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Tourists Invited To Strip Down In South Korea

Tourists Invited To Strip Down In South Korea Oct 24th, 2013 at 3:50PM: 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 country's northeast figures nudity might be just the ticket to increasing visitor numbers. It's planning to open South Korea's...

Gangnam Style Tourist Police Dance Up A Storm In Seoul

Oct 18th, 2013 at 1:15PM: 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 police force this week, inspired by performer Psy's unique sense of style. The same costume designer who outfitted Psy for...

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

How To Get Souvenirs From A Place You've Never Been Oct 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: 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 (the previous box was from Seoul, South Korea) and mails them to you in beautifully-decorated boxes. The Tehran box is 40...

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Aug 15th, 2013 at 12:15PM: 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 and many researchers, share the love of coffee and beer and sigh at our resistance to the metric system and paid maternity...

American Airlines Serving Instant Ramen Between Dallas And Seoul

American Airlines Serving Instant Ramen Between Dallas And Seoul Jul 3rd, 2013 at 9:00AM: 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 Korean customers" in their press release, American also briefly mentions offering "Shin Ramen Noodle Cup as a snack option to...

North Korea Builds Ski Resort To Rival 2018 Winter Olympics

North Korea Builds Ski Resort To Rival 2018 Winter Olympics May 29th, 2013 at 2:30PM: U.S. Army / Wikimedia Commons Nuclear missiles aren't the only thing being built in North Korea that have made headlines lately; it seems dictator Kim Jong-un has also ordered construction on a ski resort that will rival the facilities being built in South Korea to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, news.com.au reports. According to multiple reports citing North Korean state media, the...

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday May 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM: 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 all that calendric work is too much hassle, like the Japanese, April 8. Public holiday in: Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand,...

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

The Kimchi-ite: Seoul's Spectacular Lotus Lantern Festival May 15th, 2013 at 10:00AM: 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 from their lampposts. The temples themselves often feature an entire canopy created by a rainbow of lanterns. And as part of...

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 May 6th, 2013 at 9:00AM: 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, people are able to immediately remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news that the gate,...

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

The Kimchi-ite: The End Of Cherry Blossom Season On Yeouido May 2nd, 2013 at 11:00AM: 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 where many of the tallest skyscrapers in Korea are located. Yeouido's Spring Flower Festival, which centers around the...

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 Apr 25th, 2013 at 11:00AM: 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 with a heavy lean towards hot tubs and saunas that are affordable, open 24/7 and a staple of Korean culture. With good reason,...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Seoul, South Korea

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Seoul, South Korea Apr 16th, 2013 at 4:30PM: 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 walkways. Numerous festivals around the country are held in order to take full advantage or their limited blooming period. Over...

South Korea Assures Country Is Safe For Travel

South Korea Assures Country Is Safe For Travel Apr 9th, 2013 at 3:00PM: 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 long-divided Korean peninsula, was closed last week. Fearing drops in tourism numbers, the government officials in South...

The Kimchi-ite: A Tour Through Hongdae, The Center Of Korean Youth Culture

The Kimchi-ite: A Tour Through Hongdae, The Center Of Korean Youth Culture Apr 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Seoul has no shortage of unique neighborhoods worth visiting and it is certainly not at a loss for places to go drinking. However, there is only one true place where the youth of South Korea go en masse for so many of their desires and that place is Hongdae. Taking its name from the Korean abbreviation for the local art university, Hongik University, Hongdae is a great place for restaurants,...

Photo Of The Day: The Old And The New In Seoul, South Korea

Photo Of The Day: The Old And The New In Seoul, South Korea Mar 26th, 2013 at 6:30PM: As we've seen in Jonathan Kramer's "The Kimchi-ite" series, South Korea is a country that embraces both its past and its future. That notion is captured perfectly in this Photo of the Day from Flickr user and photographer Ohad Ben-Yoseph, which depicts a colorful old temple set against a sparkling new skyscraper in perfect juxtaposition. Ben-Yoseph's Flickr photo stream is filled with...

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World Mar 22nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: In the U.S., there is the art of tipping. In Finland, there is no such thing as college tuition; it's almost completely subsidized by tax Euros. And in Ethiopia, food is eaten only with the bare right hand. Given South Korea's unique history and culture within Asia, there is no shortage of comparisons that can be made between it and the rest of the world. Even though I already reported on "10...

Souvenir Of The Week: Kooky Korean Socks

Souvenir Of The Week: Kooky Korean Socks Mar 20th, 2013 at 1:00PM: In South Korea, everyone will see your socks because it's customary to remove shoes in most public places. That might be why Jonathan Kramer, Gadling's resident Kimchi-ite, tipped us off about the assortment of cheap, colorful anklets everywhere you go there. You might even find a sock vending machine. Designs are heavy on cartoons and bears, but hardly any motif is spared – the gamut...

The Kimchi-ite: Gyeongbokgung, Seoul's Grandest Palace

The Kimchi-ite: Gyeongbokgung, Seoul's Grandest Palace Mar 13th, 2013 at 12:00PM: The largest of the ancient palaces in the South Korean capital, Gyeongbok Palace is one of the best sights to see Seoul. The ornate buildings within the complex have amazing colors and contain poetic murals and carvings. The huge grounds are spectacular with calming ponds and modest pavilions. It is also one of the most historically significant sites in Korea, built in 1395 and destroyed...

The Kimchi-ite: The Korean Folk Village, A Perfect Escape From The City

The Kimchi-ite: The Korean Folk Village, A Perfect Escape From The City Mar 5th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Seoul and South Korea as a whole are undoubtably modern. But less than a century ago, much of what makes the country so modern today did not exist and people lived much more simply. Farming was by far the most common occupation and people lived in villages, not cities....

The Kimchi-ite: Jeju Island, An Escape From The Metropolis

The Kimchi-ite: Jeju Island, An Escape From The Metropolis Mar 1st, 2013 at 11:00AM: In many corners of the world, winter offers nothing but a biting cold that demands we stay indoors until the flowers start to bloom. But with spring stretching its legs, it's time we start to do the same. The best way to mentally prepare for spring and summer is to reminisce about trips from the past and to plan a new travel adventure built around shorts and sandals. Here in Korea,...

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