123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
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Of the numerous festivals in Korea, Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the largest number of international visitors. During the festival period, tourists flock to the area to experience the benefits of Boryeong's mud while having a blast. Fully immersed in both the mud and the festival’s great atmosphere, visitors enjoy mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the giant mud bath. Visitors feeling particularly energetic can try the marine mud-training course, while those looking for something more relaxing can enjoy the mud massage zone. In the evening, music and fireworks continue the party going at the beach.
656, Yongmunsan-ro, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
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Yangpyeong Yongmunsan Wild Plants Festival is held in the Yangpyeong area, famous for clean water and grand mountains. Wild herbs and vegetables harvested from Yongmunsan Mountain were recorded in Donggukyeojiji (Historical Records of the mid-Joseon Dynasty) as being presented to the king as the best in the nation.
122, Yeongdonghwanggan-ro, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
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Located in the center of Korea and the southernmost part of Chungcheongbuk-do, Yeongdong-gun County is a suitable place to grow fruits, due to the large difference in temperature day and night and the long amount of sunlight. Featuring the nation’s largest grape orchards, Yeongdong-gun makes up 12.8% of grape productions through the nation and 69.7% through Chungcheongbuk-do.
Every year, Yeongdong-gun County holds Yeongdong Grape Festival to boast its great taste of grape.
105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Culture Experience Center is located in the lobby level (B1F) of Seoul's landmark Namsan Seoul Tower. The center is designed around the theme of the Joseon dynasty, and features both large photo zones and hanbok of various styles, ranging from traditional to modern and even wedding.
14, Gyo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
King Naemul was the 17th monarch of the Silla Kingdom (in power from 356 to 402) and became the second king of the Kim family name. King Naemul was known as the first king to initiate the king title of ‘Maripgan’ and was known for spreading cultural advancements from China to the Korean people. When the allied forces of Baekje and Japan attacked, he asked Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo for help and led the people to victory, contributing to the increased strength of the Silla Kingdom. After his rule, the throne was exclusively ceded to members of the Kim family clan.
The royal tomb of King Naemul is a large mound (22 m in diameter and 5.3 m in x_height) that sits on the northern hill of the Confucian school of Gyeongju. The edge of a natural stone is exposed around the bottom of the mound, pointing to the fact that the inner chamber tomb was made of stone. In the historical document Samguk Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms), no records are found about the tomb, but the Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) describes the king’s tomb as being located in the southwest of Cheomseongdae, which is consistent with the tomb’s location.
140-25, Cheomseong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (r. 632-647), it was used to observe stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962.
Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it.
The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the Chinese letter '井' (jeong).
It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m.
The Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms (also known as the astronomical solar year) were determined by observating of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.
374-8, Odaesan-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Nandana is a bakery cafe operated by Woljeongsa Temple. The breads are made with organic flour and use no butter, milk, or eggs. The bakery makes a limited amount of bread each day to ensure none goes to waste.
140, Yuryang-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
This traditional Korean restaurant has a history of 20 years and includes facilities suitable for special occasions like 1st and 60th birthday parties. It has a large parking lot and rooms of different sizes where you can dine comfortably in private.
525, Hoguk-ro, Jangheung-myeon, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
This restaurant originally specialized in traditional Korean course meals when it opened in 1993 but after changing its main menu in July 1994, it’s been specializing in Idong galbi and wang galbi (king galbi). Gamagol Galbi is famous for savory and tender galbi with thick ribs.
35, Eulji-ro 36-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
At Jungbu Market, a wide assortment of dried food such as laver, seaweed, anchovies, yellow corbinas, squid, pollack, and dried filefish fillets are available at low prices. Known for both wholesale and retail sales, Jungbu Market offers goods at prices 20-30% lower than those found at other markets.
Each store only sells one or two types of seafood products, allowing for easy price comparison and top quality goods. Popular products include dried filefish fillets, laver, and Pollack. As of late, processed food has also started to make its way into the market.
The market is also a popular site for buying food items used in ancestral rites and general home goods. The market opens at 4am and most stores close around 5pm. By 6pm the market grounds are quiet and inactive, so make sure to go before 3pm so that you have enough time to shop and look around.
14, Poeun-ro 8-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Mangwon Market is located in the Mangwon neighborhood of Mapo-gu, Seoul. This traditional market is home to many delicous restaurants and friendly vendors offering the freshest ingredients in a clean environment.
20, Dongho-ro 37-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Bangsan Market is a wholesale market that sells packaging and promotional materials. Popular with patissiers, the market became famous after it appeared on the TV drama “My name is Kim Sam-sun.” There are a number of bakery cafes along the Cheonggyecheon Stream.
35, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Arpina (opened in July, 2004) is within minutes of Haeundae and Gwangalli beaches, the Busan Convention Center (BEXCO), Centum City, and other popular attractions of Busan. Offering 103 guestrooms of 9 different room types and a variety of subsidiary facilities, the youth hostel has everything needed for tourists, business travelers, students, and families to have a relaxing and pleasant stay.
Family rooms are equipped with a kitchen and a private bathroom; large dormitory-style rooms come with shared bathrooms and are perfect for group travelers or students on summer vacation. Comfortable single guestrooms are available for business travelers and other travelers who crave a little more privacy than the dorms. There are even some Korean-style “Ondol” rooms for guests who want to experience traditional Korean sleeping arrangements.
Facilities include a fitness center, a swimming pool, a golf range, a sauna, restaurants, and seminar rooms. The youth cultural & training center and outdoor grass playground also make the hostel the perfect place for youth training camps.
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Founded in 1979, The Shilla Seoul represents time-honored tradition and grace. It graciously combines the nation's authentic beauty with a modern interior and the natural charm of Namsan Mountain. The place offers guests the most sophisticated services and programs along with comfortable guest rooms and world-class fine dining ready to tantalize the taste buds. In addition, there is a luxury spa and health clinic, shopping arcade for luxury goods, wedding hall, and a range of entertainment services.
In particular, the Guerlain Spa of the hotel was created based on the beauty know-how of from Guerlain, a French luxury cosmetic brand, adding to the glamorous atmosphere. The place offers 1-on-1, tailor-made services and state-of-the-art facilities, which guarantee the genuine relaxation. In addition, the hotel has newly created an outdoor swimming pool and fitness club while turning the broad greenery nearby into a beautiful sculpture park where you can refresh yourself jogging or walking.
695-9, Songui-ro, Sowon-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
The Hanchaedang Hanok Stay Center consists of two hanok buildings with the same traditional structure, including a tiled-roof, maru (wooden floor), and gudeul (Korean floor heating system). The interiors offer a harmonious combination of modernity and the features of a traditional hanok house. Each room has a low table for four people, a central living room with en suite toilet and bidet, a main room (Anbang) with an en suite bathtub, toilet and bidet, another room (Geonneonbang), and a kitchen with a wine bar table. The main room has two sets of bedding for four people, while the other room has one set of bedding for two people. The extra bedding is always placed inside the wardrobe. Guests can cook in the kitchen, but they may only hold a BBQ outside. (There is a charge for the BBQ set.) The house overlooks the school playground below the building and the beach in the distance. The Hanchaedang is also a well-known film location with great interiors and attractive exterior views that have featured in various interview programs and TV dramas.
59, Dongbusangwangwang 6-ro, Gijang-gun, Busan
Busan National Science Museum was established to promote the wonders of science and provide the visitors with an opportunity to enjoy everything science has to offer. Themed exhibitions related to vehicles, spaceships, and energy development led by the cities of Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongsangnam-do are available. The museum aims to promote futher understanding of science.
55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Seoul Museum of History captures the traditional culture of Seoul. Vestiges from the prehistoric era to modern Seoul are on display. Many of the Joseon Dynasty relics were donated during the Relic Donation Campaign. Also, the landscape of Seoul is recreated when it was the capital of the Joseon Dynasty. Another exhibit showcases the daily life of the Seoulites, while another presents items through an online cyber museum. The Special Exhibition Hall, the Exhibition Hall for Donated Relics, and Museum Shop where cultural products are produced and sold.
461, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Soon after its opening in 1983, the Park Ryu Sook Gallery moved to Cheongdam-dong, an uncharted territory back in 1988. Ever since, the gallery has played a significant role in turning the region into one of the most representative art places in Korea. The Park Ryu Sook Gallery mainly deals with modern art, and contributes to the development of Korea's modern art scene by recruiting and supporting talented rookies in the field, and by introducing artwork of major modern artists from abroad. Moreover, the gallery works to promote Korean art worldwide by joining major art fairs such as the Chicago, Koln, and Basel art fairs.
Through these and similar activities, the Park Ryu Sook Gallery works to provide the public the invaluable opportunity to enjoy quality artwork, maximize their own creativity, and take a moment out of their hectic lives to indulge in a little self-reflection.
Sacheonjin-ri, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Gangneung Bau-gil Road is a 150-km walking trail comprised of 10 courses including mountain ranges and coastal sections, including Baekdudaegan, Gyeongpo, and Jeongdongjin. “Bau” means “rock” in the Gangwon-do dialect. When the people of Gangwon-do refer to Gangwon-do in a friendly way, they call it “Gamjabau.” Like the name, Gangneung Bau-gil features human-friendly trekking courses through beautiful nature. By traveling on foot, people can enjoy the tranquil scene and the scent of pine trees from the forest that makes up almost 70% of the routes.
[Gangneung Bau-gil Course 5]
This 16 km-long route along the coast includes tourist attractions such as Sacheonjin-ri Haebyeon (Beach) Park, Gyeongpo Beach, Gyeongpo Lake, Heo Gyun and Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park, and Namhangjin Beach. Collect shells near the beach, enjoy the view from the deck, and take a leisurely stroll on Korea's longest, most lush pine grove path. The lakeside road in Gyeongpo and the Chodang Solbat-gil (pine grove road) at Heo Gyun and Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park make this a beloved trekking attraction.
174, Taegi-ro, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
With a 5-star hotel, condominium buildings, ski slopes, and a top-class golf course, the mountain resort complex of Phoenix Park provides various recreational and amusement facilities for a great vacation. The resort is located approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Seoul in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. Pyeongchang is a major winter sports region in Korea and is the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The resort has a total of seventeen slopes, four of which are approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation), and has superb snow quality. Phoenix Snow Park is an environmentally friendly resort, created with the minimum possible disruption to surrounding nature. For more information on the Phoenix Snow Park and subsidiary facilities, please visit the official website or call the ski resort helpine.
Sandi-ro, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail is the nation's first eco-healing barefoot walking trail, filled with the fresh aroma of pine needles. Visitors can also enjoy a view of downtown Daejeon from Gyejoksanseong Fortress, which was built during the time of the Three Kingdoms. Walking or even running along this 14-kilometer long trail at an altitude between 200 and 300 meters above sea level is a great way to get a healthy body and spirit.