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[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2017/11/12 | 172 views | Permalink

NBC's "Destination Korea" explores The Land of Morning Calm ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, "Descendants of the Sun" fans can visit the ex-military base used in the show, immerse yourself in new worlds at these three innovative VR cafes, and go 'beyond Seoul' with a visit to the beautiful Suwon City.

"Destination Korea"

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are less than 100 days away now and that means The Land of the Morning Calm will soon see an influx of earnest travellers. In this 20-minutes feature on NBC, host Jonathan Bennett hits the slopes and streets and explores the many facets of modern Korean culture. "From Korean BBQ and tent bars, to hunter's parades and hanbok hotels, we're taking South Korea for all it's worth".


"Fans of 'Descendants of the Sun' camp at ex-military base"

K-drama tourism is nothing new, fans of Korea's small screens have long sought ways to connect with their favourite stars and screen moments by visiting the actual locations for themselves. A former US military base, from the popular drama "Descendants of the Sun" (2016, starring Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo), for example, is attracting more and more foreign tourists. According to The Korea Herald, "Around 1,400 tourists participate in the program every month. Among them, 95 percent are from Malaysia, Taiwan and China". Are you a K-drama fan? Which locations would you like to visit and why? Let us know in the comment section below...



Seoul's cafe scene is diverse, and given that Korea is one of the world leaders in technology and innovation, "it's no surprise when the latest trend, virtual reality (VR), has been popping up in complexes and cafes around Seoul". In this post on 10 Magazine, Xara Brianna looks at three VR cafes in the capital that transport you to a digital dreamscape. "The staff assisted and gave us tips the whole time which was very helpful to noobs like us". Prices range from ₩10,000 to ₩30,000.


"South Korea beyond Seoul: Fortress-hiking and food tripping in Suwon City"

"If you enjoy that blend of the old and new in South Korea's capital, you'll enjoy Suwon City as well", writes Ceej Tantengco for Rappler. Suwon is a satellite city just a short subway ride away from Seoul. This "historical wonder" was restored under Jing Joengjo during the late 1700s who erected its famous fortress in the hopes of making it the new capital. In addition to the fascinating history (Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the city's galbi is famous, you can try your hand at traditional archery, not to mention all the beautiful hiking trails!


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