural awareness. The museum displays the rich and colorful lifestyles and folk culture of Korea's southwestern regions including Gwangju and Jeollanam-do.
First floor of the museum displays food, clothing, housing, livelihood, and handicrafts while the second floor showcases folk games, traditional customs and folk religions. The museum also utilizes miniature and diorama displays to recreate scenes from the past. A total eight videotech systems in the museum allow visitors to enjoy vivid demonstrations of the region's nine intangible cultural relics.
1383, Gimyujeong-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
When the Gyeongchun Line, a double-tracked railway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon, opened on December 20, 2010, it replaced the Mugunghwa train that traveled this route for 70 years. Built on the discontinued train line, Gangchon Rail Park is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can pedal along old railroad tracks while taking in the lovely Bukhangang River scenery.
505, Misa-daeri, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Misari Speedboat Park was created for use in rowing and sailing competition during the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The park features various other sports facilities around the lake, including soccer fields and footvolley courts. Other amenities include pavilions and snack bars, making this place beloved by locals as a place to relax and play.
Do-dong, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
The Dokdo Island Observatory Cable Car, from which one can get a bird's eye view of Ulleungdo Island, is a must-see tourist attraction. Located inside the Dodong Yaksu Park, the cable car takes visitors up to Manghyangbong Peak. When the sky is really clear (about 50 days a year), you can see as far as Dokdo Island that is located 92 kilometers away. This is also the first place to view the rising sun in Ulleungdo Island.