South Korea Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Tongdosa
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98

South Korea Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Place to Go

    Seoul Off The Beaten Path

    On our first visit to Seoul we did a day trip to Suwon on the underground. We found people here really helpful. At the information stand near the station they wrote me down bus information, gave me maps and free postcards. None of them could speak English but they called out to passers-by until someone who could speak English came to help. We...

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  • Hiking

    Seoul Off The Beaten Path

    There are some smallish mountains (hills) near Gupabal Station that have some well-maintained trails carved through a densely wooded setting. In this area it is also possible to see: - A very large artificial waterfall (See Photo #4) - Some remnants from the Korean war, or that's what I think they are (See Photo #3) - Modern luxury apartment...

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  • Korean Historical Landmark

    Seoul Off The Beaten Path

    Seolleung Royal Tombs houses the burial mounds of King Seongjong (1469-1494), his wife Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong (1506-1544) of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The burial mounds are surrounded by small sculptures called Japsang. These are carved in the shape of animals and were believed to exorcise evil spirits. The king's burial...

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  • Parks, Zoos & Stadiums

    Seoul Off The Beaten Path

    Seonyudo (선유도) is an island in the Hangang (River) just west of Yeouido. This man-made island was originally built to be a sewage treatment plant. From these humble beginnings, the island has been transformed into one of Seoul's most unique parks. The park just opened in April 2003. After the sewage treatment plant closed,...

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  • Religious & Memorial

    Seoul Off The Beaten Path

    Bongeunsa Temple is located to the north of the COEX building. It was built in the 10th year of Shilla King Weongseong’s reign (794). 3,479 Buddhist scriptures are stored here. The Buddhist ceremony Jeongdaebulsa, is held here every September 9th. During this ceremony monks march while carrying the scriptures on their heads and reciting the...

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  • Art Galleries

    Seoul Off The Beaten Path

    Established by a wealthy and eccentric collector and opened to the public, this is one of Seoul`s more unexpected sights. The "Asia Eros" museum features prints, sculptures and paintings from all over Asia about the subject of...sex. Its all very tastefully done though. One of the most amusing things is the heavy emphasis on Japanese and Indian...

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  • Templestay

    A great way to experience South Korea budism. We were in Minhwagsa temple and had a great time experiencing a daily routine of monks.

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  • Festivals!

    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...

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  • Upo wetland

    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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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  • 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 driversinside city, especially taxi drivers are so kind to help other driverseven though they are somewhat aggresive on the road If you can rent a navigator loaded one, it will be greatly helpful I have no...

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  • 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...

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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...

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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...

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  • Entertain yourself

    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....

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  • Unjusa

    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!

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  • Yangdong

    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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • The Ethiopian Monument in Chuch'on (3...

    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...

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  • There's hundreds of them!

    An interesting legend: A young woman was harvesting something from the sea at low tide. Her fiance was supposed to bring her back to land before the tide came in, but sadly, she drowned when he didn't show up. Many years later, a fisherman relieved his bladder over the side of his boat and the same day, caught more fish than he ever had before....

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  • Honeymoon Gang Won Do

    People tell you that Gang Won Do is beautiful. It's the province on the north-east cost of South Korea. It's cleaner, greener and less populated than many of the other places in South Korea, which can be a nice change if you're getting sick of people and cities. The drive up the coast from Ulsan is beautiful. We spent three days here on our...

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  • Daedunsan: Walk on one M* scary bridge

    The mountains in the center of South Korea are some of the steepest, rockiest and most intimidating in the world. No, they are not tall. They are just steep, bare of soil, trees or bushes. Often sheer vertical faces offer the purist rock climber a chance to show his or her mettle in an attempt to free climb them. For the less intrepid there is the...

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  • Daedunsan #2--the mountain, the bridge

    Located on the northeast corner of the provincial park, Daedun mountain features an exciting photo opportunity not offered in many places in the world. There are two foot bridges built for the sole purpose of providing photo moments. Both are built between rock pillars. The first one is easily accessed after only a few minutes walk up a few hundred...

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  • view the harvests

    Take a slow drive along the Nakdong River. There are only a few cities, a short stretch of 4 lane traffic, and some beautiful rural kodak moments. The photos of the gigantic golden Buddha on the top of a tall hill didn't come out. next time. The two main crops grown along the river are apples and peppers. The korean word for peppers is kochu...

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  • A National Birthday Party

    Buddha's Birthday is not celebrated on a particular date, but is reckoned by some mysterious process of lunar dating that only Asians can grasp. Nonetheless, the day is one of spectacular parades, concerts, and rejoicing. There are hundreds of Buddhist temples in South Korea and each one is painstakingly decorated for the joyous event. One of our...

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  • Hwach'on Resevoir (4 photos)

    For beautiful rugged scenery the Hwach'on Resevoir offers unending vistas. Created by a dam on the Pukhan river near the city of the same name, the resevoir is approximately 12 miles long but narrow throughout. The dam, only 13 miles north of Chuch"on, was controlled by the Chinese Communist forces during the Korean Conflict and the area around the...

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  • Nonsan City South Korea

    Nonsan City must be off the beaten track as I just cannot find it anywhere.Yet, it is a reasonably large city 3 hours from Seoul where many people live. There is an University here, a large shopping centre, a huge reservoir with two large hotels on its shore, many schools, and I am teaching English at the Lap Laboratory, also known as Harvard...

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  • One of the top-5 most beautiful spots in...

    Mount Sorak is a beautiful site and a must for the mountain lover. Mount Sorak's name means "snow rocky mountain". The mountain is over 1500 meters above the sea level. You could easily hike the mountain in the early morning and jump off the side into the ocean before noon. Enjoy!

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  • Beopjusa Temple, Songnisan

    On Mt. songnisan is one of the largest temples in Korea called Beopjusa Temple. At the temple, there is a Maaeyeoraeuisang carved on a rock. Monk Uisang refers to a sitting Buddha statue, and Maaeyeoraeuisang describes the Buddha sitting on a lotus flower, which is the picture carved on the rock. The years have damaged the picture quite a bit, but...

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  • Songnisan National Park

    Songnisan (san=mountain) is a beautiful National park , with mountain cherry blossoms in the spring, green pine forest in the summer, and the lovely autumn leaves in the fall. It's a great place for hiking.It takes about 4 - 5 hours (return) to climb the mountain from the Beopjusa Temple Which is a major atracion as well.It is posible to get...

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  • Seoraksan National Park

    Right after the park's main gate, you'll find the cable car station on the left side. Take it to enjoy a comprehensive view of the Pacific Ocean and Ulsanbawi rock, which is probably the main natural feature in the park.

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  • Seoraksan National Park

    I've climbed Ulsanbawi Rock in December. With perfect weather, temperature was unexpectedly pleasant.The long and steep steel staircase in the last section of the climb, and the outfit of climbers may lead to think of this climb as an easy and effortless one. Staircase goes up partially inside a gulch and around huge granite walls.Do not...

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  • Seoraksan National Park

    Inside the park a few Pagodas can be seen. These are generally immersed in quiet places and were used by teachers to impart school lessons to students. Grat places for meditation, Pagodas were ideal places much different from present-day school rooms!

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  • Soraksan National Park

    If you have the time and energy and you like to hike and climb mountains then I think a trip to Korea's east coast is definitely worth the effort. Sokcho - is a sleepy little resort town on the east coast of S. Korea. It's my favorite spot in the country because it's quiet and is the base for some great mountain treks. It has a nice beach, but the...

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  • Sokcho Fish Market

    This city lays on the Pacific Ocean and it's the closest to Seoraksan park.Walk through the fish market and check the content of aquariums and containers for live seafood.Wide selection of dried fish and seaweeds.Grab a bite at food stalls selling "tempura" style shrimp, prawn and more.

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  • Sokcho Fish Market

    This city lays on the Pacific Ocean and it's the closest to Seoraksan park.Walk through the fish market and check the content of aquariums and containers for live seafood.Wide selection of dried fish and seaweeds.Grab a bite at food stalls selling "tempura" style shrimp, prawn and more.

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  • Sokcho Fish Market

    This city lays on the Pacific Ocean and it's the closest to Seoraksan park.Walk through the fish market and check the content of aquariums and containers for live seafood.Wide selection of dried fish and seaweeds.Grab a bite at food stalls selling "tempura" style shrimp, prawn and more.

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  • Seoraksan National Park

    This park is located in the northeast part of Korea.The hiking trail leading to Ulsanbawi rock (background in this picture) passes by a huge Buddha statue, located about five minutes walk away from the parking lot and park main entrance.

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  • Seoraksan National Park

    This park is located in the northeast part of Korea.The hiking trail leading to Ulsanbawi passes by an interesting temple complex - forgot its name - worth to visit.Picture taken at the main entrance of complex.

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  • Dog meat..hmmm..tastes a bit like lamb...

    So yes, it's true that Korean's do in fact eat dog. Now before you begin the "oh yucks" keep in mind that this country went through a major war within the last century that left the population without alternative sources of protein, at which point Fido and Spot made a nice entree at the dinner table. Today it is eaten only in a limited number of...

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  • HAEINSA TEMPLE - TRIPITAKA KOREANA

    The Temple of Haeinsa, on Mount Kaya, is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks between 1237 and 1248. The buildings of Janggyeong Pangeon, which date from the 15th century, were constructed to house the woodblocks, which are also revered as exceptional works of art. As the...

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  • Tomb of King Muryong,GONGJU

    Korea's 25th King (Muryong) and his queen were buried together in this tomb. it was discovered accidentally in 1971 while repairs were being done on the nearby Songsanni Tombs (numbers 5 and 6). Almost 3,000 relics were discovered, one of the best finds showing the social and cultural aspects of the Paekche Kingdom. The tomb, constructed with...

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