424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
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The Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival celebrates the history and culture of the Hanseong era of the Baekje dynasty, when their capital was in Seoul. The festival is held around the Mongchontoseong Fortress Area, known to be a remenant of the Baekje capital. The festival features various folk performances, musicals, family concerts, food, and more.
1, Seonam-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
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Held every October, Gwangju Chungjang Festival is one of Gwangju’s most representative festivals. The festival recollects memories from Korea in the '70s and '80s, creating a nostalgic atmosphere with various performances, exhibitions, and hands-on programs.
80, Sinpo-ro 27beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
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1510, Yangyeon-ro, Jeongok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do
The Jeongok-ri Prehistoric Site is the prime site on the Korean peninsula for the study of Paleolithic relics, and was unearthed after the discovery of a stone implement by an American soldier who was visiting an amusement park near Hantangang River in the winter of 1978. It was identified as an Acheulean Paleolithic stone implement by an expert, and gained the attention of paleontologists from around the world. The Jeongok-ri Prehistoric Site is situated on a basalt deposit that was likely formed during the Precambrian era. With the discovery of soil wedge and tephra indicating the top layer to be estimated at least 20,000 years old, the region is also considered highly valuable among geologists.
1375-1, Dongnae-ro, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Called to play the role of an important key for unification, Key Observatory was established on April 11, 1998 to commemorate the sorrow of homesickness and provide security education in the area of Dapgok-ri, Yeoncheon-gun. Military in the area can also keep watch over the north from this location. It is open to members of the public who complete an identification check. After the check, soldiers will open the barricade for admission. From the observatory, visitors can see the green verdure surrounding the north region with one's naked eye but taking photos is prohibited.
Hoengsan-ri, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Typhoon Observatory was built on December 3, 1991 by Invincible Typhoon Korean Army. The observatory is situated on Suribong Peak, the highest point of Bikkisan Mountain. It is located 65 kilometers and 140 kilometers from Seoul and Pyeongyang respectively. It is famous in that the location is the closest to the Military Demarcation Line, being only 800 meters and 1,600 meters away from the MDL and North Korean checkpoint respectively.
The observatory houses a Christian church, Catholic church, statue of the Virgin Mary, Buddhist sanctum, belfry and other facilities where soldiers are able to participate in religious ceremonies. Also, Manghyangbi Monument for displaced person, Monument for Korean War, and Boy’s Tank Corps Memorial can be seen in the area. The Exhibition Hall presents daily necessities collected from Pilseunggyo Bridge of Imjingang in North Korea and some detection equipment that armed espionage agents used when they did infiltration after the ceasefire.
A dong, 2F, 872, Baekbeom-ro, Gangseo-gu, Incheon
#118, 1F, 25, Geongang-ro, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opened in 1964, Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets.
Most of the goods are made directly by the storeowners. Namdaemun Market is even open overnight, from 23:00 to 04:00, and is crowded with retailers from all over the country. When day breaks, the site of busy shoppers bustling around the market creates a unique scene that attracts tourists worldwide. Namdaemun Market sells a variety of clothes, glasses, kitchenware, toys, mountain gear, fishing equipment, stationery, fine arts, accessories, hats, carpets, flowers, ginseng, and imported goods.
52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
Jagalchi Market, located on the shoreside road in Busan's Jung-gu, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. After the Korean War, the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the vendors here are called Jagalchi Ajumma, "ajumma" meaning middle-aged or married woman in Korean.
This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. Visitors can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even nowadays visitors can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road outside of the market and along the shore.
Every year in October, the Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival is held, and it is easy to visit because of the convenient transportation provided by subway. Jagalchi Market is where you can see the lifestyle of the Busan locals.
Area of Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan
Following the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan set up stalls in order to make a living, and this was the beginning of the Gukje Market (gukje meaning "international" in Korean). The Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets; each alleyway is crowded with stalls, and it connects to Bupyeong Market, Kkangtong Market, and other smaller markets. The market stocks such a wide variety of goods, that you can find almost everything you need right here.
325, Solbong-ro, Daegwannyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort is a luxurious classical European-style alpine resort located 700 meters above sea level on a ridge of Taebaeksan Mountain. Surrounded by fascinating nature, the resort offers various leisure facilities such as Olympic Sky Park, Ocean 700 Water Park, a 27-hole golf course designed by the world-renowned golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and an 18-hole public golf course.
The summer house also provides relaxation facilities including the luxurious Club Intercontinental Lounge, a children’s play room called ‘Planet Trackers’, and a day spa. A wellness center provides guests seeking relaxation with various therapies and programs. The luxurious CMA spa club offers seven spa suite rooms and an open-air Jacuzzi providing eco-nature therapy with great views of Daegwallyeong.
Guestrooms are decorated with a harmonious blend of modern, bright-colored furniture and traditional Korean-style furniture. Specially designed lighting adds a pleasant touch to the rooms.
Subsidiary facilities are a restaurant, wine bar/salon, and a lobby lounge. The restaurant, called Flavor, serves international dishes, while the wine bar serves quality wines. In the lobby lounge, guests can enjoy views of beautiful nature through floor-to-ceiling windows while listening to live classical music performances and sharing light fare such as sandwiches, pizza, tapas, wine, and coffee.
78, Yeollinbada 1-gil, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Muchangpo Beache Palace is a resort in Muchangpo, one of the most peaceful beachside areas on the west coast (yet to be discovered by many tourists). The resort has themed pools and a spa. Each of the rooms has an ocean view and the entrance of the resort is connected to the beach. During the summer tides, you’ll be able to witness the area’s almost miraculous sea-parting.
5-8, Sangmujungang-ro 38beon-gil, Seo-gu, Gwangju
Located in downtown Gwangju, Firenze Hotel is a quality hotel with state-of-the-art facilities and a tasteful European interior decor emphasizing "smooth and modern design." The hotel also has a banquet room perfect for important meeting between friends, family, or business colleagues.
26, Cheongnyang-ro 160beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
With a 60-year history, Incheon Metropolitan City Museum has served as a cultural space for Incheon citizens and was reopened on July 10, 2006 with even more more spacious exhibition halls and facilities.
The museum provides exhibitions, musical performances and other cultural and social events for the public. Close to Incheon Palmido Island, the museum allows visitors to learn the history of Incheon, which played a significant role in protecting the Korean peninsula from many invasions in the past, as well as enjoy the breathtaking ocean view.
Incheon Metropolitan City Museum is dedicated to research and regional preservation programs founded within the region’s site, and offers many ancient artifact exhibitions hard to find elsewhere.
149, Yesul-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon
The Incheon Culture & Arts Center, in operation since April 8, 1994, contains a performance hall, exhibition room, and conference room. Over 2,000 people can watch performances held on the center's three stages. The conference room has seating for 144 people and is used for a variety of national and international events. As an influential force of arts and culture in the Incheon area, the center is home to a municipal orchestra, choir, dance corps, and a theater troupe.
5, Seohojeong-gil, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Yeongam Pottery Museum is dedicated to promoting the history of pottery in Korea, starting from the oldest known pottery coming from the Gurim village. Visitors can learn about the history of this art form through exhibitions, educational programs, and hands-on experiences. Locally produced pottery is also available for sale. Moreover, the museum is close to popular tourist attractions including the Wangin Historic Site, Dogapsa Temple, and Wolchulsan National Park.
241, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Jangchung Gymnasium is Korea’s first domed gymnasium and opened Februrary 1st, 1963. The gym holds diverse athletic events such as basketball, volleyball and handball competitions as well as boxing, wrestling, weight-lifting and ssireum (Korean traditional wrestling). The gym also presents other cultural performances and events including international competitions, concerts and madangnori. The Jangchung Fitness Club, is also located within the facility and offers monthly memberships.
120, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Located on the Dalmaji-gil Road, Moontan Road is a walking trail with a meaning of easy stroll under the moonlight. With five different walking course, it take approx. 1 to 2 hours. Visitors can enjoy subsidity facilities including observatory, sports park, Dalmaji Eoul Madang, Haewoljeong Pavillion and more.
Jang-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail is the nation's first eco-healing barefoot walking trail, filled with the fresh aroma of pine needles. Visitors can also enjoy a view of downtown Daejeon from Gyejoksanseong Fortress, which was built during the time of the Three Kingdoms. Walking or even running along this 14-kilometer long trail at an altitude between 200 and 300 meters above sea level is a great way to get a healthy body and spirit.