At Taekwondowon, South Korea’s state-of-the-art temple to taekwondo, they vow visitors will be able to chop a block of wood in half with their bare hands after only one lesson. This is, after all, a place very seriously dedicated to the country’s national sport: spread over a whopping nine valleys, the spanking new $228 million complex is 10 times bigger Continue Reading . . .
A joint initiative to co-promote travel from the UK to China, Japan and Korea under a campaign called Visit East Asia was unveiled yesterday. Tourism ministers of the three countries agreed to work together earlier this year. The London offices of the China National Tourist Office, The Japan National Tourism Organisation and the Korea Tourism Organisation have now agreed to Continue Reading . . .
Who would have predicted it? An Asian nation better known for reliable cars and smartphones started delivering a different hi-tech aesthetic to create an industry worth $2.5billion last year alone. We’ve all read about it, now finally the weird stuff’s landed here. Olivia Falcon reports. … Read more: http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/style-fashion/korean-beauty-secrets . . .
In a new series simply titled “Food of the World” I will be asking tourism associations to provide me with a non-marketing oriented article on the food and drinks of their country. I feel this will provide a great introduction to that countries cuisine from which to inspire future articles. Please feel free to leave comments below. The following article Continue Reading . . .
Aside from the obvious draws like a 5,000-year-plus history, long list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and spectacularly varied landscape, Korea is riding a popularity wave based on a growing appreciation of its food, culture, special interest tourism and temple stays. … Read more: http://www.sellingtravel.co.uk/korea . . .
Night time in Seoul. I look out from the 25th floor of my hotel room in the central Jongno-gu district, mesmerised by the golden glow of the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung palace, the largest of South Korea’s five historic royal residences. With the backdrop of Mount Bugak floating in the sky beyond it, Gyeongbokgung seems to shine brighter than the city’s street Continue Reading . . .
Seoul’s transformation from a traditional enclave to a high-tech city is almost complete, yet life here remains communal, revolving around blow-out meals and a market culture that has barely changed in centuries . . .
In South Korea’s thriving capital, Jennifer Cox discovers the roar of technology and Gangnam-style shopping, but also a sense of reverence for nature . . .