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To celebrate the completion of its new website, the Korea Tourism Organization has come up with an list of heralded travel destinations exclusively for visitors. Due in large part to Korea's beautiful, rolling mountains, surrounding oceans and myriad cultural & historical sites, the flow of tourists to the country is steadily growing. If you do not want to miss out on any must-see places or must-do activities, be sure to include Korea's top 10 tourist destinations in your itinerary.
No.1 Traditional Market Tour (Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Market, Myeong-dong and Insa-dong)

As a time-honored traditional haven, Namdaemun Market makes for an ideal place to soak in the shopping scene with its unlimited street-vendors, and myriad restaurants. If it's the latest fashion trends you're after, Dongdaemun Market never sleeps, greeting shoppers from 10am to as late as 5am the following morning. The area is bustling with energetic Koreans even at dawn. Myeong-dong, which was rated the number-one destination visited by foreign tourists, is crowded with people all year round.

It has a longstanding reputation for attracting the young and fashionable aficionados.

Orange Stall at Market in Street, Suncheon, Jeollanam-Do, South Korea
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The cozy, narrow streets of Insa-dong are lined with antique shops selling old-fashioned books, paintings and ceramics. 
Three Reclining Gold Buddhas and Ornate Decoration in Seonunsa Temple, Jeollabuk-Do, South Korea
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The many elusive alleyways boast a variety of teahouses serving traditional teas and eateries selling bindaeddeok (Korean-style pancakes) and makgeolli (rice wine).

No.2 Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto Tour

Regarded as a "roofless museum," Gyeongju has numerous relics and remains dating all the way back to the Silla Kingdom (BC 57-AD 935).

In particular, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, which have both been designated World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO, are must-see destinations.

Dabotap and Seokgatap, granite pagodas engraved with bamboo and lotus flower patterns, are popular spots for photo opportunities. Seokguram Grotto is a dome-shaped stone cave made from some 360 granite plates. The marveling construction of Seokguram Grotto, built with unprecedented precision, features a gem on the forehead of the beautiful and magnificent Buddha statue and is an incredible sight to behold at sunrise.

No.3 DMZ-Tour
The DMZ is a place where you can see the truce line that separates Korea into south and north, making it the only divided country in the world. As public access to the DMZ is strictly restricted and the area is guarded by both South and North Korean soldiers, the DMZ remains a virtually undisturbed zone. Therefore, rare plants and animals are often spotted there. You can also see stern guards defending their respective territories at the Panmunjeom security posts. You may even get a glimpse of North Korean residents through a telescope at any number of observatories.

No.4 Busan's Haeundae Beach and Jagalchi Market Tour

Busan, a beautiful port city on the Korean Peninsula surrounded on three sides by ocean, features perfect harmony between vast sandy beaches and coastline. Haeundae Beach is considered a landmark in Busan as it is frequented by international and Korean tourists alike, particularly during the summer vacation season. Jagalchi Market, located near Haeundae, is Korea's largest fish market. It sells a variety of fish caught off of Haeundae's coast. Jagalchi offers the delight of sampling fresh sushi as merchants prepare it on the spot.

South Korean Rok Guard, Dmz, Demilitarized Zone, Seoul, South Korea
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No.5 Jeju UNESCO Natural Heritage Tour

Jeju Island, Korea's southernmost island, was formed as a direct result of volcanic activity. Its natural beauty is globally recognized as it was designated a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 2007.
The Jeju tour offers a number of places to appreciate the mystery and beauty of nature. There is a legend about Baekrokdam Lake at Hallasan Mountain where wizards are said to have frolicked here. And though the Geomun Oreum lava caves were created a long time ago, their inner structures are well preserved and lava pillars show traces of where lava onced flowed. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (Sunrise Peak) is a perfect spot to watch the magnificent view of the sun rising over the sea cliffs at dawn.

No.6 Tradition Experience Tour (Andong Hahoe Village & Korea Folk Village)

Are you interested in the lifestyle of ancient Koreans? If so, be sure to check out both Andong Hahoe Village and Korea Folk Village. You can learn about the old homes, traditional games and folk culture of Korean ancestors all in one place.

The ancient houses at Hahoe Village are traditional Korean-style houses that are thousands of years old. More surprisingly, they are still inhabited by people today. There is a program that gives tourists a chance to spend a night in one of the houses. The Hohoe Byeolsingut Exorcism, which has been designated an important intangible cultural asset, is staged at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from March through November. Admission is free.
Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in Seokguram (Sokkuram) Grotto, Bulguksa, South Korea
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No.7 Korea Buddhist Temple Tour (Haeinsa Temple, Tongdosa Temple, Songgwangsa Temple, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple)

Korea's Buddhist temples are located deep within mountains, and are in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. Haeinsa Temple, located at Gaya Mountain, is one of three major Buddhist temples in Korea. is home to Tripitaka Koreana, a national treasure created to protect the country from foreign invasion.

Tongdosa Temple is famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple. However, you must stop by its main building, which have sarira (marble-shaped relics retrieved after cremating Buddha) enshrined in the place of a Buddha statue. Nicknamed "a prison in heaven,"

Songgwangsa Temple means "a rest area for clouds and winds." It is an ideal spot to relax body and mind. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a temple frequented by tourists visiting Busan. It features picturesque scenery as it towers over the ocean. It offers many other attractions, including a dragon-shaped stone sculpture, Korea's largest Buddha statue, and a wishing rock.

No.8 Famous Mountain Tour (Seoraksan Mountain, Jirisan Mountain, Geumgangsan Mountain)

A mountain climber was once asked, "Why do you climb a mountain?" and he answered, "Because there is a mountain."Korea is a perfect place for such an enthusiast as the majority of its landscape is covered with mountains. In addition to a sense of accomplishment upon conquering their peaks, Seoraksan Mountain, Jirisan Mountain and Geumgangsan Mountain offer the pleasure of a beautiful nature experience.

Seoraksan Mountain has a number of peaks and valleys, including Korea's third-highest peak, Hangyeryeong. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is home to diverse species of plants and animals.

The origins of the name of Jirisan Mountain, Korea's first national park, lead to a popular belief that the mountain has the power to turn a foolish person wise. Though it is famous for its steep and towering peaks, it is also good for family climbers as there are various paths on the mountain.

Geumgangsan Mountain, located in North Korea, commands a unique view in each season, and so it has a different name for each season: Geumgangsan Mountain, Bongraesan Mountain, Pungaksan Mountain and Gaegolsan Mountain. You will need to sign up for a package tour to visit Geumgangsan Mountain. Among four different courses, all of which feature the seasonal beauty of Geumgangsan Mountain, Guryongyeon Falls is not to be missed.
No.9 Ancient Palace Tour (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace)

Built during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), Gyeongbokgung Palace is recognized as the finest among the five major palaces. As a main palace representing the Joseon dynasty, it was a residence for royal families and a place where official ceremonies and rituals were held. It is a famous destination and a favorite among foreign tourists who visit Seoul.

Changdeokgung Palace is a secondary palace built after Gyeongbokgung. Its original form is the best preserved of all the royal palaces of the Joseon dynasty. Its rear garden with its harmony of nature and man-made structures is known for its tremendous beauty. 

Gyeongbokgung Palace Changing of the Guard, Gwanghwamun, Seoul, South Korea
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Untouched natural settings and pavilions create a garden that is truly fit for a royal king.

Deoksugung is a royal palace where King Gojong, the 26th king of the Joseon dynasty, lived until his final days. Especially famous are Seokjojeon, which hosted foreign envoys, and the stonewall path that has a superstitious belief associated with it that lovers who walk along the wall together will break up.

No.10 Gangwon-do Ski Tour

Gangwon-do is a haven for Korean skiers as winter begins earliest here in Korea and it is famous for heavy snowfalls throughout the winter. Skiers have a wide selection as Gangwon-do's ski resorts offer diverse slopes and various facilities. Yongpyeong Resort, where international competitions have been held, has 31 slopes available for skiers of all levels.

Daemyung Vivaldi Park is ideal for young skiers who want to ski well into the night. Those who do not want to ski can have fun at Ocean World, an indoor water park located underground, beneath the resort. At Gangwon Land High 1 Ski Resort, you can enjoy gambling as well as skiing. It is connected by Korea's only ski train, and the ride to the ski resort adds to the overall sense of entertainment.

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Bulguksa (Pulguksa) Temple Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-Do, South Korea
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Gyeongju is a city and prominent tourist destination in eastern South Korea. It lies in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province, on the coast of the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Nearby cities include the industrial centers Ulsan and Pohang. Numerous low mountains, outliers of the Taebaek range, are scattered throughout the city. Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, a fact to which it owes its present-day prominence. 
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The Silla kingdom arose at the turn of the 1st millennium, and ruled most of the Korean Peninsula from the 7th to the 9th centuries. A vast number of sites from this period remain in the city today. After the kingdom fell, the city gradually declined in importance.

Today Gyeongju is a typical medium-sized city, having shared in the economic, demographic, and social trends that have shaped modern South Korea. However, amidst these trends the city has retained a distinctive identity. In tourism, it is one of South Korea's best-known destinations. In manufacturing, it profits from its proximity to major industrial centers such as Ulsan. Gyeongju is connected to nationwide rail and expressway networks, which facilitate both industrial and tourist traffic.


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Concorde Hotel Gyeongju
Offering a good position, this property with comfortable accommodation and excellent services welcomes all types of holidaymakers for a pleasant and tranquil stay.  Located on the waterfront of Placid Lake Bomun, the Concorde Hotel Gyeongju is 8 kilometres from the city centre and 10 kilometres from the railway station.   To make your stay at the Concorde Hotel Gyeongju more enjoyable, different-styled restaurants are available offering Korean, Western and Japanese cuisine. For those looking for an intimate and relaxing atmosphere to ease the daily stress, the Karaoke bar is the best place.  Recreational facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, tennis court and sauna.
Gyeongju Park Tourist Hotel Gyeongju
Located close by Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, Gyeongju Park Tourist Hotel Gyeongju is just a kilometre from the station and 3 kilometres from the city centre.  All guestrooms at the hotel are well decorated and equipped with several modern amenities. Attentive room service is also available for your conveniences.  The hotel offers breakfast at the coffee shop adjacent to the lobby. There are a numbers of the restaurants around the hotel where guests can relish different dishes.  A well-equipped conference room is available for people travelling on business issues. During leisure, you can also take a dip at the swimming pool.
Hyundai Hotel Gyeongju
Hyundai Hotel Gyeongju is located in Gyeongju, close to Bunhwangsa Temple. Additional area points of interest include Gyeongju National Museum and Banwolseong. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property has a business center. Room service is available during limited hours. The property has an airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge and a hair salon. Air-conditioned guestrooms feature minibars and irons/ironing boards. 
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Incheon is a metropolitan city and a major seaport on the west coast of South Korea, near Seoul.
Human settlement at the location goes back to the Neolithic. In modern times Incheon became important because its location on an estuary made it a good harbor; when the port was founded in 1883, the city, then called Chemulpo, had a population of only 4,700. Incheon is now home to almost 2.5 million people, and is also under the control of one of the two free economic zone authorities in Korea, aimed at attracting foreign investment; the city aims to turn itself into a financial and corporate hub along with the Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority.
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The city boundaries include an area of 964.53 km², of which 21 percent is rice paddies and another 44 percent is forested.

Incheon is regarded as part of the greater Seoul metropolitan area due to its close proximity to the capital, and the fact that the Seoul Metropolitan Subway and the Incheon Subway systems are linked. Incheon is, however, a major city in its own right and is a separate jurisdiction from Seoul. The city is home to K-League soccer team Incheon United, and was one of the venues for the 2002 Football World Cup.


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Incheon Airport Hotel
This is an ideal hotel for backpackers, business travellers and honeymoon guests as the property offers a wide range of services.  The Hotel Incheon Airport is placed near the airport, located in a special town, Airport Town Square, which is built especially to cater to passengers from Incheon Airport. The hotel is a short distance away from the famous beaches like Eurwangri and Muiido. The property is surrounded within a radius of 50 metres with plenty of restaurants serving mouth-watering Chinese, Japanese and Western food.  The staff is committed to provide you with the finest of Incheon Airport Hotel's hospitality to make your stay warm and memorable, yet refined experience.
Incheon Airport Hotel Queen
Offering you comfortable and elegant atmosphere that appeals to both business and pleasure travellers, Hotel Queen Incheon is the ideal place for you to reside.  Located in the New Town Square, the future hub for business and pleasure travel in Seoul, Hotel Queen Incheon Airport is only a 7-minute drive from the Incheon International Airport.  The rooms had been designed carefully to provide uniqueness and latitude, so that guests can feel even more comfortable in the rooms than in their own home.  Guests can start off their day with a delicious breakfast served at the hotel.
Incheon Beach Airport Hotel
Enjoying a convenient location and surrounded by natural beauty, the Incheon Beach Hotel is an ideal place to reside for both business and leisure travellers.  The property is only 15 minutes from the Incheon International Airport and is close to Eulwangni Beach, Wangsan Beach and Seonnyeo Bawi Beach.  Guests are provided with the comfort of pleasantly decorated guestrooms that are furnished with state-of-the-art facilities.  Overlooking the natural beauty of Eulwangni Beach, the onsite Coffee Shop and Restaurant serves a wide variety of delicacies, while the cocktail bar offers you refreshing cocktails along with fine views of the West Sea.  For your leisure time, the hotel offers a nightclub, games room and sports massage centre.
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Jeju formerly Cheju, is an island off the southern coast of South Korea.  Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is the premier tourist destination in Korea and has changed its name from Jeju island into Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. 

Scenic beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves lie in harmony, and the mild weather makes Jeju island an even more ideal tourist destination. 

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Mt. Hallasan in Jeju island has flora and fauna of both temperate and tropical varieties, coexisting on the mountain. The Jungmun Tourist Complex is a comprehensive tourist resort and provides top-quality accommodations and tourist facilities.  Jeju-do lies in the Korea Strait, southwest of Jeollanam-do Province, of which it was a part before it became a separate province in 1946. Its capital is the city of Jeju.


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Baume Couture Boutique Hotel, Jeju
Baume Couture Boutique Hotel is located in Jeju, close to Jeju Stadium, Iho Beach, and Folklore and Natural History Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Jeju Education Museum. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. High-speed (wired) Internet access is complimentary. Flat-panel televisions are available in guestrooms. Guestrooms are all non-smoking. 
Ocean Grand Hotel, Jeju
Ocean Grand Hotel is located in Jeju, close to Hamdeok Beach. Additional area points of interest include Gimnyeong Maze and Manjanggul Lava-tube Cave. This 3.0-star property has a business center. Guest parking is complimentary. Refrigerators and minibars are offered. Televisions are available in guestrooms. Rooms also include air conditioning. 
Pacific Hotel, Jeju
Pacific is located in Jeju, close to Jeju Waterworld, Folklore and Natural History Museum, and Jeju Stadium. Nearby points of interest also include Jeju Education Museum. This 4.0-star property has a business center. Room service is available. At the 4.0-star property, accommodations include kitchenettes with coffee/tea makers. Air-conditioned rooms also include minibars and irons/ironing boards. 
T.H.E. Hotel & Vegas Casino Jeju
T.H.E. Hotel & Vegas Casino Jeju is located in central Jeju, close to Jeju Waterworld, Folklore and Natural History Museum, and Jeju Stadium. Nearby points of interest also include Jeju Education Museum. Dining options at T.H.E. Hotel & Vegas Casino Jeju include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers business services. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. The property has an airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. 
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