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Tourists Invited To Strip Down In South Korea

Tourists Invited To Strip Down In South Korea Memphis CVB, Flickr While South Korea's capital city, Seoul, might be a big tourist draw card with plenty of Gangnam Style flair to attract visitors, other parts of the country have had to get more creative when it comes to promoting tourism. Gangwon Province in the...

Gangnam Style Tourist Police Dance Up A Storm In Seoul

South Korea has been riding the wave following the global success of "Gangnam Style," the catchy song made famous by singer Psy's quirky music video -- and the country has just launched another tribute to the song. The country's capital, Seoul, unveiled its new tourist...

Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials?

Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials? Flickr, US Army Do you ever feel nervous going through border control in a new country? How about when you return home? A study by IXP visas polled 1,000 travelers who had been to at least ten foreign countries; over 60% said they felt intimidated by border officials at some...

How To Get Souvenirs From A Place You've Never Been

How To Get Souvenirs From A Place You've Never Been ABoxFrom.com Planning a trip to Tehran anytime soon? You probably aren't, due to heavy restrictions on travel to Iran, but you can get a taste of Persian culture with a trip to your mailbox. ABoxFrom.com is a service that compiles a box of souvenirs from far-flung places...

Korean Rice Wine Uses Shocking Ingredient in the Name of Medicine

Warning: this video is graphic and is most likely going to make you lose your appetite -- or any desire for a glass of rice wine. A recent video from VICE documents the making of Korean Children's Feces Wine which is, alarmingly, a real thing. With real feces. The...

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Andrew Fahmy If you love maps and data, you should click on over to TwistedSifter.com, which has rounded up 40 maps to give you perspective on the world. See the global distribution of McDonald's and the rainbow of Antarctica's time zones. You can marvel at America's rivers...

Hot Travel Trend: K-Pop Style Wedding Photography in South Korea

Hot Travel Trend: K-Pop Style Wedding Photography in South Korea one-11, Flickr We've all heard of destination weddings, but would you travel to another country just to have your wedding photos taken? That's the latest travel trend in Asia as increasing numbers of well-to-do Chinese couples head to South Korea to have their marriage...

American Airlines Serving Instant Ramen Between Dallas And Seoul

American Airlines Serving Instant Ramen Between Dallas And Seoul Aplomb, Flickr American Airlines recently announced a new direct route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Seoul's Incheon International Airports in an agreement with Japan Airlines. In addition to mentioning the "special attention [they will give] to the culture of the airline's...

North Korea To Turn Grimy Port City Into Beach Resort

North Korea To Turn Grimy Port City Into Beach Resort (stephan), Flickr Hot on the heels of the Hermit Kingdom building a ski resort out of spite comes news that North Korea is developing a beach resort in a heavily industrialized and militarized bay on the Sea of Japan. According to a declassified report obtained by South...

The Kimchi-ite: Hahoe, A Korean Village That Time Barely Touched

The Kimchi-ite: Hahoe, A Korean Village That Time Barely Touched Jonathan Kramer, Gadling Less than an hour bus ride outside of the nondescript city of Andong in central South Korea, a little village doesn't just hold onto the past, it embodies it. Hahoe Folk Village (pronounced Hahwe) has been inhabited for well over 600 years, with many...

The Kimchi-ite: Busan, South Korea's Seaside Second City

The Kimchi-ite: Busan, South Korea's Seaside Second City Jonathan Kramer, Gadling South Korea's second city, Busan, has become the county's gate to the ocean, known for beaches, an extremely busy port and rich seafood culture. Located on the exact opposite end of the country from Seoul, it's unique from the capital in more than...

The Kimchi-ite: Thousands Of Lanterns At Busan's Greatest Temple

The Kimchi-ite: Thousands Of Lanterns At Busan's Greatest Temple Jonathan Kramer, Gadling Down in Busan, South Korea's seaside second city, one of the greatest temples on the peninsula quietly sits. Samgwang Temple is large, imposing and beautiful on any typical day, but becomes a new spectacle altogether for Buddha's Birthday; for the...

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday xcode, Flickr AKA: Vesakha, Vesak, Wesak, Visak, Vixakha and many more derivatives. When? The second Sunday in May OR the day of the full moon in May OR the Sunday nearest to the day of the full moon in May OR the eighth day of the fourth lunar month OR if you've decided...

The Kimchi-ite: Seoul's Spectacular Lotus Lantern Festival

The Kimchi-ite: Seoul's Spectacular Lotus Lantern Festival Every year, Buddha's Birthday is marked in Korea by a sea of draped lanterns. The holiday itself is not until May 17 this year, but that has not stopped the festivities from starting early. Most streets surrounding Buddhist temples have a colorful array of lanterns strung...

The Kimchi-ite: Iconic Landmark In Seoul Re-Opens 5 Years After Arson Attack

The Kimchi-ite: Iconic Landmark In Seoul Re-Opens 5 Years After Arson Attack In early 2008, Sungnye-mun (commonly referred to as Namdae-mun), one of Korea's most important cultural landmarks, was destroyed in a devastating arson attack. The shocking event was a national tragedy and has been engraved into the collective Korean consciousness. Today,...

The Kimchi-ite: The End Of Cherry Blossom Season On Yeouido

The Kimchi-ite: The End Of Cherry Blossom Season On Yeouido Cherry blossoms mark the true beginning of spring, along with the arrival of glorious sunshine, refreshing breezes and all around spectacular picnic weather. Within Seoul, the most talked about place to see the blossoms is on Yeouido, a large island on the Han River...

Better Know A Holiday: Showa Day

Better Know A Holiday: Showa Day Formerly: The Emperor's Birthday, Greenery Day When? April 29 Public holiday in: Japan Part of: Japan's Golden Week, a series of four public holidays in the span of a week that sees offices closed, trains and planes packed and a mass exodus from the major cities...

The Kimchi-ite: Relax And Get Lazy In The Nude At A Korean Jjim-Jil-Bang

The Kimchi-ite: Relax And Get Lazy In The Nude At A Korean Jjim-Jil-Bang After a long, six-day workweek, a night of drinking or just a day of walking all over town, the jjim-jil-bang is the perfect place to unravel in South Korea. Literally meaning "heated bath room" (not "heated bathroom" mind you), jjim-jil-bang are relaxation emporiums...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Seoul, South Korea

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Seoul, South Korea Cherry blossoms get me ridiculously excited. The gorgeous pinkish-white flowers last for only a couple of weeks, making them truly special. They are the one true indication that spring has started here in South Korea, where cherry blossoms line many streets and park...

South Korea Assures Country Is Safe For Travel

South Korea Assures Country Is Safe For Travel North Korea has issued a warning to foreign companies and tourists to leave South Korea in order to avoid harm in the event of a nuclear war, according to USA Today. The message came Tuesday, just after the joint industrial zone, the last cross-border cooperation in the...

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