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 . . .
South Korea may be known for its technological advances and readiness to embrace the future, but the country is also home to the amazing cultural treasure of the hanok. These traditional houses date back to the 14th century and were originally created as residences for noble clans. Their beautiful architectural features – flying eaves, exposed wooden beams, calming gardens – Continue Reading . . .
Eating out in Korea is as much about the experience as the flavour, whether you’re grilling your own dinner in a barbecue restaurant or slurping noodles at a bustling street food market. As for what to order — you’re spoiled for choice, but one thing that’s non-negotiable is kimchi. This spicy fermented veg is served with practically every meal, and Continue Reading . . .
South Korean boy band BTS made their London stage debut to a packed O2 arena on Tuesday, with K-pop fever sweeping the British capital ahead of the hugely successful group’s sold-out concerts. Fresh from their stadium performance in New York last week, the seven-member band brought their “Love Yourself” world tour to London, where they will play two nights at the Continue Reading . . .
[Time Out] Euljiro, Seoul selected as number two in Time Out’s list of 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world
The Euljiro neighbourhood of Seoul still smells like fresh ink when you walk through its industrial streets. Made up mostly of printing presses, warehouses and old-school fried chicken eateries, Euljiro has become the latest hotbed of hidden bars and cool cafés. The contrast is most noticeable at night as printers pore over tomorrow’s paper and trendy kids crawl into seemingly Continue Reading . . .
South Korean boy band BTS are currently embarked on a major world tour and are coming to the UK this month. Arguably the best known exponents of K-pop internationally – the genre itself celebrated for its wild visuals, cutting-edge fashion and intricate choreography – BTS are the first Korean act to crack the US Top 40, hitting number eight in August with their track “Idol” and have Continue Reading . . .