Gwangju has long been recognized as the economic and education center of the southwestern part of Korea. It has also long established itself as the Hub City of Asia Culture, especially after the completion of the Asia Culture Complex (ACC). The ACC provides venue options for exhibitors, performances, research, and education. In 2007, Gwangju has been designated as an international convention city with the launch of the Gwangju Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since then, the city has grown into a world-class international convention city dedicated on the advancement of arts, culture, and cuisine.
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Hub City of Asia Culture
The Asian Culture Complex contributes to Gwangju's initiative to be the “Hub City of Asian Culture.” It symbolizes Gwangju’s creative spirit, and serve as a venue offering regular cultural programs. The Gwangju Biennale and Design Biennale are one of its major festivals that are enjoyed by many from around the world.
High-Tech Industrial City
As one of Asia’s best mining city, Gwangju is home to around 160 companies related to optical communication components, optical precision devices, optical semiconductors, such as Korea Photonics Industry Promotion Association, Korea Photonics Technology Institute, and Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.
UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts
Gwangju provides space for creative talents. In addition, the city provides financial support to small firms and start-up through their incubating program to foster development and innovation.
Seoul City’s walking tours offer insight into capital’s heritage rich in culture and history.
A walk through history
Changdeok Palace, a designated World Heritage by UNESCO, is said to be the most traditional and authentic of Seoul’s five palaces. It has been praised for its architectural sensitivity to its natural surroundings and lauded as a representative masterpiece of East Asian Palace Architecture
Experience the palatial beauty
Since 1996, the Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony at Deoksugung Palace has taken place three times a day where foreign tourists can take part by becoming a royal guard to feel and experience Korean tradition first hand.
‘The Royal Guard’
Rising up from the summit of Namsan Mountain (262m) is a breathtaking city landmark: the N Seoul Tower (236m). Its surroundings: Namsan Park and the nearby Namsangol Hanok Village has become thefavorite attraction for both locals and international visitors for its romantic ambience and stunning city view.
Mind blowing city view
Seoul offers a very different landscape when traversed on bike, giving riders a more intimate look at the Han River and the green areas of Seoul. The paths will provide a chance to glimpse into the lives of the average Seoul citizen.
Break within City
More and more giant “one-stop, cultural complexes” are springing up across the capital of Seoul. These huge centers are typically connected to major transport hubs which save customers’ time by combining a department store, supermarket, bookstore, restaurant and a movie theater.
The single-level bus that starts in Gwanghwamun takes visitors to the bridges around Hangang River, N Seoul Tower, and other night attractions of Seoul. The tour takes about 1.5 hours and although it's an abbreviated tour, it passes by some of the major night attractions of Seoul.Read More
Seoul Night Tour
Gangnam literally means south of the river, and Gangbuk- north of the river. Gangnam refers to the district of Gangnam-gu, that trades in business, beauty, and education and is home to some of the city’s wealthiest.
Gangbuk, harder to encapsulate, refers less to the actual district of Gangbuk-gu than a broad swathe north of the Han River, comprised of multiple artsy districts with distinctive and colorful characteristics
Songdo embodies the future of Incheon. A trip to Songdo can start at the Central Park, a natural oasis in the city. Past the promenade, along a field of reeds are array of innovative buildings, creating a avant-garde yet peaceful ambience.Read More
Embracing the Future with Songdo
Whether you are stopping over Incheon or looking for a short trip near by Seoul, a visit to Yeongjong Islandand and or Eurwangni Beach (the largest beach in Incheon) is a must. They are economical and convinient; just two hours away by public transportation and ideal for one-night, two-day getaways.
See Most in limited time
The very first and largest port city located on the west coast of Korea, Incheon, was first port to open to Western nations. The Street of Culture on Wolmido Island, Chinatown, the Jayu Park, Sinpo Market, which formed in response to the influx of foreign trade and culture; Heungryunsa Temple, which provides great views of the sea and the Incheon Bridge; are some of the must see sites when visiting the city.Read More
Gateway to Korea
Because it is a port city, Incheon has many foods made of fresh seafood, offered at specialized streets. Jajangmyeon and jjolmyeon are famous as well as dak-gangjeong in China town and Sinpo Market respectively. There are also several festivals including The Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, the Soraepogu Festival, and the Ganghwa Dolmen Festival draw large numbers of tourists from other regions.Read More
Indulge with Incheon, Food & Festivals
The Gyeonggi Province, home to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, and Namhansanseong Fortress was once a military stronghold and one of the best places to visit to learn about Korean history. One should also check out Yeongneung / Nyeongneung, Yeoju Ceramic Art Complex and or Icheon Ceramics Village when in town.
Feel of Tradition
Paju and Yeoncheon in north Gyeonggi-province are close to the truce line that separates North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, has been relatively untouched, remaining as ecological treasure house for research and preservation.
Away from the skyscrapers and busy roads, immerse in the riches of mountains and recreational forests. In Gyeonggi, there are several mountains including Bukhansan, Dobongsan, Yumyeongsan, and Yongmunsan, as well as lakeside views at Cheongpyeonghoban Lake and Dumulmeori along Bukhangang and Namhangang rivers.Read More
One with Nature
There are several culture and art communities, each offering its own unique flavor to the province’s cultural landscape. The villages are often bustling with young visitors who have come for artistic inspiration or just to snap photos of the beautiful scenery.
Art Village Tour
You may want to visit the popular filming locations including the theme park in Yangju and Goguryeo Blacksmith Village where Daejanggeum:(‘Jewel in the Palace’) and ‘Taewangsasingi’ were filmed. Many hit series and movies were filmed throughout the area, capitalizing on the area’s interesting architecture and innovative interior designs.
In her / his shoes
For a break away from the city, take a visit out to the Gyeonggi for nutritious foods with traditional recipes which are key Koreans’ incredible health and longevity. You can also enjoy a day at a theme park, or visit one of the famous hot spring resorts, where you can relax and be at peace.
Gyeonggi Province Healing
Gangwon offers thrilling summer sports of kayaking, white water river rafting and other water sports. Safe, but exhilarating, there are a variety of programs available for everyone from the experienced to the absolute beginner.
Wash away the Summer Heat
Many of the ski resorts attract visitors from home and abroad to the pristine mountainsides in Korea which are scattered throughout Gangwon Province. Most are large leisure focused facilities offering both skiing and snowboarding and stay open all year round. The most popular time to visit these resorts is during the peak ski season from mid-December to the end of February.
Up and down the slopes
Gangwon Province is well recognized as the best tourist destination in Korea with its numerous attractions that can be enjoyed during all four seasons. It boasts a beautiful landscape, a variety of things to see and enjoy, as well as green mountains and clean lakes. Whether alone or in a group, visitors can fully enjoy the autumn mood in Gangwon Province.
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festivals are held when the Hwacheoncheon Stream Hwacheon, freezes in winter, where people flock to the stream, dig a hole in the ice, and begin ice fishing for sancheoneo (mountain trout), known to live in clean and cold fresh waters of the stream. In addition to ice fishing, the festival offers a plethora of fun activities on the frozen stream including ice skating, ice/snow sledding, snowmobile riding, and more.
Hwacheon Sancheoneo, Gateway to Korea’s Winter Wonderland
The City of Lakes, Chuncheon, has recentzly emerged as a hot spot for canoeing in the Mulle-gil. The Mulle-gill canoeing program allows visitors the opportunity to canoe around the still waters of Uiamho Lake while taking in expansive views of Chuncheon’s natural surroundings.
A Beautiful Lake, a Peaceful Adventure (Chuncheon)
Of all Korea’s beautiful attractions, no other city springs to mind like Busan with sun drenched beaches and warm ocean waters. Let Busan take your breath away with its coastal charms.
Busan for Sun & Fun
City that's blessed with the warm weather and clear ocean, has a wide range of shopping options, including department stores, duty free shops, discount outlets, and large outdoor markets. After shopping one can relax on the beautiful Haeundae beach and or try local delicacies only available in Busan.
Shop till you drop-!
The picturesque Busan neighborhood of Gamcheon 2-dong— Taegeukdo Village also known as Korea’s Santorini, is recognized for its endless panoramic rows of low-rise cubicle homes climbing up the steep hillsides from the sea below. “Korea’s Machu Picchu" or “Lego Village” are the other nick names they have earned.
Santorini of South Sea
Located on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula, Busan is a dynamic port city with an abundance of historical and cultural tourist attractions as well as trendy shopping areas. While the city's public transportation system is very well-developed and super convenient; all-inclusive hop on and off bus tours are made available by the Busan City Government.Read More
Hop on and off, take off on Busan City Tour
Yeosu, a major maritime city, is surrounded by 317 islands and a winding coastline is over 900 kilometers long. The city is blessed with natural splendors including Odongdo Island, which marks the entry to Hallyeohaesang National Park, ‘Hyangiram Hermitage’, a small temple perched high on a cliff overlooking the picturesque islands.Read More
The southern Jeolla province region of Korea is traditionally famous for delectable foods and has a great variety of dishes prepared with fresh fish caught from the Southern coast. They are also well known for different kimchi's. Make sure to try Dolsan Gat-Kimchi (Dolsan mustard leaf kimchi), a regional specialty with a unique flavor and taste, in Dolsando Island of Yeosu.Read More
A Beautiful Port City Surrounded by Numerous Islands – Local Foods & Festivals
Yeosu is undoubtedly one of the country’s most underrated destinations. For view seekers, the city’s hills and mountains afford splendid vistas of the port and its surrounding coastline. You can also cruise out to some of the town’s many scenic islands, while less adventurous types can simply kick back or take a stroll along one of the city’s fine beaches.
Jade Mountains,Emerald Seas
Past volcanic activity has carved out an extensive series of lava caves and sea caves all around this beautiful island. Just off the coastlines are 8 inhabited and 53 uninhabited islands scattered throughout the emerald-blue sea.
Untouched Beauty - Volcanic Island full of Allure
There are many unique recreation options offered to its visitors in addition to hiking, including scuba diving to windsurfing and paragliding. The island’s stunning scenery and well-laid-out roads make biking a particular popular sport as well.
A volcanic island that has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007 offers various activities from Lava Tube System Tours to cycling at Udo Island. Those who love the water can spend the day swimming, scuba diving or surfing at one of the many beaches on the island or for movie affectionados, there are several sites where Korean movies and dramas have been filmed.
Leisure Paradise at sea, land, and sky
There are luxury but also budget two day trips designed to meet the visitors expectations for their money's worth. The trip includes trip to the Teddy Bear Museum, Folk Village Museum, Lunch at Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak to name a few stops.
Luxury or Budget, As you please
Jeju island has plenty of accommodation options available from 5 stars to boutique hotels to guest houses. Some our over the top spectacular while others can provide a change of a life time to experience unique yet quirky stay.
Luxurious vs Quirky - Hotel Experiences
As an island with a long history of fishing, Jeju Island is known for delicacies made with fresh and savory seafood caught right from the waters surrounding Jejudo Island. The chewy taste of the famed black pork is also a known trademark of island along with number of dishes using horsemeat.
Taste of Jeju
Conmaul Gyeungju Oriental Hospital, located in Gyeongju, the former capital of the Silla dynasty’s 1,000 year reign, offer out-of-toweners including foreigners a medical treatment consultation and prescription after running Eastern and Western health tests. The hospital is devoted to regaining inner peace through healing of the mind and body and is considered an excellent getaway, one that is for both health and relaxation.
Recipe for Health and Relaxation in the Ancient Capital, Conmaul Gyeungju Oriental Hospital
Shilla Millennium Park, sectioned into five large areas: History Fantasia, Frontier Bay, Craftia, Emile Polis, and Hwarang Spirit takes you through a time tunnel going back 1,200 years to Silla Dynasty. There are hands-on experiences offered at different "workshops" with various themes offering a peak at the lives of people during the Silla period. There are different performances as well as massage and outdoor spa at the Hanok resort making this place an all in one attraction for pleasure seeking tourists.
Travelling through time - Four cities in one viewing, Shilla Millennium Park
Seokguram Grotto located in one of the world's four major ancient cities, is the most beautiful work of Buddhist art in all of Korea along with Bulguksa Temple. The architectural skill of the manmade grotto, the detailed Buddha carvings that fill the walls make a remarkable structure that is unmatched worldwide while Bulguksa Temple, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site also located halfway up Tohamsan Mountain, presents architectural style of Goryeo and the early Joseon period and its deeper Buddhist principles. The Silla History & Science Museum gives visitors a great detailed look at the interior of the two.Read More
‘The Smile of Buddha, Keeping Watch for a Thousand Years - Seokguram Grotto & Bulguksa Temple’
The Bomun Resort area, situated around the picturesque Bomun Lake, features high-end hotels, restaurants and three golf courses. The resort area is full activities but the real gem is the hot air balloon (15,000 won, www.skyworld.co.kr) which gives you the full view of the ancient historic city and its beautiful scenery.
Luxury and more at Bomun Lake
Gwangju, located in the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula, is the fifth largest city in Korea and has grown to become the central city of Jeolla Province. It remains a sacred place where a host of Korea’s traditions and beauties have been well preserved and kept in their original state.
Explore hidden treasures
Mount Mudeungsan (alt. 1,000 meters)'s scenery throughout the four seasons is considered one of the most beautiful scenic views of Gwangju. To experience the mountain magic to the fullest, set aside some time to simply wander the trails of Mudeungsan Mountain, Jungoe Park and stop by Jeungsimsa Temple.Read More
Breath of Fresh Air
Gwangju has been and still is famous for its culinary traditions. Every year, Kimchi Festival is held and the city has been expanding its program of cultural and art projects laying the groundwork for future international events.Read More
Foodie Tour - Taste of Korea
In the heart of the city of Jeonju stand numerous heritage sites, including Pungnammun, Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeondong Cathedral, Crafts Exhibition Hall, Jeonju Treasures Center and the Museum of Traditional Wine. All are close by and within walking distance. One that particular which stands out, is the Jeonju Hanok Village, home to some 700 hanoks (Korean traditional houses) and traditional teahouses.
A walking tour on Jeonju - Explore Jeonju Hanok Village on foot
Jeonju is perhaps best known for its food. The fertile Honam Plain and the clear waters of the region are said to be the contributing factors in the city's nationwide food fame. Bibimbap is the city's signature dish, and it can be found everywhere throughout the town. You can also try goldongban, "the food of the kings" from the Joseon period
Indulge in the foodie heaven
Geumsan-sa, located on the slopes of Mt. Moak, is filled with Korean cultural treasures of stone pagodas, stone lanterns and wooden halls all which are designated national treasures by the government. The centerpiece of Geumsan-sa is the awe-inspiring Mireukjeon Hall, one and only massive three-story traditional structure in the country which has been designated as National Treasure No. 62.
Jeonju's Lyrical Past - A taste of old Korea
Built in 1908, Hagindang House is the oldest hanok and the only private residence designated as a cultural asset in Jeonju Hanok Village, a Slow City site. One can experience the traditional living through Hanok stays. Nearby, thre are cultural attractions including Gyeonggijeon, Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, and Nambu Market.
Hanok Stay - Gateway to traditional living
The tour takes off to historical sites that date back to Baekje Dynasty (B.C 18 - 660), and the Expo Park. There are three themed courses which the travelers can choose from: Science, History and Culture, Ecological Environment Tour and the tours can be tailored by choosing a selection of sites and "times" one wishes to see.Read More
Daejeon City Tour
Daejeon, a transportation hub and a center of science and technology is also equipped with healing elements. Walking through the 40km long Forest Road in Gyejok Mountain or the Ocher road in Jang-dong woodland park allows one a break from the fast pace life for a breath of fresh air. The microorganisms in loess at within the park is proved to have good effect on the body and.
Breath of fresh air - Healing Journey
Scienced-related learning centers and exhibitions attract the most interest and attention from people in Daejeon city. Taking a trip to Daejeon Expo Science Park, National Science Museum, Civic Observatory does more than enogh to feel the scientific aspects of the city.Read More
Science-related learning and Exhibition Experience
Gongju, about 35 kms from Daejeon is the capital of the proud Baekje Kingdom from AD 475 to AD 528 is renowned for its cultural sophistication and devout Buddhist culture. Today the city remains as a small provincial town in rural northern Chungcheong province, but the splendor of the once past Baekje Kingom still lives on through the history rich Baekje-era relics.
Hopping over to Gongju, the Glory of Baekje Lives On
Few places in Korea exude as strong a rustic charm as Buyeo, located within one hour drive from southwest of Gongju and west of Daejeon. A small provincial town today, Buyeo was once the proud capital of a mighty kingdom whose cultural influence could be felt as far afield as Japan. Its mighty temples and palaces now lie in ruins, but reminders of the kingdom’s golden age are scattered throughout the town.
Stopping by at the last capital
Daegu, a big city with mountainous vibe, the odd combination of nature and modernity offers plenty to do for its visitors including hiking, visits to temples or historical sites and or walk through the popular streets with different themes.
A rainbow of diversity
Walking along the streets of downtown Daegu, one will be charmed by mix of architecture where history borders modernity. Some of the major architectural landmarks of the downtown area are the missionary's residence and the Gyesan Cathedral, both built in the early 1900s. The street of the March 1st Independence Movement (Manse movement) and the residences of resistance poet Lee Sang-hwa and independence activist Seo Sang-don are also located in this area.
History meets moderntity
Daegu is blessed with many nature parks varying in sizes. Each park has its own unique charm: some hold cultural assets and have much historical significance, while others feature various performances or cultural and sports facilities.
There are several different themed streets great for exploring the city. The most popular streets are Dongseongno, Bongsan Culture Street, and the Yangnyeongsi Street (flanked by Oriental medicine stores). Visitors will see streets lined with colorful displays of motorcycles, tools, sewing machines, and socks, products which are representative of key industries of Daegu.
Roaming through the streets
Unlike other regions, many dishes in Daegu are seasoned using lots of hot red peppers and garlic. Its bold taste is said to be so spicy that it will numb your tongue. There are several dishes that are a must try: jjimgalbi(steamed short-rib dish), Bogeo (fuku) bulgogi, Napjak mandu (Flat dumplings) and Gopchang and makchang, which are edible parts of a cow's stomach that are grilled on charcoal briquettes.
Numb your toungue
Namhae, also known as “treasure island,” is home to three nationally designated scenic sites and several scenic roads. The island is just far enough away from both Seoul and Busan to allow it to retain much of its rural seaside charm, even as luxury hotels like the Hilton Namhae Golf and Spa Resort make “roughing it in the sticks” a most pleasurable experience indeed.
SOUTH SEA JEWEL
Every year between late March and early April, visitors flock to Jinhae in Changwon, to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossoms that blanket the whole town at the Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival, Korea’s largest cherry blossom festival. The festival was first held on April 13, 1952 as a small ceremony commemorating Admiral Yi Sun-shin, a Korean naval hero who played an important role in defeating the Japanese army during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Today, it has become one of the largest festivals in the country, with approximately 2 million annual visitors. `
Serenade to Spring Cherry Blossom
Gimhae, a city with a deeply rooted past, dynamic present, and open future, has a historic legacy that dates back 2,000 years to when it was capital of the Gaya confederacy. According to the chronicle Garakguk-gi in Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), King Suro founded Garakguk state in the region of Gimhae in 42 CE. Garakguk led the Gaya confederacy and became a leader in sea trade in the Northeast region with its flourishing iron culture. The significant number of relics from that time period that can be found in Gimhae transforms the entire city into a historic museum.Read More
City of 2,000 years, 500-year-old capital of Gaya
The festival dates back to the Jinjuseong Battle (1592) in the Imjin Waeran (Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598) period. During the war, lanterns were used as military signals, a means of communicating with reserve forces, and as a way to keep in touch with family members outside of Jinjuseong Fortress. Even after the war, people continued the tradition of floating lanterns down the river to pay tribute and to make wishes. The tradition later developed into the Jinju Namgang Festival, the lantern festival as we know today.
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, a Fantastic World of Lights