After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire Parasite best picture. Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film. . . .
In a nation known for its amazing food, in a province known for the top-quality ingredients, Gwangju has become almost a city-scale distillation of essential Korean cuisine. . . .
Thanks to the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics, Japan’s seeing a huge influx of tourists – yet South Korea packs the same cherry blossom, ornate temples and glitzy cities without the crowds. Wondering how to do it? Fly into Seoul and allow at least two days to explore it: the capital combines rambling royal palaces, trendy shopping districts and Continue Reading . . .
The London office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will attend the upcoming Destinations show at London Olympia from 30th January to 2nd February. Destinations is the largest consumer-facing holiday and travel event in the UK, welcoming over 50,000 visitors annually, and KTO joins more than 75 tourist boards and 600 brands exhibiting at this year’s show. The number of Continue Reading . . .
The London office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is to attend the upcoming Holiday World Show in Dublin, Ireland from the 24th to 26th of January. This marks KTO’s first time at the show in several years as it seeks to capitalise on growing global interest in Korea and capture the attention of the Irish travel market. Holiday World Continue Reading . . .
“Seoul is on the top of my list for great places to travel solo this year. It’s safe for solo travelers, fairly easy to get around, and the people are always kind and willing to help tourists. The city is full of modern conveniences that take everyday luxury to another level. There’s WiFi everywhere, you can Uber around the city, Continue Reading . . .
The London office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is to attend the upcoming MATKA Nordic Travel Fair from the 16th to 20th of January in Helsinki, Finland. MATKA is the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe, with an annual attendance of more than 50,000 consumers and 20,000 professionals from the travel trade. At this year’s event, KTO’s focus Continue Reading . . .
Unesco-listed, and billed as South Korea’s answer to Hawaii, Jeju is pure Instagram gold, and home to dramatic volcanic landscapes, underground caves, hiking trails and scenic beaches. Halla Mountain, at 1,940m above sea level, is South Korea’s highest, while the cone of Seongsan Ilchulbong, or “Sunrise Peak”, is particularly spectacular. It is also known for its countless orange trees and Continue Reading . . .
Eating in Gyeongju is its own kind of time travel — here, you can dine like a Silla royal, with recipes passed down over centuries, cooked by chefs specially trained in the formal styles, or eat like a monk, with the clean, vegetable-driven cooking of Korean temple food, prepared and served by Buddhist clergy beneath swooping tile roofs. . . .
From March 30 the southern beach city of Busan will welcome package holidaymakers from the UK with a new Finnair flight which takes about 11 hours – the same time it takes to get to Rio de Janeiro. And when you arrive you might think Korea has cloned the Brazilian city with its golden beaches, luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, trendy Continue Reading . . .