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KOREA TRAVEL GUIDE
Top 10 Tourist Destination
in Seoul, Korea
in South Korea : What you can Consider Buying
Ten Attractions in Seoul
the Demilitarized Zone in Korea
Top 10 Tourist Destination by Korea Tourism
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.
The cozy, narrow streets
of Insa-dong are lined with antique shops selling old-fashioned books,
paintings and ceramics.
|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
|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.
No.5 Jeju UNESCO Natural
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.
|No.7 Korea Buddhist Temple
Tour (Haeinsa Temple, Tongdosa Temple, Songgwangsa Temple, Haedong Yonggungsa
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
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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TRAVEL INFORMATION, SOUTH KOREA
|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.
map of Gyeongju
|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
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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FEATURED HOTELS, SOUTH KOREA
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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.
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 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.
- SOUTH KOREA INFORMATION
|Incheon is a metropolitan
city and a major seaport on the west coast of South Korea, near Seoul.
The city boundaries include
an area of 964.53 km², of which 21 percent is rice paddies and another
44 percent is forested.
||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
map of Incheon
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
HOTEL RESERVATIONS, SOUTH KOREA
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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.
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.
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.
JEJU DO ISLAND - SOUTH KOREA INFORMATION
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.
||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
Scenic beaches, waterfalls,
cliffs and caves lie in harmony, and the mild weather makes Jeju island
an even more ideal tourist destination.
map of Jeju
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JEJU DO ISLAND FEATURED HOTELS, SOUTH KOREA
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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.
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
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.
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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