travel to korea
South Korea is a fascinating mélange of ancient culture and modern technology. South Korea reveals traditions that have survived since the dawn of Korean history are finding new corners to exist in the rapid race toward economic and technological development. There are plenty of things to do in South Korea...
jeju island
A fine mist sprays my face and arms as I clamber over grey moss-grown rocks. I reach a flat rocky ledge and stop to gaze at the view. Surrounded by lush green forest, this section of Jeju Island’s three-tiered Cheonjeyeon Waterfall is so scenic I could almost imagine water...
hanbok
At a wedding in Seoul, I watched a young Korean couple exchange vows in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony. The groom presented a wooden wild goose, or kireogi, to the bride’s mother as a token of lifelong fidelity. He looked regal in his tall samo cap. His deep purple...
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A taekwondo lesson is Seoul is the perfect cure for jetlag and one of the acitivities that will help you immerse yourself in South Korean culture. . “Kick harder,” shouts Master Lee. I twist my upper body so that my left side is facing him and lash out with my...
south korea tourism
It’s impossible to visit Gyeongju, a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do province of South Korea, without being overwhelmed by its rich history. There are World Heritage and South Korean National Treasure sites in every corner of Gyeongju, which is virtually a museum without walls. Stone pagodas and temples I wander among stone...
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Life in North Korea

A bear’s head from Romania, a railway carriage donated by China’s Mao Zedong and a sword given to the leaders by Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi are some of the things tourists a shown in Kim Jong Un’s isolated realm. While North Korea may not be on the radar of the average...

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