Where to go

  • "Visit Busan and you’ll probably fly into Gimhae International Airport. Although many visitors confine their visit to Gimhae to the Arrivals terminal and Light Rail station, there’s much more to see and do in this historic city. Here are 11 reasons why you should take a trip to Gimhae."
  • "South Korea’s Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as ‘Sunrise Peak’, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Jeju Island’s most famous geographical features. Here’s what you should know before you go."
  • "It may have been years since Psy unleashed Gangnam Style onto the world but no one’s forgotten his unbridled kookiness. In Korea, Psy is not alone in his flamboyance and nor is he reflective only of Seoul’s creativity – the whole country is a quirky place. From the crowd-pleasing to the crazy, The Culture Trip shares 10 of Jeju Island’s most zany museums."
  • "South Koreans may study and work some of the longest hours in the world, but they know how to play hard, too. As a result, Seoul has one of the most dynamic nightlife scenes in Asia, making it an ideal destination for party animals and night owls…if they can keep up with the locals, that is. So put on your party pants and a grab a soju for the road as we take you through everything you need to know about the city’s nightlife."
  • "The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, dates back to the latter part of the Joseon era (1392-1910). Designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in December 1997, the 5.74-kilometer-long fortress wall was constructed from 1794 to 1796, taking two years and nine months. The fortress was intended to display King Jeongjo’s filial piety toward his father and create a new city with its own economic power."
  • "Christmas is just around the corner, and for those of you who still haven’t decided on where to go and what to do for Christmas in Korea, we made THREE selections that we thought were the coolest things you can do on a Christmas day so check out our video to make the most of your holiday! I hope you can find our video helpful so that you can spend an even merrier Christmas here in Korea."
  • 'Director Bong Joon-ho's smash-hit black comedy thriller "Parasite" has reached critical acclaim winning Palme d'Or at Cannes and getting six nominations for the Academy Awards. So we visited the filming spots (Ki-taek's hometown, the real pizza store, vertical stairs and tunnel) that were shown in the film in order to better understand the movie. We were also able to hear some behind-the-scenes stories from the re..
  • "As soon as the sun dips below the horizon, the lights of Seoul flicker on and the city is abuzz with vivacious energy. This capital city of South Korea is exceptionally renowned for its diverse range of nightlife activities. Both locals and foreigners are no strangers to the nightlife in Seoul, where there are 24-hour cafes, bars, clubs, and many more places to visit in this entertaining list below."
  • "Everyone is out at night in Jinju, South Korea, during a two-week period in the fall. No one wants to miss the Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival, which honors the nation’s fallen soldiers. At the heart of the event is a parade of lanterns floating on the Namgang River. The colorful creations resemble animals and national landmarks. There’s lots happening on land, too, including live performances, fountain displays and fireworks."
  • "If you’re a cinephile, you’ll know about the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). Held over eight days in October, BIFF is one of Asia’s biggest annual film festivals — 2017’s edition saw just under 193,000 ticket holders flock to screenings and events, screening films from 76 different countries. As well as BIFF, Korea’s film city has draws all year round; here’s our guide to Busan for those who love life through a len..
  • "Starting with our first episode about the 3 most fun things you can enjoy at the Bukchon and Seochon village in Seoul, we will bring a new culture series called THREE THINGS!! The Korea Times reporters will select 3 choices on various themes: trending places to visit in Seoul, special activities you can experience or even sets of Korean life hacks that you may find useful. There are a lot of tourist attractions in Korea recommended for fo..
  • "Accessible by an 80-minute flight from Seoul, around 15.4 million tourists visit the island each year. As a result, Jeju residents are struggling with the drawbacks of excessive tourism. Gentrification is a serious problem on the island, where the amount of trash thrown out per person is also the highest in the country. Airbnb, a global online home-sharing platform, hopes to address the situation by linking tourists with local residents t..
  • "Last November, the public got a brief and partial look at the Yongsan Garrison for the first time in 114 years. Located in the heart of Seoul and covering a 2.43-million-square-meter (2.9-million-square-yard) area, the garrison was Korea’s own Forbidden City, blocked off to its own citizens and home base to powers stronger than Korea. The Japanese military first began stationing troops there during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, and la..
  • "For those who dream of escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Seongnagwon offers a new level of relaxation, with 200 years of history that had been veiled until only recently. Created in 1790, Seongnagwon was used as a royal villa for 35 years by Yi Gang, the fifth son of King Gojong of the late Joseon era (1392-1910). It is located at the end of the mountain Bukhansan in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul."
  • "Daegwallyeong county in Gangwon Province is mainly known for its ski resorts and sheep farms, but its 1,458 meter-high Balwangsan offers beautiful natural scenery and an opportunity to relax all year round. The 12th-highest mountain in the country has trekking courses, but one can also reach the top via one of the longest gondola rides in Korea, which departs from Yong Pyong Resort. This makes the experience more of a pleasant stroll than..
  • "The Korean Peninsula is a land where myriad of mountain ridges decorate its bumpy surface. In ancient times, this presented a challenge to agricultural communities, but it also provided natural barricades. Today, the country’s mountains are a place to enjoy hiking, a sanctuary from hectic city life and a source of beautiful scenery."
  • "You might be surprised to learn that South Korea has a staggering, 22 national parks. Considering the small size of the country, this is quite astonishing. We take a look at the eight most beautiful national parks in South Korea you should absolutely visit."
  • "Located in Seoul's central Jongno-gu, Daegak Temple has a unique three-story building that attracts foreign visitors. Ven. Dongbong referred to the temple as home to the Korean independence fighters under the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule. The temple was established in 1911 by Ven. Yongseong."
  • "Not enough Seoulites know there are actual beaches accessible through the metro system. All it takes is a visit to Incheon International Airport, a transfer to the maglev, and then one more bus connection. The number of beaches within the Seoul Metro public transit network's reach increased by one in 2018, with the addition of Muui Island's Hanagae Beach."
  • "Jeju Island’s iconic stone sculptures, the Dol Hareubang, can be seen on tourist trinkets and goods all over South Korea. But what are they, and why were they built? Here’s a quick guide to the island’s most mysterious guardians."

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