825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
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Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival is a landmark festivity held in autumn at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site built to commemorate King Jeongjo’s filial piety and dream for national prosperity and military power.
39, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
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Korea Sale Festa is the first global shopping tourism festival in Korea. Events, special offers, and Hallyu festivals will be available for everyone to enjoy, including international visitors.
130-3, Hongwon-gil, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
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Famous for its unique taste, gizzard shads are a type of Herring delicacy in Korea best enjoyed in the fall. Hongwonhang Port in Seocheon (Chungcheongnam-do) hosts the Jeoneo (gizzard shad) Festival every October for visitors to enjoy a fresh catch of this fish served up in a variety of ways.
A number of popular dishes range from roasted to sashimi-sliced Jeoneo and even salads mixed with spicy marinated Jeoneo, cucumbers, sesame leaves, and parsley.
The festival opens with exciting performances and a food-tasting event and ends with a spectacular evening fireworks show. Visitors can also taste a variety of other local dishes made with salted eel, dried seaweed, crab, and shrimp. Fresh produce and seafood will also be available for sale in the various shops and stands. Additional exciting events include contests for fish-catching, shell-gathering, fishing, and singing.
715, Olympic-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in Yongpyeong, Gangwon-do, Yongpyong Resort features a ski season that operates from mid-November to early April, relatively long for ski resorts in Korea. Nestled at the foot of Balwangsan Mountain (1,456m), Yongpyong Resort has an annual average snowfall of 250cm, perfect for a great ski resort. It was Korea’s first ski resort, opened in 1975 to develop Korean winter sports and resort culture. Located approximately 215km away from Seoul, it takes around 2 hours to reach traveling on Yeongdong Expressway.
374-8, Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Woljeongsa Temple is located in a forested valley east of Odaesan Mountain, and is in charge of over 60 temples and 8 monasteries in the area. Woljeongsa Temple was established by Monk Ja Jang (590-658). Woljeongsa Temple is also the site of Seongbo Museum, displaying artifacts and treasures from Buddhist culture of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), including a nine-story octagonal pagoda, also called as the Sari-Pagoda (relic pagoda), and a Stone Seated Buddha figure. Also there is the Jeokmyeolbogung where Buddha's bones are said to be preserved, and the large sermon hall Jeokgwangjeon Pavilion. Usually in a Jeokgwangjeon Pavilion the Vairocana figure is enshrined, but it is interesting that the Sakyamuni figure is enshrined at Jeokgwangjeon Pavilion at Woljeong temple. Woljeongsa Temple of today was restored after many buildings burned down during the Korean War. Many cultural assets and historic data were lost at this time. The Silla Dongjong, which was excavated from the Seonrimwon site in Yangyang-gun, was also lost. The Budo site (relic site) and sagoji (historic document storage) is nearby Woljeongsa Temple. The Budo site is a 15-minute walk from the Woljeongsa Temple to its location at the Sangwonsa Temple, just before crossing the Banya Bridge. Here there are 22 pagodas that hold the remains of the monks who had lived here. Sagoji is an hour’s walk from Woljeongsa Temple towards Sangwonsa near Yeonggamsa Temple.
64, Daepohang-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Located on the southern most point of Sokcho are the many raw fish restaurants and dried fish shops of Daepohang Port. This bustling port has become one of the most popular tourist spots for those in search of the freshest raw fish restaurants.
At Daepohang Port it is said that the Seorak Mountains and the East Sea are gifts from nature. The port is filled with raw fish restaurants and a live fish market containing eel, flatfish, flounder, yellowtail, and plethora of other high-end seafood. Furthermore, the abundance of local dishes that can be found lining the streets includes ojingeo sundae (Korean sausage in a squid) and gamja songpyeon (steamed rice cake with potato filling). For raw fish lovers that are in the Sokcho area, Daepohang Port is the place to be.
Nearby tourist attractions include Seorak Sunrise Park and Tourism Submarine. These are all great places to stop by while visiting the Seoraksan Mountains.
19-4, Gyochonan-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Named after Silla King Muyeol's daughter, Princess Yoseok, Yosokkoong serves traditional Korean food. The resturant is run by the Choi family, who settled on the site of Princess Yoseok's house in the Joseon Dynasty, and has passed on the restaurant and family recipes through 12 generations. All the foods served are made with organic ingredients, for a healthy taste that cannot be found anywhere else.
12, Dosan-daero 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Sushi Kaisin is a luxurious sushi restaruant owned by Japanese Chef Kyousuke Sato. Chef Sato gained much knowledge about seafood through his working experience at fisheries market and two years of experience as a fisher. After building his career as a chef by working at top-notch sushi restaurants and five-star hotels in Japan, Chef Sato opened his very own sushi restaurant in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul in 2017. Fresh ingredients carefully selected and brought in from Jeju Island are prepared into an authentic Edomae sushi through Chef Sato's unique techniques. Although the restaurant is small, allowing up to only six customers at the counter table, Chef Sato ensures that the excellent food and service quality remain consistent as the chef personally tends to every aspect of the restaurant, from selection of ingredients and food preparation to customer service. Chef Sato is able to provide menu explanations and engage in friendly conversations with customers in fluent Japanese, Korean, and English due to his broad experience and expertise from traveling and working over the past years. Reservation is advised due to limited seating.
29, Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
OPERA Restaurant is located at Dalmaji Hill in Haeundae. The five-story building with a terrace on each floor resembles the balcony section of a performance hall. There's a karaoke on the first floor, a wine and whiskey bar on the second floor, a restaurant on the third floor, and a cafe on the fourth and fifth floors. The location also gives the patrons a good view of the sea.
151, Junggu-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
The Busan branch of Charm & Charm is a major multi-brand cosmetics store located near Busan Chinatown and Busan Station. The store offers over 800 items of some 80 domestic cosmetics brands.
81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The main branch of Lotte Department Store opened in 1979 and has gone on to be a leader in the Korean shopping culture and industry. The store offers everything from everyday household goods to international luxury brands, along with a duty free shop and restaurants. Being located within the city center, Lotte Department Store is easily accessible via public transportation. The staff aim to provide a friendly and comfortable shopping experience to all visitors.
8, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Located in Myeong-dong Street, Jung-gu, Seoul, the Frisbee Myeong-dong Branch is an Apple store with three floors aboveground, comprising the shop on the first floor, the Apple product education center on the second floor, and the customer service center on the third floor. The shop sells all Apple products, including CPUs, iPads and iPhones, and provides product demonstrations and a product consultation service. Most of the employees can speak at least one foreign language. The shop also sells diverse accessories for electronic equipment and appliances, including speakers, cases, keyboards, mouse, etc. and stocks many famous brands including Belkin, Logitech and Sony. The education center on the second floor teaches customers how to utilize Apple’s products more efficiently. The Myeong-dong Branch of Frisbee Korea is open all year round. Opening hours are 11am to 9pm on weekdays, and 9am to 8:30pm on Sundays. However, it only opens from 1pm to 8pm during the Seollal (Korean New Year’s Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays.
33, Oncheoncheonbyeon-gil, Suanbo-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Daelim Hotel is located in Oncheoncheonbyeon-gil in the middle of Suanbo Hot Springs Special Tourist Zone. Located about 200 meters away from Suanbo Multang Park and 350 meters away from Suanbo Intercity Bus Stop, Daelim Hotel was remodeled in 2015; it now has a total of 54 Korean-style rooms without a bed, rooms with a bed, and family rooms. It also has a family bathtub. The Family Rooms with a living room are perfect for group guests since each can accommodate up to 10 people. On the basement floor of Daelim Hotel are Red Clay Sauna and Daeyokjang where you can bathe in hot springs. Because Daelim Hotel is supplied with water from hot springs under the management of the City of Chungju, every guest in all the rooms can enjoy high-quality hot spring water. Known as “the hot spring water for the king,” Suanbo hot spring water is mineral-rich, low-alkalinity water containing calcium, natrium, fluorine, and magnesium.
32, Gunam-ro 24beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Indy Hotel Guesthouse is conveniently located near Haeundae Station on Busan Metro Line 2, from which it's easy to get to the downtown area, with Haeundae Beach a mere 2 minutes away on foot. As a 5-story building with 29 rooms, it can accommodate up to 94 people. There are Double Rooms, Twin Rooms, and Standard Rooms as well as dormitory with capsule rooms that can sleep up to 6 and 8. Room rates are inclusive of free breakfast. The guesthouse also features free sauna, lounge, terrace, cafeteria, coin laundry, and shared computer for the convenience of the guests. The lobby is on the 2nd floor, and the entrance to the guesthouse is next to the parking lot. There is a trick art on the wall of the parking lot for fun.
46-6, Hyowon-ro 219beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
'New M Hotel' is a stylish five-story building in Ingye-dong, Suwon with a total of 40 guestrooms in various types, all of which are designed to suit the needs of tourists and business travelers alike. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The breakfast buffet includes a wide range of dishes. Some of the guestrooms are furnished with a computer for both business travelers and tourists who need to search for information. It is regarded as a business hotel that offers reasonable room rates, particularly because it is located near a number of government offices. The hotel is very easy to get to as well, since it is located within 10 minutes from subway stations, bus stops, and Intercity Bus Terminal on foot.
26, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
The Myeongdong Nanta Theatre is located on the 3rd to 5th floors of the Unesco Building, where Funky House used to be. It includes a theater with 386 seats on two tiers. The seats are arranged as close as possible to the stage, and there are specially designed walls so the audience can really experience the energy of the performance. The auditorium also includes a special room for families with small children, located on the third floor. This room has soundproof glass and a stereo system, so that audience members of all ages can enjoy the performance.
Not only does the Myeongdong have a program of high quality performances, but it also runs a first-class exhibition space in its lobby.
Refer to the homepage for information on performances and ticket reservations.
59, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The National Theater of Korea was opened in 1950 as the first national theater in Asia. The theater is the base of operations for four performance groups: the National Drama Company, the National Changgeuk Company, the National Dance Company, and the National Orchestra Company. By supporting these performance troupes, the National Theater strives to globalize Korean traditional arts, modifying select pieces to reach a larger audience.
300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
[South Korea’s largest, longest, and best: Lotte World Aquarium]
There are 13 diverse theme zones that allow you to experience the Five Oceans of the world. From river to coast and coast to ocean, follow the flow of the ecosystem and have a phenomenal experience with nature. It is home to over 55,000 marine life from 650 species, from freshwater fish in the Hangang River to the beluga whale from the Arctic, they all live in harmony. It also has the nation’s largest main tank that allows visitors to get close up views of the diverse marine life. The nation’s longest underwater tunnel is 85 meters in length and allows visitors to gaze upon the mysteries of the ocean above their heads. Experience lively education in the nation’s best programs learning about marine life by interacting first-hand!
174, Buljeong-gil, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Zipline Korea built a zip-line facility in Buljeong Recreational Forest in Mungyeong, Gyeongsangbuk-do under strict supervision and design by professional engineers after going through several years overseas field survey. Visitors can enjoy the zipline regardless of weather conditions all year around. Take part in this internationally popular eco adventure to get rid of your stress.
187, Mangyang-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Yeosu Ocean Railbike is
comprised of a 3.5 kilometer-long open track that follows the
rocky coast of Yeosu. Passing through the open air as well as a tunnel
section, it is a unique and exciting experience
anyone can enjoy at a leisurely pace. The track and rail bikes undergo regular
safety inspections, meaning it's a completely safe way to enjoy Yeosu's beautiful
17, Jeongdongyeok-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
The Jeongdongjin Rail Bike is one of the must-try experiences when you are traveling in Gangwon-do. Departing from Jeongdongjin Station, ride on the rail bike and feel the fresh air from the sea that is just alongside the railway tracks.