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 . . .
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will participate in the World Travel Market (WTM) London from the 5th to 7th of November at ExCeL, promoting travel to Korea with a focus on peace-themed tourism products such as tours of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). WTM London, held annually at the end of the year, is one of the world’s three major tourism Continue Reading . . .
The London office of the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) has released a new and improved online training site with OTT. 2018 has seen Korea enjoy international success, from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to considerable political developments on the peninsula, making now the perfect time to upgrade and relaunch the information available to travel agents. KTO is committed to providing the Continue Reading . . .
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) London office will be attending the 2018 Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival to promote winter sports travel to South Korea. This will be KTO’s first time at the event, which offers visitors the chance to enjoy a wide range of experiences including ice skating, skiing, and dog sledding, plus food and live entertainment. Athletes from Continue Reading . . .