27, Gonjea-ro, Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
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Grand Chrysanthemum Festival started in the autumn of 2004. Various chrysanthemum art pieces are shown to add more autumn ambience as well as diverse programs.
30, Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
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The Herb Medicine Festival has been held every October in Yangnyeong-si (약령시), the largest herbal medicine marketplace in Seoul. The festival celebrates the history and effectiveness of the nation's traditional herb medicine and raises international interest in Seoul’s Yangnyeong-si market.
During the festival, a wide variety of events will be held, including activity programs such as an herb slicing contest and writing, cooking, and singing contests. Other highlights on the festival calendar include traditional performances and a taekwondo demonstration. Visitors can also enjoy free herbal tea, food, and rice cakes and will be able to buy a variety of herbs at low prices.
Perhaps the most anticipated events of the festival are the free herbal medical diagnoses and treatments, which are on offer for Korean and international visitors. This is a good opportunity for you to check your body condition and experience the benefits of oriental medicine.
95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
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The World Cup Park was established on Nanjido, whose name means the island of "abundant orchids and gromwells." The island was once a wonderful ecosystem where flowers flourished season in and season out, and migrant birds came to visit every year.
Unfortunately, Nanjido was used as a landfill site between 1978 and 1993 and the once beautiful ecosystem became a smelly place full of trash and sludge. However, the Landfill Recovery Project began in 1996, once again restoring life to the barren wasteland. Plants and animals returned to the area and it was christened the World Cup Park in May 2002. Each of the five divisions of the World Cup Park (Pyounghwa Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Nanji Hangang Park) represents an aspect of the radical transformation of Nanjido back into an ecological haven.
Haneul Park (Sky Park) is full of lush Eulalia and home to the Seoul Eulalia Festival, held every year in October when the grass is in bloom. Although the park is open to visitors during the daytime, the park is usually closed at night to reduce the negative effects of visitors on the native plants and animals. During the festival, however, the park remains open until 10 p.m. and the entire grounds are aglow with light. Visitors not only get a beautiful view of the city lights and Hangang River, but can also enjoy the variety of events and performances offered during the festival period.
158-6, Seonunsa-ro, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Mt. Seonunsan is a popular destination throughout all four seasons. Visitors here can enjoy camellias, cherry blossoms, cool valleys, thick woods, colorful foliage, and the sight of snow on rock cliffs. The fall season offers a mesmerizing view of crimson leaves and the 1,500-year old Seonunsa Temple.
145, Pyeonghwa-ro 2910beon-gil, Dongducheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Soyosan Mountain (소요산) on the outskirts of Dongducheon City is the most treasured mountain north of the Hangang River. Although it is relatively small, only standing 587m tall, it is covered by a lush forest, and dotted by waterfalls and peaks. On the slopes of Soyosan Mountain rest shrines commemorating Wonhyo and Uisang, two renowned Buddhist monks from the Silla Kingdom, and the Jajae Hermitage, a small temple where Wonhyo practiced asceticism. There are many small waterfalls including Wonhyo Falls, Uisang Falls, Cheongnyang Falls, and Seonnyeotang Falls, which are popular destinations for visitors in the summer. Although Nahanjeon, a natural stone cave, and Geumsonggul Cave, halfway up the mountain, still maintain an air of mystery.
Moving from the base of the mountain, past the parking lot and shops, and following the flat path, you will find Jajae Hermitage; and, after going a bit further, you will find Wonhyo Falls cascading down between the rocky cliffs. Below the fall is Songni Bridge, which leads straight to the Uisangdae site (587m) at the top of the mountain. The left path off of the bridge leads to a cliff that is the Wonhyodae site; and by following a forest path between rising rock walls, you can trek to the Jajae Hermitage, next to which is a small cave called Nahanjeon. Very tasty spring water wells in the cave and it is called Wonhyo Spring, and its waters are famous for making excellent tea.
398-23, Singmurwon-gil, Cheongyang-eup, Cheongyang-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Kohwun Garden opened
on April 28, 2003, following the collection, planting, and cultivation of
a wide range of plants and trees. The garden is about 200,000㎡, and the half of the area is
used for educational purposes. It is home to at least 15 rare or endangered plant species
including Miseonnamu (Abeliophyllum distichum Nakai) and Euryale ferox Salisbury,
in addition to nearly 4,500 species of plant genetic resources.
The garden also runs education programs and hands-on activities for professionals and non-professionals alike.
6, Yeongdong-daero 85-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
“Gongni” strives to provide a great dining experience for all of its customers. These days, many restaurants use imported ingredients. "Gongni," however, tries to cut down on imported goods and puts effort into using domestic ingredients. "Gongni" also moves with the times, creating a menu of nutritional food at affordable prices. This Chinese restaurant sits in a convenient location making it perfect, not only for merely dining, but for various gatherings as well, as it provides a great atmosphere and top-class service.
12, Seocho-daero 73-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Din Tai Fung Korea was named one the World’s Top 10 Restaurants by the New York Times. This restaurant chain has branches in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and other Asian cities as well as in Los Angeles, USA. The Korea branch features handmade xiao long bao made of fresh ingredients from Korea and top quality dumpling stuffing. The dough only weighs 5g while the juicy stuffing weighs 16g. There are exactly 18 creases on the skin to add to the taste. It’s particularly popular among tourists from Taiwan, Japan, and other Asian countries.
35-19, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Myeongdong is one of the areas of Seoul known for its floating population of temporary residents and tourists. Few restaurants in this part of town have a history of more than 30 years. One of the few that does and has remained a permanent fixture in Myeongdong is Hamheung Myeonok, a Korean restaurant that has gained in popularity over the past few decades mainly through word of mouth. The restaurant is located in a more secluded part of Myeongdong, not far from the Myeongdong Cathedral and is well known for its North Korean-style naengmyeon dishes, especially its mul-naengmyeon and hoe-naengmyeon.
274, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The Pyounghwa Fashion Town market in Dongdaemun has been selling fashion clothing and accessories for over 50 years ever since the end of the Korean War. It was here that in 1953 North Korean refugees started selling clothes made from US army uniforms. Their market was then named Pyounghwa, which means peace, in the hope that no other wars would be fought on Korean soil. The Pyounghwa Fashion Town was therefore the beginning of the 30,000 stores that now make up Dongdaemun Fashion Town, which is seen as one of the global centers of the fashion industry.
Spread over a large area, this historical fashion market is divided into several districts, the ‘Gu Pyounghwa Fashion Town’ is the oldest, and there is also the ‘Shin Pyounghwa Fashion Town’, ‘Dong Pyounghwa Fashion Town’, and ‘Cheong Pyounghwa Fashion Town’.
5-8, Jebong-ro 184beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju
Daein Market in Gwangju is a wonderul example of the changes traditional markets have gone through to remain relavent in the modern world. Originally the community center for all living needs, including produce and household goods, the market lost much interest in the mid-1990s with the influx of large marts. From that point on, many shops began to close down as there was no business.
However, the market saw a revival in 2008 during the Gwangju Biennale. Many of the available shop spaces were rented out to host small art exhibitions, creating a unique art market. Thanks to this effort, Daein Market was designated a Cultural Attraction in 2013. The market continues to have a strong connection with the art that saved it, and the vendors and artists live and work together in harmony. The market also draws in a lot of interest from the community through their weekly night markets, taking place every Saturday.
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Since the main branch’s grand opening in 1979, there are now a total of 24 department stores nationwide, with eight Lotte Department Stores in Seoul alone, with stores in Jamsil, Yeongdeungpo, Cheongnyangni, Gwanak, Gangnam, Nowon
The main branch of Lotte Department Store is located in Myeong-dong’s fashion district. Myeong-dong offers the largest shopping area in Korea, with 2 million shoppers visiting on a daily basis, playing an essential role in international tourism. Lotte Department Store is conveniently located near major forms of transportation and is the leading department store in Korea.
265, High1-gil, Sabuk-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Kangwon Land Hotel is located in the highlands of the Baegunsan Mountain area in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do Province. This five-star hotel offers sophisticated services and various family entertainment facilities that include a 4D cinema, theme park, golf course, and ski resort. The hotel is especially famous for its large casino, which is the only casino in Korea to allow the admission of Koreans.
The hotel offers various guestrooms from the standard room for budget travelers to the luxurious suite rooms and a presidential room. The hotel’s World Fusion buffet restaurant serves a variety of Korean, Japanese, and western food. The Grand Ballroom, divisible into three smaller banquet halls, can accommodate up to 1,000 people and is great for hosting large-scale events like international conferences, symposiums, seminars, and wedding ceremonies.
3705, Donghae-daero, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Hotel Maremons is located in the tourist city Sokcho, a city of a thousand historical and cultural heritages. Each of the hotel’s 148 guestrooms offers a panoramic view of Seoraksan Mountain and the East Sea. Daepo Port and Haemaji Park are situated nearby and on clear days guests can watch a beautiful sunrise from the comfort of their rooms. Hotel Maremons offers a variety of rooms and facilities for those hosting seminars and party events. The hotel amenities make a stay here convenient and comfortable.
182-27, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Hanwha Resort Hotels & Resorts is a leading hospitality & leisure company with the highest number of condominiums and golf courses across Korea. Hanwha Resort in Gyeongju Bomun Complex (world heritage site) has 393 guestrooms as well as a wide range of subsidiary facilities including banquet halls, seminar rooms, local specialty restaurants, bicycle rentals, a hot spring sauna and a bowling alley. Guests at Hanwha Resort Gyeongju can easily make their way to Gyeongju Springdome, the resort's water park that uses natural hot spring water pumped from 750m underground, or visit nearby local attractions such as Anapji Pond, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto to see the well-preserved traces of the ancient Silla Kingdom.
37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.
The National Folk Museum of Korea has three permanent exhibitions and two special exhibitions as well as a library, souvenir shop, and other subsidiary facilities.
300, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Chi-ong Art Hall is a cultural complex center, established to support local artists and citizens’ various artworks. The center operates a variety of cultural programs such as the making of earthenware, pottery, natural soap, and natural dyeing, along with tea ceremony, traditional songs and samulnori. Chi-ong Art Center also hosts exhibitions, outdoor performances, and a regular Youth Art Festival. In addition, visitors can learn the process of how a hanok is built, a skill and knowledge acquired through over 20 years of research.
13, Seokjangmoru-gil, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Situated in Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Gapyeong Hyunam Agricultual Heritage Museum was established by Gyeonggi-do Gapyeong Office of Education. It is situated inside of Gapyeongbuk Middle School, making it easy to visit for anyone interested in learning about the wisdom and spirit of Korean ancestors as well as the development of traditional culture. It mainly displays farming relics and is comprised of five halls: Yeonchulgwan displays 57 pieces of folk materials to observe scenes from daily life back in the past through houses; Minsokgwan houses 350 pieces of house-keeping tools; Batgaligwan gives a look at how the types of farming machines differed according to region; Chusugwan presents 104 different harvest tools; and Gagonggwan exhibits 255 folk goods for processing grains.
35, Centum nam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Shinsegae Centum City is a wildly popular attraction in Busan that is home to an excellent indoor ice rink with a capacity of 500 visitors. This state-of-the-art ice rink is operated under natural light during the day and under spectacular, romantic lighting at night. The ice rink is a great place for visitors of all ages and has a variety of facilities for the comfort of its guests. Those needing a break from skating can head on up to Food Park or Snack Corner to look out over the ice and munch on food from around the world. Other facilities at the rink include the Culture Hall, customer lounges, and customer service center.
14, Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
The railbike tour departing from Gapyeong Rail Park passes through Gapyeongcheon Stream Iron Bridge, Bukhanggang Iron Bridge and Zelkova Tree Tunnel before turning back to Gapyeong Rail Park. This route is featured in the Korean film "The Letter (1997)," and thus loved by both couples and photographers looking to capture some beautiful scenes along the old railroad track. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful river view while getting some light exercise with loved ones.
1383, Gimyujeong-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
When the Gyeongchun Line, a double-tracked railway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon, opened on December 20, 2010, it replaced the Mugunghwa train that traveled this route for 70 years. Built on the discontinued train line, Gangchon Rail Park is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can pedal along old railroad tracks while taking in the lovely Bukhangang River scenery.