South Korea

A Trip to the Cliffs of Taejongdae Park

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A Trip to the Cliffs of Taejongdae Park

A Trip to the Cliffs of Taejongdae Park A statue of a family sits near the cliffs of Taejongdae Park in Busan, South Korea. A park in the southern region of South Korea, the statue in the park is a reminder to consider one’s family before contemplating suicide from these treacherous yet beautiful cliffs. Conscientious developers created steps so that visitors can experience the proximity of the sea and the cliffs. Although I am terrified of heights, I couldn’t resist taking a walk down cliff’s steps. I rewarded myself with a...

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Living in a Small Korean Town

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Stepping out of the director’s car and into my one-bedroom apartment was like stepping off a spaceship into the international space station—the room was small, the setting was disproportionately unfamiliar, and all the labels and signs were in different languages. I’ll admit to having a serious emotional breakdown mere seconds after Jacob, the head man at the hagwon where I’d be teaching, had finished explaining how to turn on the hot water and departed. In a kind of viscous panic, I wandered out into the streets in search of a phone booth to...

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Discover Asia Now

Posted by on 7:00 am in Announcements, China News, Hong Kong News, India News, Japan News, Philippines News, Singapore Press Releases, South Korea News, Thailand News | 2 comments

New York, New York – June 5, 2009 – Eight Asian tourism organizations including the Hong Kong Tourism Board, India Tourism, Japan National Tourism Organization, Korea Tourism Organization, Macau Tourism Board, Philippine Department of Tourism, Singapore Tourism Board, and Tourism Authority of Thailand, have joined together to promote travel to the region and highlight the exciting and diversified appeals of Asia with a cooperative marketing campaign called “Discover Asia Now” and interactive website www.discoverasianow.com. Visitors to the...

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Shilla Seoul Launches Hotel Package

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The Shilla Seoul Launches Leading Quest Package Celebrating 80th Anniversary of The Leading Hotels of the World South Korea’s premier hotel The Shilla Seoul is offering a Leading Quest package celebrating the 80th Anniversary of its marketing and distribution partner, The Leading Hotels of the World. On offer throughout 2008, the package is priced at KRW 260,000 (US$267) a night for a Deluxe Single Room, KRW 320,000 (US$329) for a Deluxe Double Room, KRW 290,000 (US$298) for a Grand Deluxe Single Room and KRW 350,000 (US$359) for a...

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Banyan Tree’s First City Club in Asia to Launch in Seoul

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Singapore, 20 September 2007 —Singapore Main-Board listed Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”), a leading developer, designer and operator of top-tier hotels, resorts, spas and galleries worldwide, today announced that it has signed a management contract for its first Banyan Tree branded city club development in Asia in vibrant and cosmopolitan Seoul, South Korea. Situated in Namsan, a popular tourist spot right in the heart of the city that offers a panoramic view of Seoul, Banyan Tree Club...

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Jeju Island Now UNESCO World Heritage

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently added Korea’s Jeju Island to the World Heritage List. The World Heritage Committee declared the volcanic Island of Jeju and her Lava tubes a “natural property of outstanding beauty which bears testimony to the history of our plant”. Korea now has a total of eight World Heritage Sites. For more information visit www.tour2korea.com For more on South Korea at ITKT Back to the ITKT Home...

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What’s Happening in Korea

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Hi Seoul Festival 2007 This annual spring festival fills the streets of Seoul with fun and excitement. The event kicks off April 27 and runs through May 6. The festival has expanded this year running longer and covering a wide range of areas in Seoul for everyone to see, feel and enjoy its lively energy. Call Tourism Information at (82) 2 – 1330 or visit www.hiseoul.org R-16 Korea Sparkling,Seoul World’s Largest B Boy Championship – June 1-3, 2007 The Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul will rock as it plays host to this breakdancing...

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Amazing Drumming from Korea (video)

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This one is simply amazing. We had the good opportunity to be in the right place at the right time at a recent tourism event held in Los Angeles. Sadly, it would have been a single performance, but one too many people just couldn’t help walking right in front of the camera. If I only had a gang of thugs! Still in all a great bit of talent. Enjoy! For more on South Korea at ITKT. This podcast was produced by Wayfarer Digital for In The Know Traveler. To see our great videos and interviews you need Quick Time 7.0 or...

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Tour Both North and South Korea!

Posted by on 9:16 am in Announcements, North Korea, North Korea News, South Korea News | 0 comments

New York and Chicago…June 5, 2006 … The New York-based Korea Society* in cooperation with Chicago-based tour operator Asia Pacific Travel, Ltd**. is offering what they believe to be the first tour to KOREA – both South and North of the Demilitarized Zone – in more than 65 Years! This one time only 13-day itinerary will depart on September 2 and run through September 14, 2006. According to Fred Carriere, Vice President of the Society, “This is an historic tour that represents a significant step in the inevitable journey toward a peaceful...

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Spotlight: Korea January 2006

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“Seven Luck Casino” to open (for foreigners) January 27, 2006 Grand Korea Corporation is planning to hold a grand opening ceremony for the “Seven Luck Casino” from January 27th – 30th at the Coex Center in Gang-nam, Seoul. To kick-off the grand opening ceremony event on January 27th, there will be special musical performances by the popular Korean female group “Jewelry,” and famous Enka singer, Kim Yeon-ja followed by an autographing session. On the following day, another well-known Korean performer, Lee...

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Korea’s Lunar New Year, Seollal

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In Korea, Lunar New Year’s Day (Seollal) is one of the most important traditional events of the year, still much more significant than January 1st. This year, the Lunar New Year will be celebrated on January 28 – 30, 2006 The Korean New Year uses the Lunar Calendar and is different from the Western New Year. By the Western Calendar, January 1st is the New Year, however by the 2006 Lunar Calendar the New Year starts January 28. On Seollal, Koreans wear the hanbok (traditional Korean costume), have ancestor-memorial services, bow to their...

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A Flair of Korean Teas

Posted by on 10:36 am in Food and Wine, South Korea | 0 comments

While in Korea, we encourage you to participate in a traditional tea ceremony or even a visit to a Tea Museum or Tea House… Tea is said to enrich pleasure to the five senses… the stirred subtle sound of a boiling teapot, the light sap-green color oozed from tea leaves in hot water, the rich fragrance, the warm touch of a gently curved teacup, and the tasted that lingers in the mouth. Samcheonggak A great place to immerse yourself in the traditional culture of Korea, Samcheonggak is set amidst a serene and beautifully landscaped...

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Visit Korea’s Hot Springs

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In Korea, the beauty of the 4 seasons- spring, summer, fall, and winter can each be appreciated for their own merits. After the passing of spring, summer, and fall, Korea is transformed into a snowy wonderland. During the winter season, many start turning their eyes to Korea’s hot springs and water parks. Hot Spring can be found all over the country. A day or an evening spent soaking in hot springs and availing of the plethora of health facilities installed in these spas not only relieves stress but also serves as a fun, healthy travel...

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LPGA coming to Korea

Posted by on 10:25 pm in Golf and Gaming, South Korea News | 0 comments

Nine of the top 10 women golfers will participate in the CJ Nine Bridges Classic, which will be held starting October 28, 2005 The top women golfers in the world, including Annica Sorenstom, are coming to Jeju to play in the CJ Nine Bridges Classic. A total of 69 golfers, including the top 50 money winners, 12 Korean and Japanese golfers and 7 others will compete in the 2005 CJ Nine Bridges Classic. They will be competing for a share of the $1.35 million in total prize money. The CJ Nine bridges Classic, which is the only event to be held in...

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