Ara Plaza, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Pohang Guryongpo Gwamegi Festival celebrates the local specialties of the Pohang city region. Pohang city is widely-known as the village where Gwamegi, dried mackerel, originated, and the festival promotes this delicious dish as well as other local specialties, such as snow crabs and squid.
The Gwamegi Festival presents folk games, traditional Korean music performances, specialty product (squid, gwamegi) competitions, free sampling exhibitions, and other cultural experience programs.
110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
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First held in 2014, Seoul Kimchi Festival connects traditions and modern living through the Kimjang (making kimchi) culture and aims to become a site of harmony and sharing of Korean culture with international visitors. The festival shows all about the Kimjang culture and provides a chance for visitors to directly experience it. There are varied programs including sharing Kimjang for people in need, Seoul Kimjanggan, Kimchi Market, Kimchi Sangsang playground, and others related to kimchi-making.
145, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
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Paju Book City is a leading publishing and cultural hub in Korea, started in 2011 with the establishment of a street lined with bookstores to transform the area from a place of publication to a place for enjoying book culture. A total of 42 bookstores opened within the city's first year. In view of participating in international activities, the city joined the International Organization of Booktowns (IOB) in June 2012. The IOB is an organization of 16 booktowns in 13 countries.
Paju Booksori Festival is the largest book festival in Asia. Launched in the fall of 2011, the festival draws around 100 publishers, and leading organizations related to the publishing industry, books, education, and culture.
1085, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
The best way to see Seoraksan Mountain is by taking the Seorak Cable Car. Due to its huge popularity during the peak seasons in fall and summer or during the weekends, visitors may need to wait approximately 2 to 3 hours in line for the ride. By riding up and down the cable car, visitors can view the fascinating rock formations of the Gwongeumseong region as well as the Sogongwon area, Jeohangnyeong, and Ulsanbawi Rock to the north. To the northeast, downtown Sokcho and the East Sea comes into view.
After getting off the cable car, visitors can take a 20 to 30 minute hike to Gwongeumseong to get a birds-eye-view of the Outer Serok (Oeseorak). The cable car ascends at a relatively high speed with some excitement. Safety is assured and the scenery can be enjoyed with the guided tour in the cable car. It runs even when it is raining or snowing, but operation may be suspended under windy conditions.
55, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Omokdae Pavilion is located on top of a steep hill and is one of the places where Yi Seong-gye (who later became King Taejo, the first king of the Joseon Dynasty) stopped to celebrate his victory on his way home from a war with Japanese invaders at Unbong Peak of Hwangsan Mountain, near the end of the Goryeo Era. It is also a place where Mokjo, one of Yi’s forefathers, had once lived.
Imokdae Pavilion is located near the foot of Seungamsan Mountain where Chimyeongjasan, the site of a holy Catholic monument. 80 meters down from Imokdae Pavilion are memorial stones and a memorial house.
Imokdae Pavilion is the place where Mokjo (forefather of King Taejo) played war games as a child with his friends, a simple action which appears in ‘Yongbieocheonga’ (a 15th century ballad narrating national longevity and cultural achievement). Mokjo left the Jeonju area and moved to Hamgyeong-do as a result of a feud with the Jeonju Busa (public governing official). Yi Seong-gye (King Taejo) believed that Mokjo’s move to Hamgyeong-do five generations before his birth was a sign from heaven pointing to his founding of the Joseon Dynasty.
190, Danjong-ro, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do
Jangneung is the tomb of Danjong, the 6th king of the Joseon dynasty (r.
1441-1457). After having the throne taken away by Suyang Daegun, his uncle, Danjong was condemned to exile in Yeongwol County, where he was later murdered and his remains were abandoned in
the Donggang River. When no one else was brave enough to find his body, Eom Heung-do, the governor of Yeongwol Lake, found his body and buried him in the tomb that later became Jangneung, one of
the royal tombs of the Joseon dynasty. Danjong had been stripped of his title at the time he was exiled. His title was later restored in year 1698, during the reign of King Sukjong, and received his posthumous name Danjong, and thereafter was referred to as King Danjong.
Jangneung houses such buildings as Jeongjagak, Baesikdansa, Jaesil, Yeongcheon, and Hongsammun, and a history hall with relics of Danjong. The area is surrounded by magnificent pine trees. Since 1967, a religious service called Danjongje is held every year on April 5th, according to the lunar calendar, in commemoration of Danjong.
26, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Jinju Hall is a restaurant specializing in kongguksu (chilled white soybean noodle soup) with over 40 years of history. Renowned for its rich soup of cold noodles, the restaurant uses fresh soybeans grown in Gangwon-do. The dishes are not only nutritious, but also effective in restoring people's appetites, often lost because of the summer's heat.
To make the restaurant's signature dish, buckwheat is mixed with ground soybeans and flour to make dough. The dough is shaped into noodles and boiled. They are then mixed with pulverized soybeans (which are slightly boiled) and cold broth. Boasting a simple taste, this cold soybean noodle dish is one of the most popular dishes in summer.
6-4, Insadong 8-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tteul Gwa Dawon (literally "yard and tea garden") is an up-scale hanok-style tea
and coffee house where you can enjoy a tranquil garden in the center of Seoul.
The tea and coffee shop offers traditional Korean tea made of 100% natural ingredients, as well as organic coffee. It is equipped with large private rooms which can accomodate a large number of guests, making it the best place to hold seminars or other types of social gatherings.
Tea, rice cakes, and other traditional snacks served here can be a good alternative for when you're in between meals.
24, Yongho-ro 90beon-gil, Nam-gu, Busan
Halmae Patbingsu Danpatjuk has over 30 years' experience in pat bingsu (shaved ice with sweetened red beans) and danpatjuk (sweet red bean porridge). Located in Yongho-dong, the restaurant is close to Igidae Park, and therefore easily accessible by bus through the Igidae Park bus stop.
45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
Seomun Market (formerly known as Daegu-Keun Market) of Daegu is steeped in history. Along with Pyeongyang Market and Ganggyeong Market, Seomun Market was one of the three main markets during the Joseon dynasty. It is situated only 300 meters from the West Gate of the city, and was befittingly named Seomunsijang (West Gate Market). Although the market has grown from its small size, the names of the alleyways such as Hongdukkaejeon and Dakjeon remains unchanged.
The specialties of the current Seomun Market include fabric-related items like silk, satin, linen, cotton, knitted goods, and clothing. However, visitors to the market will also find a decent selection of crafts, silver products and dried seafood. While still traditional in many respects, Seomun Market offers modern conveniences including a heating and cooling system and a large parking lot.
The signature dish of Seomun Night Market is Cup Makchang, small servings of Korea’s soul food makchang (beef intestines). Other popular dishes include mu tteokbokki, a unique take on a classic Korean dish with thinly sliced radish, and a remake of British fare shrimp and chips.
17-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Arirang Master Crafts Shop is a comprehensive shopping center dealing with traditional Korean crafts. It covers traditional crafts by famous artists, pottery for daily use, decorative pottery, lacquer ware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, crafts made of traditional Korean paper and more. Every product has a fixed price. In addtion, customers can enjoy diverse works displayed in the Migak Museum (Migak means delicate sculpture for eyes to see), located in the shop.
33, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
The Korean Craft Hall, located in Insa-dong, displays and sells Korean crafts by artists in Cheongju. It is home to over 100 different kinds of crafts including crafts related to Jikji (the oldest remaining book in the world using the metal printing method). Customers are exposed to rich informaton on Jikji and the International Craft Biennale. Main products include neckties (using metal printing), pottery, textile crafts, jewelry, and products using Korean traditional patterns and handwritings.
128, Jungang-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
BENIKEA Hotel Pohang has 90 simple but stylish guestrooms each outfitted with a shower, AC, wireless high-speed internet, high-quality linens, an LCD TV, and a phone. Coffee and traditional tea are provided and each room is soundproof, ensuring guests a pleasant night’s sleep.
The business center has a state-of-the-art meeting room and guests can enjoy hotel services such as a simple breakfast meal or drinks. From the HUB, a multi-purpose complex area located at the first floor, guests can engage in all kinds of activities ranging from having breakfast or a cup of coffee to conducting business transactions.
69-2, Wolmak-ri, Cheongsong-eup, Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Juwangsan Spa Tourist Hotel is a famous landmark in Cheongsong, Gyeongsangbuk-do. The main building, which has 50 rooms, a banquet hall and a wedding hall, is connected to an annex that houses the spa facilities. Guests may take advantage of the health programs offered at the spa or enjoy the hot springs sauna that uses alkaline water, which has been proven to heal chronic headaches and shoulder pain.
32-11, Saejae 2(i)-gil, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Situated in Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park, Mungyeong Tourist Hotel is surrounded by the beauty of nature. Historically, Mungyeongsaejae was the main pathway between the Yeongnam area and Hanyang (the former name of Seoul). The hotel is equipped with excellent amenities and has been the hotel of choice for many famous actors shooting scenes for Korean dramas or films at the Mungyeong KBS Drama Studio.
100, Cheongpa-ro 47-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum was founded in May 2004 to enhance public awareness and appreciation of embroidery art with ample facilities including exhibition hall, library, conservation center, learning center, embroidery study room, education and research rooms. The museum emphasizes on the variety of textiles and embroidery and also features collections from various Northeast Asian countries. The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum stresses the importance of embroidery as an evolving form of art through changes in technology, social and cultural environment. In addition, the learning center also aims to become a learning center for scholarship in embroidery and other textile arts that can be appreciated by a wide audience.
182, Gwanggyo-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Suwon Gwanggyo Museum features a variety of relics that were discovered during the construction of Gywanggyo New Town. The exhibitions focus on the history and culture of Gwanggyo based on artifacts along with materials related to Korea’s modern history, Dokdo Island, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin. Suwon Gwanggyo Museum is located in Gywanggyo History Park near the burial site of Sim On and Hyeryeong-gun, providing a great opportunity for visitors to learn about Korea’s history as well as enjoy a relaxing stroll around the park.
244, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan
The Jangsaengpo Whale Museum (opened on May, 31 2005) is the first and only whale museum in Korea and stands on what used to be a central area for the Korean whaling industry. After whaling was banned in 1986, 250 artifacts from whalers and the whaling industry were collected and put on display. Visitors can enjoy experience zones such as the Whale Belly Road or the Underwater Adventure Zone. Exhibitions include things like a Bryde's whale skeleton, a killer whale skeleton, a gray whale corner, and whaling ships.
806, Bongsu-daero, Seo-gu, Incheon
Incheon Asiad Main Stadium is the main stadium for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. Construction began in June 2011 and the stadium
opened on June 1, 2014. Built on a 631,975㎡ lot, the five-story stadium has a total floor area of 113,620㎡ and 61,818 spectator seats (capacity to be reduced by 32,514 seats after the 2014 Asian Games).
The stadium has an oval running track enclosing a regulation-size soccer field. Outside, there's a tennis court, a subsidiary stadium, and the 1,415.13㎡ Yeonhui Cricket Ground.
265, High1-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Gangwon Land Casino is Korea’s first ever casino to allow the admission of Koreans. It was established under the ‘Special law regarding support for the development of abandoned mine areas,’ which was passed in 1995 with the purpose of resuscitating the economy of such abandoned mine areas. Gangwon Land is a hotel resort with 199 rooms at present, priding over its superior casino facilities with 960 slot machines and 100 tables. Gangwon Land Casino has skilled dealers and serves free beverages to players.
84, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Suyeong Bay Yachting Center is located between Gwangalli and Haeundae beaches and was built in 1986 as an international scale stadium, used during the ‘86 Asian Games and the ‘88 Seoul Olympics. It is able to anchor 448 yachts, and it has the proper natural environment for yachting so as to be the venue of various domestic and international yacht contests, becoming a popular yacht site for lovers of yachting and ocean sports.