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.
37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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The National Folk Museum of Korea Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) celebration event features abundant hands-on programs and exhibitions, perfect for all visitors regardless of age or nationality. Various programs are prepared for the event, including seasonal customs, folk games, traditional art programs, and more, to make a special and memorable Chuseok holiday.
33, Cheongjachon-gil, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
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Gangjin is thought to be a must-visit place for exploring the southern provinces as it houses varied historical cultural assets. Gangjin Celadon Festival offers diverse firsthand experience related to Gangjin area. Gangjin County operates an exhibition and sales hall of celadon and holds a giveaway event to promote the excellence of Goryeo celadon and activate the sale of celadon. The festival was chosen as one of the best festivals in Korea by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
54, Doyoji-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon
The Nokcheongja (Green Celadon) Kiln Site in the Geomam-dong area of Incheon dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Celadon was produced on this kiln site between the 10th and 11th centuries. It has been designated as Historic Site No. 211 in May 1970. The ground around the kiln site slopes gently into the sea. Currently, the remains of the kiln are preserved within a protective pavilion, but unfortunately, the rest of the site has been transformed into golf courses.
A great number of green celadon fragments and tools for pottery were discovered from the kiln at the time of excavation. The kiln applies natural slope and does not have any divisions inside.
The celadon fired in this kiln has a dark green or brownish green glaze with an uneven surface. Most of the celadon artifacts are made without a pattern, but a few of the bottles have wrinkled patterns on the body. The types of the celadon are mostly bowls, plates, and bottles.
Until the excavation of this kiln site, green celadon had been considered to have evolved from earthenware before the appearance of celadon. However, it is now presumed that green celadon had been influenced by the initial celadon ware and mass-produced for local supply. The kiln site in Geomam-dong is estimated to have been built sometime between the late 9th century and the middle of the 10th century.
34, Deokjin-ro, Bureun-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Deokjinjin was the key strategic point of the outer castle wall used for defending the Ganghwa Straits during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). It was originally a military camp commanded by an official with the rank of Cheomsa under the command of the Korean naval base. In 1677, an official with the rank of Manho was assigned to this camp along with 26 military officials, 100 soldiers, 2 battle ships, and other military equipment. In 1679, the Namjangpodae and Deokjinpodae batteries were stationed here.
Deokjinjin Camp was the scene of fierce battles that took place during Byeonginyangyo (the French invasion in 1866) and Shinmiyangyo (the American invasion in 1871). The battlements and gatehouse of Deokjinjin that had all been destroyed during Sinmiyangyo were restored in 1977. At the Namjangpodae Battery, cannons used by the Joseon military have been reproduced and installed for display.
159-50, Saemgol-gil, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Baengnyeonsa Temple is surrounded by mountains, as it is located off Yongmunsan and Myeongjisan Mountains. On each side of the temple, one can also find Unaksan Mountain as well as Cheonmasan Mountain. In addition, just behind the temple are Chungnyeong Mountain and Seorisan Mountain.
This temple was built relatively recently, so there are little cultural treasures in places. However, as compared to the average temples in Korea, it is distinguished by its well-designed and refined architectures. The decorations in the temple are simple, with not too vibrant colors nor complicated designs so as to help in seeking peace and inspiration.
The temple is also known for its hiking trails and beautiful scenery offered by the surrounding mountains.
10, Sicheong-ro 20beon-gil, Seo-gu, Gwangju
Jonggajip Seolleongtang is the first traditional Seoul-style seolleongtang restaurant in Gwangju. All the dishes are made of 100% pure beef bone stock and top quality ingredients for the best taste and nutrition.
9, Deulan-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu
Yongjibong Restaurant serves champum hanu (Korean beef) certified by the government of Gyeongsangbuk-do and jointly developed by Yeungnam University and Gyeongsangbuk-do Livestock Cooperative. The traditional Korean course meal and champum hanu course meal are particularly delicious.
2-1, Jong-ro 51ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Nepal is located in the southcentral region of the Himalayan Mountains between India and Tibet, accounting for its diverse mixture of both country's cultures. Restaurant Everest allows guests to enter this culturally diverse world by offering cuisine from Nepal, India, and Tibet. In addition, Everest is operated by a Nepali owner, serving affordable food to tourists and students interested in the culture of Nepal. Customers can learn of the traditional food and culture of Nepal while listening to Nepali music and watching movies. The restaurant also provides a seminar area for various meetings.
11-5, Uhyeon-ro 49beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
Located in Sinpo-dong, Incheon, Sinpo Market (3,300㎡) dates back to the late 19th century when vendors began selling fresh vegetables to the Japanese, Chinese, and Westerners who settled in the area. Sinpo Market was officially registered as a market in 1970 and now boasts over 140 stores.
An increasing number of tourists and international merchants have visited Incheon by ferries and cruise ships, turning the local market into an international shopping area over the past few decades. The information desk and office at the market even provide a variety of services (translation services, trade and shopping information, etc.) for tourists and merchants from home and abroad.
The most famous item of the market is dakgangjeong, a Korean dish of crispy fried chicken coated in a sweet and spicy sauce. Other popular dishes include yuni jjajang, egg tart, freshwater fish jeon, mandu, and jjolmyeon (chewy noodles).
13-1, Jukdosijang 13-gil, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Pohang Jukdo Market first started as a small gathering of local vendors who sold their wares at the large fields of reeds in Pohang Inner Harbor. Now, over five decades later, the market has become one of the largest traditional markets in the Gyeongsangbuk-do area.
Along with the Pohang Jukdo Market, visitors will also find the Jukdo Fish Market, only 500m away from Ogeori (the heart of Pohang). The largest open-run market in the east, the seafood wholesale market is made up of 200 raw fish stores, offering the area’s best catches. Nearby restaurants sell quality hoe (sliced raw fish) dishes at incredibly low prices. The market is famous nationwide for mulhoe (raw fish in cold broth), served with seasonal catches, and jeonbok juk (abalone rice porridge). In the wintertime visitors can get a taste of gwamegi, a local specialty of the Pohang area.
38, Songjeong-ro 16beon-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Songjeong Station Market was opened in 1913 in connection with the opening of Gwangju-Songjeong Station. For many years, the market was the go-to-place for necessary items and produce, but with the increase of large marts in the 1990s, people began to visit traditional markets less and less. In order to increase the liveliness of Songjeong Station Market and showcase the difference between large marts and a traditional market, the entire space was redesigned around the theme of time.
The newly redesigned 1913 Songjeong Station Market, located just across the street from Gwangju-Songjeong KTX Station, has a bright appearance with modern-styled architecture and signboards detailing the history of the various shops. Visitors can enjoy all the classic market foods here, such as hotteok (hot griddle cakes), gyeran bap (rice with egg), and eomuk (fisk cake).
46-7, Jungang-daero 692beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Angel Hotel located near Seomyeon Station, Busanjin-gu has been in business since 1982. The interior of the lobby on the first floor shows very well how things were back in those days. It's within 10 minutes away from Seomyeon Station, which is at the center of the Busan Metro System, on foot, making it more convenient for the guests to take a subway to go to many of the tourist destinations in the city. In particular, Jeonpo Station on Busan Metro Line 2 is only 5 minutes away. It’s where you want to get off if you want to visit the famous Jeonpo Café, which is listed as one of the "Top Tourist Destinations of 2017." The hotel is a great place to stay if you’re planning to visit the Seomyeon Youth Streets, Lotte Department Store, and NC Department Store, where there are lots to see, eat, and buy.
125, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan
Toyoko Inn Hotel is a Japanese hotel chain with 208 franchises in Japan and many more across the globe. Toyoko Inn Hotel - Busan Station 2 is located in central Busan, near a subway station. In addition to 491 clean and cozy guestrooms, the hotel has free internet services, a laundry room, and a communal dining hall on the second floor.
29-29, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Corea Condo was the first condominium-style accommodation in Korea. Among the company's three locations, Corea Condo Jeju is situated within the Jungmun Resort complex. Guestrooms offer views of the ocean stretching to the horizon. Visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions nearby the condo as well as the many amenities of the condo for a comfortable stay.
2023 Namjo-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Located in Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju Stone Park was inspired by Jeju's culture and applications of stones. The main theme focuses on the foundation and identity of Jeju Island, based on the myth of Seolmundae Halmang (Grandmother Seolmundae), who created Jeju Island and the stones of Obaek Janggun (Five Hundred Generals). The park serves as a historical and cultural space where collected stones respresent Jeju's foundation and culture.
631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
With a over 100 houses and facilities, Jeju Folk Village has restored the scenes of the village to that of the 1890s. Among them are Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. On about 40 acres, it has been reconstructed following long-term research and analysis from experts. An extensive range of folk items are on display. The Jeju Folk Village is the island’s main tourist attraction where customs of the old days can be explored.
26, Haenyeobangmulgwan-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. When diving underwater, a haenyeo carries only a pair of goggles, a round ball-like tube to keep her balance, and a basket to put her collections in. Such women involved in the fishing industry are known to be scattered all around Jeju-do, Korea, Japan, and Russia.
Jeju-do has established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo’s haenyeo female divers. Exhibition Hall 1 is entitled “Haenyeo Diver’s Life” and has a restoration of a traditional haenyeo’s home, and her meals. Also on display, to show a more realistic view into their daily lives, are the various utensils used by female divers.
Exhibition Hall 2 displays a pair of haenyeo divers’ goggles and the fishing spheres they often use underwater. Her traditional working outfit is also on display along with various historical records and haenyeo-related materials.
Exhibition Hall 3 has an underwater theme called “The Sea” and displays the fishing industry’s culture. Traditional fishnets and fishing equipment are on display including small ship models and salt farm models.
The Jeju Haenyeo Museum exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives. The Jeju Haenyeo Museum also has an observatory from where visitors can see an excellent view of the Hado-ri area, which has a garden with various sculptures and a resting area. The first floor lobby has a souvenir shop where visitors can purchase a variety of souvenirs related to haenyeo female divers.
745, Nochusan-ro, Yeoryang-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
The rail bike in Jeongseon is a new type of leisure sports that combines biking along a railway and scenic views. Rail bikes are commonly found in the mountainous regions of Europe. This actitivity makes use of an abandoned railway track that runs from Jeongseon's Auraji to Gujeol-ri. The total track is 7.2 kilometers long and is a continuous descent that is easy to ride along clean valley waters and crimson red foliage.
There are 2-person (110 kilograms) and 4-person rail bikes (138 kilograms). Despite its large size, the rail bikes run quite smoothly enough for one person to pedal a 4-person railbike at speeds of 10 to 30 kilometers per hour.
At the boarding area in Gujeol-ri Station, there is a café named A Grasshopper’s Dream. Housed in a train, the café is designed in the shape of a grasshopper. The rail bike's path starts from Gujeol-ri Station and ends at Auraji Station. Ride at a slow speed of 15 kph to enjoy the surrounding scenery. Visitors can conveniently return back to Gujeol-ri on a free train.
88, Sanmagiyet-gil, Goesan-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
The Sanmagi-yetgil Trail is a 4 kilometer-long old path connecting Saorang Village to the mountain village Sanmaki. Restored by retracing the old path, Sanmagi-yetgil is a great walking trail passing by mountains, streams, and forests. Most of the path is outfitted with a wooden deck in a eco-friendly method to minimize damages to the environment and to maintain the natural look. The surrounding beauty is recognized as the best scenic view of Goesan. The natural ecosystem around Goesan Dam has been preserved in its original state.
350, Yangbangsan-gil, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Yangbangsan Paragliding Site is situated 664 meters above sea level at the top of Yangbangsan Mountain. Upon arrival at the site, one can get a panoramic view of Danyang, including the meandering Namhangang River. While serving as the main venue for major gliding sports competitions, the site is also frequented by tourists and extreme sports enthusiasts who want to experience hang gliding and paragliding.