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.
3097-16, Changmil-ro, Miryang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
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Miryang Summer Performing Arts Festival is held at Miryang Youth Training Center, and Songnim Park area centered on Miryang Theater Village. Miryang won a special award from the 44th Donga Play Awards in 2008, making this city famous for performing arts. All genre of programs like comic drama, musical, puppet show, live band, dance musical, b-boy dance performance, magic stage, mime performance and other programs are available at the festival.
350, Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
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Songdo Beer Festival aims to become one of the world's best beer festivals equal to that of Germany's Oktoberfest and China's Qingdao International Beer Festival. Enjoy beer and food while watching exciting live performances and fireworks.
Sangpan-ri, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
This 600-year-old pine tree stands at the entrance to Songnisan Mountain in Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do. This old tree, designated as Natural Monument No. 103, is 15 meters in x_height and 4.5 meters in girth. Its branches stretch 10.3 meters to the east, 9.6 meters to the west and 10 meters to the north. Shaped like an open umbrella, this pine tree has long been the symbol of Songnisan Mountain, and has even been awarded the title of a Jeongipum grade official of the Joseon Court.
King Sejo visited Onyang Hot Springs and Songnisan Mountain in 1464 to cure an illness. While passing under this tree, he looked up and saw that his royal sedan chair was about to be ensnared in the tree’s branches. As he called for his bearers to look out, the branches suddenly lifted for the royal procession to proceed. On his way to Seoul, King Sejo was also able to take shelter from a rain shower under this tree. Therefore, he bestowed upon the tree the ministerial rank of Jeongipum.
3-16, Gwangjin 2-gil, Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
Huhuam Hermitage can be found next to National Highway No. 7 in Gwangjin-ri, Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do after Namae Harbor. The hermitage building was built in 2006 behind the temple, there is a wide flat rock resembling a turtle peeking out of the ocean. In addition, there is a rock which is naturally shaped similar to Buddha. The location makes it seem as if the turtle-shaped rock is bowing down to Buddha. Also, on top of the cliff on the upper right side of this Buddha statue there are two big rocks referred to as Jungbawi Rocks. These rocks are shaped like monks carrying a moktak (wooden percussion instrument used for chanting by Buddhist clergy) and bowing to the statue, adding an even more amazing atmosphere to the area.
271-1, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan
Opened in 2015, Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village reproduces the old scene of a whale-catching fishing village through areas like Whale Plaza, Jangsaengpo Old Village, Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden, an aquatic botanical garden and other themed area as well as a sculpture park.
Main facilities include Jangsaengpo Old Village, nostalgia area and educational site showing a scene of life from the 1960-1970’s, Whale Sculpture Park, displaying real-sized whale sculptures for a unique experience, Whale Story Trail, storytelling photo zone related to whales, and Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden, outdoor educational place for Bangudae Petroglyphs and whale-catching murals.
21, Sejong-daero 23-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
At Samjeon Hoejeon Chobap, you can sit back and relax as fresh sushi dishes such as eel sushi, tuna sushi, salmon sushi, and shrimp sushi come by you on the conveyor belt. The system allows you to avoid waiting for food and pick and choose your favorite dishes. Sushi dishes are made of fresh fish delivered daily so you can rest assured that you’re eating only top quality sushi.
The restaurant is conveniently located in central Seoul in the Gwanghwamun area near major landmarks such as City Hall, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and Cheonggyecheon, making the restaurant a convenient stopover during a busy day of touring.
101-1, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Get off the subway at Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), follow the wall of the Gyeongbokgung Palace and you'll find yourself facing a street with majestic trees whose foliage changes every season. This street leads directly to Samcheong-dong. As you enter Samcheong-dong and walk towards the Samchong-dong Tunnel, you'll come across Samcheongdong Sujebi, located right next to the Prime Minister Legation.
Samcheongdong Sujebi became a hit among Japanese tourists, after being featured in a popular Japanese magazine. The main dish here is, of course, sujebi (a traditional Korean soup consisting of chunks of dough and various vegetables). It comes in a pot full of sliced pumpkin, clams, and potatoes. This delicious soup is so tasty that there's almost always people lined up outside the restaurant. Other popular items include dongdongju (traditional Korean liquor) and gamjajeon (a Korean potato pancake that uses only potato starch and no other ingredients).
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located near Gyeongbokgung Station, the restaurant was also frequented by late President Roh Moo-hyun. It produces their ingredients like Tojongdak (Korean chicken), 4-years ginseng, chest nut, jujube, garlics, ginger, adlay, perilla seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed, nuts, pine nut, black sesame, and etc.
Even though one has to wait to enter during lunch time, do not worry about long wait as the restaurant is spacious. Besides Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), it serves Ogol-samgyetang, otdak, pajeon (green onion pancake), Rotisserie chicken, and other menus.
Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Itaewon Street is the most exotic place in Seoul to spend a day of shopping, dining, and hanging out. Itaewon holds a long history in its making and is the first place most tourists want to visit in Korea. After the U.S. set up a military base in Korea during the 1970s, many foreigners stationed at the base settled near the Itaewon area, naturally developing the region into a shopping district catering to foreigners. Later, the existence of Itaewon became known worldwide after the widely publicized 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In 1997, Itaewon was finally designated as an official tourist zone.
The 1.4 km-long street stretching from Itaewon 1-dong to Hannam 2-dong has been designated as Itaewon Street. There is an enormous variety of shops, entertainment venues, and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. Itaewon is a leader in providing exotic fashion, bars, and clubs in Korea. Most stores in this area are branded with English signs, and now with the recent influx of Japanese and Chinese tourists, Itaewon has become one of Korea’s top international hubs.
2, Namdaemunsijang 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
MESA was the first shopping mall to be built in Namdaemun Market. MESA is a family shopping mall selling goods and providing facilities targeting mostly middle-aged women. The Children’s Wear section on the 3rd floor provides mothers with cradles and rocking chairs for feeding infants, and a diaper changing facility as well. There are also free stroller rentals in the lobby, and each floor offers uniquely designed restrooms.
The eighth and ninth floors boast over 50 different restaurants, with food varying from traditional Korean meals to fusion dishes. A restaurant on the 16th floor offers a magnificent view of Namsan, especially at night.
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Lotte Duty Free Shop is located on 9-12F of Lotte Department Store, in the center of Seoul. Lotte Duty Free Shop is a one-stop shopping complex providing over 30 boutiques that offer shoppers a wide range of products.
198, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
The Seaes Hotel & Resort is located in the Jeju Jungmun District. Built on a land area of 42,900㎡, it offers private villas with modern designs that are in harmony with the traditional atmosphere. With a total of seven rooms (including the traditional Korean style room overlooking the sea), a green plaza, a fountain and pond, outdoor Jacuzzi pools and traditional dishes, the hotel provides excellent customized services. Moreover, the hotel is well known as a popular filming location for Korean TV dramas and shows.
875, Bangeojinsunhwan-doro, Dong-gu, Ulsan
Hotel Hyundai Ulsan is a business hotel, adjacent to Hyundai Heavy Industries, the top shipbuilder in the world, and a bathing resort on the beautiful eastern coast of South Korea. With a wealth of experience in hosting numerous international events, accommodating national guests and providing top class services, the hotel has been known as “Ulsan’s Best Hotel” and “The Best Hotel for Business and Sightseeing” since it opened in January 1983.
Through continuous improvements and innovations, Hotel Hyundai Ulsan aims to continue to provide guests with the best quality services for happiness and comfort.
16-10, Jungang-daero 180beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
Le IDE:A Hotel is a boutique hotel opened in 2017. Located near Busan Station, Dong-gu, Busan, it has large rooms with area of over 33㎡ and comes with a large bed and a whirlpool bathtub. The 9-story building houses a total of 55 rooms that can accommodate up to 160 people in all. The rooms on the fifth floor offer a great view of Busan Harbor Bridge and the ocean. Some of the rooms are furnished with personal safe and closet for long-term guests. The Business Rooms with area of 16㎡ look like a studio room with some office supplies. The Group Rooms can accommodate up to 17 people, and they are available in both Korean ondol (floor-heated) rooms and those with a bed. The hotel is conveniently located near Busan Station and other means of public transportation such as metro bus, making it easy to get to other parts of the city. Nearby tourist destinations include Gukje Market, Jagalchi Market, Yongdusan Park, Taejongdae, and Downtown Busan.
412, Hwajinpo-gil, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
Goseong-gun’s Hwajinpo Aquarium is located in the Hwajinpo area of Gangwondo Province and consists of two exhibition rooms with one room featuring a total of 40,000 or 1,500 species shellfish including rare shellfish, crustaceans, coral, fossils and a stuffed specimens; and the other displaying 125 species of 3,000 fish living in fish tanks of varying sizes and shapes designed and equipped in accordance with the characteristics and habitats of each species of fish.
There is a 300 ton overhead underwater tunnel on the first floor of the fish exhibition room. The second floor is home to the Ocean Beach and Beautiful East Sea Exhibitions; the Invertebrate Animal Center along with a 3-D Theater that shows films like "Hwajinpo Becomes a Lake," "Ocean Day," and the "Amazing Underwater Trip."
390, Suyanggaeyujeok-ro, Jeokseong-myeon, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Suyanggae Prehistory Museum boasts itself as the largest prehistoric site in Korea. The museum contains a multitude of remains, especially stone toolkits, of the late Stone Age and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stone toolkits were discovered by a museum of Chungbuk National University while the team was on the project to excavate historical remains around the site that were submerged due to the construction of Chungju Dam. The museum provides detailed explanations and maps marked for the prehistorical sites in Danyang. Visitors can learn the life and wisdom of Paleolithic man in the museum.
111, Subyeon-ro, Danyang-eup, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Located in Danyang, Danuri Aquarium houses a lot of fish with a wide array of fish species from Korea and overseas countries, consisting of 13,000 fish of 83 species and 2,000 fish of 62 species, respectively. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of fish including Siniperca, a traditional fish from Namhangang River, sweetfish and Korean bitterling, as well as various fish species from other countries all in one spot. Also, the aquarium offers a special sightseeing point, in the form of a fish tank decorated with the theme of Eight Scenic Views of Danyang.
* Fish tanks: 127 exhibition tanks, 43 habituating tanks, approx. 915 tons
* Display state: 145 species from domestic and overseas countries, 15,000 fish (83 from Korea (approx. 13,000 fish) / 62 from overseas countries (approx. 2,000 fish)
2, Gongyangwang-gil, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do
Samcheok Ocean Railbike is Korea's one and only ocean railbike facility that offers a landscape view of black pines and bizarre rocks merged together. Its double-tracked route of 5.4km follows the beautiful shoreline of the East Sea with a tunnel along its way that entertains bikers with fascinating luminarie and laser shows, giving feelings as if it is passing through a mysterious underwater tunnel. The railbike course is perfect to enjoy unique and memorable experiences for families, friends and couples.
Online reservation in advance is required.
60, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Opened in 1981, Jungmun Golf Club is located along the seaside cliffs of Jeju Island. It is open all year long, featuring a 18 hole golf course and a country club set up along a coastal area on Jeju Island. Picturesque scenery and various tourist amenities add to the charm of this golf club.
- Korea's sole coastal golf course, embracing the valley as well as breathtaking views
- The course is filled with the western grass and a peaceful atmosphere
- Jeju-grown foliage and subtropical plants
- The longest course distance in Korea (B.T. 6,820 m)
- Open for both members and non-member tourists
- Tee-up on in-course and out-course at once
- Reservation required; international tourists are given priority
- Holes 8 and 11 have an optical illusion (uphill and downhill are reversed)
- Located within 5-min walking distance from the nearest hotel
Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Giheung-gu Heungdeok-ro 77
Taekwang Country Club is a favorite among golfers, with its pleasant environment, great geographical location, and convenient transportation. Ever since it first opened an 18-hole course (for members only) in 1984, the club has long been loved among golf enthusiasts. With the steady investment in facilities expansion that has continued since 1988, the club added a 9-hole course in 1991 (for members only) and another 9-hole course (for general public) in 1997. Now, as a 36-hole country club, it accommodates golfers with its spacious fairway and an artificial pond was specially created to symbolize the harmony between the Mother Nature and the beauty of human creation. The golf club also has the best driving range in the nation (300-yard driving distance, auto setter, and 108 driving bays).