What to me makes South Korea a fun country are the festivals that go year long. I'm pretty sure similar fetivals ocur in other Asian countries, such as the Full Moon party in Thailand, etc. but South Korea has quite a few and many of them are worth going to.
A few I can name off the top of my head:
-Moonrise festival, March
-Lantern festival: sometime in the fall
-Cherry blossom Festival: spring
-Parting of the sea festival: spring
-Sand sculpture festival: summer
-Kite festival: summer
-Fireworks festival: October
-Mud fest: July
Whether you're in Korea as a tourist or spending longer there working, try to find out what festivals are going on where you're staying. They're a fun, enriching way to experience Korean culture and beauty
Upo wetland, the largest natural wetland in Korea.
Many types of plants and animals inhabit Upo wetland.
Unlike most other Korean wetlands that have been destroyed under the name of economic development, Upo wetland has been able to preserve its precious ecosystem throughout the years.Related to:
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Beaches Aplenty and Log Cabins Too
Ever wonder where you could go to the beach in Korea and not be inandated by masses of humanity? The beaches at Pusan and the major resorts on the east coast are so full of people in the summer that you can't even see the sand!
A great alternative to those crowded places is Taean-Gun; a peninsula on the west coast that is a collection of beaches islands and a recreational forest. The most popular beach is Kkotji, but I prefer Manlipo. It reminds me of the boardwalk with it's ice cream carts and other food vendors. There is even a disco tent. You can camp on most of the beaches for a small fee (bring your own tent or rent one), but be careful; the tide is quick.
As you may not know, Korea's west coast has the 2nd greatest tidal change in the world. When the tide goes out, it looks as if someone pulled the plug on the ocean. It really gives you a sense of the challenge MacArthur had during the Inchon landing.
If you prefer pine forests and walks on the beach, try the nearby Anmyeondo Recreation Forest on Anmyeondo (6th largest island in Korea). It is like Yellowstone in the US only it has a beach too. You can also reant real log cabins that have fireplaces. There is nothing like taking a walk on the beach, watching the magnificent sunset and enjoying your favorite beverage by a roaring fire and the smell of pine forest all in just a couple of hours drive from Seoul.Related to:
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Great Golf at Sangnok Resort - Cheonan
A great course. So large, which is great for Korea. However the fees are pretty steep. But they are worth it. This course is large enough, and far enough away from Seoul to be able to have a good hit. The Outer course is best because Punter golfers like me can really get into the swing of things (parden the oun). Golfers can hit the ball as far as they can and truly enjoy that here. The layout here is well designed. The Inner Course (middle) is a bit cleaner, and its all about playing for the green. Also its more expensive.
weekdays: 98,000 Won
weekends: 135,000 Won
caddie fee: 70,000/ cart fee: 44,000 Won
weekdays: 40,000 Won
Weekends: 55,000 Won
caddie fee: 40,000/ cart fee:22,000 Won
Sangnok Resort - Cheonan offers 100 hotel rooms and 48 youth hostel rooms. A double-occupancy hotel room or a four-person youth hostel room costs 93,000 won.
669-1 Jangsan-ri, Susin-myeon, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
From Dong Seoul Termianl or Gangnam Express Bus Terminal take bus to Cheonan.(06:00 - 21:20, interval: 15min.)
From Cheonan Station take city coach bus No. 500 (07:50 - 17:50, interval: 40 min. ) and get off at Cheonan Sangnok Resort.
From Seoul Station or Yeongdeungpo Station
take train to Cheonan. From Cheonan Station
take city coach bus No. 500.
Jungbu Expressway Dongseoul I.C.
-> Jincheon I.C.
-> Toward Cheonan (National Road No. 21)
-> Sangnok ResortRelated to:
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Get into the rural country
Honestly, if you get to Korea, you should spend at least one day walking aimlessly in the rural farm areas.
Get away from the busy chaos of the cities and view the side of Korea that not everyone knows of. That would be the quiet, secluded, small little rice field farmers in the mountains or the small fishing villages along the rocky coasts.
Rent a car for driving
If you dicide to rent a car,have a good map first.
You can follow road numbers to your destination.
when you get lost, ask for help to another drivers
inside city, especially taxi drivers are so kind to help other drivers
even though they are somewhat aggresive on the road
If you can rent a navigator loaded one, it will be greatly helpful
I have no idear whether they installed english software for it, but
someone can help you for entering address, it's so nice!Related to:
Gyeokpo #3 - What's this?
I saw some things in this little town that I had not seen in any of my travels anywhere else in South Korea. The silk worm larvae was particularly pungent - I had never smelled anything like that either - very distinctive - once you smelled that you would never forget it. I've never seen much wildlife in Korea, but I did see this one ugly, little squirrel. He was begging for food and he looked pretty hungry. All through this town there were seafood stalls where folks could pick out the seafood they wanted and the proprieter would cut it up for them and serve it right there - raw, of course. Some of the critters escaped, like the octopus pictured here. And lastly I never saw fishing nets with shells before. I couldn't figure out the purpose of the shells - I guess I'll never know.Related to:
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Gyeokpo #2 - the beach
We walked around to the other side of the town and discovered a little beach there. They were filming some kind of movie or documentary. There was a boom on the beach and some actors in ancient costumes and a young actress lying prone on the sand. We didn't know what was going on, but it was interesting to watch. We hiked down the hill to the beach and found a little cove and a rocky beach covered with flat rocks that people had stacked all over the beach and on the rock walls surrounding the beach. It was very interestings. We also watched some folks get caught by the tide walking around the rocks on this little bay. All in all, it was a very interesting day. We were the only Westerners in the entire area.Related to:
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A Seaside Town: Gyeokpo
Gyeokpo is a very small seaside town on the West Coast of Korea in the Jeollabuk-do Province. We rode a bus from Jeonju; it took about and hour and a half to two hours, so it's relatively close to Jeonju. It's a very small town; mostly a fishing village with only one street running through it. It is on the Yellow Sea. It has a famous cliff with a famous story (see picture below).Related to:
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One particular place we go to is called U-Para. It is near Songnae Station of Seoul Line 1 and on the 8th floor of the building called "toona".
U-Para has virtually everything you need to get entertained... except for porn. Some of the highlites are: bowling lanes, pool tables, shooting range, arcade, and my personal favourite, gold fish fishing. It also has massage chairs, shower room, and tanning beds. The best part of this is they're open 24/7 (meaning: 11am to 6am). For 8,000 Won ($10CAN), you could stay there for as long as you want and do anything you want at no extra cost.
Visit the temple and valley of Unjusa near Kwangju! Unjusa is a nice valley not too far from Kwangju. But it is difficult to find. The valley is covered with Buddha Statues and Pagodas.
For more please read my travelogue!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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Visit the village of Yangdong (near Kyongju). Many of the houses are very old. It shows how Old Korea must have looked like.
There are still famers living in their traditional houses. But Yangdong has become like a museum. Many of the local people don't like tourist, who invade their gardens.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Along the road...
Something that I have not expected to see since it was winter...when you are suppose to see tress covered with snow. But along the street...while we were walking...we chance upon this tree still bloom with yellow/brown leaves...and maybe waiting to fall off.... I thought that was a beautiful sight.
So, if you can...why not take a stroll along the street...you never know what surprises awaited on the other side!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
The North Han River (5 photos)
The Pukhan (North Han) River between Chuch'on and Kapyeong is a beautiful ride along a winding stream curving its way between the adjacent mountains. During the Korean War, battles were intense along this natural boundary. Waterfalls and tourist villages are ideal spots nearer the Chuch'on terminus. As the water deepens central channel, the earth level exposed is of different colors so the river appears striped (foto 5).
The Ethiopian Monument in Chuch'on (3 photos)
It is often not appreciated that the forces supporting South Korea during the Korean War of 1950-53 was actually a United Nations action with forces from 19 nations participating. In the far northeastern reaches of Korea, 112 Ethiopian soldiers died and over 400 were injured in the battles for Chuch'on. The people have erected this monument in thanks to the Ethiopian nation. Adjacent is the Ethiopia bar and cafe, in itself a local monument. The monument is located on the "old road" from Seoul at the entrance to the city.
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