South Korea is set to open a series of new hiking trails inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the 4km-wide, 240km-long zone which has separated it from North Korea since 1953. . . .
Something about South Korea feels just right. It ticks so many boxes for travellers who want to experience Asian culture but not be intimidated by it. Often overshadowed by its noisy, northern neighbour, it’s now deservedly becoming a must-see holiday destination. . . .
We are in a deeper, quieter, more thoughtful Seoul here. A succession of delicate dishes arrive in bowls and on plates that themselves look as if they belong in a glass display case. This is serious cuisine accompanied by seriously modern jazz. You suspect Psy and his pneumatic Gangnam dancers wouldn’t feel overly comfortable here. . . .
After a flight to Seoul, a 2.5-hour train ride east to Pohang Port and 3.5-hour ferry journey across the East Sea, you’ll finally arrive in Ulleungdo. Flung off the eastern coast of South Korea, this 2.5-million-year-old volcanic island is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Korea – and, yes, it’s well worth the journey. . . .
Vogue contributing editor Tania Fares is a multi-tasking maven: an art patron, philanthropist and British fashion champion, based between London, LA, Paris and Beirut, she’s never not on the road. Here, she rounds up her favourite things to do when in Seoul. . . .
For those really wanting to plan ahead, book this year for Great Rail Journeys’ first foray into South Korea in 2020. Using the whizz-bang Seoul to Busan high-speed train as its backbone and developed using French TGV technology, the route whisks passengers from kimchi-making classes in the capital to fish markets on the Sea of Japan. The nine-day itinerary includes Continue Reading . . .
South Korea, historically known as Goryeo, has a long and eventful history dating back over 4,000 years, with palaces, temples, archaeological ruins, markets and prisons bringing this history to life. The spectre of history is ever-present throughout the country and it makes for an unforgettable journey of discovery. . . .
Food seems to dominate every aspect of life in South Korea. Elderly Korean women can often be seen in a morning preparing the freshest fish on their market stalls, students gather around kimchi stalls for a hearty breakfast before going to university, businessmen can be spotted expertly transferring BBQ meats and rice wrapped in peppery green Perilla leaves from their Continue Reading . . .
[UNESCO] Traditional Korean wrestling listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage following unprecedented merged application from both Koreas
Traditional Korean wrestling—“Ssirum” in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and “Ssireum” in the Republic of Korea—has deep significance for all Koreans. Fundamentally linked to land and agriculture, it is both a national sport and a very popular cultural practice. Competitions are regularly organized during agricultural events or festivals linked to the cycle of the seasons. . . .
South Korea’s second city is often overlooked by western travellers in favour of Seoul, the ultra-modern capital in the north of the country, but it really should be firmly on the radar of those looking for somewhere warm and cultural to explore. What makes Busan a beacon of light in South Korea is its world-famous fireworks festival (forgive the pun!) that attracts spectators Continue Reading . . .