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Pyeongchang Trout Festival (평창송어축제)

Pyeongchang Trout Festival (평창송어축제)

119273     2020-01-13

3562, Gyeonggang-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-336-4000

The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun district. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more. There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, and sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant.

Trout farming first started in Pyeongchang due to its cold, clear waters. Trout offers plenty of nutrition and offers great taste and texture when prepared raw.

Inje Icefish Festival (인제 빙어축제)

Inje Icefish Festival (인제 빙어축제)

27334     2020-01-10

555-2, Bupyeong-ri, Nammyeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-1577-8924

Inje Icefish Festival has developed thanks to a lot of tourists’ participation and their interest since 1997. It tries to offer varied programs following trends. Visitors can enjoy icefish fishing at the festival venue.

Gwangalli Eobang Festival (광안리 어방축제)

Gwangalli Eobang Festival (광안리 어방축제)

26578     2020-01-10

219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-51-610-4062

The festival, held in Busan, is a spirited celebration of both the spring and the ocean. The word ‘Eobang’ describes the spirit of the fishermen in the coastal regions, and the meaning carries over to the festival. Attendees can visit many popular nearby tourist destinations, such as Gwangalli Beach and the Gwangan Bridge and can even try bare–hand fishing, take part in a cooking contest, or sample a wide selection of interesting cuisine.

Yeojwacheon Stream (여좌천-벚꽃명소)

Yeojwacheon Stream (여좌천-벚꽃명소)

69788     2020-01-17

Yeojwa-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
+82-55-548-4507

The area around Yeojwacheon Stream is well known as one of Jinhae’s best spots for viewing cherry blossoms. It is also the location of the bridge where the two leading characters, Gwanu and Chaewon of "Romance (2002)," MBC’s TV series, first met as tourists who came to Jinhae to enjoy Jinhae Gunhangje Festival. After the episode was aired, the bridge instantly became popular and widely known as the Romance Bridge. Each April, the entire city of Jinhae is filled with cherry blossoms, but the Yeojwacheon Stream area has the most beautiful cherry blossoms which makes it a prime tourist attraction.

Ganghwa Seoksumun Gate (강화 석수문)

Ganghwa Seoksumun Gate (강화 석수문)

5140     2020-01-17

Gukhwa-ri, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
+82-32-930-4571

Seoksumun is a floodgate on the Dongnakcheon Stream, which flows through the town of Ganghwa-eup. The floodgate was built in 1711 (37th year of King Sukjong’s reign during the Joseon Period) and it is connected to the inner walls of the Ganghwasanseong Fortress. It is an arched structure with a design of three rainbows coming together. Made of granite, the floodgate measures 18.2 meters in length and 2.7 meters in x_height, while the arches are 1.7 meters tall, and 3 meters wide.

Bohae Plum Farm (보해매실농원)

Bohae Plum Farm (보해매실농원)

8241     2020-01-17

125-89, Yedeok-gil, Sani-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
+82-61-532-4959

Established in 1979 in Haenam, Jeollanam-do Province by the Bohae Brewery, Bohae Plum Farm (Bohae Maesil Nongwon) is the largest green plum farm in Korea. Every spring, as maehwa (apricot flower) blossoms begin to bloom on maesil (green plum) trees, the brewery opens the farm to the public, providing an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful blossoms, and also to purchase fresh plums. To this day, the brewery produces and sells various maesil products made with the plums harvested from the farm.

Pyeonghwa Raw Fish Restaurant (평화횟집)

Pyeonghwa Raw Fish Restaurant (평화횟집)

1456     2020-01-16

12, Seongpo-ro 3-gil, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
+82-55-632-5124

Pyeonghwa Raw Fish Restaurant is a family business that has been serving the same menu at the same location for over 50 years. The restaurant uses its homemade original soybean paste and gochujang (Korean chili paste) for flavors and live fish freshly caught from the southern sea of the Korean peninsula, known to be the most fresh and flavorful fish available within the country.

Great Shanghai (대상해)

Great Shanghai (대상해)

6119     2020-01-16

135, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2171-7869

Great Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant serving deliciously genuine Sichuan and Beijing-style cooking, with shark's fin directly imported from Sanji as their specialty. Aside from shark's fin, the authentic Peking duck is another must-try specialty. The restaurant also offers Deng Xiaping's favorites, Mapadubu and Ddanddanmyeon.

Danube (다뉴브)

Danube (다뉴브)

8522     2020-01-16

135, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2171-7830, 7834

Danube presents authentic Italian spaghetti, pizza, and Western-style steaks in the elegance of a European interior.

Migliore - Dongdaemun Branch (밀리오레 (동대문점))

Migliore - Dongdaemun Branch (밀리오레 (동대문점))

119991     2020-01-15

263, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3393-0001, +82-2-3393-0293

Migliore is a clothing fashion mall located in Dongdaemun with hundreds of wholesale shops. Much of the Dongdaemun area from Jongno 5(oh)-ga to the Dongdaemun Subway Station is a flea market selling clothing, sporting goods, home appliances, furniture, etc. However, as Dongdaemun underwent modernization, fashion malls like Migliore, Cerestar, and Doota were established. The Dongdaemun Migliore sells the latest fashions marketed to the younger generation, with customers in their teens making up 80% of their business. Migliore is a convenient facility that has an enormous variety of products sold at reasonable prices.

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex·Dongdaemun Shopping Town (동대문 종합시장·동대문 쇼핑타운)

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex·Dongdaemun Shopping Town (동대문 종합시장·동대문 쇼핑타운)

397873     2020-01-15

266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2262-0114

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is one of Korea’s most well-known markets. It was founded in December 1970 as the largest of its kind in Asia and has maintained that status for the last 40 years. Browsing the plethora of shops, you can find fabric and clothing following all the latest global fashion trends. Dongdaemun Shopping Complex continues to build up its reputation as a hub of international design.

Techno Mart - Gangbyeon Branch (테크노마트-강변점)

Techno Mart - Gangbyeon Branch (테크노마트-강변점)

55544     2020-01-15

85, Gwangnaru-ro 56-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul(구의동)
+82-2-3424-0114

Techno Mart is packed with an estimated 2,000 special electronics and appliance stores from 2F to 8F. It is a large shopping mall that connects to other shopping and discount stores. Techno Mart has a variety of high-tech electronics stores selling computers, audio equipment, data communication equipment, and offers 10-20 % discounted prices and warranties on a wide range of items.

B1F houses a major bookstore and discount store selling department store-quality clothing, general goods, living goods, and food. CGV Gangbyeon is a multiplex theater on the 10th floor and has 11 theaters with around 2,000 seats and a game arcade. Visitors can take part in shopping and culture activities all within Techno Mart, which is also easily accessible by public transportation due to its close proximity to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. A guide at the basement entrance also offers language services.

Jungang Branch of the Gangneung Guest House [Korea Quality] / 강릉 게스트하우스 중앙점 [한국관광 품질인증]

Jungang Branch of the Gangneung Guest House [Korea Quality] / 강릉 게스트하우스 중앙점 [한국관광 품질인증]

1662     2020-01-07

17, Gyeonggang-ro 2103beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
+82-10-3299-1710

The Jungang Branch of the Gangneung Guest House is situated near the Gangneung Bus Terminal; all bus services pass by the guest house, so guests can get around the whole area very easily by taking the bus. The guest house also offers easy access to surrounding tourist attractions as it is only ten minutes away from Gangneung Station and three minutes away from Jungang Market, both on foot. As a cozy communal space for guests, the lobby is ideal for enjoying a party with food and drinks. The guest house has a variety of rooms including dormitory rooms for 4-10 persons, single rooms, rooms for 2 persons etc. Even group stay is also available. Dormitary room rates based on one person; for twin rooms, extra 20,000 won charged for additional guest.

House of Sogang [Korea Quality] / 소강고택 [한국관광 품질인증]

House of Sogang [Korea Quality] / 소강고택 [한국관광 품질인증]

208     2020-01-07

22, Baraemi-gil, Bonghwa-eup, Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
+82-10-9189-5578

The House of Sogang is an approximately 110-year-old house located in the village of Baraemi in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It was originally built for and presented to Kim Chang-gi (pen-name: Sogang), a well-known local Confucian scholar who served as the head of the Dosanseowon Confucian Academy, and who happened to be the second son of Kim Roe-sik (pen-name: Namho), the great-grandfather of the current owner. Furthermore, the House of Namho, which is situated behind the House of Sogang, was built for the first son of Kim Roe-sik, one of the richest men in the region, who borrowed money using his entire property as security and donated it to a war chest. He won an official commendation for his role in helping secure national independence in 1977. The entire village pf Baraemi is composed of traditional square-shaped houses with tiled roofs set amid a clean and peaceful atmosphere, for which it was designated as a Traditional Cultural Village way back in 1922. The name of the village, Baraemi, implies that it was originally situated by the sea, and many shell remains have been found in paddy fields and puddles there over the last 60 years. The House of Namho is a typical square-shaped house with a tiled roof, and comprises a tall gate, a front courtyard, a sarangchae (men’s quarters) with maru (wooden floor), an inner courtyard, and a bonchae (main building) among its various structures. The main construction material of the house is Chunyang pine wood, which is a rarely used these days. Thanks to the owner-family’s dedicated maintenance and care, the house has been preserved in good condition. As the typical residence of a nobleman of the late Joseon period, the house is decorated with simple interior objects including an old electric fan and a cabinet inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The house has seven guestrooms in total: The sarangchae consists of the Keunsarang and Jakeunsarang, each with a capacity of 4 to 5 people, and the Araetbang with a capacity of 2 to 3 people. In summer, guests can rent the Jakeunsarang and Sarangdaecheong together, or the Araetbang and Marutbang together, in order to have more space. In addition, the anchae has a sangbang with a capacity of 3 to 4 people, while the mugangchae consists of Mungangbang 1, which is a red clay floor-heated room, and Mungangbang 2, which can accommodate 2 to 5 people. In summer it is possible to rent the entire House of Sogang, which can accommodate anywhere from 22 to 34 people (if the Sarangmaru and Marutbang are also rented). Guests of the Keunsarang and Jakeunsarang can use a communal refrigerator, and the entire building has Wi-Fi access. Clean bedding is also provided. Although the house doesn’t provide a breakfast, the owner offers guests sweetcorn, sweet potatoes, fruit, etc. The house is also equipped with a BBQ facility, so guests can enjoy a BBQ party in the evening. Guests can easily reach various nearby cultural heritage sites, including Muryangsujeon Hall of Buseoksa Temple, Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, which was the first Confucian Academy of Korea, Ojeon Mineral Spring, Daksil Village, and Chukseosa Temple.

Hotel Charis (호텔 카리스)

Hotel Charis (호텔 카리스)

8268     2020-01-03

28, Gyeyang-daero, Gyeyang-gu, Incheon-si
+82-32-556-0880

Hotel Charis in Incheon is a reasonably priced boutique hotel popular among tourists and business travelers. Each guestroom comes equipped with a computer and high-speed internet. The hotel prides itself on its excellence and customized guest services.

Subsidiary facilities include a wedding hall and banquet halls outfitted with all the latest audio and visual systems for business meetings or seminars. Future brides can also book the hotel’s wedding hall or opt for one of the hotel’s premium wedding packages, which provide everything needed for a magical and memorable wedding day that’s anything but typical.

Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu (아쿠아플라넷 여수)

Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu (아쿠아플라넷 여수)

13373     2020-01-15

61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
+82-61-660-1111

Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu is the second largest aquarium in Korea and is a landmark of the southern province with a record of about 1 million visitors every year. There are approximately 34,000 marine organisms of about 280 species including rare animals such as beluga (white whale) and baikal seal.

Seongnam Arts Center (성남아트센터)

Seongnam Arts Center (성남아트센터)

28448     2020-01-10

808, Seongnam-daero, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-738-8000

Opened on October 14, 2005 and operated by Seongnam Cultural Foundation, Seongnam Art Center is oriented towards cutting-edge performance and exhibition art as well as local-friendly cultural site. The art center operates three performance halls (Opera House, Concert Hall, and Ensemble Theater) and Exhibition Hall (Cube Art Gallery, Gallery 808, Bandal Gallery, Permanent Gallery). The center has become host to a variety of cultural events, from Korea's first introduced performance, Seongnam-si sole performance, self-produced works, region-friendly program and other creative cultural contents. Also the art center operates diverse facilities such as Seongnam Media Center, Central Park Outdoor Performance Hall, Book Theme Park, International Musical Instrument Exhibition Hall and others to get closer to the joy of citizens' daily life. Its varied projects support culture and art, including Sarangbang Culture Club which became a famous cultural brand representing Seongnam and established the foundation to communicate and enjoy cultural arts. Anyone can participate in the creative education program at Seongnam Media Center and Academy.

Ssamzigil (쌈지길)

Ssamzigil (쌈지길)

157974     2020-01-08

44, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-736-0088

Ssamzigil, opened on December 18, 2004, has been called the "Special Insa-dong within Insa-dong." This unique area was designed in such a way as to connect each charming level together in the form of a spiraling walkway. Enjoy window-shopping in the cozy stores until you reach the top, where you will arrive at Sky Garden. Here, you can get a extraordinarily clear view of the sky. Ssamzigil covers 42,700sq. ft. with over 70 shops including handicraft stores, souvenir shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more.

Inje Speedium Resort Circuit (인제스피디움리조트 서킷)

Inje Speedium Resort Circuit (인제스피디움리조트 서킷)

5830     2020-01-14

130, Sanghadap-ro, Girin-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-1644-3366

Inje Speedium is the space where ardent racing car fans can experience the dizzy speed of racing cars. You can also meet world-class drivers at the domestic motor sports theme park, which was established for popularization of the domestic motor sports.

The motor sports culture theme park meets with the pop culture here in Inje Speedium. In addition, the International Motor Racing to Motor Sports Culture can be all watched and experienced in a relaxing environment. The one-stop entertainment park is also featured alongside with accommodation.

Saryeoni Forest Trail (사려니숲길)

Saryeoni Forest Trail (사려니숲길)

9924     2019-12-20

Entrance of Bulgeun Oreum, Gasi-ri, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
+82-64-900-8800

Saryeoni Forest Trail cuts through the dense Japanese cedar forest growing between Mulchat Oreum and Saryeoni Oreum, starting from the entrance on Regional Road 1112. While the vast majority of the trees growing here are Japanese cedar, visitors can also see Japanese oak, birch, snowbell trees, and cypress trees along this 550-meter-long trail. The forest trail is known as one of Jeju's top 31 hidden attractions, and is well-known as being very protected. It is very popular among tourists who enjoy hiking and the outdoors.

Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (서울광장 스케이트장)

Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (서울광장 스케이트장)

98256     2019-12-06

110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2133-2691

Seoul Plaza was established in 2004, and is located by Seoul City Hall. The plaza is shaped like the full moon. Seoul Plaza hosts a wide array of cultural events including concerts and exhibitions for residents and visitors. The plaza transforms into an outdoor skating rink every winter, a popular attraction in the city.

The facility houses one rink for beginners and one for advanced skaters, and also hosts various events during its operating hours. There are also convenient facilities like skate rental, outdoor rest area, and outdoor standing area for ice skaters and spectators.

Ice skaters at the rink must wear gloves, and the plaza also offers a training program to teach interested individuals how to have fun while skating safely. To learn how to skate, visit the website to register for a training session in advance.