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Gov't plans week to boost tourism

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

The Korean government is promoting Tourism Week, which runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, in order to encourage a boost in the local tourism industry. Mount Mudeung in Gwangju, above, is one of the many destinations it recommends, along with the German Village, top right, in Namhae, South Gyeongsang, and the Park Soo Keun Museum in Yanggu, Gangwon, bottom right.Provided by the Korea Tourism Organization

With its breezy fall weather, changing leaves and two national holidays, October is the perfect time to take a trip in Korea.

The major discounts given by train and bus operators, hotels, resorts, restaurants and shops during this period will give travelers even more reason to go on a quick domestic getaway...More

Founding myths of ancient Korea on stamps - Part 1

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

Dangun Wanggeom Special Stamp issued in 2008 (Image courtesy of the Korea Post)

One of the first stories Korean children come across in life usually include the great founding myths of the ancient Korean nations of Gojoseon, Buyeo, Goguryeo, Balhae, Silla and Baekje, who's people once roamed across lands covering much of Manchuria and the Korean Peninsula.

Before the time of the commonly-called Three Kingdom's period of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), the first known country on the Korean Peninsula was Gojoseon (c. 2333 B.C.-108 B.C.). Continuing onward, while Buyeo, Gogurye, Baekje and Balhae share a common hereditary line, the standalone Silla has a founding story that is also well known among Korean history aficionados, individuals who might take an interest in a special series of stamps...More

Some like it hot

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

Summer has arrived, and with it, thoughts of ice cream, ice-cold drinks and exulting under a spray of cool water. In Korea, however, locals embrace a more unorthodox approach: Food that makes you sweat away the hots. One American expat abandons her misgivings, heads off to a chicken broth restaurant and fights fire with fire.

All of the signs are here; long days, warm air and humid nights. Summer has, once again, found the Korean peninsula and as I sweat, live and struggle to breathe, I am searching for my own piece of siwonhada to ease the pains of summer. Siwonhada is a Korean term bearing similarity to the English expression "cool". That is, in a literal and figurative sense, as well as an internal feeling of revitalization and refreshment. So, on my quest for summer coolness I promised myself I would try anything at least once, in hopes of banishing the heat and reaching a new level of "cool"...More

'Safe Travel in Korea' published for overseas visitors

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

To help international visitors enjoy a safer and better trip to Korea, a new travel book, "Safe Travel in Korea", has been recently published.

The book contains a variety of information aimed at non-Korean travelers, helping them to cope with unexpected losses, danger or emergencies during their stay here, from when they arrive until the day they depart.

'Safe Travel in Korea' contains information and tips to help international visitors enjoy a safe time while in Korea...More

Istanbul in Gyeongju: an encounter between two ancient cities

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

Turkey's Istanbul has met with Korea's ancient city of Gyeongju at the recently opened "Istanbul in Gyeongju" festival. The celebration enables Turkey to bring its vibrant and colorful cultural elements, infused with both Eastern and Western features, to the far end of the Silk Road.

Opening on September 12, the "Istanbul in Gyeongju" festival has already been visited by more than 250,000 visitors, according to the event's organizing committee...More

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