For those really wanting to plan ahead, book this year for Great Rail Journeys’ first foray into South Korea in 2020. Using the whizz-bang Seoul to Busan high-speed train as its backbone and developed using French TGV technology, the route whisks passengers from kimchi-making classes in the capital to fish markets on the Sea of Japan. The nine-day itinerary includes Continue Reading . . .
South Korea, historically known as Goryeo, has a long and eventful history dating back over 4,000 years, with palaces, temples, archaeological ruins, markets and prisons bringing this history to life. The spectre of history is ever-present throughout the country and it makes for an unforgettable journey of discovery. . . .
Food seems to dominate every aspect of life in South Korea. Elderly Korean women can often be seen in a morning preparing the freshest fish on their market stalls, students gather around kimchi stalls for a hearty breakfast before going to university, businessmen can be spotted expertly transferring BBQ meats and rice wrapped in peppery green Perilla leaves from their Continue Reading . . .
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will participate in the upcoming MATKA Travel Fair from the 17th 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 almost 20,000 professionals from the travel trade. Last year 84 countries exhibited at the fair, with even Continue Reading . . .
Back in the summer of 2018, we launched an online competition asking entrants why they wanted to #VisitKorea. There were lots of prizes up for grabs including a trip for two to Seoul, and we received thousands of entries. It was wonderful to read the huge variety of reasons why everyone wanted to travel to Korea, but unfortunately there could Continue Reading . . .
[UNESCO] Traditional Korean wrestling listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage following unprecedented merged application from both Koreas
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 . . .