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)
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
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 )
Domestic Route to Jeju-do ( Busan, Incheon, Mokpo, Wando, Yeosu )
International Route to Jeju-do ( Shanghai : China )
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.....
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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
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
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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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.
This is in fact a museum - and a very good one! It is a very sombre place. The outside is beautifully landscaped, and amidst all the nice sculptures and landscaping there is a large exhibition of weapons and equipment from the Korean War. You see large bomber airplanes, fighter jets, tanks, helicopters, missiles and even a submarine.
Inside, there is the roll of honour of all those who lost their lives in the war. It is very sombre, indeed.
It is well worth a visit and really illustrates the loss of lives and terrible consequences of the war.
Give "walking" a try. Very safe city.
In December 2007, I strolled thru a number of Seoul streets. The sun was out but I froze my butt off. Wrap up as the wind sweeps across the China & Japan Sea. This moist air clashes Siberia continental land air mass that'll send a shiver thru even a thick coat. Make certain that you wear long-johns when walking in the winter. It gets as cold here (or colder) like Chicago.
Yet, I enjoyed the many walks that I chose to take across different parts of the city. One night, I got lost. Walked around for about 2 hours. Concentrated on the appropriate landmarks then make adjustments until arriving at the right destination. Consider trying to do this without a pulling out your map. You never want to look like you don't know where you're going.
The city's streets have quality sidewalks. They're usually level and flat. Sealed. Clean. Not usual to follow uneven sidewalks.
Safe to walk either during the day or night.
Traffic lights and crossings will place you at ease. Seoul's busy streets tend to be clean. Don't worry about trying to cross the street because they have really good signals and signage.
As you walk around, every once in awhile, you'll come across a statue honoring some scholar or event. Really cool to take pause.
Perhaps, you will notice the brisk movement of vehicles changing lanes. This city has citizens who follow the traffic rules. They take care of their city. So, as you cross streets, don't worry about getting clipped off like some cities.
Bring a couple of Korean Won with you. It is easy to pick up a taxi back if you've walked too far.
Actually, I am amazed that there were not any bike riders out. There was no snow. The streets were clean with no debris or pot-wholes.
Kudos to the Seoul sanitation, construction, and law enforcement employees. Definitely, made the stroll worth it while feeling 100% safe.
Give a walk a try. It is worth.
The attractions I will introduce to you is NamIisland.
It cover an area of nearly six hundred thousand‡u.
There is NamI General's graveyard, and That's why it's called NamIsum.
And Many tourist have come to here and they will, Because There are so wide lawn and chestnut forest on its girth. In addition, There are so many entertainment such as Villa, bungalow, golf course, swimming pool. Also, It was the set of the drama 'Winter Sonata'.
It will be good for family or a pair of happy lovers.
I live in South Korea now.
I'll recommend very attractive place in south korea.
It is similar with Saint paul de vence in France called artist village.
In other word, Heiry art valley is idealistic place for all the arist including poet, architect, singer, photographer and so on. They exhibit their collection and sell.
When we visit Heiry art valley,
we can see a lot of picturesque things like wonderful building, charming sculpture.
In addition, Heiry art valley have many kind of amazing museum.
For instance, Toy museum for 20 century's boys and girls, cinepalace which exhibit past movie poster in Korea.
MY favorit place in Heiry art village is 'i like dalki'
Dalki is animation charactor's name. This is place for family.
It have plenty of shopping place and restuarant too.
Visit Heiry right noW!!
The Busan Tower overlooks a beautiful view of the sea, mountains, the city life of the Nampo-dong area and its harbour with ships and a bridge. Its definitely worth a visit. It was built in 1973 and stands about 120m on a very high hilltop. It costs roughly 6,000 won to get to the top and from there you can spend as much or little time as you want enjoying the view! Great way to spend an afternoon in Busan. Nampo-dong is also a pretty big shopping area so you can kill 2 birds with one stone.
Dr. Fish originated in Turkey as a method of treating skin diseases, and its become quite prevelent in many other countries; South Korea being one of them. It can be found in many locations in Korea; sometimes they're in a spa resort area, or they can be in cafes where you can order a latte or tea before or after the treatment. You don't need to have a skin disease to try it, many people do it for fun. I've heard it been called a "fish pedicure" treat.
Basically, you wade your feet in a small tub and let the fish nibble the dead skin off of them. I've tried it once - it does tickle a little. The more calluses you have, the more the fish will love your feet! (I had just been to a jimjibong the day before, so there wasn't much on my feet for the fish. They were all over my friend's feet.)
Also, its very cheap - it shouldn't cost more than 3,000 won ($3 USD) for the treatment and you can keep your feet in as long as you want.
Not many people know this place exists. Its a museum and residence for former Korean "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese government in WW2. Every Wednesday, the women participate in a weekly protest in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, which is sponsored by “The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan” (http://www.womenandwar.net/english/index.php) in order to educate the public of the Japanese military’s brutal abuse of Korean women, and to put pressure on the Japanese government to apologize, or at least acknowledge their past atrocities. (To this date, the Japanese government claims that no slavery took place and that these women were paid prostitutes.) Given the facts presented at this museum, its obvious that isn't true.
It was very eye-opening for me to come here and learn about something I knew so little about beforehand. I went on a group tour which is given about once a month at the House of Sharing. We were first given some background info on the issue, and then watched a documentary, brieflty met the women, learned some more concrete info and facts (statistics, saw artifacts, maps, etc) and were taken through a mini-art museum where the women have painted pictures to convey their feelings and emotions about what happened.
It was truly a worthwhile visit, and if you're at all interested then please visit their website to find out about upcoming events and tours.
Taejongdae is located at the tip of Yeongdo-gu Island which is connected to the Nampodong/ Jagalchi area by bridge. When we arrived at the park ,we saw many people lining up to take the miniture train round the park. We decided just to walk. You can go off the main path to the right and take a boat round to the lighthouse, cliffs and rock formations. There is also a pebble beach off to the right. We did not visit either of these. The walk to the lighthouse is quite long, always uphill and with few sights. You will pass a small temple and the observatory. From the observatory you can sometimes see one of the islands of Japan. It was not clear enough to do this on our trip.
When you reach the lighthouse, you go down lots of steps. There are lovely coastal views and you can see some of the weirdly weathered rocks that line the coast. These are worth seeing. If you don't fancy the walk you can get here on the minature train.
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