South Korean film Parasite won big at last night’s Oscars, making history as the first foreign-language title to take Best Picture and winning four awards in total. But there’s more than just an excellent film industry to draw you to the southern part of the Korean Peninsula… . . .
[Yahoo] ‘Parasite’ is getting a huge UK cinema expansion following Oscars, Baftas and box office triumph
Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite is getting a big cinema expansion in the UK following its historic Best Picture win at the Oscars. Originally released into just 136 venues on Friday, 7 February, Parasite will expand into over 400 sites across the UK and Ireland on Valentine’s Day after a record-breaking weekend at the box office. The film grossed £1,079,102 from 136 venues with an impressive Continue Reading . . .
After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire Parasite best picture. Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film. . . .
In a nation known for its amazing food, in a province known for the top-quality ingredients, Gwangju has become almost a city-scale distillation of essential Korean cuisine. . . .
Thanks to the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics, Japan’s seeing a huge influx of tourists – yet South Korea packs the same cherry blossom, ornate temples and glitzy cities without the crowds. Wondering how to do it? Fly into Seoul and allow at least two days to explore it: the capital combines rambling royal palaces, trendy shopping districts and Continue Reading . . .
“Seoul is on the top of my list for great places to travel solo this year. It’s safe for solo travelers, fairly easy to get around, and the people are always kind and willing to help tourists. The city is full of modern conveniences that take everyday luxury to another level. There’s WiFi everywhere, you can Uber around the city, Continue Reading . . .
Unesco-listed, and billed as South Korea’s answer to Hawaii, Jeju is pure Instagram gold, and home to dramatic volcanic landscapes, underground caves, hiking trails and scenic beaches. Halla Mountain, at 1,940m above sea level, is South Korea’s highest, while the cone of Seongsan Ilchulbong, or “Sunrise Peak”, is particularly spectacular. It is also known for its countless orange trees and Continue Reading . . .
Eating in Gyeongju is its own kind of time travel — here, you can dine like a Silla royal, with recipes passed down over centuries, cooked by chefs specially trained in the formal styles, or eat like a monk, with the clean, vegetable-driven cooking of Korean temple food, prepared and served by Buddhist clergy beneath swooping tile roofs. . . .
From March 30 the southern beach city of Busan will welcome package holidaymakers from the UK with a new Finnair flight which takes about 11 hours – the same time it takes to get to Rio de Janeiro. And when you arrive you might think Korea has cloned the Brazilian city with its golden beaches, luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, trendy Continue Reading . . .
There’s much more to South Korea than the popular tourism destinations of Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island. Located in the Jeolla region at the southern tip of the peninsula, Mokpo is a big port city that attracts the world’s most in-the-know food lovers, thanks to its fertile lands and easy access to the sea. . . .