Travel News: News Scraps

[Selling Travel] Korea 2016

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 . . .

[The Telegraph] Seoul searching in South 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 . . .

City Life: Seoul

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 . . .

[Mirror] Hut and Seoul – the Korean capital of contrasts

Welcome to the DMZ – the “scariest place on earth”. Where the Cold War still has an icy grip. Where capitalism and communism stand toe to toe. Where an army stands poised to attack the South… and another is ready to repel it from behind a shield of tank traps, gun emplacements, razor wire and minefields. Welcome to snowy Panmunjom, Continue Reading . . .

[The Mail] Holidays Gangnam Style! South Korea records best ever year for tourism in 2012

It is every tourism authority’s dream…a music video that puts your destination on the map and then goes viral bringing it to the attention of millions or, in this case, a billion. Gangnam Style, the song by South Korean pop star PSY that references an upmarket area of Seoul – Gangnam – has done just that. Having now garnered over Continue Reading . . .