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    seoraksan national park

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range (태백산맥) in the Gangwon province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. After the Hallasan volcano on Jeju Island and Jirisan in the south, Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea. The Daechongbong Peak (대청봉) of Seoraksan reaches 1,708 metres (5,603 feet). The Taebaek mountain chain is often considered the backbone of the Korean peninsula.

    The national park attracts many national and international tourists all year round, but the main season for Seoraksan national park is autumn. The autumn colours in the area are considered amongst the most beautiful in Korea. The red and yellow forest is interrupted by rocks and small mountain streams flow amidst this. During the rainy season in summer—especially after a typhoon—these streams can swell.

    Perhaps the most visited part of the mountain is the main entrance valley to the National Park, a fifteen minute drive from Seokcho city. The valley runs west to east with a paved road leading up to the park's entrance gate. This valley contains many beautiful sites and is well worth a day visit.

    The Yukdam waterfall and the Biryeong waterfall (비룡폭포) are located on the left side of the valley, about a forty minute walk from the main car park. Ulsanbawi (울산바위) is a rock formation in the Seoraksan national park. The shape of Ulsanbawi is unique in the area. To reach the rocks you need to follow a hiking path and climb over 800 steps (it's actually 888 steps according to locals). On the way there, there are two temples and a spherical rock (Heundeulbawi, 흔들바위) which is located on top of a larger rock. This rock is about 5 metres (16 feet) high and can be moved with some effort. Thousands of people have already tried to push down Heundeulbawi, but nobody gets further than waggling the rock.

    According to the legend Ulsanbawi comes from the city of Ulsan in the south east of Korea. As Kumgangsan (금강산) was built, Ulsanbawi walked to the north as the representative of the city. Unfortunately Ulsanbawi arrived too late and there was no more room. Ulsanbawi was ashamed and slowly trudged back to the south. One evening the rock went to sleep in the Seorak area. Ulsanbawi felt it was so beautiful around there that it decided to stay for good.

    At the end of the main valley is Biseondae, a rock platform in a stream. Above the stream is a difficult to reach cave, which offers clear views of the surrounding rock formations.

    A bit father from the entrance is the Valley of a Thousand Buddhas (천불동계곡), the primary valley of Seorak Mountain, also sometimes referred to as Seorak Valley. The valley was so named because the rock formations that line its sides resemble a line-up of Buddha statues.

    seorangsan national park near entrance in seorangsan national park seorangsan national park

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    Hiking in Chiaksan National Park

    by ByWayOfAlbuquerque Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These photos were taken in the month of May; the weather was perfect for hiking at that time of year. The park is located in Gangwon-do, see the website below for the various methods of transportation on how to get to the park.

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    Dragon Head Rock, Cheju Island

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dragon Head Rock or Yongdu-am (Yong means dragon in Korean, du is head and am is rock) is located at the western coast of Cheju City in Cheju Island. Dragon Head Rock is a large unusual rock formation shaped like the head of a dragon. The rock is approximately ten metre high and 30 metre long. This basalt lava rock is formed more than two million years ago from volcanic eruption!

    Dragon Head Rock is a symbol and logo of Cheju Island. Millions of local and foreign tourists flock to Cheju Island yearly to visit this popular tourist attraction. Admission is free.

    Dragon Head Rock Dragon Head Rock View from Dragon Head Rock Shops at Dragon Head Rock
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    Folklore and Natural History Museum, Cheju Island

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Folklore and Natural History Museum is located just a few kilometres from downtown Cheju City. The museum was officially opened to the public in 1984. It has three exhibition halls containing exhibits of folklore relics and indigeneous palnts and animals found on Cheju Island.

    There are a total of more than 27,000 items on display. The three exhibition halls are divided into natural history, folklore and special resources. In addition there is an audio-visual room in the museum for visitors to watch some videos and images on the screen. Large stuffed marine life such as sharks and stingray are located just in front of the entrance to the museum.

    Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily

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    Seven Nymphs Bridge, Cheju Island

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Seven Nymphs Bridge (also known as Seonimgyo Bridge in Korean) is located above Cheonjeyeon Valley in Cheju Island. Nymphs literally means young women in Greek. The bridge connects Cheonjeyeon with Jungmun Tourist Complex. It is an arched bridge with carvings of seven nymphs on its side. Legend has it that seven nymphs of Heaven's Emperor descended at night to bathe at Cheonjeyeon Waterfall which is also known as the pond of god. There are in fact three waterfalls in the valley. The view from the bridge over the valley is breath-taking! Don't miss the Seven Nymphs Bridge when you are having a vacation in Cheju Island.

    Seven Nymphs Bridge Area around Seven Nymphs Bridge The Bridge viewed from Jungmun Tourist Complex
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    Songup Folk Village, Cheju Island

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Songup (Seongeup) Folk Village is located approximately 60 kilometres from Cheju City. The village has been maintained by the Korean government as important cultural property. This is a traditional mountain village with approximately 3,000 thatched roof houses complete with stone and clay walls. The folk villagers are still living in these houses today. Seongeup was once the capital of Cheju Island during Koryo period in the 1200s. Tomb stones and an old government building are also located in the village.

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    Manjang Lava Tube, Cheju Island

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Manjang Lava Tube is located at Manjang-gul (Manjang Caves) which has been listed as natural monument by the Korean government. It is the longest and largest lava tube in the world. The lava tube is approximately 8 kilometre long, 5 metre wide and 10 metre high. The temperature inside the lava tube is between 10 degrees and 20 degrees Celcius throughout the year.

    Manjang Lava Tube contains a number of lava columns in the tube, the most famous is lava turtle in the shape of a turtle. It is approximately 3 metre long and is located just 600 metres from the entrance to the tube. Most local and foreign tourists visit the tube just to see this lava turtle!

    Lava turtle, Manjang Lava Tube
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    Busan - Seaside Resort

    by SLLiew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Busan (Pusan) is the largest port of South Korea with 3.6 million people.

    There are many beaches and it is a seaside resort as well as a place to take ferry to Jeju Island.

    Busan has hosted the 2002 Asian Games, APEC in 2005 as well as one of the stadium venues for 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup. So you can go stadium hopping.

    Great place for seafood and a summer place as it is located in the southern end of the Korean Peninsula.

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    Jongmyo

    by trek06 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Jonymyo in the heart of Seoul is an Oasis. You hardly know your still in Seoul if not for the tall buildings over the fence in the distance. Constructed in 1395 it is the ancestral shrine of the Royal Family of the Joeseon Dynasty. Admission 1000 wan (about $1 US)

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    Honeymoon Island : Jeju-do

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are Honeymoon Island of Korean Peoples, and also called Island of Stone, Wind, and Women. Jeju island has a mild oceanic climate throughout the year with the smallest annual temperature range in the country. The temperature for the hottest summer months averages no more than 34.3?? and no less than -3.2?? for winter.
    The island is 73Km wide and 41Km long with a total area of 1,848??. Jeju island, the largest island in southKorea.

    From/to Jeju-do Transportation
    Airlines
    Domestic Route to Jeju-do ( Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Gunsan, Jinju, Yeosu, Weonju, Cheongju ).
    International Route to Jeju-do ( Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka,Osaka : Japan/Beijing, Shanghai : China )

    Ship
    Domestic Route to Jeju-do ( Busan, Incheon, Mokpo, Wando, Yeosu )
    International Route to Jeju-do ( Shanghai : China )

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    Jeonju City

    by Christianzagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Jeonju is a wonderful small city about 3 hours South of Seoul. It is the capital of the province of North Jeolla province (jeollabukdo) Jeonju is famous for it's food and culture. One of Korea's most famous foods originates from Jeonju.... BiBimBap. There are some nice temples and shrines to be explored. Jeonju Hanok Maeul (traditional village) is a great place to explore old alleyways and see tradition alive. Every year Jeonju hosts the Jeonu International Film Festival which brings in movies from all over the world. There is also the Sori (sound) festival which also brings in many musicians from around the world. Jeonju is a great place to escape into the mountains and within minutes from downtown you can be in the country breathing in fresh air. The nightlife in Jeonju can not be compared to Seoul... but it's vibrant and happening.
    According to the rest Korea the people of this area are rude,backwards and will always try to take your money.. but I found the opposite.... Jeolla provinces seem to have the kindest most friendly people i've met anywhere in the world.....

    for more information check out my Jeonju page

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    HAHOE MAUL~~~GO HERE~!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Christianzagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The place should be TOP priority for anyone visiting Korea~ I feel that soon it will become more famous abroad!~

    Even the Queen of England has been, and there is a little museum dedicated to her visit~~~

    Andong's Hahoe Maul (village) is a great getaway from Seoul. Staying in one of the numerous minbak (homestay) is a greatway to feel the times goneby. The village is about 600 years old and the locals who live there nurture and preserve it. It's very tasteful and nothing compared to the "korean folk village" in Suwon.

    Most homestays will offer you dinner and breakfast. You can also eat a meal at the homestays if you arn't planning to spend the night. Try the "Chimdak" a local specialty, its a kinda sweet spicy chicken stew with veggies.

    Go spend the night, and explore at night when all the tourists have gone home. there is a beautiful river that winds around the village and is perfect for sitting by in the evening.

    I also recommend taking the little boat (2000won return) across the river and hiking up the little hill for and awesome view of the whole area. It takes about ten or fifteen minutes to climb up.

    At 3pm there is a folk dance which is native to the village. I've heard that the dance is actually up for UNESCO world heritage status. It's a fun dance to watch. WARNING~~ unless you like to dance infront of a crowd you may want to sit back as I was singled out cause I was a forienger and dragged into the middle to dance.... a little embarrasing~~~

    A great souvenier from Hahoe Maul and Korea in general is to buy a mask. There are various masks at various prices. find one you like, ask around and bargain hard!!!

    In and around Sept there is also the Andong Mask Festival that is pretty famous. I've never been.. maybe this year~~~ but apparently it's rated as the number one festival in Korea~~.. though if you want a more......serene romantic experience go at another time~~~~

    get useful info from the tourist office at the train station

    view of Hahoe maul from the mount. view of a farm field and traditional thatched hous Hahoe Maul Mask Dancer sunset in Hahoemaul HahoeMaul at night
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    Hot spring Town : Asan-si

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Asan-si ( old name " Onyang-si" )is the famous Hot spring city of Korea. Onyang Hot spring is the oldest hot spring in Korea of which mention can be traced back to the record 1,300 years old, Hot spring is the wherever you go have access to Hot spring in the city area. Asan-si is many good tourist hotels and Hot spring motels, Saunas located there. especially, " SPAVIS " was one of most famous Hot spring house of Asan-si.

    Onyang Tourist Hotel
    Onyang Grand Hotel

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    UNESCO Sites Series : Suwon-Hwaseong Fortess

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hwaseong Fortess in Suwon City was begun by King Jeongjo ( 1776~1800), the 22nd King of Joseon Dynasty. Along the Hwaseong Fortress there are various fortifications at every strategic point. The fortifications include four gates in the four directions, four gateguard platforms, two observation towers, five firearms bastions, five senty towers, four angle towers, five secret gates, two floodgates, one beacon towers and two multiple-arrow-launcher platforms. The total area of the inside of Hwaseong Fortess is 130 hectare.
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    Korean Movies in English

    by jburron Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are 3 ways to see Korean-language movies in English:

    (i) Check out the link below for the subtitled screenings put on by Seoul Selection. The movies are first-run and usually quite good. There's usually 1 showing a day for a week and then it's done, so you have to get on it! Cost is about 8,000 won/7USD.

    (ii) Go to a DVD-bang (room, I have another tip on this in Local Customs) and get your fill. There are hundreds of English and Korean movies in these places and you can choose other languages too (usually Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese and Indonesian). Cost is usually 10,000-12,000 won (10USD) for two in a room (cuddle if you like).

    (iii) Buy a DVD (or 10) from the sellers at Yongsan Electronics Market or any of the other many sellers around town. Quality may be low (as some of the movies are burned before they are even in theatres, if you know what I mean) but some also have all the bells and whistles just like the original. Cost: 5,000 to 8,000 won/6USD per DVD.

    $6 for the DVD or wait a week to see @ the movies.

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