Travel News: News Scraps

[The Telegraph] South Korea’s ‘K-pop’ stars caught in the crossfire of diplomatic spat with China

South Korean pop stars appear to have become unwitting pawns in an escalating diplomatic spat between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of an American missile defence system. Entertainers from the colourful Korean music scene, K-pop, have been mysteriously barred from entering China to perform, Korean TV shows and films have been blocked, and actors replaced by Chinese stars in Continue Reading . . .

[National Geographic] Seoul: The Cutting-Edge of Cool in South Korea

Are you familiar with the Korean Wave? Are you among the more than one billion(!) people who tune in to watch the Korean drama Descendants of the Sun? Do you swoon whenever Lee Byung-hun appears on the big screen? Do you follow, with perhaps a slightly unhealthy interest, the tangled love lives of K-Pop’s megastars? Are you aware that LeBron Continue Reading . . .

[Independent] Learn Taekwondo: Inside South Korea’s temple to its national sport

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 . . .

[Travel Weekly] China, Japan and Korea join forces to target UK visitors

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 . . .

[Condé Nast Publications] The South Korean beauty revolution

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 . . .

[Custard Magazine] Why is Korean cuisine one of the healthiest on the planet?

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 . . .

[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 . . .