112, Chuncheon-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
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Chuncheon Art Festival was created with the idea of holding a festival in a new style, featuring events that focus on providing opportunities for artists, performers, and theater staff. The festival also has ‘talent donations’ where performers freely show off their skills for the enjoyment of festival-goers. The festival first began in 2002 by staff and perfomers who volunteered and participated for free and, like today, didn't charge visitors to view their performance.
199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
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Thanks to its annual water festival held during the hottest time of the year since 2005, Everland is one of the most popular summer attractions. The festival is packed with various programs like water shows, light shows, and game activities for visitors to enjoy.
47, Munhwacheyuk-ro, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do
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Every year, a hanu (Korean cattle) festival takes place in Hoengseong county, where the climate and the environment are said to be perfect for raising cattle. The festival attracts a large number of people, who come to try Hoengseong hanu beef at affordable prices as well as deodeok (mountain bellflower), another specialty of Hoengseong. In addition to food sampling, the festival holds diverse agricultural experience programs.
Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Panmunjeom is located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), 50 kilometers north of Seoul. This is where the Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. Panmunjeom is within the Joint Security Area (JSA) secured by UN and North Korean military and is beyond the jurisdiction of North and South Korea.
Panmunjeom and the JSA became even more well-known after the release of a film "Joint Security Area (2000)." Now, Panmunjeom is one of the most visited tourist sites of the DMZ.
369, Pilseung-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Located in Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Odusan Unification Observatory was established to console the feelings of dispersed families and provide an educational site for the unification education through 5F to B1 in 1992.
The observatory is situated in the northernmost ceasefire line of the western front where Hangang River and Imjingang River meet. It offers a wide view of Songaksan Mountain in Gaeseong to the north and 63 Building in Seoul to the south. Also, it is a valuable unification security tourist attraction related to Imjingak, the 3rd Tunnel, and Panmunjeom (Joint Security Area) stretching along Jayu-ro Road in the northeast.
Since its opening, almost 1,900,000 people have visited the observatory to feel the reality of the division, making this area the best national unification education site.
310, Je3ttanggul-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Situated in Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do and at the northernmost point of the Military Demarcation Line, Dora Observatory replaced the previous Songaksan Observation Post. From the observatory, visitors can overlook North Korea, including Gaeseong, Songaksan, Kim Il-Sung Statue, and Cooperation Farm (Geumamgol). The observatory has 500 spectator seats, a VIP room, and a large parking area. It was first opened to the public in January 1987.
Near the observatory is The 3rd Tunnel, an infiltration tunnel built by North Korea and found in 1978. It stretches over 1.6 kilometers with a x_height and x_width of 2 meters, capable of mobilizing 30,000 troops in one hour. In front of the tunnel are a variety of attractions such as the DMZ Media Hall (offering the history of the divided country and flourishing ecosystem in the Demilitarized Zone), DMZ Exhibition Hall (displaying relics and documents related to the Demilitarized Zone), sculptures, and souvenir shops. Visitors can see inside the tunnel by either walking or riding the monorail.
Because civilian access is restricted in this area, visitors must participate in the DMZ Peace & Security Tourist Program to visit the observatory.
9-4, Eulji-ro, 43-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
A pig's trotter(s) specialty restaurant located in Dongdaemun Gate, Seoul. The most famous menu is five-spice pigs' feet. One of the top 3 stores specializing in jokbal (pig's trotter) in Seoul.
40, Baesiron-ro, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
A restaurant that inherits local dishes using healthy ingredients grown directly by farmers. This Korean dishes restaurant is located in Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do. The most famous menu is bapbo set menu.
135 Mihang-ro Mokpo-si Jeollanam-do
As a specialty restaurant of Mokpo since 1956, it has been featured on many TV programs. This restaurant's signature menu is mugwort rice cake. This Korean dishes restaurant is located in Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do.
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 market 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(il)-dong to Hannam 2(i)-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.
231, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in Buam-dong in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Art Korea is a cosmetic select shop that opened on January 1, 2013. Covering a total area of about 630 ㎡, the store sells a comprehensive collection of Korean and imported cosmetics as well as cosmetics created by Art Korea, including Yihan Carino, The Saem, Demeter, The Faceshop, Re-ofe, Mediheal, VOV, It’s Skin, Jayjun, AHC, Enprani, and Clio. With samples from brands available and staff offering consultation, the store makes it convenient for customers to compare and purchase products by skin type and concern.
As a tax refund shop for foreigners, Art Korea offers convenient services including round-the-clock foreign language interpretation in English, Chinese, and Japanese. The store regularly offers various events including special discounts and gifts at the event hall in the center for group tourists and/or at the designated event hours.
Cheongha Bldg., (182-1, Buam-dong) 280, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in Jongno-gu Seoul, Cheongha Korea Ginseng Co., Ltd., specializes in Korean ginseng products and has its headquarters in Jongno, Seoul and a branch in Jeju. The stores aim to deliver the history and culture of Korean ginseng and take the lead in promoting the effects of Korean ginseng to the world. Since its establishment in 2005, the Jongno headquarters has focused on qualitative growth through continuous investment; for two years since 2014, the building that housed the headquarters was refurbished, expanding exhibition halls for Korean ginseng and convenience facilities for stores. On the ground floor up to the fourth floor are the Korea Ginseng Museum, 23 ginseng stores, 2 sundry stores, a tax refund office, a bank, a café, a nursing room, and other convenience facilities.
For visiting foreign customers, staff who can speak foreign languages fluently are on standby during business hours. Upon reservation, foreign language service can be requested, and the staff in charge of the requested language will offer a tour around the museum as well as assistance in product consultation and purchase. The store also conducts thorough after-sales management to guarantee the highest customer satisfaction.
17-25, Gwigye-gil, Naenam-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
g1169 pension is located in Sangsin-ri, Naenam-myeon, Gyeongsangbuk-do. The owner of this pension, who is a ceramic artist, offers a ceramic class in his small workshop called “Gutoranyo” near the pension. He covered all the stand-alone guestrooms (Ocean, Pine Tree, Gutoran, White Magnolia, and Dawan) with clay himself and even drew pictures on them using his ceramic and tile works. There is a small pond in the front yard, where lotus flowers bloom in summer. Between the pension and ceramic workshop is a short trail. You will see ceramic works floating on the pond and hanging on the trees.
29, Michuhol-daero 722beon-gil, Nam-gu, Incheon
Located in Nam-gu, Incheon City, the Stay Hotel is a five-story building with 36 guestrooms consisting largely of double rooms and twin rooms. Newly renovated and opened this year, the interior decor of each floor of the building features a different design and atmosphere. Guests can have a cup of noodles placed in their room anytime, and enjoy a fresh coffee 24 hours a day from the coffee machine in the lobby (1F).
The hotel is situated just 500 meters from Juan Station (Subway Line 1), which is adjacent to diverse shops and convenient facilities. In addition, it is only five minutes’ drive from Subong park, fifteen minutes from Sinpo International Market, and twenty-five minutes from Wolmido Island. As the hotel is also close to Incheon Subway Station, guests can easily get to many surrounding destinations. It is also about 2km away from Incheon City Hall and the Incheon Cultural Center.
1831, Taebong-ro, Dongsong-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in front of the front gate of the Goseokjeong National Tourist Area, a famous tourist attraction of Cheorwon, Sun Leisuretel boasts forty guestrooms of various sizes including Korean traditional ondol rooms and rooms with beds, as well as an auditorium, seminar room, restaurant and lounge, making it convenient for groups, families, and friends. As it is situated next to the Hantangang River, a popular rafting destination, many thrill-seeking young people come to stay in the hotel. Other nearby tourist attractions include Goseokjeong Land, Oncheonyok, the Iron Triangle Memorial Hall, and much more. In addition, Goseokjeong Pavilion is well-known as the stomping ground of Korea’s righteous outlaw Im Kkeokjeong. A little further down from the Pavilion is Sunnam Valley, a famous spot for rafting. Cheorwon is always packed with tourists who want to enjoy sports and leisure throughout all four seasons as it offers a wide range of exciting activities including rafting, four-wheel drive motorcycling, survival games, kart riding, and bungee jumping.
137, Samdal-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
The Kim Young Gap Gallery is a former elementary school turned into a gallery. Photographer Kim Young-gap, who had been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, spent his life capturing the beauty of Jeju Island. He created the gallery during his last days so that he could ensure his works be shared for years to come. The gallery shows the photographer’s artistic passion, and his photos reflect the sublime beauty of Jeju Island, captured day after day in all kinds of weather. It is said that Kim Young-gap lived a life of poverty, spending the little money he had on film and developing supplies. Visitors to the gallery will surely be impressed by the commitment and lifetime sacrifice Kim Young-gap made.
42, Hwangyeong-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon
Opened in October 2007, the National Institute of Biological Resources is the largest collection preservation facility in Asia. The institute collects, preserves, manages, and conducts research on biological resources with the aim of growing into a focal biological resource hub of North East Asia. The institute is comprised of a spine-shaped collections and research center and a leaf-shaped exhibition and education center. The exhibition hall has 3,905 specimens of 1,287 native species on display. Korea's diverse ecosystems are recreated as highly detailed dioramas at the exhibition hall. A small restaurant is located inside the research center, and the extensive grass field in front of the institute provides an ideal picnic spot.
7, Gosanhu-ro 121beon-gil, Seo-gu, Incheon
In 1999, an excavation for cultural relics was carried out in the area of Geomdan. As a result of the excavation, various relics and remains from the Bronze Age and Old Stone Age to the Joseon period were found, leading to the opening of the Geomdan Prehistory Museum on November 27, 2008.
The museum showcases the lifestyle of prehistoric times and offers hands-on programs.
178, Balgae-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Skyline Luge in Tongyeong features a 1.5 kilometer-long downhill track with specially made carts. The track offers many thrilling sections, like curves and tunnels. Children can also ride with a guardian.
505, Misa-daeri, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Misari Speedboat Park was created for use in rowing and sailing competition during the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The park features various other sports facilities around the lake, including 5 kilometers-long bike course, 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.
Hoban-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Known as a popular fishing spot and recreation site, Andongho Lake is an man-made lake created by obstructing the upper stream of the Nakdonggang River as part of the government’s Four Major Rivers Restoration Project. Andong Dam is the second largest dam in Korea, following Soyanggang Dam. The x_height of the dam is 83 meters and the length is 612 meters.
The landscape surrounding Andongho Lake is nothing short of magnificent. There is a dock for boats on the lake, which is also popular as a fishing destination. Bass caught here are especially strong and tasty. An international bass fishing tournament is held here every year. There are also tourist attractions nearby such as the Dosanseowon Confucian Academy and Andong Hahoe Folk Village.