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Tourist Map of Korea 6
FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan TM
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Contents
2002 Asian Games in Busan 13
Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains 14
Korea in Brief 17
Tourist Destinations 25
Seoul 26
Subways (Seoul and Incheon) 54
Seoul Vicinity (Incheon, Gyeonggi-do) 68
Eastern Area (Gangwon-do, Ulleungdo) 72
Central Area (Daejeon, Chungcheongnam-do, Chungcheongbuk-do) 76
Southeastern Area (Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju, Busan, Gyeongsangnam-do,
Hallyeo Maritime National Park ) 80
Southwestern Area (Gwangju, Jeollabuk-do, Jeollanam-do) 92
Jeju-do 98
Special Interests in Korea 105
Korean Food 106
Traditional Sports and Games 108
Recreation 110
Shopping 116
Seasonal Attractions 124
Spring 124
Summer 125
Fall 126
Winter (Ski Resorts, Hot Springs) 127
National Flag Golf Courses 131
The Korean flag is called taegeukgi. Its design symbolizes the National Parks 132
principles of the yin and yang in Oriental philosophy. The Museums 132
circle in the center of the flag is divided into two equal Festivals 138
parts. The upper red section represents the proactive
cosmic forces of the yang. Conversely, the lower blue General Information 141
section represents the responsive cosmic forces of the yin. Entry & Departure Formalities 142
The two forces together embody the concepts of continual
Transportation 144
movement, balance and harmony that characterize the sphere of infinity. The circle is
surrounded by four trigrams, one in each corner. Each trigram symbolizes one of the four Accommodations 153
universal elements: heaven ( ),earth ( ), fire ( ), and water ( ). Diplomatic Missions and Other Organizations 167
Business Travel Tips 172
Holidays 174
National Flower Handy Facts 175
The national flower of Korea is the mugunghwa or Rose of Useful Korean Phrases 181
Sharon. Every year from July to October, a profusion of Index 183
mugunghwa blossoms graces the entire country. Unlike
most flowers, mugunghwa is remarkably tenacious and
able to withstand both blight and insects. The flowerœ s
ҮThe Romanization of hangeul (the Korean alphabet) in this booklet follows the new system
proclaimed by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism on July 7, 2000. In an attempt to
symbolic significance stems from mugunghwaœ s root, make things easier to understand, we accept some redundancy in English rendition, repeating
Ŕmugung,ŕmeaning immortality. This word accurately certain terms stated in Korean. For example, gang means river, san means mountain and do means
reflects the immortal nature of Korean history, and the island, but we write Imjingang River, Mt. Namsan, and Jindo Island, etc. As two exceptions,
determination and perseverance of the Korean people. however, because they are already so well-known internationally, occasionally you will see “the
Han River” and “Jeju Island.”
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™ World Cup Venues in Korea
2002 FIFA World Cup Korea / Japan
Seoul
Nestled around the Han River is
the Korean capital Seoul, a city of
old and new. With thousands
years of history, it has well
preserved royal palaces, historical
relics, and cultural treasures, yet
state-of-the-art facilities and
Changgyeongung Palace
infrastructure as well.
Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu will be the venue for the opening match on May
31, a first round game on June 13, and the semifinals on June 25.

Suwon
Just 41.5 km south of Seoul,
Suwon is an ancient fortress city.
s the World Cup again approaches, world soccer fans Intending to move the nation’s

A are heating up. The First World Cup of the 21st
Century will be co-hosted by Korea and Japan
from May 31 to June 30. We are looking
forward to a valuable opportunity to work harmony not
only between our two countries but also among world citizens
capital to Suwon from Seoul,
King Jeongjo who was the 22nd
Joseon Dynasty ruler built a 5.74
km circular fortress wall, from
1794 to 1796. Today you can
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
through the productive competition and friendship that will walk along the entire wall, which
be realized in the games in the year 2002. was designated by UNESCO in 1997 as a World Cultural Heritage.
Korea will hold the opening ceremony and opening Suwon is also famous for its delicious beef ribs.
match on May 31, and Japan the final match and closing Suwon’s neighboring Yongin is a popular tourist destination with
ceremony on June 30. many famous attractions such as the Korean Folk Village, the
mammoth amusement theme park Everland, and several nice golf
About the tickets courses.
In Suwon will be group matches on June 5, 11 and 13 and a round-of-16 on June
With the exception of the opening match, the base-level tickets range 16 at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in Paldal-gu.
from US$60 for the first-round matches to $300 for the final match. The
best seats range from $150 at the first-round matches to $750 in the final
game.
Incheon
There are three kinds of tickets. Single tickets are good for one match. A A gateway for sea transport to China, Incheon is emerging as a major
Team Specific Ticket Series (TSTs) will enable the holder to watch all Asian air hub as well. The new Incheon International Airport began
matches involving a specific team, and a Venue Specific Ticket Series operations on March 29, 2001, on land reclaimed from
(VSTs) are for all matches in a particular venue. Applications for tickets the sea.
can be filed with FIFA’s World Cup Ticketing Bureau. Well known as the site of General MacArthur’s landing in
Internet: www.FIFAworldcup.com E-mail: sales@FIFA-tickets.com 1950, Incheon commemorates the triumph at both
Address: P.O. Box 2002 Cheadle Hulme SK8 7RR, U.K. Freedom Park and at the Memorial Hall for the Incheon
Tel: 44-870-123-2002 Fax: 44-870-124-2002 Landing Operation. There is Wolmido with its unique
mixture of cafes, seafood shops and amusement rides, or an
2002 FIFA World Cup Accommodation Bureau Korea
Tel: 82-2-738-2006, Fax: 82-2-738-2165
hour-long pleasure boat ride. Just a short drive from
www.fifa-hotels.com, e-mail: sales.korea@fifa-hotels.com

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Hall for the Incheon Landing Operation
downtown leads you to Ganghwado Island and its highest mountain
Manisan with an altar on its summit: this is Chamseongdan where
Dangun, the founding father of Korea, made offerings to God, and where
the torch relays for all Korean sporting events begin.
Ferries ply various interesting islands off Incheon, where friendly local
villagers and fishing communities.
Group matches will be held at Incheon Munhak Stadium on June 9, 11 and 14.

Daejeon
EXPO Science Park
Located in central Korea,
Daejeon is a representative
science city. The Expo Science
Park, Daedeok Science Town,
and the National Science
Museum make Daejeon a
Buddhist temples a thousand years old, such as Donghwasa and Pagyesa.
future-oriented, high-tech
Gatbawi, a stone Buddha image, attracts many to pray, as legend has it
science center.
that people’s wishes are granted.
Yuseong Hot Springs, 11 km
Also designated as the venue for the 2003 Summer Universiade, the city will host three
from downtown, gained group matches on June 6, 8 and 10 and one third-place game on June 29 at Daegu
nationwide fame for its healing World Cup Stadium in Suseong-gu.
power ever since the Baekje
Kingdom (18 B.C.˅A.D. 660). Within city limits lies Daecheongho
Lake with a beautiful lakeside drive that attracts young couples. Mt.
Jeonju
Bomunsan is another tourist site dotted with Buddhist temples and Nicknamed “Home of Art,” Pansori
hermitages; you can take a short cable car ride or walk the trails. Jeonju is a center of the Korean
At Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Yuseong-gu, two group matches and a round-of-16 culture and art. A local festival,
will be held on June 12, 14 and 18. Jeonju Daesaseupnori, is held on
the fifth day of the fifth lunar
Daegu month. It presents many
traditional aspects of Jeonju
Medicinal herb marketFamous for its sweet and through pansori (epic solo song),
juicy apples and textile sijo (a three-versed Korean ode),
industry, Daegu has been folk songs and farmers music.
the country’s major retail Also as an epicurean capital of the country, no matter where you eat, food
center for medicinal here is well prepared and plentiful. Best known among Jeonju dishes is
herbs for several bibimbap.
centuries. The Jeonju is home of Jeonju Yi clan, from which the Joseon Dynasty kings
items cover sprang. Several historic sites related to Yi clan are still well preserved
ginseng, herbs, including Gyeonggijeon Shrine which was built to enshrine the portrait
nuts, fruits, honey, leaves, deer antlers, a cornucopia of of Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty.
roots, etc. Two group matches and a round-of-16 will be held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in
Woobang Tower Land, an amusement theme park, Deokjin-gu on June 7, 10 and 17.
has Daegu Tower featuring a panoramic view of the
whole city. Located in the north part of Daegu is Mt.
Palgongsan, considered a sacred mountain. It houses
Gwangju
Gwangju, called “City of Light” and “City of the Arts,” hosts the

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Mt. Mudeungsan Gwangju Biennale and hotels. Seafood is a must-try on Jeju Island.
holds the Kimchi Festival The city was chosen as a site for summit among world leaders several
every October. At the times in the 1990s.
eastern part of the city During the World Cup, two group matches on June 8 and 12 and a round-of-16 on
stands Mt. Mudeungsan June 15 are scheduled at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Bunhwang-dong.
with its tea plantations
producing chunseolcha
(“spring snow tea”), and
Busan
sweet mountain-grown Busan is Korea’s principal port
watermelons up to 50 cm in diameter and weighing 15 kg apiece. Some for international commerce.
old Buddhist temples are situated on the slopes, including Jeungsimsa and About 90% of the country’s
Wonhyosa both founded during the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.˅A.D. container shipping passes
935). through this port. Just a few
Gwangju citizens are also famous for their patriotism. This was a center minutes’ walk from the harbor
of heroic army resistance against Japanese invasions of the late 16th are lively Gukje (International)
century and the independence movement opposing Japanese colonial Beomeosa Temple
Market and Jagalchi Fish Market
oppression from 1910 to 1945. It also played a leading role in the which attract flocks of visitors
contemporary democracy movement. from Korea and abroad. For seafood lovers, a variety of fresh fish are sold
Gwangju World Cup Stadium in Seo-gu will hold two group matches on June 2 and 4 in the Jagalchi Fish Market where spirited women merchants slice up
and a quarter finals on June 22. fresh fish for instant sashimi meals. Only 40-minute subway ride from the
downtown will take you to Beomeosa Temple which is surrounded by
Ulsan peaceful forest.
The city was also selected as the venue for 2002 Asian Games.
Ulsan is a leading industrial center During the World Cup, group matches will be held at Busan Main Stadium in Yeonje-gu
of Korean industry, such as oil on June 2, 4 and 6.
refining, auto manufacturing,
petrochemicals, shipbuilding and
machinery. Hyundai Heavy
Industries and Hyundai Motor 2002 Asian Games in Busan
Company are based in this city. (Sept. 29-Oct. 14, for 16 days)
Hyundai Heavy Industries Ulsan is also famous as a
producing center of quality 002 Asian Games, the sports event set
amethyst, and there is a park themed on this enchanting violet stone. A
short way from downtown are clean beaches: Jujeon well known for its
black pebble beach and Jinha with its surrounding pines.
The Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium at Nam-gu will hold group matches on June 2 and
3, and a quarterfinal on June 21.
2 up for everlasting peace and harmony
of 3 billion Asians, is to be staged in
Busan under the motto of “New Vision,
New Asia.”
This greatest Asian sports festival will remind all Asians
of the Olympic ideal for more prosperous and peaceful world, and the
Seogwipo citizens of Busan are doing their best to realize this goal. More
informations at www.busanasiad.org.
Seogwipo is situated at the foot of Mt. Hallasan on Jeju Island, whose
lower slopes are covered with citrus trees and green pasture. As it enjoys
mild, sunny weather and clean environment, people flock for sightseeing,
sports and leisure activities all year round. Much loved by tourists, the
Jungmun Resort offers a nice beach, beautiful
waterfalls, public golf course, marine park,
huge botanical garden and world-class

Jungmun Resort
Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains
with 12,000 Pinnacles and 12,000 Miracles

Guryong Falls Sangpaldam Pool Bibong Falls

Manmulsang Rocks Moranbong Acrobatic Circus Geumgangsan Hot Spring

ҟAttractions in Geumgangsan Mountains
Each of four tour courses boasts truly breathtaking scenery. Outer Geumgang
is the zenith of masculine magnificence while Inner Geumgang has feminine
properties.
Samseonam Rock
Guryong Falls
Fifty-meter-high Guryong Falls (“nine dragon falls”) is one of the most famous and
exquisite falls in Korea. At the bottom of the waterfall are nine 10-meter trenches through
“The beauty of the Diamond Mountains is beyond comparison with any solid rock, carved by the crashing waters over hundreds of thousands of years. The
mountains in the world. The wonder of grand gorges enraptures us.” formation looks like dragons.

- Isabella Bird Bishop, British explorer, in 1890 - Sangpaldam Pool
Sangpaldam Pool, the setting for an ancient legend of a fairy and a woodcutter, provides a
perfect stopover point.
o other mountains in Korea have been more admired than Bibong Falls

N Geumgangsan. Poets, painters, and artists have been eager to
applaud the magnificence of these 110 mountains. With 12,000
pinnacles and hundreds of valleys, odd-shaped rocks, crystal clear
waters, endless saw-tooth ridges, diverse flora and fauna, this is some of the
most fantastic mountain scenery to be found anywhere on the face of the
The spray looks like a phoenix taking wing and it is named Bibong Falls (“flying phoenix falls”).
Manmulsang Rocks
Manmulsang is perhaps the number-one scenic sight in the Geumgangsan Mountains. It
features tens of thousands of rock images resembling various objects and living things.
From every angle it displays incredible nature-carved images.
Geumgangsan Hot Spring
globe.
About 300 meters away from the Geumgangsan Hotel is a long-famous, healing hot
For most foreigners visiting Korea at the new millennium, the beautiful spring. Relax after hiking the mountain trails.
Geumgangsan in North Korea has been added as a tourist attraction. Since
the first 4-night-5-day Geumgangsan tour on November 19, 1998, more
than 400,000 people have enjoyed the breathtaking scenery.
ҟThe process from reservation to embarkation:
On June 8 in 2001, The Hyundai Asan and North Korea agreed to allow
1. Make a reservation at a qualified travel agency, with two passport-sized photos,
overland journey from Sokcho to Geumgangsan. Though it will take some and fill out an application form.
time to build the road, the future journey is expected to be more 2. Make payment at a travel agency. All major credit cards are welcomed. Travel
comfortable. In addition, the region is agreed to be designated agents are not allowed to accept the cruise fee in cash, so whoever wants to pay
in cash may remit through the Korea Exchange Bank or National Agriculture
as a “special tourism zone,” which will afford diverse Cooperative Federation.
amenities such as golf courses, ski slopes, 3. Confirm the reservation.
condominiums, etc. Travel to the North Korean 4. Arrive at the port 2 hours ahead of departure time.
Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains is a wonderful ҟDepartures at 13:00 from Sokcho Port and 3 days and 2 nights duration (sea voyage: 3‫ڰ‬
opportunity, in linkage with South Korea’s east coast hours)
and Seoraksan Mountains. The voyage now takes For further information or a list of qualified agencies, please contact Hyundai Asan at:
place by ocean liner. ȭ 02-3669-3683, www.hyundai-asan.com or KevinCHO@shinbiro.com

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guide
Korea in Brief
Land 18
Climate 18
Religion 19
Language 19
History 20
Arts 22
Customs 23
Korea in Brief over 20Ū C (68Ū F). Monsoon rains
usually begin around the end of June
and last until mid-to-late July.
August is hot.
The coming of autumn in late
Land September brings continental winds
and clear, dry weather, making the
he Korean peninsula extends fall months perhaps the most

T
RUSSIAN FED.
southward from the eastern pleasant time of year. October’s vivid
CHINA
end of the Asian continent. golds and vibrant reds create a
Korean peninsula is roughly East Sea
colorful panorama.
Beijing
1,020 km (612 miles) long and 175 KOREA
JAPAN December to February are cold three or four days of cold weather are
Incheon Seoul Tokyo
km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest Busan
and dry with occasional snow or often followed by a few warmer days.
point. Yellow Sea rain. During the winter months,
Mountains cover 70% of the Jeju lsland

Korea’s land area, making it one of Shanghai

the most mountainous regions in the Religion
world.
The lifting and folding of Korea’s populated by 47.9 million people reedom of religion is fully
granite and limestone base has
created breathtaking landscapes of
scenic hills and valleys. The
mountain range that traverses the
length of the east coast plunges
(2000). Administratively, the
Republic of Korea consists of nine
provinces (do); the capital Seoul; and
the six metropolitan cities of Busan,
Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju, Daejeon,
F guaranteed in the Republic of
Korea. Korea’s traditional
religionsōShamanism,
Buddhism, and Confucianismō
have all played an integral role in the
steeply into the East Sea, while along and Ulsan. In total, there are 72 country’s socio- cultural
the southern and western coasts, the cities (si) and 91 counties (gun). development. There are also various
mountains descend gradually to the minor religions based on various developed a large following since its
coastal plains that produce the bulk ƅGeographic position Ŏ Between 33Ūand combinations of elements from these introduction in the late 18th
43Ūnorth latitude, and 124Ūand 131Ūeast
of Korea’s agricultural crops, traditional religions. Christianity has century.
longitude (including North Korea)
especially rice. ƅHighest mountains in S. Korea Ŏ Hallasan on

The Korean peninsula is divided Jeju Island, 1,950 meters (6,400 ft); Jirisan,
just slightly north of the 38th 1,915 meters (6,283 ft); and Seoraksan, 1,708 Language
meters (5,604 ft)
parallel. The democratic Republic of ƅRivers Ŏ Nakdonggang, 522 km (313 miles);

Korea in the south and communist he Korean language, like

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Hangang, 482 km (289 miles);
North Korea are separated by a Geumgang, 396 km (238 miles) Hungarian, Turkish,
ƅ Economic status (2000) Ŏ GNI US ʼ455.2
demilitarized zone. billion; national per capita income USʼ9,628
Mongolian, and Finnish, is
South Korea’s 99,500 sq. km is classified into the Ural-Altaic
Language group. Hangeul, the
Korean alphabet, is composed of 10
Climate simple vowels and 14 consonants. A
group of scholars under the
orea lies in the temperate patronage of King Sejong developed

K zone and has four distinct
seasons.
In late March or early
April, the trees burst into leafy
splendor to mark the beginning of
this systematic rendition of spoken
sound in 1443. It is widely acclaimed
by linguists as an ingenious
invention.
The chart on the next page
Earliest Form of Hangeul

However, because all road signs
spring. Mostly sunny days can be presents the Romanization of the 24 and information boards that are
expected from March to May. hangeul letters. This Romanization is based on McCune-Reischauer
During the relatively hot and rainy based on the new Romanization system, the old official Romanization
summer season, the vegetation is system proclaimed in 2000 by the cannot be changed immediately,
lush. By June average temperature is Korean government. there might be some coexistence of

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Consonants
ͳ OS ΄ JX ΍ S
Dangun and the Founding Myth of Korea
Ͷ V · [ Ύ \
͹ L\ Ή [QTMV\ VO Ώ X
Millennia ago when Hwanung, a son of Heaven, ruled the people, there were a
ͻ ZT Ί R ΐ P bear and a tiger that seriously wanted to become human. So they prayed fervently
΃ U Ό KP to Hwanung to grant their wishes. Hwanung was moved by their entreaties and
Vowels promised to transform them if only they could endure a
Α I Ι W ΢ a] dark cave eating only garlic and mugwort for a full
Γ aI Ν aW Σ M] 100 days. The tiger’s patience was soon worn
Ε MW Ξ ] Υ Q thin, cooped up in the dark without being able to
Η aMW
hunt, and it gave up the ordeal. The bear
became a woman after 21 days of endurance.
the two systems through 2005. and t, when followed by another consonant
She then asked Hwanung to find her a
For your understanding, major or forming the final sound of a word. This
husband; he found her very beautiful and
means that ๛໕, ጨ౏ and Ⴥჵ have
changes are listed below. changed from Pusan, HaptȆok and Cheju to
married her. The couple gave a birth to a son,
1) The previously used diacritical mark Dangun, who established a kingdom named
Busan, Hapdeok and Jeju. Don’t worry ӹ
breve (Ȇ) and apostrophe ( ’ ) have Gojoseon (Ancient Joseon) in 2333 B.C., the first
when Koreans hear foreigners pronounce
disappeared in the new system. For example, Pusan or Busan, both sound similar and kingdom on the Korean peninsula.
the vowels ࿳, ၹ, ဌ, and ႈ are romanized either way is no problem.
as eo, eu, yeo, and ui instead of the erstwhile period, A.D. 676ō935, was a Palaces and gates
3) ΍, Ύ, Ώ, and Ό are romanized as k, t, p,
o, Ȇ
Ȇ u, yȆo, and Ȇui. ႏᆐ, ဘಥዬ and ဌႈ౬
become Incheon, Yeongdeungpo and
and ch instead of the old k’, t’, p’, and ch’. golden age for Korean culture. The constructed during this
቙ዧു, ዬጪ, and ᆖჵ become advancements in the area of period can still be seen in
Yeouido instead of Inch’Ȇon, YȆongdȆ ungp’o
Taepyeongno, Pohang, and Cheongju Buddhist art are especially the city today.
and YȆoȆuido as written in the past.
instead of T’aep’yȆongno, P’ohang, and
2) When sounds ͳ, ͹, ΄, and Ί appear noteworthy. The Japanese invasion of
Ch’Ȇongju.
before a vowel, they are transcribed by g, d, In the succeeding Goryeo Dynasty, the peninsula in 1910
4) ཪ is written si instead of shi. Thus ཬഈ
b, and j, but for the sake of phonetic A.D. 918ō1392, an aristocratic ended the Joseon
and ႔཮ become Silla and Imsil.
consistency they are transcribed by k, t, p government was instituted. Dynasty. Korea remained
Buddhism was established as the under Japanese colonial
a g Silent state religion and came to have great rule for 35 years until the
Hangeul is written in syllabic influence in the political and end of World War н.
h u eo units made up of two, three, or
four letters.
administrative spheres. The name On August 15, 1945,
k Gilt-bronze
n “Korea” is a derivative of “Goryeo.” Japan surrendered to the contemplative
han guk eo (Korean language) The Joseon Dynasty, A.D. 1392ō Allies and withdrew from the Bodhisattva
7th century
of

1910, was the peninsula’s final Korean peninsula, which was


dynasty. During this period various then divided into two: South Korea
History political and economic reforms were in the free world and North Korea in
enacted. The most prominent of the communist bloc. The Republic
these was the adoption of of Korea in the south established an
he habitation of early man of Manchuria; they were by far the Confucianism as the independent government three years

T in Korea appears to have
started about half a million
years ago. The first
kingdom, named Gojoseon (Ancient
most powerful and eminent
kingdoms in the area. The period of
their rule, 57 B.C.ōA.D. 668, is
known as the Three Kingdoms
state ideology. The
surge of creative
literary endeavors and
the invention of hangeul,
later.
The Korean War began on June
25, 1950, when North Korea
invaded the South. An armistice


Joseon), was formed in 2333 B.C. period. Goguryeo and Baekje were the Korean alphabet, in agreement was signed three years later
By the first century B.C., Korea’s ultimately vanquished by Silla in Ash-glazed gray
1443, invest this period in 1953.
three ancient kingdoms of A.D. 668 and 660 respectively. In stoneware vessel, with special cultural South Korea’s tireless post-war
Silla period
Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla ruled the A.D. 676, Silla unified the peninsula significance. Hanyang, reconstruction efforts were highly
whole Korean peninsula and much for the first time. The Unified Silla now known as Seoul, was established successful in the promotion of
as the dynasty’s capital city in 1394. national prosperity and stability.

Jongmyo Royal Shrine

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Arts particular school but used free,
expressive techniques and bright
he artistic talents of the dances, mirroring the life, work and colors to depict strength, humor and

T Korean people are expressed
through the original music,
dance and painting that have
evolved over their 5,000-year history.
While in modern times many
religion of the common people, are
exciting and romantic, aptly
portraying the free and spontaneous
emotions of the Korean people.
Some typical folk dances are farmers
leisure.
Both Western and Korean schools
of painting coexist today in Korea
and some new works are combining
both.
Western art forms have been dances, mask dances and shamanistic
introduced and embraced by Korea, dances. Pottery
her unique arts still flourish, both in The appreciation of Korean Pottery-making techniques were famous and much sought after by
their pure forms and in various traditional music and dance helps the transmitted from China to Korea antique dealers. The white porcelain
harmonious combinations with visitor to better understand Korea over 1,000 years ago, where they of the Joseon Dynasty (A.D. 1392ō
modern genre. itself. flourished and produced an artistic 1910) is also renowned.
For theaters holding traditional tradition of which Koreans are This pottery-making skill was
Traditional Music music and dance performances, refer justifiably proud. transmitted to Japan at different
Traditional Korean music, called to page 110. The subtle beauty and unique periods in history, particularly during
gugak, has shared a similar cultural bluish-green color of the celadon the Japanese invasions of the 1590s,
background with China and Japan. Traditional Painting pottery of the Goryeo Dynasty (A.D. greatly contributing to the develop-
However, despite some superficial 918ō1392) have made it world- ment of the art form in Japan.
similarities, anyone who has
experienced gugak can easily tell that Customs
it is clearly different from other East
Asian music. Korean music, for Sense of Seniority one syllable, plus a given name
example, traditionally has a triple Although the traditional Confucian usually of two syllables. The family
rhythm (three beats per measure), social structure is changing, it is still name comes first. A Korean woman
while Chinese and Japanese music prevalent in Korea. Age or seniority does not take her husband’s family
have two beats per measure. is all-important and juniors are name, but their children take their
Gugak can be divided into two expected to follow the wishes of their father’s family name.
types: jeongak or the music of the Traditional Korean painting is very elders without question. Therefore,
upper classes, and minsogak or folk different from Western. Its roots lie people often ask you your age and Marriage
music. Jeongak, has a slow, solemn in the unique lines and colors of the sometimes your marital status Koreans think marriage is the most
and complicated melody, while Orient. Evidence of early Korean (interesting is that no matter how old important passage in one’s life and a
minsogak such as farmers music, paintings can be found in the royal you are, at least among family divorce is regarded as a disgrace not
pansori (epic solo song) and tombs of the Three Kingdoms members, you cannot be regarded as only for the couple but also for their
shamanistic music is fast and period (57 B.C.ōA.D. 668), which an adult if you are not married) to familiesōeven though the divorce
vigorous. have helped us piece together details find out their position relative to rate is growing rapidly these days.
about the lifestyles of the time. you. These questions are not meant Today’s typical wedding ceremony
Traditional Dance During the later Goryeo Dynasty to intrude on your privacy and you is somewhat different from what it
Korea’s traditional dance, like its (A.D. 918ō1392) Buddhism need not answer, if you do not wish was in old times: first a Western-style
music, can also be classified into reached its peak, leaving many to. ceremony is usually held at a
either court dances or folk dances. precious Buddhist paintings and wedding hall or a church with white
The slow, gracious movements of the images in temples around the Names dress and tuxedo, then later in the
court dances reflect the beauty of country. Confucianism became the The majority of Koreans have one of day comes the traditional ceremony
moderation and the subdued political ideology of the Joseon a small set of family names: Kim in a different room, in colorful
emotions formed as a Dynasty (A.D. 1392ō1910) and the (about 21% of all Koreans), Yi (or traditional costume.
result of the strong upper-class intellectuals who Lee or Rhee, 14%), Park (or Pak,
influence of produced much of the art were 8%), Choi (or Choe), Jeong (or Jerye (Ancestral Memorial Rite)
Confucian profoundly influenced by the Chung), Jang (or Chang), Han, Lim, According to a traditional Korean
philosophy. In Chinese style. Folk painting, which etc. A Korean name consists of a belief, when people die their spirits
contrast, became popular among the lower family name, in almost every case do not immediately depart; they stay
the folk classes, was not influenced by any

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with descendants four generations. Ondol
During this period the deceased are Traditional Korean rooms have
still regarded as family members and multiple functions. Rooms are not
Koreans reaffirm the relationship labeled or reserved for a specific
between ancestors and descendants purpose; there is no definite
through jerye on the special days like bedroom or dining room for
Lunar New Year’s Day and example. Rather, tables and mats are
Chuseok, as well as on the day the brought in as needed. Most people
ancestors passed away. Koreans also sit and sleep on the floor on thick
believe that people can live well and mats.

Tourist
happily thanks to benefits their Underneath the floors are stone or
ancestors bestow. concrete flues. Traditionally hot air
was vented through the flues to
Body Language provide heat. Clay or cement would
When you beckon to a person, do be placed over the stones to protect

Attractions
with your palm down and fluttering the residents from noxious gasses.
fingers. It is not polite to beckon This type of underfloor heating is
with palm upōespecially using only called “ondol.” Nowadays hot water
one finger, because Koreans do that is piped through cement floors
way only for dogs. covered with linoleum.

Hanbok Gimjang Seoul 26
Gimjang is the age-old Korean
Seoul Vicinity 68
practice of preparing winter kimchi,
which has been passed down from Eastern Area 72
generation to generation. Because Central Area 76
very few vegetables are grown in the
three or four winter months, gimjang Southeastern Area 80
takes place in early winter and Southwestern Area 92
provides what has become a staple
Korean food.
Jeju-do 98
For Koreans, a dinner table
without kimchi is unthinkable.

Oriental Medicine
Oriental medicine considers
The hanbok has been the Korean decreased vital energy and a
people’s unique traditional costume weakened immune system to be the
for thousands of years. The beauty cause of diseaseōnot a problem of a
and grace of Korean culture can be particular body part, but rather an
seen in photographs of women imbalance of the life forces in the
dressed in the hanbok. whole body. Therefore Oriental
Before the arrival of Western-style medicine seeks to treat disease by
clothing one hundred years ago, the strengthening the immune system
hanbok was everyday attire. Men and restoring the harmony within
wore jeogori (Korean jackets) with the body, not by removing
baji (trousers) while women wore pathogenic factors. Expressway Ferry Terminal Hot Spring Hospital By Bus
jeogori with chima (skirts). Today, Major fields of Oriental medicine National / Beach World Cultural Museum, Gallery By Ferry
Provincial Road Heritage
the hanbok is worn on days of include herbal medicine, Restaurant Mountain Tourist Attraction University Telephone
celebration such as weddings, Seollal acupuncture, moxa treatment, and Shopping Temple Embassy Bank T Transportation
(Lunar New Year’s Day) or Chuseok cupping therapies. Bus Terminal Falls Post Office Movie Theater A Admission Fee
(Thanksgiving Day). City Tour Bus Stop Royal Tomb Airline Office On Foot C Days Closed
Hotel Golf Course Police Station By Subway H Open Hours
Airport Ski Resort Tourist Information By Train L Location
Korea travel guide
Signs such as A1 A2 ... after the tourist destinations in this book indicate their locations on the maps.
EUJEONGBU

SEOUL Dobongsan

Suraksan

DOBONG-GU Buramsan

NOWON-GU

GANGBUK-GU Taereung

GOYANG EUNPYEONG-GU Bukhansan
Hwagyesa

Dream land

SEONGBUK-GU
JUNGNANG-GU
GIMPO
Changgyeonggung Yongma Park
Korea Univ.
Swiss Grand
Changdeokgung Hongneung GURI
JONGNO-GU
Gyeongbokgung DONGDAEMUN-GU
Palace
Seoul SEODAEMUN-GU
World Cup Stadium
KNTO Dongdaemun
GANGSEO-GU Yonsei Univ. Deoksugung Stadium
Palace JUNG-GU Amsa-dong Prehistoric
GWANGJIN-GU Settlement Site
Gimpo Airport MAPO-GU Seoul Station SEONGDONG-GU Walker Hill
Ujang Park Shilla
Jeoldusan Seoul
Martyrs’ Shrine Tower Namsan
Children’s
GANGDONG-GU
Park
INCHEON Mok-dong Park Grand Park
National Holiday Inn Hyatt
Assembly Techno Mart
Mok-dong YONGSAN-GU
Y  Dong Seoul
SSWA
Sports Crown
GYEONG Yongsan
IN EXPRE Complex
Electronics Market
YANGCHEON-GU YEONGDEUNGPO-GU H an Riv e r
KLI 63 Building World Trade Lotte
World Olympic Park
Yeongdeungpo Center Seoul
BUCHEON Station DONGJAK-GU Jamsil Sports HANAM
Complex
Seoul Seonjeongneung
GURO-GU Ritz-Calton
National Palace SONGPA-GU
Cemetery
Boramae Park

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lives in Seoul, which serves as the relics of the Joseon Dynasty: educational institution. The litany blazing the night through; many
Dongdaemun and Namdaemun of Seoul’s cultural heritage is parks and museums; department
Gates; five extant palaces, namely endless. The city’s legacy winds stores and other emporiums; jazz
Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, through its labyrinthine alleys. bars, cafes, a casino, etc. These
Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, At the same time, Seoul has risen make Seoul a favorite tourist
and Gyeonghuigung; royal tombs, as a global landmark of modernity, destination where visitors find all
including Hongneung and with many must-see attractions: the amenities and entertainment
Seonjeongneung; and Lotte World, an amusement park; they could want.
Seonggyungwan, the Confucian Seoul Tower, the symbol of Seoul,
un Gate
Namdaem

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Around Gyeongbokgung Palace
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A Gyeongbokgung, the oldest Joseon Dynasty palace. On its
grounds stand the National Museum of Korea and the National
Folk Museum, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and
historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of olden days.
Geunjeongjeon, the throne hall, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion in its lotus
Gyeongbokgung Palace
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This is the presidential residence of the
pond, Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, and many other buildings boast Built in 1394 as the main palace of the
Joseon Dynasty (1392˅1910) by its Republic of Korea. Tours of Cheong Wa
exquisite architecture in the grandest garden landscape. Dae have been conducted since 1998.
founder King Taejo, it is the most
Geonchunmun, the east gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, opens on comprehensive and grandest of the five Individual tours can be made from 9 a.m.
Samcheongdonggil Street, with its hanbok (traditional dress) shops and palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. to 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays in April,
many art galleries. At the northern tip of the one-km strip of May, September, and October. Tour
ȭ 02-734-2458 ʲ: Exit 5 of
tickets are distributed free of charge at the
Samcheongdonggil Street extends to a tree-arched street in front of Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3
Cheong Wa Dae Tour Information Desk
Cheong Wa Dae, adorned with manicured roadside patches. At the end ʦ: 09:00˅18:00 (09:00˅17:00, Nov.˅
located on the grounds of
of the street are cozy Rose of Sharon Garden and Hyojadong Feb.) ʟ: ˴700 ʡ: Tues.
Gyeongbokgung Palace. Reserved group
Community Hall which displays former presidents’ gifts from overseas as tours of up to 30 are possible.
well as memorabilia of Seoul history. National Museum of Korea ȭ 02-737-5800; www.cwd.go.kr
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Started from the Joseon Dynasty Samcheongdonggil Street
Holy See Samcheong-dong Museum built in 1908, this largest ໚ᆖ౶ଥ
museum in Korea exhibited not only
Rose of Sharon Garden Cheong Wa Dae ᅯဉఝ some 120,000 cultural assets of Korea,
(Mugunghwa dongsan)
but also those of neighboring countries
Chunchumun and regions including China, Japan, and
Gate
Hyoja-dong Community Hall Central Asia. Because the old museum
(Hyoja-dong sarangbang)
building was demolished in 1996, the
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Artsonje Center within Yongsan Family Park by the year galleries such as Gallery Hyundai, Kumho
Gyeonghoeru Geonchunmun 2003. Museum of Art, Artsonje Center, etc.
Gate French Cultural Center
ȭ 02-398-5000; www.museum.go.kr There are also Beomnyeonsa <emple,
Korean Traditional Folk Dress Museum
Kumho Museum of Art ʦ: 09:00 ˅18:00 (09:00 ˅17:00, Nov. ˅ Korean Traditional Folk Dress Museum,
Geunjeongjeon
Gallery Hyundai Feb.) *One hour extension on Sat., Sun. the French Cultural Center, Jeongdok
Jewelbutton & co.
National Museum Beomnyeonsa k National holiday from March to Oct. Library, cafes, restaurants and craft
Cheong Wa Dae gu
of Korea Tour An shops.
Sajik Park Information Korean Publishers Assn. ʟ: ˴700 ʡ: Mon. and Jan. 1
Subway Line Shuttle bus service is offered on a
3 Dongsipjagak
Gyeongbokgu
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Seoul Immigration Office Gate Memorial Hall National Folk Museum of
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cross from City Hall is Deoksugung Palace, one of the five royal

A palaces of the Joseon Dynasty (1392˅1910). It was originally a Rodin Gallery ౏༿ଂ
The Rodin Gallery serves as the world’s
residence for Prince Wolsan (1454˅1488), the elder brother of eighth and Asia’s second museum
King Seongjong, but was used as a main royal palace by some later dedicated solely to the display of Auguste
kings. Particularly, King Gojong, the next-to-last king of the Joseon Rodin’s works. It is located on the ground
Dynasty, remained here even after being forced to abdicate the throne by Deoksugung Palace ౏༿ଂ floor of Samsung Plaza.
Deoksugung Palace complex is dotted ȭ 02-2259-7649, FAX 02-2259-7795 ʲ:
the Japanese in 1907. He lived here until his death in 1919.
with commanding structures: Daehanmun, Exit 8 of City Hall Station, Line 1 or 2 ʦ:
His successor King Sunjong, his son and the last king, gave the palace the main gate; Junghwajeon, the throne 10:00˅18:00 ʡ"Mon.
the present name Deoksugung (meaning Palace of Virtuous Longevity) in hall and audience hall; and Seokjojeon,
the hope that his father would live long here. the only Western-style building in Korean
Nanta Theatre ந቏ଗႦ
A detour onto the tree-lined street on the south side of the palace leads palaces. Seokjojeon now houses the
Royal Museum, which preserves
to the time-honored Chung Dong First Methodist Church. Just across
sophisticated royal court articles of the
the road is the Chongdong Theater, which presents performing arts all Joseon Dynasty, and the Deoksugung Art
year round. Near the palace are such frequently visited spots as Museum, which displays diverse works of
Gyeonghui- gung Palace, the Chosun Ilbo Gallery, Munhwa Ilbo Hall, modern art.
the old Anglican Cathedral, the Former Russian Legation, the ȭ 02-771-9951 ʲ: Exit 2 of City Hall
Agricultural Museum, Nanta Theatre, and so on. Station, Line 1 or 2 ʦ: 09:00˅18:00
Walking toward Sungnyemun Gate (which is nicknamed Namdaemun, (09:00˅17:30, Nov. to Dec.) ʡ"Mon.
ʟ"˴700
or South Gate) from the main gate of Deoksugung, take you to Samsung
Plaza, which contains the Rodin Gallery as well as a shopping mall. The The Nanta Theatre is exclusively for
Chongdong Theater Ⴣ౶ଗႦ performances of Cookin! This wild and
other side of Sungnyemun Gate is Namdaemun Market, filled with funny percussion performance has won
Korea’s first repertory theater. It presents
hundreds of wholesale and retail shops, a favorite spot for foreigners to international awards and acclaim. Cookin!
the “Korean Traditional Performing Arts
visit. Series” at 20:00 every day except is performed on kitchen instruments and
Monday. Main programs include the drum utensils, pots and pans and garbage
Gwanghwamun cans, broomsticks and chopsticks, and
Korea First
dance, pansori (epic solo song), sanjo
Seoul Metropolitan Kyobo Bldg. hapju (an ensemble or orchestra of some especially exciting vegetable
Museum
Saemunangil Street Subway Line1 Jonggak Korean instruments), samulnori chopping on blocks with sharp kitchen
Gyeonghuigung Gwanghwamun
Palace
Dong Wha DFS Post Office (percussion quartet), the sword dance knives.
ઠ፻૛ Ilmin Gallery Youngpoong Lotte
LABO Korea Bookstore Tour and fan dance, etc. ȭ 02-739-8288; www.nanta.co.kr ʲ:
2002 World Cup 2002 World Cup
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Stores, Migliore, underground and aboveground shopping malls
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and mode. Every back alley has cafes and restaurants serving snacks and
delicacies for moments of refreshment during shopping.
On the knoll at far end of the main street of Myeong-dong stands
Myeongdong Cathedral, the Korean Catholic headquarters. Within a
stone’s throw is the YWCA, active in diverse ways to expand women’s
rights.
Within just a few minutes’ walk from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun Euljiro 1 (il)-ga Subway Line 2 Euljiro
3-ga Sta.
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Post Office
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Namdaemunno 4-ga ʲ: Exit 5 of Euljiro 1 (il)-ga
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Around Insa-dong Insadonggil Street ႏ໒౶ଥ A grand lotus lantern parade takes
place along the Jongno Street from
Dongdaemun Stadium to Jogyesa
ႏ໒౶ ჵ฼ Temple some evening before Buddha’s
birthday, which falls on the 8th day of the
4th lunar month. (May 12 in 2002)
Foreign individual tourists can be
long the streets of Insa-dong, visitors are lured by hundreds of

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ushered by an English-speaking guide
shops brimful with traditional ink paintings, calligraphic works, free of charge upon request.
antique furniture, curios, handicrafts, ceramics, and modern-style ȭ 02-732-5292; www.ijogyesa.net ʲ:
traditional dresses. Even a single fan pays tribute to nature. Each Frequented by local and foreign visitors Exit 2 of Jonggak Station, Line 1
little necklace is strung with the elegant glow of tradition. all year round, it is the most renowned
In Insa-dong’s back alleys, shoulder to shoulder, are traditional-style cafes area for fans of Korean antiques and fine Bosingak Bell Pavilion
arts.
and restaurants serving folk menus that are hearty and ample. Every ๅཬઃ

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performing events including traditional percussion band music.
Adjacent to Insa-dong are the Nagwon Arcade with its musical Unhyeongung Palace ၑፉଂ
instrument market and rice-cake and delicacy shops; Unhyeongung
Palace, the residence of the Regent Daewongun of the late Joseon
Dynasty, who closed the doors of the kingdom to foreigners; and Jogyesa,
the head temple of Korea’s largest Buddhist sect, Jogyejong. Visitors can
experience a Buddhist worship service laden with the fragrance of incense
This is the belfry for a 3.18 m-tall bronze
performed in Jogyesa Temple. The street passing Jogyesa Temple is lined
bell of the early Joseon period, the
with shops packed with wooden clappers, gray robes, rosaries, incense, original of which is now kept in the
brassware and other Buddhist articles. A private house of the royal family during National Museum. Today, this bell tolls on
At the same time, a bit further along towards Jonggak Station of the late Joseon period, it consists of the New Year’s Day, Independence
Subway Line 1 is Jongno Tower, which commands a fine view of Seoul’s several elegant buildings. Here King Movement Day (March 1) and Liberation
Day (August 15).
nightscape. Across from the Jongno Tower are the historical Bosingak Gojong, the next-to-last king of the
Bell Pavilion and Youngpoong Bookstore under street level. Joseon Dynasty, was born and grew up ʲ: Exit 4 of Jonggak Station, Line 1
until age 12, and his father, known as
Daewongun, attended to the state affairs
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October annually, the wedding ceremony a distinctive design and a fantastic night
Subway Jongno Police
Line 3 Station Unhyeongung Palace view. On its top floor is the Top Cloud Grill
ဪጢ૛ of King Gojong and Queen Myeongseong
Hankook Ilbo & Cafe which is best known for its glass
Ea

Crown Bakery Gana Art Unhyeongung Gallery is reenacted here.
ter

Space walls, providing stunning views of Seoul,
yA

Japan Gallery ʲ: Exit 4 of Anguk Station, Line 3
In

Dongduk Art Gallery as well as for its savory fusion foods and
lley
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Hak Ko Jae ʦ: 09:00˅18:00 (09:00˅17:00, Nov.˅
Banyaro
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Ujeongchongguk Kyung-In Art Gallery a live jazz. The underground is
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(Central Post office site) Feb.) ʡ"Mon. ʟ"˴700
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Buddhist Articles Shops

Insa Gallery Nagwon called the Millennium
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Insa Art Center
YTN Gallery Savina Ricecake Shop
Plaza, occupied
Ujeonggungno

Jogyesa Sanggojae Sanchon Jogyesa Temple ვૉ໒ by a range of
Ⴎઢຫ Arirang Han’s Institute
Korea Investment Tong-In of Culinary Arts restaurants
Bank Store Nagwon and shops.
Jongno-gu JONGNO-GU Arcade
Office Il Mare ୿ဴືਜ਼
Sun Gallery
Dukwon
Jongno 3-ga
ʲ: Exit 3
Sambong Gallery
gil Street of Jonggak
Gong Gallery
Hollywood
Gong Pyong Station,
Art Center Gallery Sang Kwangjuyo
Seoul
Kwaejina Chingching Line 1
Hakada Udong Seoul Tapgol Park
Ijo Byeonggwa ሮફલဴ
Jongno Tower
Korea First Bank Ⴖചረဲ
YMCA
Jewelry Shops Jongno 2-ga
Post Office Unlike most Buddhist temples in Korea
Jonggak Subway Line 1
Chongno which are nestled in the mountains, this
Jongno 3-ga
Youngpoong Bookstore Berger King one is located city center.
Bookstore
Bosingak Bell Pavilion

Korea travel guide | 34 | 35 |
Around Daehangno Street
ౄጣുჵ฼૛ ૎ଂಠ

aehangno is the cradle

D of Korean performing
arts, the off-Broadway
of Korea. Small theaters,
galleries, cafes, folk taverns, and
restaurants are sprawled around
Marronnier Park.
Various outdoor sculpture
and painting exhibitions and
Daehangno
performing arts are offered on makeshift stages on the street. About 40
theaters and several museums attract throngs of young people. Amidst Daehangno Street ౄጣു that visitors can enjoy both for only ˴700.
these heart-pounding streets is poised a serene compound called Ihwajang ȭ 02-762-8263 ʲ: Exit 4 of Jongno 3
The literal meaning of Daehangno is
(Rhiwhachang), which was once the manor of the first Korean president, “university street” because until mid- (sam)-ga Station, Line 1, 3, or 5 ʦ: 06:00˅
Syngman Rhee, now renovated as a museum. 1970s it had the campus of the Seoul 18:00 (06:00˅19:00, Sat., Sun., and national
Nearby are Jongmyo, the Royal Ancestral Shrine, and Changgyeong- National University on the current holidays); 06:30˅17:30, Nov.˅Feb.
Marronnier Park site. ʡ"Tues. ʟ"˴700
gung Palace. Between Jongmyo and Changgyeonggung slices a busy road,
but a park-to-park pedestrian bridge spans it. There is also Changdeokgung
Jongmyo, Royal Ancestral Changgyeonggung Palace
Palace with its beautiful rear garden, Huwon(or Biwon,“Secret Garden”). ᅽેଂ
Jongmyo and Changdeokgung are registered on the UNESCO’s World Shrine ო෕
First built by the fourth ruler King Sejong
Cultural Heritage List. Another nearby historical spot is Seonggyungwan, (r.1418˅1450) for his retiring father King
the Confucian university founded in 1398 at the start of the Joseon Taejong, this palace was often used as
Dynasty. the residence of queens and concubines.
This palace became a park with a zoo
Trek Korea
(guesthouse) and a botanical garden during the
SungKyunKwan Univ. Samseongyo
Japanese colonial rule. The zoo was
moved out and the palace regained its old
Seonggyungwan Catholic Univ. grace in the 1980s after years of
Dongsung of Korea
ໜ૭શ restoration work. This palace is unique in
Cinematec
Inkel Art Hall
Dongsoong Art Center
that its front gate and the throne hall face
Huwon (Secret Garden) CHB
east while those in all the other palaces
ፎဴ
Batanggol Art Center face the south.
Blue Bird Theater
Hyehwa

ȭ 02-762-4868 ʲ: Exit 4 of Hyehwa
Museum of African Art Station, Line 4 ʦ: 09:00˅18:00 (09:00˅
Changdeokgung
Palace Munye Theater Jongmyo was one of three main state 17:30 , Nov. ˅Feb.) ʡ"Tues. ʟ"˴700
Museum of ᅖన૛ Marronnier
Theater institutions of the Joseon Dynasty along
Korea Buddhist Art Art Center
Daehangno Street

Marronnier with Gyeongbokgung, the main palace,
Park
H & CB and Sajikdan which, now in Sajik Park, is
Seoul National Korea Nat’l Open Univ. the national altar for the gods of earth and
University Hospital
crops. Jongmyo enshrines spirit tablets of
Donhwamun Changgyeonggung
Yongsusan
Yulgongno
Palace Joseon kings and their queens.
ᅖઠ૛
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g uk ၦጷၿ
An Unhyeongung Sunday of May the rituals are conducted
Palace
ဪጢ૛ Jongmyo according to strict procedures in an
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Dongdaemun Dongdaemun Gate
Jongn

Tapgol Park Police Station
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Subway Line 1 | 36 | 37 |
o 3-ga

Piccadilly Dan Seong Sa
Jongno 4-ga Jongno 5-ga
Jonggak
highest academic achievements from
across the country. Main facilities here
are a lecture hall, dormitories, and a
shrine to Confucius and distinguished
Dongdaemun Market ౶ౄෝཪႦ

Confucian scholars. Every spring and fall,
a traditional Confucian memorial service Some of the greatest bargains can
is held at the shrine. be found at Dongdaemun Market,
ȭ 02-765-0501 ʲ: Exit 4 of Hyehwa a large area packed with small shops
Station, Line 4 ʦ: 09:00˅17:00 ʡ"Sun. and big malls. Some ten or so
modern clothing malls have sprung
Ihwajang, the Syngman Rhee up among the long-established
Memorial ႍ፞Ⴆ
older markets. Shops are open all
night, brightly lit and playing
Huwon cheerful music.
The biggest items are fabrics,
Changdeokgung Palace ᅽ౏
clothing, leather goods, women’s
ଂ and Huwon ፵ၛ
and children’s costumes, bedding,
Used as main palace by many Joseon
housewares, footwear, sporting
kings and has been the best preserved
among the five royal Joseon palaces. It is
goods, etc.
best known for its beautiful garden for the Dongdaemun has become
royal family, Huwon, or Biwon (“Secret famous for nearly the same clothing
Garden”) with its superb landscape with as available at department stores, at
pavilions, ponds, and wooded areas.
very reasonable prices.
Daily guided tours of the palace and its
garden are available in English: 11:30, These days, it is attracting big public attention with such modern
13:30 and 15:30. Ihwajang or Rhiwhachang is a typical shopping malls as Migliore, Doosan Tower, Uno Coré, Hye Yang
ȭ 02-762-9513 ʲ: Exit 3 of Anguk
Korean mansion built in the 1930s. Dr. Elicium, Freya Town and Designer Club especially appealing to
Rhee lived here from 1947 until he moved people in their teens and twenties.
Station, Line 3 ʦ: 09:15˅17:15 (09:00˅
to Gyeongmudae (the present Cheong
16:00, Nov.˅Feb.) ʡ"Mon. ʟ"˴2,200 Dongdaemun Market Information Center ȭ 02-2261-2192/4, FAX 02-2254-1676
Wa Dae) on August 15, 1948, as the first
president of the Republic of Korea. It (interpretation and buying guide available) ʲ: Dongdaemun Stadium Station of Subway
Seonggyungwan ༃ଔ૝ displays a variety of his personal and Line 2, 4 or 5

The highest educational institution for household items that he and Mrs. Rhee
Confucian teachings and studies during used.
the Joseon Dynasty. The institution ȭ 02-747-8514 ʲ: Exit 2 of Hyehwa
accommodated about 200 students of Station, Line 4

Traditional Confucian rituals, Seonggyungwan

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Around Namsan Park
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amsan Park climbs the slope of the Mt.

N
Namsan. Seoul Tower, a city landmark,
presents an unobstructed panorama.
Below it are the octagonal pavilion
Palgakjeong, a small zoo, a botanical garden,
Namsan Public Library, Patriot Ahn Choong National Theater

Kun Memorial Hall, and convenience facilities.
Meandering strolling paths and jogging courses Seoul Tower ໶ၒ቏ၙ including five traditional Korean houses or
hanok from the Joseon Dynasty. These
through lush trees make this a perfect spot to
houses were moved from their original
unwind at the end of the day. locations scattered around Seoul and
For an easy ascent of Mt. Namsan one can take restored completely.
the cable car from the station at its foot. Some will prefer the steps leading ȭ 02-2266-6937/8, FAX 02-2266-6936
past Namsan Botanical Garden to Palgakjeong Pavilion all the way up to ʲ: Exit 3 of Chungmuro Station, Line 3 or
Seoul Tower. 4 , then 7 min. ʦ: 09:00˅18:00 (09:00˅
The tower accommodates the Global Village Folk Museum, a 3-D 17:00, Nov.˅ Feb.) ʡ: Tues.
theater, and Pulhyanggi Restaurant featuring mountain vegetable dishes
plus performance of traditional arts. The tower also presents a fine
nightscape.
Commanding a fine view of Seoul, Seoul
The northern foot of Mt. Namsan is dotted with cultural facilities. Tower is equipped with observatories and
Korea House offers traditional cuisine and traditional performing arts a revolving restaurant with a full-circle
programs in an elegant ambiance. Namsan Hanok Village has a cluster of view; the Global Village Folk Museum that
traditional houses moved here and refurbished some years ago. The maintains over 20,000 rare and precious
relics from over 150 countries, a 3-D
National Theater’s opera and dance companies provide colorful repertoire theater, etc.
year round, and for those interested in learning the Korean traditional tea
Ҙ Cable Car (ȭ 02-753-2403)
ceremony, cookery, and etiquette, there is Yejiwon (ȭ 02-2253-2211,
ʲ: Exit 3 of Myeong-dong Station, Line 4 Korea House ጤ૸ႈ ᄜ
e-mail: yejiwon @yejiwon.or.kr). then 15 min. ʦ: 10:00˅22:30 Korea House is an excellent example of
ʟ"˴3,500 for a one-way ticket, ˴4,800 for traditional architecture, where visitors can
Sejong uro a round ticket
Shinsegae ungm enjoy authentic Korean table d’h˶ ote and
Dept. Store Ch
Myeong-dong Chung-ang Univ. Ҙ Seoul Tower (ȭ 02-775-6222)
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Astoria Medical Center traditional Korean music and dance
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Namsan Botanical Garden National Theater Time Capsule Plaza, and the village itself
Namsan Public Library ૑൝૰ၿ houses large and small performance halls
Seoul Tower ໏ါረဲ
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headquarters buildings of
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Federation of Small and Medium
Businesses, the Seoul Yeouido
Exhibition Center which sells the
top-notch products of small and medium entrepreneurs, the studios of
Korea’s three broadcasting majors, KBS, MBC, SBS, etc.
From the Itaewon Intersection, this special tourism zone stretches
The KLI 63 Building, the golden landmark of Yeouido, is packed with
all the way past the Hamilton Hotel to Hannam-dong. It is
fun facilities including a huge-screen I-Max Theater, a magnificent
honeycombed with about 2,000 shops as well as jazz bars,
aquarium, rooftop observation deck, shopping mall, and restaurants.
nightclubs, and ethnic restaurants. This district is popular with
LG Science Hall in the LG Twin Towers shows children the new
both foreign residents and tourists.
scientific possibilities of tomorrow. Yeouido Park and Hangang Riverside
In the core area around the Hamilton Hotel are clustered 1,000
Park are fine places for rest and for sun-drenched outdoor sports. Ferry
shops selling leather goods, bags, clothes, shoes, and tourist
boats ply the waterfront. A cruise along the Han River, the lifeline flowing
souvenirs. The sidewalk is fringed with about 400 roadside stalls
through the heart of Seoul, offers plenty of picturesque views.
attracting shoppers with accessories, hats, T-shirts, small gadgets,
and much more. Itaewon is the area most densely packed with Seogang
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Around Samseong-dong
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The road around the National Assembly
is well-known for cherry blossoms in
spring.
ȭ 02-788-2885/2932; www.assembly.go.kr
S the showcase of
Seoul’s new
quintessence. This
area has been developed since
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ʲ: No. 48 or 53 (3 min.) from Yeouido
Station, Line 5 ʦ: 09:00─18:00 (09:00 ─
center. Including World
With three underground and 60 17:00, Nov.─Feb.) Trade Center Seoul, the area
aboveground floors, this golden tower is houses boutiques, world-class
the tallest building in Korea. The rooftop Yeouido Park ဌႈ౬૙ၛ hotels, department stores,
observation deck, I-Max Theater, and the high-rise apartment complexes, plus the Teheran Valley where many
Aquarium 63 Sea World offer much to
up-and-coming dot-com enterprises cluster.
see. Sea World displays 20,000 marine
creatures of 400 species. A health club, Across the street from Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) lies
shopping mall, classy restaurants, and time-honored Bongeunsa Temple. Nearby Seolleung Station of Subway
snack bars give visitors diverse options Line 2 are the Joseon Dynasty royal tombs Seonjeongneung. Another
for spending a day by the river. attraction is the Seoul Training Center for Important Intangible Cultural
ȭ 02-789-5663/5; www.ds63.co.kr ʲ: Properties, showing and selling a variety of exquisite handicrafts made by
Exit 1 of Yeouinaru Station, Line 5, and then
nationally designated master artisans.
taxi ʦ: 10:00˅ 21:00 ʟ"ӗ17,500 for use
of all facilities Yeouido Plaza, which was paved flat for
the past 27 years, was magically

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Memorial Museum and the National Cine Plus Garden
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the Han River. Irioneora Malli- T.G.I.Friday’s
Assembly Library. You may apply for a jangseong Cheongdam
Yeongdong Fire & Police Station Park
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Museum of Gangnam-gu Office
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Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market ௦ഡᄗ༿໕ཪႦ Park Bongeunsa ฦၔຫ
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products. Every day about 450 tons of fish Kimchi Field
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Hilltop Seoul Training Center Trade Tower
New World Museum
caught from inshore and the deep seas
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for the Important Intangible Seonjeongneung
New Hilltop Cultural Properties Korea City
are traded here. The fishery auction starts (Royal Tombs)໓ႜൔ KFTA
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Gangnam lleun
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(World Taekwondo Sub
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World Trade Center Seoul Champ, an arcade with over 100 of the 
ේဍ༇ቤ latest game machines; Megabox
Cineplex with 16 screening rooms; and
the 1.4-ha COEX Aquarium, showing
more than 30,000 fish of 500 species and
dozens of big, toothy sharks; Kimchi Field
Museum, on the second underground
level of COEX Mall, containing an
extensive kimchi displays such as
recipes, techniques, etc.
(www.kimchimuseum.or.kr)
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The WTCS refers to a large area that
includes the COEX, state-of-the-art Bongeunsa Temple ํၻ໒
and promote traditional Korean arts and
convention and exhibition facilities; 55- The Venerable Yeonhoe built this temple then 8 min ʦ: 10:00˅18:00 ʡ" Sun.,
the skills of artisans designated as
story Trade Tower which houses trade- in 794 during the reign of King Wonseong national holidays except Seollal and Chuseok
“Important Intangible Cultural Properties.”
related organizations and export firms; of the Silla Kingdom. Its Sutra Hall in The center has exhibition halls and a
ASEM Tower, a new office building; which hangs a commemorative wooden shop displaying and selling a variety of Kukkiwon (World
Korea City Air Terminal which handles tablet inscribed by the nation’s most
check-in and immigration procedures and
crafts, a traditional art performing hall and Taekwondo Headquarters)
celebrated calligrapher, Chusa (pen workshops where artisans versed in 11 ૸ଡၛ
provides non-stop airport limousine bus name) Kim Jeong-hui (1786─1856), different arts and crafts items train
service. This is an ideal venue for any preserves woodblocks for 15 Buddhist Established to promote taekwondo
aspiring successors and show their
large-scale meeting or exhibition. sutras, including the Diamond Sutra. nationwide. It organizes national or
working to the public.
ȭ 02-551-0114 ʲ: Exit 6 of Samseong The temple runs meditation programs international taekwondo competitions,
ȭ 02-566-5951, FAX 02-566-5954 judges ranking promotion and operates
Station, Line 2 from 04:00 to 21:00 every day and tea
ceremony programs between 13:00 and ʲ: Exit 8 of Seolleung Station, Line 2 training courses for taekwondo coaches
15:00 every Tuesday. and international umpires.
COEX Mall ሓစཡ ළ The World
Under the WTCS, this huge mall (about ȭ 02-516-5652 ʲ: Exit 6 of Samseong
Taekwondo
12 ha) stretches from Samseong Subway Station, Line 2 or Cheongdam Station, Line 7
Federation is
Station to ASEM Tower. Along the located here.
underground labyrinth are a variety of Seoul Training Center for ȭ 02-567-
amenities and facilities, including Lake
the Important Intangible 1058, FAX 02-
Food Court with ethnic restaurants; Event
Court for concerts and dramas; Dache, a
Cultural Properties 552-3025 ʲ:
໶ၒჾ၇ේፏෝ፞ႨႽ༿፩૝ Exit 8 of
clothing complex where more than 400
Gangnam Station,
retailers are doing business; Game This institution is designed to preserve
Line 2

Nearby Attraction

Apgujeong-dong and Vicinity ࿕૷Ⴣ౶
The development of the Apgujeong-dong
area was triggered by the building of the
Apgujeong Apartment Complex on pear
orchards in 1973. Now it has become a
popular upper-class residential area.
Naturally the nearby streets are full of
chic boutiques for vintage fashion goods,
trendy coffee lounges, restaurants,
nightclubs, etc.
Most properly expressing the nature of
this area is the road nicknamed Rodeo Street. One block away is Boutique and Art
Gallery Street.
ʲ: Exit 2 of the Apgujeong Station, Line 3
Megabox Cineplex, COEX Mall

Korea travel guide | 46 | 47 |
Around Jamsil Seoul Nori Madang ໶ၒ௩ႍඇీ

An open-air stage for Korean traditional
Ⴂ཮ჵ฼ performances such as the farmers’ dance
and mask dance. On Saturday and Sunday
afternoons, people crowd around the stage
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beside Seokchonho Lake for traditional
Station of Subway Line 2 performances. (see p.110)
Magic Island, Lotte World
is one of Seoul’s ȭ 02-410-3410/3
subcenters. Here is Lotte Lotte World േ౜ၜಜ
World, Korea’s largest indoor Cutting-edge twister riders, fancy parades,
amusement park, which makes variety shows, movies, and much more in
the area the most frequently the way of thrills and fun go on here year-
round. The recommendable Folk Museum
visited by the young generation. offers a pavilion course through Korean
It is composed of Lotte World history, miniature villages, etc.
Adventure with Magic Island, ȭ 02-411-4040; www.lotteworld.com
which floats in a lake, a shopping Jamsil Baseball Stadium ʲ: Exit 8 of Jamsil Station, Line 2 or 8
mall, a fine folklore museum, ʦ: 09:30˅23:00 ʟ"ӗ25,000 for all-round
movie theaters, an ice rink, a deluxe hotel and a sports center. ticket
Jamsil Sports Complex
The Seoul Nori Madang, an outdoor amphitheater, at the lakeside behind Ⴂ཮ოጨၑ౶Ⴆ

Lotte World, presents traditional performing arts. A ten-minute stroll to the Seokchon-dong Early This sports complex comprises main
east brings one to the Seokchon-dong Early Baekje Stone Tombs, which Baekje Stone Tombs stadium, swimming pool, gymnasium,
໷ᆧ౶ ธჅ૎๝ૹ baseball stadium, etc. The spacious
preserve traces of riverside dwelling of the Baekje Kingdom’s capital,
lawns, cozy pavilions, and stroll paths of
Hanseong, along with the Bangi-dong Baekje Tombs. well-manicured Asia Park make it a good
Nearby are Garak-dong Agricultural and Marine Products Wholesale place for cultural events as well as rest. At
Market, and Munjeong-dong Rodeo Street where you can buy Korean the baseball stadium, cheers rise to skies
made or foreign brand names at discounted prices. Jamsil Sports during the professional baseball season,
Complex was the global arena for the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Seoul usually running from April to October.

Olympic Games. ȭ 02-2240-8800 ʲ: Exit 6 of Sports
Complex Station, Line 2 ʦ: 09:00˅18:00
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Gymnasium Traffic Center
Hoegwan presumably built for a Baekje ruler in the
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Jamsil Sports SONGPA-GU sil Office
Swimming Pool
Lotte World Jam people went down from northern district
Complex
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Students Seokchonho and estalished the Baekje Kingdom (18
Lotte Dept.Store
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Olympic Park ဦඃጛ૙ၛ Bangi-dong Baekje
Around Olympic Park Tombs ตႍ౶ธჅ૎๝ૹ
ဦඃጛ૙ၛ ჵ฼ The eight tombs remaining in the park
feature with a stone chamber and a soil
mound, typical of the early Baekje period
(A.D. 200˅475). Found in the area was a
ver a vast expanse of over 1,500 ha hearth proving prehistoric habitation, as

O (1.5 million square meters),
including the ancient site of the
Mongchon Earthen Fortress dating
back to the early Baekje Kingdom,
Olympic Park houses six sports facilities
Peace Gate

Olympic Park was a venue for the
Olympic Games held in 1988. It
well as stone tables, fragments of stone
swords and Baekje earthenware. In view
of discoveries, the area is assumed to
have been a base of Baekje culture over
a long period.

accommodates a velodrome, weightlifting
where competitions were held during the
and fencing gymnasiums, tennis courts, a
1988 Seoul Olympic Games, gymnastics hall and an indoor swimming
commemorative monuments, and 200 pool. One of the attractions here is the
Sculpture Park
original sculptures by world-renowned open-air Sculpture Park with 200 modern
artists. stone, metal, wood and glass sculptures.
Also found in the park are a lake with a
Nearby are Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site boasting the largest
fountain, a sprawling lawn, and
number of ancient dwelling sites in Korea and suggesting something Mongchon Earthen Fortress from the
about the Neolithic lifestyle on the peninsula, the Bangi-dong Baekje early Backje Kingdom period.
Tombs, and Pungnap Earthen Fortress. ȭ 02-410-1360 ʲ: Olympic Park ȭ 02-419-0670 ʲ: Exit 8 of Bangi
Amsa-dong Station, Line 5 Station, Line 5 ʦ: 09:00˅18:00 (09:00˅
Prehistoric
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Other Areas Korea Military Academy visitors an educational experience about
ၱૹ໒૝ጣ૲ the many wars in which Korea has been
involved. Large amounts of documents
and war memorabilia are displayed as
examples of Koreaœ s 5,000-year history of
resistance to numerous invasions while
Sinchon ཬᆧ Independence Park ౭඄૙ၛ maintaining its national entity.

The Independence Park comprises
Dongnimmun, or Independence Gate, and
Seodaemun Prison History Hall.
Dongnimmun Gate was built in 1898 as
a symbol of the nation’s commitment to
independence from foreign (Chinese) Located in northeastern Seoul, KMA is a
interference. college established especially to produce
First built in 1908 as Gyeongseong a select group of officers trained in literary
Prison, the Seodaemun Prison History and military arts. Founded in 1946, the
Hall was the place where many patriots KMA has opened its beautiful campus to
ȭ 02-709-3139; http://warmemo.co.kr ʲ:
were tortured and executed during the tourists. A tour includes the Army
Samgakji Station, Line 4 ʦ: 09:30ō18:00
Sinchon refers to an area where three Japanese colonial rule. In the two-story Museum, KMA Tower, Field Weapons
(09:30ō17:00, Nov.ōFeb.) ʟ: ӗ3,000
major universities are located: Yonsei, hall are displayed a chronicle of the Exhibition Site, etc. Every Saturday, a
ʡ: Mon.
Ewha Womans, and Sogang. Here are Korean people’s resistance against cadetsŖparade held on Hwarang Drill
numerous coffee lounges, restaurants, Japan, wall coffins, a solitary cell, torture Field is added to the course. Group tours
room showing various cruel scenes, and up to 40 require a one-day prior Bukhansan Mountains
snack bars, hairdresser’s, shops for
many other informative exhibitions. Old ๜ጤ໕
clothes, accessories and various fashion reservation.
items, theaters for live performances, jazz jail cells and the dreadful execution house Easily accessible from anywhere around
ȭ 02-976-6454/5, FAX 02-976-6453 ʲ:
cafe, rock cafe and nightclubs as well as are open to tour. the Seoul metropolitan area, Bukhansan
Hwarangdae Station, Line 6 ʦ: Individual
department stores and shopping centers, ȭ 02-363-9750/1 ʲ: Dongmimmun Tour (11:00, 13:00, 15:00 / Sat. and Sun.), Mountains are some of the most popular
all catering to university students or to Station, Line 3 ʦ: 09:30˅17:00 Group Tour (09:30 ō15:00 / Tues. through in Korea. Several imposing granite peaks,
people who like to think of themselves as ʟ"ӗ1,100 Sun.) ʡ: Mon. ʟ"ӗ2,000 dozens of beautiful valleys, cultural relics
young. such as Bukhansanseong Fortress, and
One well-known street in Sinchon is literally hundreds of temples and
Central City ༇ኣഥཪ኱ War Memorial ႽႰଡ௟૝ hermitages. Click on www.npa.or.kr/pukan.
Ahyeon-dong Wedding Dress Street
which stretches between Ewha Womans Opened on June 10, 1994, it offers
University Station and Ahyeon Station,
Subway Line 2. It is lined on both sides Han River ጤ઎
with more than 100 shops specializing in
wedding dresses. A symbol of Seoul, the Han River runs through Seoul east to west, with an
average depth of 2.5 m and width of 175 m. The river is crossed by 22 bridges and
ʲ: Sinchon Station, Line 2
there are excursion boats plying west to east between Yeouido and Jamsil via
Ttukseom. At 10 different points along the 41.5 km-long riverbank are Hangang
Hong Ik University Riverside Parks equipped with sports facilities such as soccer and baseball fields,
Vicinity ፜ౄ႕૷ valleyball and basketball courts, and swimming pools. Facilities for water skiing,
Conveniently connected to the Seoul yachting, boating, and fishing are also available.
It commonly refers to the area in front of
Hong Ik University which is famous as Express Bus Terminal, Central City is a Pleasure boat cruise
Korea’s major art college. This area is one multi-purpose leisure complex. It The river cruise is a must for visitors to Seoul. There are five cruise courses,
of the favorite hangouts for the trendy encompasses a wide range of the latest most lasting an hour. Fare is ӗ7,000. Cruise Service Information (ȭ 02-785-
youth in Seoul. The rock, techno, hip hop, facilities including the JW Marriott Hotel; 0392/3: Semo Pleasure Boat Co. Ltd.)
jazz manias crowd up in the splendid Millennium Hall, an international
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Yeouido Ɗ Jamsil Yeouido Ɗ Yanghwa Ɗ Yeouido
atmosphere. Unlike other university & Fitness Club, Korea’s largest fitness club;
Jamsil Ɗ Yeouido Jamsil Ɗ Hannam BridgeƊ Jamsil
surroundings, there are not many clothes Central 6 multiplex theaters; Central
YanghwaƊ YeouidoƊ Yanghwa
or accessary shops around Hong Ik Automall exhibiting and selling domestic
University but it is a place where you can and foreign automobiles; Marquis Plaza,
look around comfortably. a huge shopping mall; Cyber Theme
Park; a bookstore and a variety of
ʲ: Hongik Univ. Station, Line 2 restaurants and snack bars.
ʲ: Express Bus Terminal, Line 3 or 7

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Seoul and Incheon Subway

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explore the city. The major sights and Fares: 5,000 won to 8,000 won
Tours: Gwanghwamun (Dong Wha DFS) ؋ Deoksugung Palace؋ Hotel Lotte؋ Namdaemun
attractions of Seoul are presented on a single
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tour. The 35-seat luxury buses ensure a Hotel؋ Myeong-dong؋ Namsan Hanok Village؋ Sofitel Ambassador Hotel؋ National Theater
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Panmunjeom ንබ႙
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The 3rd Tunnel Dongducheon Traditional Chuncheon
Imjingak Liquor Museum Lake Resort
Bridge of Freedom ၭჰੜ
Pocheon Hyeongdeungsa
Munsan ጢ౾ຫ Chuncheon ᆕᅩ in traditional fashion. There are also
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Incheon Int’l Airport Bucheon
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Hwaseong Everland
Ceramics Museum
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A6 A8 Icheon
Palmido Beach Ansan Fortress
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principal cities of Gyeonggi-do.
World has thrilling rides, a jungle
Included in UNESCO’s list of
safari and zoo, and seasonal flower
Seoul Vicinity Korea Map P. 6
World Cultural Heritage in 1997,
Hwaseong Fortress ፞༃ A4 (ȭ
031-228-2766) embraces the
festivals. And, Caribbean Bay is a
huge water park with wave pools and
water slides. At Speedway you can
Incheon ႏᆐ, Gyeonggi-do ેଡ౬ downtown area of Suwon. It is a
enjoy real car racing. Everland is also
well-preserved architecture of the
the site of the Ho-Am Art Museum,
Joseon Dynasty built of stone and
any attractions lie just a Dolmen in Ganghwado displaying one of the finest private

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short distance outside collections of Korean art in the
from 1794 during the reign of King
Seoul, easily accessible by world.
Jeongjo.
bus, train or car. ʪ: East of the Korean Folk Village
Every Saturday afternoon free city ʲ: No. 1500 or 1500-1 from Exit 13 of
tour buses run from the Jangan Park
One hour away from Seoul, Incheon Seoul Nat’l Univ. of Education Station on
to major attractions around the city. Subway Line 2 or 3 ʦ: 09:30ō20:00
ႏᆐ A1 , the main gateway of
More information at ȭ 031-228-
Korea, has a newly opened (Open until 23:00 during festivals)
2766, FAX 031-228-3761. ʟ: ˴15,000 for Festival World,
international airport and an Ganghwado Island ઎፞౬ A2 lies to
international seaport. On a small the northwest of downtown ʪ: Central Suwon ʲ: No. 24 or 24-1 ˴13,000ō˴45,000 depending on the
knoll overlooking the harbor is Jayu Incheon. On this island is a huge (10 min.) from Suwon Station, KNR Line seasons for Caribbean Bay
Park (or Freedom Park), with its dolmen, attesting to one of the burial
statue honoring General MacArthur’s methods of the Bronze Age. The Korean Folk Village ጤ૸෽༜ᆧ
famous Incheon Landing in 1950. There is also Chamseongdan Altar on A5 (ȭ 031-286-2111;
Seafood enthusiasts will enjoy the the summit of Mt. Manisan A3 , www.koreanfolk.co.kr) is a living
Wolmido area of Incheon. The where Korean ancestors paid tribute museum that recreates the lifestyle
Songdo Resort lies to the southwest. to heaven. The coastline of the island of several centuries ago. There are
is dotted with numerous fort sites potters, weavers, blacksmiths, and
dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. other artisans who practice their trades
Seoul Racecourse
Korean Folk Village
Jeondeungsa Temple Ⴝಥ໒ A3 The Seoul Racecourse ໶ၒેඇႦ A7
(ȭ 032-937-0125) is another (ȭ 02-509-1273), with facilities for
historic site on the island. The up to 1,400 horses, is in operation
temple dates back to the ancient every Saturday and Sunday. Wager
Wolmido Three Kingdoms period about 1,600 tickets can be purchased starting

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from 100 won up to 100,000 won.
There are three kinds of bets: single
entry, double entry, and multiple
race. Whenever the course is in
operation, various information desks
are open to assist punters.
ʪ: Just north of Seoul Grand Park
ʲ: Exit 1 or 2 of Seoul Race Course
Park, Line 4 ʦ: 09:30ō18:00 ʟ: ӗ800 Namhansanseong Fortress

only museum devoted entirely to the
Seoul Land ໶ၒഖಜ A7 (ȭ 02-504- ceramic arts, and the Icheon Unification Observatory, and Imjin- infiltrate the South. It crosses 435 m
0011) is an all-weather theme park Ceramics Festival is held every gak. These sites bring home the under the North-South
which can be reached in 30 minutes September. lessons of war and the stark reality of Demarcation Line and its total
from downtown Seoul. Here 40 a divided country. length is 1,635 meters.
kinds of amusement facilities await In the National Arboretum ૸඄༿ෂၛ Panmunjeom ኼෝჀ A12 in the At Dora Observatory, through a
visitors. Colorful events and seasonal A9 (ȭ 031-540-1114, FAX 031- Demilitarized Zone is where the telescope you can watch North
fairs create fun and spectacles. The 540-1199) at Gwangneung, some armistice agreement was signed on Koreans go about their daily life.
outdoor pool in summer and 25 miles to the north, a Joseon king July 27, 1953, and where peace Group tours for foreigners can be
sledding in winter are seasonal and his queen are interred. The dialogues are held. UN forces are arranged through travel agencies.
highlights. National Arboretum is an attractive stationed at this tension-filled area to (For a travel agency, See p.176)
Seoul Grand Park ໶ၒౄ૙ၛ A7 woodland area sprinkled with prevent the outbreak of another war.
(ȭ 02-500-7114) is just next to temples and hermitages. A The 3rd Tunnel, about 73 m Odusan Unification Observatory ဣ
Seoul Land. It boasts an excellent captivating garden surrounds the underground, and 2 m wide and ಅ໕ ኂ႐Ⴝඒౄ A13 (ȭ 031-945-3171)
zoo, a botanical garden of 14,000 Arboretum’s forestry museum. high, was dug by North Koreans to is where you can view North Korea
plants and 1,000 different species, ʲ: 1 hr. from Cheongnyangni Station in with high-powered telescopes. On
and a trained seal show. Seoul ʦ: 09:00ō17:00 (reservation display is a collection of items from
The National Museum of required) ʟ: ӗ700 ʡ : Sat., Sun. and North Korea including living
Contemporary Art (ȭ 02-2188- holiday necessities and clothes. There is an
6067; www.moca.go.kr) is another audiovisual room, and North Korean
Namhansanseong Fortress ஭ጤ໕༃
draw to the Seoul Grand Park products for sale.
(http://namhansansung.or.kr) A10 ,
complex. ʲ: No. 912 from Seoul Station to one
located atop a mountain near the
ʪ: Just south of Seoul ʲ: Get off stop before Geumchon Terminus (1 hr. 10
satellite city of Seongnam, served to min); 7 min. to Tanhyeon Bus Terminal ; a
at Seoul Grand Park Station, Line 4
ʦ: 09:00ō19:00 (09:00ō18:00, Oct.ōMar.)
protect the southern region. Panmunjeom
shuttle bus (every hour, 7 min.)
for Seoul Grand Park ʟ: ӗ1,500
for Seoul Grand Park, ӗ700 for National Bukhansanseong Fortress ๜ጤ໕༃ Food and Shopping in Seoul Vicinity
Museum of Contemporary Art, ӗ7,000 A11 , encircling the impressive peaks
Shopping Ganghwado, where hwamunseok, ginseng,
for Seoul Land of Bukhansan Mountains, was once Ganghwado Island is renowned for its orchids and many other items are sold.
the stronghold that formed ancient hwamunseok (flower-patterned mats),
Icheon Ceramics Village ႍᆐ౬ႛଡඇ Seoul’ s northern boundary. which are woven with wanggol Food
ၼ A8 , one of the largest ceramics (sedge) dyed in seven colors: red, blue, Suwon is famous for galbi (marinated
villages in Korea, lies in Icheon Paju with its untainted natural aquamarine, scarlet, purple, black and beef ribs). Many galbi restaurants can be
where some 250 kilns are clustered. beauty contains many Korean war- white. Hwamunseok is designed and easily found in the market area near
Not only you can purchase ceramics related tourist sites such as woven in colorful floral patterns such as Paldalmun Gate.
phoenix, orchids, pine trees and lotus
but make them yourself. Haegang Panmunjeom, the 3rd Tunnel and
blossoms. The cool texture of a At the raw fish and seafood restaurants
Ceramics Museum is here, Korea’s Dora Observatory, Odusan hwamunseok mat provides a welcome along the Incheon wharf, visitors can try
Seoul Land
relief during hot summer days. various dishes such as jeonbokjuk
(abalone porridge), fried fish, sliced raw
Ganghwado is also famous for its high- fish and maeuntang (hot and spicy fish
quality ginseng. Market days are on the soup). Fresh seafood can also be enjoyed
days of the month ending in two or at many restaurants on Wolmido
seven at the downtown area of seafront.

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Naksansa (୿ຮຫ) 1,100 meter cable car connects the
Naksan Beach B4
Yangyang (࿅࿅)
park entrance with Gwongeumseong,
Osaek Mineral Hajodae Beach an old mountaintop fortress of the
Spring (࿼຺྾༘)
Silla Kingdom.
Ojukheon Other points of interest in the
Odaesan Nat’l Park Jumunjin outer area are Biseondae Rock Flat,
࿼ఝຮ૑൝લဴ Ulleungdo Is. (ါൔ౅)
B10 Sogeumgang Valley B14
mother, but also a talented painter, named after the legend of an angel
Sangwonsa
(ືဴຫ)
(໴૵੧)
Ojukheon Gyeongpodae Ulleung Dokdo calligrapher and poet; as such, she is ascending to heaven from the rock
Taeseungsa (ె౅)
Woljeongsa
(࿼჏጑) (ઠዅఝ) B3
Gangneung
the most widely acclaimed woman of flat, and Osaek Mineral Springs,
B2
(ဵႜຫ) D(੧ൔ) B1
ON the Joseon Dynasty. which are thought to bring relief
Korea Condo
Phoenix Park GH
Gyeongpodae ેዬౄ B3 ,6 km from digestive ailments.
AY
Yong Pyong AE Jeoungdongjin north of downtown Gangneung, is a Visitors to the inner area entering
B12
SW fine sandy beach where you can enjoy from the west via the town of Inje
E
ES
XP
P R Mangsang Beach
EX swimming and sea fishing. Many of can first visit Baekdamsa Temple,
RE

NG
DO
SS

NG Donghae (౏ጄ) the restaurants serve fresh fish, the other gateway to Seoraksan.
YEO
Hyundai Sungwoo
WAY

Guryongsa
Mureung Valley
(ඳൔઢન)
Samcheok Haegeumgang
(ຳᅨጄ૵੧)
prepared according to the diner’s ʪ: Just west of Sokcho ʲ: 30 min. from
Wonju
B11 Chiaksan Jeongseon
Samcheok wishes. Sokcho to Seorak- dong ʟ: ӗ2,800
Pyeongchang (ຳᅨ)
Nat’l Park (ႜ໓) Chodang Cave ʲ: 30 min. from Gangneung
ᆳྥຮ૑൝લဴ (ᅾఙ౏૔)

GANGWON-DO Hwanseongul Cave
ጹ໓૔ B13 There are several towns and excellent
Sindong
Jecheon Sabuk
Dogye beaches north of Gangneung.
(႞ᅩ) Yeongwol (࿱ဵ) Taebaek Naksan Beach ஦໕ጫ༿၈Ⴆ B4 and
ሲ෱
Gossi Cave
Wondeok the fishing port of Sokcho are
Sangdong
Chungjuho
(ધྜ౏૔) especially noteworthy. Naksan Beach
Deokgu
Lake (ᆚ჎ጭ) Dodamsambong Buseoksaิ໐ຫ Hot Springs is famous for its clear water and
Danyang (నૐ࿾ᅩ)
Danyang
Gosu Cave
(ધ༘౏૔)
Sobaeksan
Uljin (ါჰ)
nearby Naksansa Temple.
Eight Sights
Nat’l Park Buryeong Valley
໴෱ຮ૑൝લဴ (ุ࿱ઢન)
(ఎ࿅ኖઠ)
Huibangsa
Bonghwa (ฦጷ)
Sokcho ༜ᆥ B5 can be reached
Punggi (ዟૺ) Buryeongsa Mangyang Beach from Seoul in less than an hour by
Yeongju (࿱჎)
air and is the gateway to Seoraksan
National Park, a magnificent area

Eastern Area Korea Map P. 7
with towering granite peaks, lush
green valleys, dense forests, Buddhist
temples and hermitages, waterfalls
Seoraksan National Park

Sorak Waterpia ໼࿌ၙቤጚ࿋ B7
Gangwon-do ઎ၛ౬, Ulleungdo ၒൻ౬ and clear streams. (ȭ 033-635-7711), located near
Seoraksan National Park, is an all-
eoul is connected to the the forested mountains of the region. From Seoul to Sokcho Ŏ season water theme park. It is

S scenic east coast by the
Yeongdong Expressway,
which ends at Gangneung.
The trip takes about four hours.
There are several hotels along the
The mountains also provide
recreational opportunities with ski
resorts.

In the city of Gangneung ઎ൻ B1 is
50 min. by air / 4 hrs. and 50 min. by bus

Mt. Seoraksan National Park ໼࿌໕
B6 (ȭ 033-636-7700;
http://npa.or.kr), considered one of
famous for its outdoor hot spring
(49Ű) commanding a splendid view
of Ulsan Rocks and the East Sea, as
well as a wave pool, water slides, etc.
ʲ: flights from Seoul to Sokcho (50 min.);
coast and the combination of the historical building Ojukheon ဣ Korea’s most beautiful mountains, is take a taxi (40 min.) ʦ: 08:00 ō21:00
mountains and beaches makes the ჶጸ B2 where Yi Yulgok, the great divided into Inner and Outer Seorak ʟ: ӗ28,000
eastern area an ideal vacation spot. Confucian scholar of the Joseon by a long winding ridge, known as
Historical sites and colorful everyday Dynasty, lived with his mother Shin Hangyeryeong Pass. Goseong Unification Observatory
scenes are to be seen in the small Saimdang. Shin Saimdang was not The less rugged outer area stretches ૎༃ኂ႐Ⴝඒౄ B8 is located at the
coastal towns as well as deep within only an ideal daughter, wife, and east to Seorak-dong resort village. northernmost point on the east

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coast. Here visitors can enjoy an Yanggu. ʲ: from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to
excellent view over the beautiful ʲ: from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Samcheok (4 hrs. 50 min.); to Daei-ri
mountains, rivers and coast of North Yanggu (3 hrs.); to Haean-myeon (50 (45 min.). It is at least a 30-min. climb to the
Korea. min.); 5 min. to NKH ʦ: 09:00 - 17:00 cave entrance. ʦ: 08:00-17:00 (09:00-
ʡ: Tuesday ʟ: ӗ1,000 per site 16:00) ʟ: ӗ4,300
The Iron Triangle Zone ᆑႈ໚ઃᄕౄ
Woljeongsa Temple
(ȭ 033-455-3129) is the triangular
region connecting Cheorwon and
Gimhwa with Pyeonggang at its apex
Guryongsa Temple
in North Korea, a major frontline
battlefield during the Korean War. It convenient facilities and excellent
is worth visiting the ruins of the old accommodations, the resort offers
(North) Korean Workers Party superb skiing, as well as other all- Ulleungdo lsland

headquarters “House of Labor season amenities.
Party,” the 2nd Tunnel, the Iron Ulleungdo ၒൻ౬ B14 (ȭ 054-791-
Triangle Observatory and the rusted Hwanseongul Cave ፠໺ૻ B13 (ȭ 2191), located at the eastern end of
train hulk at Woljeong-ri Station. 033-541-9266), surrounded by Korea, is one of two major volcanic
Nearby is the Saemtong Migratory Mt.Odaesan National Park ဣౄ໕ scenic mountains, is one of the islands in Korea, along with Jejudo.
Bird Sanctuary. B10 (ȭ 033-332-6494), just south of largest limestone caverns in Asia, 6.2 It covers 73.15 sq km and is
ʲ: from Uijeongbu Station to Sintan-ri Seoraksan, is the site of Woljeongsa, km long ӧ only 1.2 km open to the surrounded by several islets such as
(1 hr. 10 min.); call Paengma Tour (ȭ 02- one of the oldest temples of the Silla public, yet that section alone will Dokdo, Jukdo, and Gwaneumdo. At
2236-0110) for this tour ʦ: 09:00 - 14:30 Kingdom, and Sangwonsa, famous create unforgettable memories. It has the center of the island stands
ʡ: Tuesday and national holidays for its bronze bell cast in A.D. 725. 10 pools, 6 waterfalls, a huge main Seonginbong Peak.
ʟ: ӗ1,500 ʲ: 1 hr. from Gangneung ʟ: ӗ2,800 chamber, and dozens of amazing Boat tours around Ulleungdo are
sights, just loaded with fantastic available, for tourists to appreciate all
Haean-myeon, Yanggu, is a low-lying Mt. Chiaksan National Park ᇚ࿌໕ formations including stalactite the charms of the island: steep cliffs,
area surrounded by mountains where B11 , stretching north to south, is cascades, the “Great Wall of China,” strange rock formations, and
many fierce battles took place during located about 12 km northeast of and the “Royal Throne”. vegetation indigenous to the island.
the Korean War. It was dubbed the Wonju. Chiaksan’s valley with its An underwater tour boat also runs
Punch Bowl by foreign war unusually-shaped rocks and cliffs is between Ulleungdo’s Dodong and
correspondents. Punch Bowl truly magnificent. There are several Jeodong Ports. Koreans know the
Battleground ዒᇚ้ B9 in Yanggu, Buddhist temples inside the park, island for its dried squid and
one of the most famous battlefields including Guryongsa which was pumpkin taffy.
during the Korean War, includes built during the Silla Kingdom. ʲ: 3 hrs. from Pohang (ȭ 02-514-
North Korea Hall (ȭ 033-481- 6766, Dae-a Travel Agency); 3 hrs. from
9021), the 4th Tunnel and Eulji Yong Pyong (Dragon Valley) Resort Hwanseongul Cave Mukho
Observatory. There are just three ၎ዧൿვኣ (www.yongpyong.co.kr)
buses a day, so you can either arrange B12 lies in the Daegwallyeong Pass Food and Shopping in the Eastern Area
private transportation or hire a taxi in south of Odaesan. Equipped with
Food such as squid, abalone, sea cucumber,
Seoraksan is famous for dishes made etc. at moderate prices.
with wild plants, such as sanchae Gamjajeon (potato pancakes),
bibimbap (cooked rice with assorted and dotorimuk (acorn jelly) are two other
mountain greens), a very popular menu famous dishes of the eastern area.
item at the restaurants around
Seoraksan National Park. Shopping
Chuncheon is noted for two dishes: Mushrooms and honey from Seoraksan
makguksu, a noodle made of buckwheat, and dried seafood from the east coast
and dakgalbi (chicken with red hot are famous local products that are highly
pepper sauce). recommended. In addition, maps of
As there are many ports including Seoraksanœ s hiking trails are a nice
Sokcho along the East Coast, visitors can souvenir.
enjoy freshly cooked or raw seafood
Yong Pyong Resort

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Giheung

SEO
Icheon
Suwon Yongin (ၦᅩ) Yeoju

Map C (༘ဴ)

HA EAH EX
Korean

JUNGBU
Folk Village ዽ૑ූ໵ᆀ
Osan (࿼ຮ) Jecheon

GYEO
Janghowon Cheongpung Properties
Complex

EXPRESSWAY
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NGB
Anseong Maepo
Chungjuho Lake

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Pyeongtaek Geumwang ᆚ჎ጭ
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Gosu Caveધ༘౏૔
Dangjin Eumseong

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Jincheon C10
Hyeonchungsa CHUNGCHEONGBUK-DO
Shrineጢᆚຫ Woraksan Nat’l Park
Hapdeok Independence Blue Valley ဵྥຮ૑൝લဴ
Onyang Hall of Korea Jeungpyeong
Hot Springs Suanbo
Seosan Cheonan ె൝ૺஸશ Geosan ༘ྦพ࿾ᅩ
Asan ᅩྦ
Dogo Hot Springs C7
Sapgyo C6
Yonpung Martyrs
Deoksan Yesan Cheongju Early Hwayanggugok Shrine
Hot Springs Printing Museum Sangdangsanseong
Fortress Valley
Sudeoksa Mungyeong
༘నຫ Jochiwon
Hongseong CHEONGJU
ᅯ჎
Magoksa Songnisan Nat’l Park
ൠનຫ C3 ໵൘ຮ૑൝લဴ
Gongju Gongsanseong Boeun C11
Munui Cultural Beopjusa
CHUNGCHEONGNAM-DO Fortress Properfies Complex ฅ჎ຫ Hanbit Tower at the Expo Science Park
Tomb of King
Muryeong ඳകထൔ Yuseong Sangju
Daecheongho
Hot Springs Lake ఝᅯጭ
Daecheon Gyeryongsan
Beach Boryeong GY
Nat’l Park C2
ઢലຮ૑൝લဴ
C1 EO
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Vision of Korea Pavilion, as well as Gongju ૙ჵ C3 , northwest of
Goransa DAEJEON S
Buyeo Donghaksa
the Hanbit (great light) Tower, Daejeon, was the capital of the

SW
౏ዼຫ ఝ႖
ิ࿥ AY
Geumgang Resort
Muchangpo C4 Nonsan constructed to commemorate ancient Baekje Kingdom from A.D.
Beach
Ganggyeong
Gwanchoksa
C5 Yeongdong Daejeon EXPO. Visitors can get an 475 to 539, before the kingdom
Yeonmu Gumi
Seocheon શᅿຫ Geumsan
૵ຮ
Gimcheon
଀ᅩ
ૐු overview of state-of-the-art moved its capital south to Buyeo.
technology in a single visit to the park. The kingdom fell when the Silla
ʲ: 30 min. from downtown Daejeon unified the Korean peninsula in the
ʦ: 09:30ō18:00 (open untill 22:00 during 7th century. Many remains of
Central Area Korea Map P. 6
festivals) ʟ: ӗ3,000 ҞAdmission fees for
each pavilion are not included.
Baekje’s former glory are well
preserved in these two old capitals.
Gongju’s
Daejeon ౄႽ, Chungcheongnam-do ᇁᆖ஭౬, Chungcheongbuk-do ᇁᆖ๜౬ Several major science facilities, main
such as the Daedeok Science attraction
he central area of Korea Research Complex, plus the is the

T encompasses Chungcheong-
do. It is an area of broad
stretches of paddy fields
interspersed with rugged mountains.
From Seoul to Daejeon Ŏ
1 hr. and 30 min. by Saemaeulho train;1 hr.
and 50 min. by bus.

Expo Science Park စཡዬ૛ጣ૙ၛ (ȭ
cultural relics of Buyeo and
Gongju (capitals of the Baekje
Kingdom), and Mt. Gyeryongsan
National Park renowned for its
magnificent natural beauty, are
Gongju
National
Museum,
which
exhibits treasures
Crown Ornament from
King Muryeong’s Tomb

Daejeon ౄႽ C1 is one of the area’s 042-866-5114/5, FAX 042-866-5159) adjacent to the park. from the 6th
principal cities, about two hours on an outdoor site of 627,000 sq. century tomb of
south of Seoul by car. It is a major meters (156.75 acres) is in Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park ૉ King Muryeong.
junction for the train lines and northwestern Daejeon. This is where ൙໕ C2 (ȭ 042-825-3003) is just Although most Baekje
expressways connecting Seoulō Daejeon EXPO 1993 was held. The west of Daejeon. The hiking trails tombs were
Busan, and SeoulōGwangjuō area has since been renovated and lead to two temples: Gapsa, which is pillaged over the centuries, King
Mokpo, and is rapidly becoming one turned into a public science park. famous for the changing colors of Muryeong’s Tomb (ȭ 041-856-
of Korea’s major centers for science. Expo Science Park features the maple trees in autumn, and 0331) was left undisturbed until its
Yuseong Hot Springs Resort is Starquest Pavilion, Technopia Donghaksa, located on the eastern excavation in 1971.
located just northwest of the city. Pavilion, Earthscape Pavilion and slope of the mountain. ʲ: 1 hr. from Daejeon; 2 hrs. and 30
ʲ: 50 min. from Daejeon ʟ: ӗ2,600 min. from Seoul ʦ: 09:00ō18:00(09:00ō
Daejeon City Tour Bus 17:00 Nov.ōFeb.) ʟ: free
Convenient tours of the downtown for students. The departure point for all
area and places of interest around city. tours is in front of Dongbang Buyeo ๛ဌ C4 , about 20 miles
Buses run from 9:30 am to 5:00 Mart right across from further southwest, was the last capital
pm, 5,000 won for adults and 4,000 Daejeon Station. of Baekje (A.D. 539ō660). It also
won for students on all tours except Information at has the distinctive Buyeo National
the Out-of-town Tour, which costs ȭ 042-222-5451. Museum (ȭ 041-833-8562) which
8,000 won for adults, and 7,000 won Nammaetap in Gyeryongsan
incorporates the unique architecture

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Terminal by taxi; 1 hr. from Chungju by bus
of the Baekje Kingdom. The museum defeated the Japanese navy in the late
ʦ: 09:00ō17:30 ʟ: ӗ3,000
houses numerous interesting artifacts. 16th century.
The bird’s-eye view of the
Baengmagang River from the top of Woraksan National Park ၜ࿌໕ C10 is
Busosanseong Fortress (ȭ 041- a beautiful mountain, 3,700 feet
835-3006) makes a splendid scene. (1,093 m) high, and some 24 miles
Nakhwaam Rock on one side of (40 km) southeast of Chungju.
Baengmagang River is the site of a Deokjusa Temple, built by
tragic history. Some 3,000 women of Dodamsambong in Danyang Deokju, the last princess of the Silla
the Baekje court leapt to their deaths Kingdom, adds to the mountain’s
here to avoid dishonor at the hands stunning view of Danyang natural beauty and creates an
of their enemies during the fall of the Palgyeong, the “Eight Scenic atmosphere of mystery.
Baekje Kingdom. The image of the Wonders” of the limestone region
women plummeting down in their Independence Hall of Korea
surrounding Danyang.
colorful dresses gave the place its ʲ: 2 hrs. and 10 min. from Seoul to
name, “Rock of Falling Flowers.” The Independence Hall of Korea ౭ Chungju
ʲ: 1 hr. and 30 min. from Daejeon; ඄ଡ௟૝ C7 (ȭ 041-560-0114,
3 hrs. and 20 min. from Seoul; 45 min. from FAX 041-555-2136) stands in the Gosu Cave ૎༿౶ૻ C9 (ȭ 043-
Gongju ʟ: ӗ1,400 (for Busosanseong vicinity of Cheonan, an hour and a 423-3071), located less than one
Fortress) half drive from Seoul. The hall mile from downtown Danyang, is a
commemorates those people who famous cave. It contains glistening Beopjusa Temple
struggled for freedom against foreign stalactites in all shapes and sizes, so
invasions throughout Korea’s long breathtaking it is called the Mt. Songnisan National Park ༜ൿ໕
history. The hall collects, studies and “Underground Palace.” C11 (ȭ 043-542-5267/8) is located
exhibits historic artifacts and materials ʲ: 10 min. from Danyang Express Bus to the northeast of Daejeon and is one
related to Korea’s resistance to of the most popular tourist spots in
aggression, the fight for the central part of the Korean
independence, the search for a peninsula.
national identity, and the record of The park’s Beopjusa Temple,
Gwanchoksa Temple
the nation’s development and established in A.D. 553, was home
Gwanchoksa Temple ૝ᆦ໒ C5 progress. to 30,000 Silla monks. See the huge
(ȭ 041-736-5700/2), to the ʲ: 1 hr. from Seoul to Cheonan; bronze Buddha.
southeast of Buyeo near Nonsan, has 20 min. from Cheonan to Independence Hall ʲ: 3 hrs. and 40 min. from Seoul;
one of Korea’s most interesting of Korea. ʦ: 09:30ō18:00 (09:30ō17:00, Woraksan National Park 2 hrs. from Cheongju or Daejeon ʟ: ӗ3,200
Buddhist statues, Eunjinmireuk. Nov.ōFeb.) ʟ: ӗ2,600 ʡ: Mon.
This is “the Buddha of the future”
and it is more than 1,000 years old. Food and Shopping in the Central Area
At 19 m (63 ft.), it is one of Korea’s
tallest Buddha statues. Its enormous Food historical books and reproductions of
The most famous dishes of this region Baekje relics.
earlobes, huge head, and unusual are an eel dish from the Baengmagang Geumsan, located an hour’s bus ride
crown, all out of proportion, attract River; wild edible greens from Mt. from Daejeon, is famous for its high-
immediate attention. Songnisan and Suanbo Hot Springs; quality white ginseng. Market days,
ʲ: 1 hr. from Daejeon to Nonsan bean curd dishes from Yuseong Hot during which only white ginseng is sold,
ʟ: ӗ1,500 Chungjuho Lake Springs; and hodogwaja (walnut-shaped are held on every day of the month
cakes) which originated in Cheonan ending in 2 or 7.
Asan ࿋໕ C6 is about an hour’s Chungjuho Lake ᇁჵፔ C8 , 80 and are sold at rest areas along the At Mt. Songnisan, items such as
major expressways nationwide. amethyst, dried mushrooms, dried wild
drive to the south of Seoul on the miles southeast of Seoul, offers a
greens and herbs and antique folkcrafts
Gyeongbu Expressway. Asan is wide variety of water sports in the Shopping may be purchased.
famous for the Onyang Hot Springs mountainous area of central Korea. In Buyeo and Gongju, souvenirs of In Gyeryongsan National Park there
and the Hyeonchungsa Shrine Pleasure ferries ply the 32-mile-long Baekje Kingdom accessories are is a ceramics village where you can
which commemorates the historic waterway between Chungju and available. In particular, the National buy a good ceramic piece.
feats of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who Danyang. Passengers can also enjoy a Museums in Buyeo and Gongju sell

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Deokgu
Sobaeksan Hot Springs
Nat’l Park నૐ࿾ᅩ
Chungjuho ໴෱ຮ૑൝લဴ
Lake ᆚ჎ጭ Buseoksa (ิ໐ຫ)
Danyang Seongnyu Cave Uljin (ါჰ)
D10 ໜ൅૔ Mangyang
Gossi Cave (ધྜ౏૔) Beach
Huibangsa
Bonghwa Buryeong Valley
Woraksan Punggi (ฦጷ)
Nat’l Park ဵྥຮ૑൝લဴ ዟૺ Yeongju ࿱჎
ุ࿱ઢન Daegu and Vicinity
Dosan Wolsongjeong
D9 D7 Confucian School (ဵ໽ႜ)
Mireuksa aegu ౄ૷ D1 , the textiles lies northwest of Daegu and can be
Bongjeongsa

D
౅ຮ໏ဴ
ฦႜຫ
Yecheon D6
Baegam Hot Springs hub of Korea, is one of host reached by taking the Gimcheon exit
Yeongyang
Andongho cities of World Cup 2002. of the Gyeongbu Expressway. The
Mungyeong Pungsan Andong Lake ྦ౏ጭ In the central area is Oriental temple is famous for its blue-tiled
(බઠ Hamchang ྦ౏
D5 Taejin Beach
D8 medicinal herb market where as roofs, the 1,000-year-old support
Hahoe Village Cheongsong
(ዻፂൠၕ) (ᅯ໽)
many as 300 Oriental medical pillars of the main gate, and the
Sangju Gyeongsangbuk-do Yeongdeok clinics, herbal medicinal shops and 1,000 small statues of the Buddha.
Mukgye D11 (࿱న)
Uiseong Confucian School Juwangsan herb processing facilities are located. ʪ: Between Daejeon and Daegu ʲ: 25
(පઢ໏ဴ) Jangsa
Nat’l Park
჎ထຮ૑൝લဴ
Beach Woobang Towerland commands a min. from Gimcheon (2 hrs. and 30 min. from
nice view of the city. Seoul to Gimcheon by train) ʟ: ӗ2,000
Seosan Wolpo
Jikjisa Gunwi Bogyeongsa Beach Free city tours are available on
(ჯხຫ)
Palgongsan
Janggigot
Lighthouse Museum
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Haeinsa Temple ጫႏ໒ D4 (ȭ
D3 Provincial Park
Gumi
(ኖલຮ౅൝લဴ) Oksan Confucian
(ၿૺળ౾ఝ෢මશ) Sundays at Duryu Park. Be ready to 055-931-1001) perhaps Korea’s best
Gimcheon
GY

(଀ᅩ) D2 School (࿽ຮ໏ဴ) D12
Pohang ዅጃ
pay your admission fee for tourist known temple, is in Gayasan
EO

Donghwasa ౏ጷຫ
Waegwan Angang Yangdong sites. Information on city tour at National Park (ȭ 055-932-7810).
NG

Folk Village Guryongpo (ૐലዅ) (ȭ 053-627-8900, FAX 053-627- Established in A.D. 802, it has a
BU

Yeongcheon
Gayasan E XPRESSWA
Nat’l Park Seongju Y 8985). number of art treasures in its more
ਜ਼྽ຮ૑൝લဴ D1
Gyeongju Mt. Palgongsan ኽ૙໕ D2 towers than 90 buildings (shrines,
DAEGU Gyeongsan
Haeinsa (ጄၨຫ) ఝૐ
(ઠ჎) Gyeongju over the city. hermitages and subtemples).
Nat’l Park
D4 (Map E) ઠ჎૑൝લဴ But what really distinguishes this
GUM A

Goryeong
Hwayang
From Seoul to Daegu Ŏ temple is its collection of more than
Cheongdo (ᅯ౅)
Gyeongsangnam-do 50 min. by air; 3 hrs. and 8 min. by train 80,000 wooden printing blocks
Changnyeong
which compose the Tripitaka
EXP

(ᅖ஻) Pyochungsa (Saemaeulho); 4 hrs. and 30 min. by bus
ዑᆚຫ
D13
Hapcheon (ጁᅩ) Miryang Koreana, the most complete
RESSWAY

ෘ࿅
Tongdosa
(ቛ౅ຫ) ULSAN collection of the Buddhist canon to
Bugok D15 (ါຮ)
Hot Springs
Samnangjin Naewonsa Jinha Beach be found in East Asia. Completed
(ิન࿾ᅩ)(ຳ೩ჰ) (ஏဴຫ) in 1251 as a plea to the Buddha in
Uiryeong Yangsan Jangan
Beomeosa an effort to ward off a Mongolian
Haman (ค࿌ຫ) D14 Wollae Beach
D17
Tomb of King Kim Suro
଀༘ചထൔ
Gijang invasion, the blocks remain in
Jinju (ჰ჎) Masan Gimhae BUSAN excellent condition and are the
Chokseongnu Changwon ᅖဴ ิຮ
(ᅿ໐ള)
basis of the most authoritative
D16 Jinhae (ჰጄ) Jikjisa Temple
(Map F) editions of Buddhist scripture.
Sacheon
Jikjisa Temple ᄖᄕ໒ D3 (ȭ 054- In 1995, Haeinsa Temple’s
Heungnam 436-6174) is also worth visiting. It Janggyeong Panjeon, the depositories
Goseong (ધໜ) Beach
Geoje
(੿႞)
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(ቛ࿱) (੿႞౅)
Hallyeo Maritime
Nat’l Park
ዽ഍ጄື૑൝લဴ
Hansando Is.
(ዽຮ౅)
Haegeumgang Map D
(ጄ૵੧)

Southeastern Area Korea Map P. 7

Gyeongsangbuk-do ેໞ๜౬, Gyeongsangnam-do ેໞ஭౬
Busan ๛໕, Gyeongju ેჵ
In terms of tourist attractions, the southeastern part of Korea is the richest in Haeinsa Temple’s Janggyeong Panjeon

the country. The major cities of this area, the site of the splendid ancient Silla
Kingdom are Gyeongju, Busan and Daegu.
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ʦ: 06:00ō 20:00 (07:00ō 19:30, Nov.ō cities, such as Pohang and Ulsan.
Feb.) ʟ: ӗ1,000
Pohang ዬጪ D12 is the site of the
Mt. Juwangsan National Park ჵး large POSCO steel mill and the
໕ D11 (ȭ 054-873-0015), at the departure point for ferry boats to
southern end of the coastal highway, Ulleungdo Island.
is favored by those who want to get
away from popular ӧ and thus Ulsan ၒ໕ D13 is the home base for
crowded ӧ areas. The nearby coastal Hyundai Motor Company and
town of Yeongdeok is noted for giant Hyundai Heavy Industries. English-
crabs and other tasty seafood. language tours provide an insight
Hahoe Village in Andong ʪ: East of Andong ʲ: 1 hr. and 20 into the development of one of
min. from Andong ʟ: ӗ2,600 Korea’s major conglomerates.
for the Tripitaka Koreana 054-854-3669) is a small village with
woodblocks, were listed as a a delightful blend of thatched-roof Near the old city of Gyeongju, From Seoul to Pohang Ŏ
UNESCO’s prestigious World peasant houses and tiled-roof on the east coast, there are industrial 50 min. by air; 5 hrs. by bus
Cultural Heritage. yangban (aristocrat) villas. The village
ʪ: West of Daegu ʲ: 1 hr. and 30 is known for a special form of mask Gyeongju
min. from Daegu ʟ: ӗ2,800 drama, called Hahoe Byeolsingut
Talnori.
Andong ࿍౶ D5 is one of the last ʪ: 80 km (50 miles) north of Daegu yeongju was the capital of the is in the middle of Gyeongju. The
living vestiges of old Korea, a treasure
trove of Confucian tradition. Visitors
are charmed by the very old homes of
yangban, or noblemen. Queen
Elizabeth II visited Andong in April,
ʲ:
to Andong;
3 hrs. and 50 min. from Seoul
4 hrs. and 10 min.
from Seoul to Andong; 40 min. from Andong
to Hahoe by bus ʟ: ӗ1,600
G Silla Kingdom for a thousand
years, and the valley in which
it is situated has a great
concentration of historical buildings,
temples and artifacts. After Silla
park contains 20 of the more than
200 royal tombs to be found in
Gyeongju. The Cheonmachong
(Heavenly Horse Tomb) was
excavated in 1974 and yielded more
1999 on the occasion of her 73rd unified the peninsula in A.D. 676, than 10,000 treasures. These
birthday, during her four-day state the city developed into one of the treasures, including a golden crown
visit to Korea. world’s major cultural centers. The and a girdle, are in the Gyeongju
area is called a “museum without National Museum. The tomb itself
walls” because of the wealth of is open for viewing, providing
historical buildings and treasures to visitors with an opportunity to see
be found there. how the huge tombs were
Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori
constructed and how the various
From Seoul to Gyeongju Ŏ items were arranged in them. Visitors
Yeongju ဘჵ D9 , about 20 miles 4 hrs. and 30 min. by train (Saemaeulho); to this area should be sure to take the
north of Andong, can be reached by 4 hrs. and 15 min. by bus time for a peaceful stroll in this
train. serene park.
Buseoksa Temple ๛໷໒ D10 (ȭ Tumuli Park ౄൻၛ E1 (ȭ 054- ʲ: 10 min. from Gyeongju Station
Bongjeongsa Temple
054-633-3464) is nearby, and is 772-6317), a collection of royal Silla ʦ: 08:00ō18:30 ʟ: ӗ1,500
noted for having one of the oldest tombs from the Pre-Unification Era,
Bongjeongsa Temple ํჃ໒ D6 wooden buildings in Korea.
(ȭ 054-853-4181/4) is famous for ʲ: 4 hrs. and 30 min. from Daegu to
the oldest standing wooden building Buseoksa (transfer to a city bus at Yeong ju)
in the nation. Also, its main hall
demonstrates the construction Buseoksa Temple

methods of the early Joseon Dynasty.
Dosan Confucian School ౬໕໶ၛ
D7 founded by the scholar Yi
Toegye in the 16th century, is also in
Andong.
Hahoe Village ጢ፩ඇၼ D8 (ȭ

Korea travel guide
Tumuli Park
trove of Silla artifacts which are now
on display in the Gyeongju National
Museum.
ʲ: 20 min. from Gyeongju Station
ʦ: 09:00ō19:00 (09:00 ō18:00, Nov.ō
Feb.) ʟ: ӗ1,000

Divine Bell of King Seongdeak the Great

Cheomseongdae Observatory

Bulguksa Temple
Cheomseongdae Observatory ᆒ༃ౄ
E2 (ȭ 054-772-5134), the world’s
earliest known existing observatory, The Site of Bunhwangsa Temple ๝ best known temples, a testimony to
is a 7th century bottle-shaped stone ፣໒ᄕ E5 (ȭ 054-742-9922) is both the skill of Silla architects and
structure admired by archeologists located twenty minutes’ walk from the depth of Buddhist faith at the
worldwide. The square window Gyeongju National Museum. Only time. While most of the wooden
facing south in the middle of the Gyeongju National Museum ેჵ૸඄ its 3-level stone brick pagoda is still buildings have been rebuilt over the
structure is believed to have served as ฉෟ૝ E4 (ȭ 054-772-5193), a standing, which was originally nine centuries, all the stone bridges,
an entrance, and was probably place of compelling interest, levels high. stairways and pagodas are original.
reached by a ladder. preserves much of the Silla heritage, ʲ: 15 min. from Gyeongju Station; The temple, originally built in A.D.
ʪ: South of Gyeongju Station ʲ: 20 min. including magnificent gold crowns, 20 min. from Anapji Pond ʟ: ӗ1,000 535, was enlarged in A.D. 752.
from Gyeongju Station ʦ: 09:00ō18:00 pottery, Buddhist artifacts, and stone ʪ: Western slope of Mt. Tohamsan
(09:00ō17:00, Nov.ōFeb.) ʟ: ӗ300 sculptures. The museum also houses Poseokjeong Watercourse ዬ໷Ⴣ ʲ: 30 min. from Gyeongju Station
the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok E6 (ȭ 054-745-8484) is where Silla ʦ: 07:00ō18:00 (07:00ō17:00, Oct.ō
Anapji Pond ࿍࿕ᄕ E3 (ȭ 054- the Great, also referred to as the kings used to hold poetry-reciting Mar. ) ʟ: ӗ3,000
772-4041), located ten minutes’ legendary Emille Bell, one of Asia’s and drinking parties. Kings would
walk from Cheomseongdae, is the largest and most resonant bells˅19 float wine cups to his statesmen Seokguram Grotto ໷ૻ࿔ E8 (ȭ
place where the Silla royal family tons of bronze standing 11 feet high. seated around the watercourse made 054-746-9933) is one of the world’s
relaxed and enjoyed themselves. The ʲ: 10 min. from Gyeongju Station in the shape of an abalone shell. finest Buddha shrines, dating back to
pond was temporarily drained in ʦ: 09:00ō19:00 (09:00ō 17:00, Nov.ō ʲ: 20 min. from Gyeongju Station the same period as Bulguksa
1974 to reveal a veritable treasure Feb.) ʟ: ӗ400 ʡ: Mon. ʦ: 09:00ō18:00 (09:00ō18:00, Nov.ō Temple. Surrounded by
Feb.) ʟ: ӗ500 Bodhisattvas and guardian deities,
the serene central statue of Buddha
Gyeongju Tomb of General
Kim Yu-sin
Bulguksa Temple ๟૸໒ E7 (ȭ gazes out over the forested hills and
଀၉ཅၿ૒ථ
054-746-9913), is one of Korea’s across the East Sea to the horizon.
(Map E) Bomun Lake Resort Bomun Lake
พබఎხ
E9 Resort
Hyundai ጢఝጭቊ
Gyeongju Station Gyeongjuઠ჎ጭቊ
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Bunhwangsa Bomunho Concordeᇳᇬ౵ጭቊ
Tumuli Park E5 Temple Site Lake พබጭ Choson Hotel Ⴎ໓ጭቊ
ఝൔဴ E1 Cheonmachong ึጼຫხ
ᅩൠᆅ Myeonghwalsanseong Hilton ᎄቾጭቊ
Cheomseongdae E3 Fortress
Anapji Pond ྦྮხ Gyeongju World Deokdongho
Observatory E2 ઠ჎ဵ౵
ᅫໜఝ Seokbinggo Lake
໐๟ધ
Tomb of King
Gyerim Forest Jinpyeong ჰዀထൔ
Gyeongju E4
Nat’l Museum Tomb of Queen
Tomb of Taejong ઠ჎૑൝෢මશ Seondeok໓న࿥ထൔ
Muyeol ሲႶඳ࿩ထൔ Oreung Tomb of King
Tombs࿼ൔ Tomb of King Hyogong
Sinmuཅඳထൔ
Poseokjeong Tomb of King Gyeongju
Watercourse Hwarang Sinmunཅබထൔ
House Folkcraft Village
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Bulguksa
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Tomb of King
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ุ૑ຫ࿦ ุ૑ຫጭቊ
The carving of the granite dome of center, a casino, extensive shopping and sightseeing areas.
Seokguram was a truly amazing and dining facilities, golf courses, an Special places of interest in down-
architectural feat. amusement park, pleasure boats, a town Busan are Yongdusan Park ၎ಅ
In 1995, Bulguksa Temple and hot spring, and even a contemporary ໕૙ၛ F1 and adjacent fashion and
Seokguram Grotto were added to art museum. Shuttle bus and taxi entertainment districts of
UNESCOœ s prestigious World service connect downtown Gwangbok-dong and Nampo-dong,
Cultural Heritage list. Gyeongju with the resort area. which hosts an annual international
ʪ: Near the top of Mt.Tohamsan ʲ: 20 min. from Gyeongju Station by taxi film festival in September.
ʲ: 20 min. from Bulguksa Bus Stop or hotel shuttle buses Busan’s huge Jagalchi Fish Market
ʦ: 06:00ō18:00 (07:00ō17:00, around ႛઆᇚཪႦ F2 is a fantastic scene in
December) ʟ: ӗ3,000 Much more attractions are scattered the early morning as retailers haggle
around Gyeongju: tombs of kings over the fresh fish. The fishing fleets
Bomun Lake Resort ๅෝవᄕ E9 , and generals, the holy Namsan come in before dawn, and the catch Haeundae Beach

east of downtown Gyeongju, has five Mountain, Yangdong Folk Village, is immediately unloaded dockside.
super-deluxe hotels, a convention and Oksan Confucian School. United Nations Memorial is located not far from the Dongnae
Cemetery ၰဆ෕ᄕ (ȭ 051-624- Hot Springs ౶ഔဥᆐ F8 . Wooded
Busan and Vicinity 2165) F3 is a somber yet beautiful slopes, sparkling streams, dramatic
place. It is the final resting place for rock formations and several
usan (previous spelling Busan has first-class hotels and many U.N. soldiers who were historical relics, including a fortress

B “Pusan”) is Korea’s principal
port and second largest city.
You can get from Seoul to
Busan by road, rail or air.
restaurants to match its excellent
beaches and outstanding shopping

Yongdusan Park
sacrificed during the Korean War
almost five decades ago.
Taejongdae Park ቙ოౄ F4 is on
the tip of Yeongdo Island southwest
of the downtown area. It is a very
gate and tower that can be reached
by cable car.
There are also temples and the
ruins of an old fortress nearby. Not
far to the north is Beomeosa Temple
From Seoul to BusanŎ hilly area, heavily forested, with ห࿳໒ E14 , dating back to the late
50 min. by air; 4 hrs. and 20 min. by train rugged cliffs dropping straight down 7th century.
(Saemaeulho); 5 hrs. and 20 min. by bus to the sea 150 m below.
Tongdosa Temple ኂ౬໒ E15
It is the primary port for ferry Other scenic attractions are Hae- (ȭ 055-382-7182), one of the
services to Japan and is also the undae Beach ጫၑౄጫ༿၈Ⴆ F5 , and largest temples in Korea, is located
gateway to the Hallyeo Maritime Gwangalli Beach ૣ࿍ൿጫ༿၈Ⴆ F6 between Gyeongju and Busan. It
National Park and its picturesque both with many cafes, restaurants does not appear especially expansive
islands. As an international port city and hotels that produce a romantic at first, because many of the
with a population of 3.8 million, neon-lit beach at night. buildings are dispersed along the
North of the downtown area is surrounding mountainside. Besides
F8 Geumgang Park ଜ઎૙ၛ F7 , which the many fine statues housed in the
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woman who sacrificed her life to kill ʪ: West of Busan ʲ: 1 hr. and 30
an enemy general, are all reminders of min. from Busan
this period.

Hallyeo Maritime National Park
unique marine park, the

A Hallyeo Maritime National
Park, better known as the
Hallyeosudo Waterway, is a
93-mile-long waterway running
from Geojedo Island દჅ౬ G1 ,
Tongdosa Temple southwest of Busan, to Yeosu ဌ༿
G2 in the west.

shrines, there is an excellent
collection of artwork on display in From Seoul to Yeosuō Geobukseon
the temple museum. 1 hr. by air; 5 hrs. and 40 min. by train
ʪ: 46 km (28 miles) north of Busan ʲ: (Saemaeul-ho); 5 hrs. and 50 min. by bus now is charming port city with a
40 min. from Busan ʟ: ӗ2,000 pleasant tourist hotel, fine seafood
This park is dotted with 400 islands restaurants, and plenty of watersports
Jinhae ᄗጫ E16 , close to the and islets, many uninhabited. The facilities. There are also several
industrial cities of Masan and irregular coastline has created shrines dedicated to the admiral. It is
Changwon, is a well-known port on Cherry Blossoms in Jinhae unusual rock formations and caves, a short boat ride to the Hansando
the south coast that is famous for its providing for spectacular cruises. Island, where Yi won his most
cherry blossoms. Every street is lined Jinju ᄗჵ E17 , a small city located on Apart from the natural scenery, famous victory in July of 1592. This
with cherry trees, and each year in both sides of the wide Namgang much of the interest in the area is city is also famous for exquisite
early April, when the cherry trees are River, makes a convenient base to historical, for it was here that najeonchilgi, mother-of-pearl
in full bloom, a naval port festival is explore the eastern part of Mt. Jirisan Korea’s famed Admiral Yi Sun-sin lacquerware with a 400-year
held for twelve days. During the National Park. It is best known for the defeated the Japanese in several sea tradition.
festival, people flock to this area to famous battles fought here during the battles during the Japanese invasions
view the beautiful cherry blossoms Japanese invasions in the late 16th of the late 16th century. He is noted Geojedo દჅ౬ G1 is one of the
and enjoy the arrival of spring. century. Jinjuseong Castle, for first using ironclad naval vessels major islands along the marine park.
ʪ: West of Busan ʲ: 1 hr. from Busan Chokseongnu Pavilion and Nongae in battle. Though greatly On the south side of Geojedo are the
Shrine dedicated to a brave Korean outnumbered, his “turtle ships” spectacular rock formations known as
(geobukseon), outfitted with 26 Haegeumgang ጫଜ઎ G4 . Their
cannons on each side, proved sheer cliffs rise
Food and Shopping in Busan superior to the Japanese vessels. magnificently
Food Gwangbok-dong (Nampo-dong Station
Busan is famous for its seafood, and on the Busan Subway), has modern Tongyeong ኂဘ G3 was the place
sashimi can be enjoyed at Jagalchi Fish shops similar to those of Myeong-dong of Admiral Yi’s headquarters, and
Market or at many famous Japanese- in Seoul. There are also many
style restaurants. interesting underground arcades, Haegeumgang
Seafood restaurants also line the department stores, as well as local
shores of Haeundae and Gwangalli specialty stores selling folkcraft items.
Beach. The Dongnae Hot Springs area Gukje Market is the best place to buy
is noted for its seafood and green onion high-quality goods at discount prices.
pancakes (pajeon). In addition to the duty-free shop in
Busan Int’l Passenger Terminal, there
Shopping are two more duty free shops, at
The central Haeundae and Gimhae Int’l Airport.
area of Busan,

Pajeon

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Gimhae Nat’l Museum
Hallyeo Maritime National Park Gimhae ଀ጄ
G10 Haman (ጀྦ)
Jinju Nat’l Museum CHANGWON
Cheonghakdong Chokseongnu Masan
Pavilion ᅿ໐ള Jinjuჰ჎ ᅖဴ
Village be seen clearly when the tide is out.
Jinhaeჰጄ BUSAN
ิຮ This area, together with sites in
Sacheon (ຫᅩ) Brazil and Canada, has one of the
Hadong Yeonhwasan
Provincial Park Okcheonsa world’s three largest concentrations
(࿽ᅩຫ) Heungnam
Beach ፹ஆጄ༘အၿ of dinosaur footprints.
Goseong
Gwangyang
઼࿅ G8 G9 (ધໜ) ʲ: from Nambu Bus Terminal in Seoul
Suncheon Geoje (੿႞) 
༚ᅩ
Namhae Bridge Sangjogam Park to Goseong (6 hrs.); for Deongmyeong-ri.
Tongyeong Geojedo Island (੿႞౅)
Namhae (ቛ࿱)
G1
G3 Jeseungdang A visit to Cheonghakdong Village
Namhaedo Hallyeo Maritime ႞གఙ
Island G7 Nat’l Park Hansando Island
Oedo Paradise Is. ᆖጣ౶ G10 is like a trip to the past.
Odongdo ዽ഍ጄື૑൝લဴ G5
Yeosu
࿥༘ G2
Island G6 Boriam G4 The people live in thatched houses
Haegeumgang
Sangju Beach Songjeong Myeongsa
ጄ૵੧ and wear traditional Korean clothes;
ື჎ጄ༘အၿ Beach Beach
໽ႜጄ༘အၿ ඗ຫጄ༘အၿ visitors can observe the everyday life
Bangjukpo
Beach ෮჏ዅጄ༘အၿ Map G Sangjogam
of the village.
ʲ: Hadong-bound bus from Nambu
Bus Terminal in Seoul then a city bus to the
out of the cobalt-blue waters and are park and observatory. More than 2,000 dinosaur footprints village ʟ: ӗ1,300
topped with beautiful pine trees and Odongdo ဣ౶౬ G6 is linked to were found within Sangjogam Cheonghakdong Village
camellias. the port city of Yeosu by a long (Rock) Park ໞზ࿔ G9 (ȭ 055-
breakwater. Growing on this island at 670-2276) along the seashore at
Oedo Paradise Island ဿ౬ G5 has the end of Hallyeo Maritime Deongmyeong-ri, Hai-myeon,
become famous for its tropical National Park is very special type of Goseong. Both carnivorous and
botanical garden with about 3,000 bamboo tree. herbivorous dinosaurs including the
species of plants including camellias tyrannosaurus rex presumably made
and cactuses, as well as a sculpture Namhaedo Island ஭ጫ౬ G7 is these numerous prehistoric vestiges.
connected to the mainland by the Some fossil footprints are covered by
Oedo Paradise Island
Namhae Bridge ஭ጫౄ૲ G8 . This water when the tide is high but can
suspension bridge is the longest of
such bridges in the Orient. Food and Shopping in the Southeastern Area
Namhaedo is made up of a series of
peaks linked by low-lying areas. A Food stores can be found in the downtown
road runs down from the bridge In Gyeongju, tourist restaurants are area of Gyeongju and near Bulguksa
concentrated along the shores of Bomun Temple. Several duty-free shops are also
through the city of Namhae to the
Lake as well as near the center of the located in Bomun Lake Resort.
beautiful Sangju Beach further to the city. There you can enjoy the two most Daegu, famous for its Yangnyeongsi
south. popular dishes, bulgogi (beef marinated Market dealing in raw materials for
with soy sauce and other spices) and Korean herbal medicine, also has many
Admiral Yi Sun-sin haemul jeongol (seafood casserole) served specialty shops.
with beopju, a wine fermented with Tongyeong is renowned for its high-
Admiral Yi Sun-sin is the historic war hero of Korea, similar in importance to glutinous rice and herbs. Beopju is a quality najeonchilgi (lacquerware inlaid
Admiral Nelson of the United Kingdom. famous product of Gyeongju and with mother-of-pearl).
At the end of the 16th century, when there were two great wars recommended for tourists visiting this
against the invading Japanese, Admiral Yi Sun-sin, through ingenious region.
strategy and his development and usage of a unique battleship, Another recommended regional
the geobukseon (turtle ship), recorded legendary victories in specialty is gimbap (seasoned boiled rice
all battles despite adverse conditions. Admiral Yi is one of the rolled up with vegetables and meat in a
most respected figures in Korean history. There are many laver sheet) from the Tongyeong area.
monuments built in honor of him: statue on
Sejongno Street in downtown Seoul (in front Shopping
of the Kyobo Building); Hyeonchungsa Gyeongju, where amethyst and topaz
Shrine in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do and are mined, also has many stores selling
Jeseungdang in Tongyeong, beautifully embroidered items, antique
paintings and traditional folk crafts. The Bulgogi
Gyeongsangnam-do.

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Cheongyang Gyeryongsan Nat’l Park
ઢലຮ૑൝લဴ Daecheongho
Boryeong Gapsa Lake ఝᅯጭ
੣ຫ Tapsa Temple at Mt. Maisan
Muryangsa Donghaksa Okcheon
Buyeo ౏ዼຫ DAEJEON ࿽ᅩ
ิ࿥ ఝ႖

Map H Nonsan
ுຮ
Gwanchoksa
શᅿຫ
Geumsan
Hongdo Island Hamyeol
H14 Seocheon
໏ᅩ Muju
Gunsan
૒ຮ
Iksan Bongdong Muju
ၧຮ Samnye Deogyusan Nat’l Park
న၉ຮ૑൝લဴ
Jeonju
ጼጄ Gimje ႖჎ Jinan
଀႞ H1
H2
Byeonsan Geumsansa Maisan
Beach ૵ຮຫ Provincial Park
ตຮጄ༘အၿ
Buan ൠၦຮ౅൝લဴ
(ิྦ)
Byeonsan Naesosa Jangsu
ஏ໴ຫ
Peninsula Nat’l Park Chaeseokgang he southwestern area of today, unaffected by the wind

T
ตຮ෥౅૑൝લဴ Jeongeupႜၘ
JEOLLABUK-DO
ᅘ໐੧
Hamyang
Korea is rich in fertile rice however strong it may be, creating
Naejangsan Nat’l Park
Seonunsa
໓ဪຫ
ஏၿຮ૑൝લဴ paddies; it is often called the an interesting monument
Dongho Silsangsa
Beach Gochang
H3
Baegyangsa ཇືຫ granary of Korea. The to Buddhism.
ધᅖ Namwon
Gamami Hongnong H4
෱࿅ຫ Sunchang
༚ᅖ Gwanghallu Jirisan Nat’l Park
farmland slopes gently down to the ʪ: 30 km (18 miles) east of Jeonju
Beach
Damyang
H6 క࿅
઼ዽള H9 ხ൘ຮ૑൝લဴ coast and the jagged coastline is ʲ: 50 min. from Jeonju ʟ: ˴1,400
Jangseong H10
Yeonggwang H7 Damyang Bamboo
Gokseong Hwaeomsa
ጷ࿔ຫ
indented with many small harbors.
Baeksu Museum క࿅჏ම෢මશ
Gwangju National H11
Museum Sosoewon H8
Gurye (ૐഖ)
H5
Mudeungsan Midway along the Honam
Bulgapsa ඳ౾ຮ Ssanggyesa
ุ੣ຫ
GWANGJU བઢຫ Expressway is Jeonju Ⴝჵ H1 .
઼჎
Hwasun Seonamsa
Hadong Here you can find shops specializing
Jido Hampyeong ዻ౏
Naju ໓ྭຫ
Songgwangsa
in Korea’s traditional mulberry
Muan JEOLLANAM-DO ໽઼ຫ
H12
paper, hanji. Hanji is used in
H13 Suncheon calligraphy and in making
National Maritime (༚ᅩ) Gwangyang Geumsansa Temple
Unjusa Nagan Eupseong
Museum ဪ჎ຫ Folk Village umbrellas, fans, and other items.
Borimsa (୿ྦၘໜ) H19
H14
Mokpo (ඛዅ) Yeongam (࿱ྭ) Boseong
Yeosu Jeonju is also famous for its The lovely Geumsansa Temple is
࿥༘ Odongdo
Oedaldo Beach
Muwisa (พໜ) ࿼౏౅ bibimbap (a large bowl of steamed about 20 miles southwest of Jeonju.
Wolchulsan
(ဘఐ౅ጄ༘အၿ)
Nat’l Park Daejeon Dolsan Bridge
౉ຮఝો
rice mixed with vegetables and South of the temple are Mt.
ဵᆖຮ૑൝લဴ Jangheung Beach
Dasanchodang Gangjin (੧ჰ) Yulpo Beach Dolsan minced meat). Don’t leave Jeonju Naejangsan National Park ஶႦ໕
Uhang-ri Dinosaur ၌ዅጄ༘အၿ ౉ຮ
H17 Fossile Site Haenam
ఋຮᅾఙ H18
Goheung
without tasting it. H3 (ȭ 063-538-7875) and
Daegu-myeon
Jindo Bridge ጄஆ Celadon Kiln Sites (ધ፹) Baegyangsa Temple ธ࿬໒ H4 ,
ჰ౅ఝો ఝૐඓᅯၴ౅ဠხ
H16 Jindo Daedeok From Seoul to JeonjuŎ which dates back to the 7th century.
Narodo Beach
(ჰ౅) Daeheungsa Sorokdo Beach ୾ച౅ጄ༘အၿ 3 hrs. by train (Saemaeulho); 3 hrs. The national park is especially scenic
ఝ፹ຫ ໴ഛ౅ጄ༘အၿ
by bus in the fall with its autumn foliage.
ʪ: South of Jeonju ʲ: 40 min. from
Wando Mt. Maisan Provincial Park ඇႍ໕ Jeongeup (1 hr. from Jeonju to Jeongeup)
ဋ౅ Myeongsasimni
Beach඗ຫཊ൘ጄ༘အၿ
H2 (ȭ 063-433-3313) lies east of ʟ: ˴2,600
Dadohae Maritime
Nat’l Parkఋ౅ጄጄື૑൝લဴ Jeonju. Because of the resemblance of
ஆጄ
the two mountain peaks to the ears of
a horse, the mountain is called Maisan
ŗHorse
( Ears MountainŘ ).
At Tapsa Temple on the foot of
Southwestern Area Korea Map P. 6
the mountain, there are some 80
pagodas, some up to 10 meters tall,
made of stones. People say about
Gwangju ૣჵ, Jeollabuk-do Ⴝഈ๜౬, Jeollanam-do Ⴝഈ஭౬ 100 years ago a monk living in
seclusion erected these pagodas as a
prayer for peace. They still stand Baegyangsa Temple

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Gwangju ૣჵ H5 lies four hours Mt. Jirisan National Park
and for chunseolcha tea. The
south of Seoul by car or train. For chunseolcha tea is made from soft
centuries it has been the buds that emerge from the snow in
administrative, economic and early spring.
educational center for the area
including Jeollanam-do province. It is Damyang ఼࿬ H6 , 22 km (13
famous for its Kimchi Festival in miles) north of Gwangju, is the
October and Gwangju Biennale. center of bamboo cultivation and
craftsmanship. This area produces
From Seoul to Gwangju Ŏ large quantities of quality bamboo
45 min. by air; 3 hrs. and 50 min. by train furniture, household items, and
(Saemaeulho); 3 hrs. and 55 min. by bus artwork. Bamboo markets are held
every fifth day in Damyang.
ʪ: North of Gwangju ʲ: 30 min. from
Gwangju
Jirisan National Park. The town is with proper equipment and plenty of
famous as the home of Chunhyang, experience should attempt to climb
a legendary faithful maiden. the peaks in this area. With streams
The pansori Chunhyangga, a Korean running through thick virgin forests
traditional narrative song adapted and a sea of clouds covering the
Gwangju National Museum
from the original story, is often summits, Jirisan offers magnificent
Gwangju National Museum performed in Korea. scenery. The foot of the mountain is
(ȭ 062-571-7111), north of ʪ: Southeast of Jeonju ʲ: 3 hrs. and dotted with many Buddhist temples
downtown Gwangju, was built in 50 min. from Seoul; 1 hr. and 20 min. including Hwaeomsa and many
1978 to house the contents of a 600- Damyang Bamboo Museum ఼࿬ჶෟ from Jeonju remains of the past.
year-old Chinese merchant ฉෟ૝ H7 (ȭ 061-380-3358), the ʪ: East of Namwon ʲ: 1 hr. from
shipwreck discovered in 1976 in the only museum of its kind in the Mt. Jirisan National Park ᄕൿ໕ Namwon; 1 hr. and 30 min. from
sea off Sinan. The salvaged articles world, exhibits a total of 1,150 H10 (ȭ 061-783-9100/2) is South Gwangju ʟ: ˴3,000
included some from the Song and antique and modern works of Korea’s second-highest mountain, Hwaeomsa Temple ፞࿻໒ H11 ,
Yuan Dynasties of China. In bambooware from the Damyang after Hallasan on Jejudo. It is vast in founded in A.D. 544, is the largest
addition, prehistoric remains of the area, as well as from foreign countries. area and its peaks, including the and most renowned among the
Gwangju area, relics from the Baekje The museum also houses a gift shop 1,915-meter Cheonwangbong, seven major temples in Jirisan. The
Kingdom (18 B.C.ōA.D. 660), that sells new bamboo items. stretch across three provinces: original structure was burned down
archeological artifacts, paintings and Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do and and the current temple was
other works of art are also on display Soswaewon ༛༫ၛ H8 is a mid- Gyeongsangnam-do. The park reconstructed in 1606. A number of
at this museum. Joseon style garden. At the entrance contains some majestic mountains the treasures have been preserved,
ʪ: Northern Gwangju ʦ: 09:00ō18:00 is a fantastic bamboo forest. Clean but it is advisable that only climbers such as Gakhwangjeon, a
(09:00ō17:00, Nov.ō Feb.) water runs under a wall, over the
Hwaeomsa Temple
ʟ: ˴400 ʡ: Mon. rocks and falls into pond. Beside the
ravine there stand small summer-
Mt. Mudeungsan
houses. Best seasons are from May to
October.

Namwon ஭ၛ H9 is the gateway to
Chunhyang Festival in Namwon

Mt. Mudeungsan, southeast of
downtown Gwangju, hovers over the
city like a guardian. It is famous for
its watermelon (Mudeungsan subak)

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A rare natural phenomenon takes
place on Jindo ᄗ౬ H16 , an island
south of Mokpo. Twice a year an
extremely low tide creates a land-
bridge, making it possible to walk
from Jindo to a small neighboring
island. This occasion is known to
many as Korea’s “Moses’ Miracle.”
Songgwangsa Temple
ʪ: 120 km (72 miles) south of Mokpo
sŗ MosesŖMiracleŘ
Jindo’
ʲ: 2 hrs. and 30 min. from Gwangju;
representative Korean wooden Buddhist monk Doseonguksa during 2 hrs. from Mokpo
building, and Daeungjeon, which is the Unified Silla period (A.D. 676ō Daegu-myeon in Gangjin ઎ᄗ H18 ,
famous for its construction without 935). Eighteen pagodas and 80 Uhang-ri Dinosaur Fossil Site ၏ጪൿ is a time-honored home of celadon
the use of nails. The cherry blossoms statues of Buddha in and around the ૙൙፞໷ᄕ H17 (ȭ 061-530-5229) art and currently the largest Goryeo
and maple trees add to the temple are all that remain of the including about 1,000 of the worldŖ s celadon production site, with over
outstanding scenery of this region. 1,000 Buddhas and 1,000 pagodas oldest fossilized footprints of web- 180 kilns and about 5,000 pieces of
that once belonged to this temple. footed birds, about 300 footprints of celadon produced there each year.
Songgwangsa Temple ༤ૣ໒ H12 According to the traditional theory huge flying dinosaurs, and about 500 The Gangjin Celadon Cultural
(ȭ 061-755-0107) to the southwest, of geomancy, the Korean peninsula other vivid footprints of dinosaurs Festival is held in mid-August each
is one of the country’s largest was thought of as being unbalanced from the same period. All discovered year.
temples. Founded in Silla times, and in danger of capsizing because along the seashore in Uhang-ri,
it became a center for Zen Buddhism there were fewer mountains in Hwangsan-myeon, Haenam-gun. Naganeupsong Folk Village ஦࿍ၿ༃
in the 12th century. Honam, the southwestern area than in The dinosaur group presumably H19 , is unique in that 108

ʪ: Southeast of Gwangju ʲ: 1 hr. and Yeongnam, the southeastern part. To inhabited this area about 83 million households are actually leading their
30 min. from Gwangju ʟ: ˴2,300 prevent such a disaster, it is said, years ago during the Cretaceous lives inside ancient fortress walls.
Unjusa Temple thousands of statues of Buddha and period of the Mesozoic era. Some Every year in October, a huge food
thousands of pagodas were erected at pterosaur footprints here are 30 cm festival is held featuring hundreds of
temples in the southwestern part of long, the largest in the world. traditional
the peninsula. ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Korean delicacies.
ʪ: 40 km (24 miles) southwest of Gwangju Haenam (5 hrs. 30 min.); to Hwangsan- ʲ: train to Suncheon, then a city bus for
ʲ: 1hr. and 30 min. from Gwangju myeon (30 min.); ride a taxi to the site. the village
ʟ: ˴1,300
Food and Shopping in the Southwestern Area
Mokpo ෂዬ H14 , a port city at the
Unjusa Temple ၑჵ໒ H13 (ȭ 061- southwest corner of the peninsula, is Food Yeosu, adjacent to the Hallyeo Maritime
374-0660) is situated 30 km noted for its fine seafood. Hydrofoils Jeonju, the birthplace of bibimbap and Dadohae Maritime National Parks,
southwest of the town of Hwasun- ply the waters between Mokpo and (cooked rice with assorted greens), is dishes of octopus, flatfish, scallops,
very proud of its culinary reputation, yellowtail and other seafood can be
eup. It was built by the great Hongdo Island.
and there is a saying that goes, “When it enjoyed all year round.
comes to food, count Jeonju first.”
Hongdo ፜౬ H15 , with its You can also enjoy kongnamulguk Shopping
unusual rock formations, is (bean-sprout soup) and gukbap (rice and Jeonju is famous for its fans and hanji
an especially favored meat soup), which are as popular as (Korean paper). Hanji, made from
destination for bibimbap. mulberry trees, is produced by an
photographers. ancient process handed down from
Namwon is famous for its chueotang ancestors over hundreds of years.
(mudfish soup),
Gwangju has bamboo folk craft items
while seafood is
made in nearby Damyang, as well as
the most
chunseolcha, green tea from nearby
popular in
Mt. Mudeungsan. For tea-lovers,
the coastal
Boseong, located between Mokpo and
region. In
Yeosu, is an absolute must to visit.
Mokpo and
Dolsot bibimbap
Hongdo Island

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Hamdeok
Jeju Folklore Beach
Museum Gimnyeongsagul
Yongduam Rock
(႞჎ූ໵෢මશ)
Jocheon
Cave ଀஻ຫ૔ towers over the island. Below it are
(ဧ౞ྭ) I4
Jeju Int’l Airport
I2 Jeju Folklore & Manjanggul Cave Gujwa
(ൢၿ૔) Udo Is. fertile fields, forests, quaint villages
I1 I 5 Natural History Museum (ဨ౅)
႞჎૑႞લጃ
JEJU
႞჎ූ໵ၴ࿨ຫ෢මશ I9
Seongsan
and fine hotels near white sandy
Samseonghyeol ຳໜጣ
Gwakji
Aewol ႞჎
I 3 Tamna Mok Sok Won
Bijarim Sunrise Peak beaches. The Cross-Island Highway
Forest ๗ၴ൜ ໜຮၩᆖฦ
ඛ໐ဴ
Beach
Anti-Mongol Sancheondan ຮᅩఎ Seongsan
I 10 passes over the lower slopes of Mt.
Hyeopjae Hallim Ora
(ዽ൜) I 15
Monument I7 Seongeup
Folk Village Hallasan. The snow-covered peak of

2 n d Cro
Beach Gugugok Valley Jeju Sangumburi Crater

1st Cross- land H
ໜၘූ໵ൠၕ Sinyang 
ጥႁጄ༘အၿ
I 16 Hallim Park Mt.
ຮ૘ิ൘
I8
Beach the extinct volcano poking through
brooding clouds is visible from
ss-
Hyeopjae Cave ዽೡຮ૑൝લဴ
I6
Island Highwa
ጥႁ૔

Is
Isidore Ranch
Paradise Yeongsilgiam
Rock ࿱ཇૺྭ Pyoseon Tamna Mok Sok Won
nearly every point on the island. The
mountain soars to 1,950 meters above

igh
Pinx Beach

w
Bunjae Artpia

ay
Jeju
(ึႁྤቼዳྤ) I 18 Highway ʦ: 08:00ō18:00 (08:00ō sea level, making it the nation’s
y

Daeyoo Hunting Ground Donneko
(ఝ၉༘ഒၿ) Folk Village
I 13 Resort ేஏᇬ
Sanbanggulsa Jungmun
SEOGWIPO ໏૥ዅ
15:30, Nov.ōFeb.) ʟ: ӗ2,000 highest.
Resort Namwon
Temple
(ຮ෮૔ຫ) I 14
თබఎხ I 12
Jeongbang
ʲ: 1st or 2nd Cross-Island Highway
Cheonjeyeon I 11
I 17 Jungmun
Falls ᅩ႞࿨዆ዅ
Cheonjiyeon
Fallsႜ෮዆ዅ The Jeju Folklore Museum Ⴥჵ෽༜ฉ ʟ: ӗ1,300
Daejeong Hendrik თබ
Hamel Monument Museom Is.
Falls ᅩხ࿨዆ዅ
Map I ෟ૝ I 4 has a fine collection that
preserves the island’s unique
customs.

Jeju-do (ƒ̀` )
Korea Map P. 6
The Jeju Folklore and Natural
History Museum Ⴥჵ෽༜ႛဏ໒ฉෟ૝
I 5 (ȭ 064-722-2465) features a

significant collection of folkcrafts,
eju-do, or Jeju Island, one of the nine provinces of Korea, is only an tools and equipment, as well as

J hour’s flight south of Seoul. There are direct flights from Tokyo,
Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Shanghai and Hong Kong. You can also
reach Jeju-do by ferry from Busan, Wando, or Mokpo.
As a result of its isolated location and romantic tropical image, Jeju-do has
become a favorite retreat with honeymooners and tourists.
plants, animals and minerals native
to Jeju Island. Sangumburi Crater

Sangumburi Crater ໕૿๛ൿ I 7 ȭ
064-783-9900) is one of the three
The island has a mild marine climate. It has four distinct seasons and an major craters on the island, the other
average yearly temperature of 15Ū C (60Ū F). In summer, temperatures range two being Baengnokdam Lake at the
from 22Ū C (72Ū F) to 26Ū C (80Ū F). summit of Mt. Hallasan and
the Sunrise Peak at Seongsanpo.
Sangumburi Crater is about 2 km in
Jeju City and Eastern Jeju-do circumference and covers an area of
298,000 m2. This crater is home to
Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum
Jeju City Ⴥჵཪ I 1 , located along some 420 different species of
the central north shore, has an ʲ: 2 min. from Samseonghyeol subtropical, temperate and alpine
international airport and is the ʦ: 08:30ō18:30 (08:30ō17:30, Nov.ōFeb.) plants, so botanists call it a “floral
island’s main tourist center. ʟ: ӗ1,470 ʡ: Twelve days, including treasure house.” It is best viewed in
Western-style hotels and numerous Lunar New Year and chuseok summer or fall.
Korean inns are located in the city ʪ: East of Mt. Hallasan ʲ: 35 min.
center. Mt. Hallasan ጤഈ໕ I 6 (ȭ 064- from Jeju ʦ: 08:30ō18:00 (08:30ō17:00,
742-3084), a long-extinct volcano, Nov.ō Feb.) ʟ: ӗ2,000
From Seoul to Jeju ––
1 hr. by air ; 11 hrs. from Busan by ferry Yongduam Rock

Yongduam Rock ၎ಅ࿔ I 2 , all Tamna Mok Sok Won ෂ໷ၛ I 3
unusual lava formation, lies on the (ȭ 064-702-0203) is a special
coast just west of Jeju City. The garden that displays artistically
basalt dragon’s head with its open shaped natural stones and dried tree
mouth is one of Jeju-do’s popular roots.
tourist sites. ʲ: 20 min. from the 1st Cross-Island

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Tea Plantation near Mt. Hallasan
Seogwipo and Western Jeju-do

Seongsan Sunrise Peak

Seongeup Folk Village ༃ၿ෽༜ඇၼ Seongsanpo ༃໕ዬ I 10 , (ȭ 064-
I 8 , about 35 km (21 miles) 783-0959) which means Fortress
southeast of Jeju City, has been Mountain Port, is a small village on Jungmun Beach

designated as a Folklore Preservation the island’s eastern tip. The name
Zone. Here you can meet the describes the unusual volcanic cone Seogwipo ໶ଌዬ I 11 , the primary
friendly island people who still live which dominates the area. city of the south coast, is easily
behind stone courtyard walls in This cone, known as Ilchulbong or accessible from Jeju City by road.
thatched-roof rock homes. Sunrise Peak, is one of 360 parasitic Seogwipo is a fishing port with
ʪ: Southeast of Sangumburi Crater volcanos that dot the island. lovely waterfalls and fine hotels.
ʲ: 60 min. from Jeju A trail leads up to the western edge
of the crater, and scales its steep Jungmun Resort ჾෝవᄕ I 12 is a
Manjanggul Cave ඉႦૻ I 9 (ȭ slope. A climb up this narrow trail 20-minute drive west of downtown Jungmun Golf Course
064-783-4818) is situated on the rewards the climber with a most Seogwipo. An integrated tourism
northeast coast. At 13.4 km (8.4 spectacular view. At sunrise, the and recreation center, it is situated oceanarium, a botanical garden, a
miles), it is the longest lava tube in scene is unbelievably beautiful. near the beautiful Cheonjeyeon Falls shopping complex, a traditional-style
the world. ʲ: 1 hr. 10 min. from Seogwipo or Jeju and clean white beaches. Various fishing village-cum-hotel, a windmill
ʲ: 50 min. from Jeju Intœ
l Airport ʦ: 05:00 to sunset sport, recreational and and park, a tourist information
ʦ: 09:00ō19:00 (09:00ō18:00, Nov.ō ʟ: ӗ2,200 accommodation facilities are being center and many other facilities.
Feb.) ʟ: ӗ2,200 built in the 1.7 million sq. meter ʲ: 1 hr. from Jeju Int’l Airport; 20 min.
(420 acre) area. Already open are from Seogwipo. Airport limousine buses link
Jeju-doœ
s Unique Features deluxe hotels, a golf course, an Jeju Int’l Airport with Jungmun Resort,
operating every 15 min. and charging a one-
Two of the island’s longstanding symbols are the dolharubang way fare of ӗ3,000.
and the haenyeo. Dolharubang, “stone
grandfather,” can be seen Daeyoo Hunting Ground ౄၰ༿ഹႦ
everywhere. They are black lava I 13 (ȳ 064-738-0500) is just 2 km
statues of a kindly old man. In the north of Jungmun Resort. The only
old days they were considered private hunting area in Asia, it
guardian deities, but now they
extends over about 3,305,000 square
are objects for the tourists’
cameras. Replicas are sold in meters, and the newest sporting guns
souvenir shops and are available are available.
in various sizes, ranging from ʲ: 40 min. from Seogwipo
one inch to bigger than life size. ʦ: 09:00ō18:30
Haenyeo are the island’s diving women. During
good weather they can still be seen bobbing just The Marina Submarine Tour ඇൿ஥
offshore, diving to the ocean floor for sea urchins, shellfish, Ⴂ༿ጧ૝ૣ(ȳ 064-732-6060; e-mail:
octopus, etc.
Cheonjeyeon Falls daekuk@submarine.co.kr ) enables

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Reputed to be one of the twelve
most famous sights on the island, the
view from the grotto over the coastal
fields and offshore waters is
spectacular.
The rocks on the Yongmeori coast
below Sanbanggulsa also provide a
fascinating view.
ʲ: 20 min. from Jungmun Resort
you to see the 30 ӹ 35-m-deep ʦ: 08:00ō19:00 (08:00ō17:30, Nov.ō
underwater world around Munseom Feb.) ʟ: ӗ2,200
Islet ӹ various subtropical
underwater species such as corals and Hallim ጤඃ I 15 is the west coast’s
starfish, and show of divers with major fishing center. Visitors to the Hyeopjae Beach
graceful schools of fish. Off Hallim Weavers’ Village are
Seogwipo are other small islands, welcome to survey the wool Korea before he managed to make
too, famous for fishing, as well as processing, from the shearing of the his way back to the Netherlands.
gorgeous underwater scenes and sheep to the delicate handicraft that He was the first Westerner to write
seascapes. creates shawls and blankets. a record of his travels in Korea. (For
ʲ: Take a limousine bus No. 600 at Jeju English translation of his works, see
International Airport to Seogwipo (1 hr. 20 Hyeopjae Beach ፌჅጫ༿၈Ⴆ and www.henny-savenije.demon.nl.)
min.). Once in Seogwipo, call ȳ732-6060 for Hyeopjaegul Cave ፌჅૻ I 16 (ȳ The monument was built below
the shuttle. ʟ: ӗ51,000 (reservation 064-796-0001) are two well-known Sanbanggulsa at the place where he
recommended) ʦ: 07:20ō17:45 (launch at tourist sites on the southern outskirts came ashore.
45-min. intervals) of Hallim. The cave contains
awesome light colored stalactites and The Bunjae Artpia ๝Ⴈလགྷၛ I 18 (ȳ 700 of them daily. Chinese President
Sanbanggulsa ໕ตૻ໒ I 14 ȳ 064- stalagmites, formed as winds blew 064-772-3701; www.punjae.com) is Jiang Zemin visited here in
794-2940) is a natural grotto located calcium-rich sand over the ground the only park in Korea specializing in November 1995.
halfway up the steep slopes of Mt. and rainwater carried the calcium potted plant cultivation and garden ʲ: from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal to
Sanbangsan on the southwest coast. down into the black lava cave. plants, and the largest of its kind in Sinchang (1 hr. 30 min); to the park (25
ʲ: 50 min. from Jeju City the world. Aside from small potted min.). ʦ: 08:00ō22:00 (08:30ō18:00,
ʦ: 08:30ō19:00 (08:30ō17:30, Nov.ō plants, the park contains more than Nov.ōApr.) ʟ: ӗ5,000
Feb.) ʟ: ӗ4,000 (for the cave) 1,000 specimens and displays over

Hendrik Hamel Monument ጢ඲ଡ௟
Food and Shopping in Jeju Island
๾ I 17 was built in honor of a Dutch
sailor who was shipwrecked on Jeju
Island in 1653 with 37 of his Food
Visitors to Jeju-do enjoy fresh seafood
Sanbanggulsa shipmates. He spent 13 years in such as abalone collected by the famous
women divers of the island. Seafood
specialties such as jeonbokjuk (abalone
Udo Island
porridge) and okdomgui (broiled sea
bream) are available at several
restaurants in Seogwipo and Jeju City.
For drink, Hallasan Soju is very popular.

Shopping
In Jeju-do, local products such as
dolharubang (stone grandfather), simple
folk craft items and marine products Almost every city and town on Jeju
are the most popular souvenirs. Island has stores selling leather goods
There are several duty-free shops in and clothes.
Jeju City and one in Jungmun Resort.

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Special
Interests
in Korea
Korean Food 106
Traditional Sports & Games 108
Recreation 110
- Theaters with Regular Korean Traditional Performances
- Movie Theaters
- Nightclubs
- Bars and Beer Halls
- Casinos
- Jazz Clubs
- Dinner Theaters in Seoul
Shopping 116
- Popular Buys in Korea
- Special Shopping Areas in Seoul
- Duty-Free Shops
- Famous Markets Outside Seoul
- Shopping Tips
Seasonal Attractions 124
Golf Courses 131
National Parks 132
Museums 136
Festivals 138
̽

Korean Food ̿
̾

̀
̼
orean cuisine provides

K unique aromas and tastes for
visitors to savor. In addition
to being highly nutritious,
Korean food is also low in calories,
being made chiefly of a wide variety ̴
́

̹ ̻

of vegetables. Seasonings include
garlic, red pepper, scallions, soy ̺
sauce, fermented bean paste, ginger, ̸
and sesame oil. ̷
Visitors cannot really say they have
been to Korea if they have not tasted kimchi, the internationally famous
̶
cabbage dish fermented usually with chili pepper. Koreans eat it at almost
every meal. There are actually dozens of different varieties of kimchi, including
some not spicy at all, but some is very pungent indeed. ̵
Dishes more familiar to the Western palate will be galbi and bulgogi. These
two meat dishes, either pork or beef, are always served at Korean dinner
parties. Galbi is ribs; bulgogi thin strips marinated then grilled. Neither is
particularly spicy and, if cooked at your table over a charcoal fire it resembles a ̺ Haemul Jeongol ጫෟႽ૒
barbecue. Very spicy seafood casserole. Squid,
octopus, shrimp, clams, etc., are used as
Other popular Korean dishes are bibimbap (a mixture of rice, vegetables, ingredients.
egg, and chili sauce), doenjangjjigae (a thick soup made from fermented bean
paste and vegetables, eaten with rice), naengmyeon (chewy noodles eaten in a ̴ Deungsim Gui ಥ཰૷ႍ ̻ Jangeo Gui Ⴆ࿳૷ႍ
cold broth, popular in summer) and samgyetang (stewed whole chicken stuffed Barbecued sirloin, broiled at the table, Eel broiled with a sweet and tangy sauce.
with rice and ginseng, excellent for your health). then cut in bites and dipped in salt and
̼ Galbi Gui આ๾૷ႍ
sesame oil.
For more information, the visitor should pick up “The Wonderful World of Marinated beef ribs, charbroiled.
Korean Food ” brochure at KNTO’s Tourist Information Center or view it ̵ Samgyeopsal ໚ૄ໗
̽ Ssambap Jeongsik ེณჃཫ
on-line at www.english.tour2korea.com/food/index.htm. Barbecued bacon-type pork. It is dipped
Vegetable bundle with boiled rice inside.
in sesame oil and salt, or wrapped in a
Lettuce, parboiled sea-tangle, garland
lettuce or sesame leaf with soybean
Korean Table Manners chrysanthemum, cabbage, parboiled
paste, fine strips of green onion and garlic
pumpkin leaves, sesame leaves, etc., are
to fit oneŖ
s taste.
used for wrapping boiled rice or barley.
Traditionally, Korean food is not
̶ Seolleongtang ໼പቘ Not spicy, unless dipped in seasoned
served in courses, but instead is
Hot bland soup made by boiling down soybean paste or red pepper paste at the
all placed on the table at the
beef bone and meat. Salt, green onion, table.
same time. This style is called
hanjeongsik. There is no set and black pepper are added at the table
to taste. ̾ Yangnyeom Tongdak ࿬௟ኂస
order to eat the food, just
Roast chicken coated with sweet, tangy
according to personal
̷ Kalguksu ᇧ૸༿ sauce.
preference. As there are usually
several “communal” dishes, the Hand-rolled noodles in beef or chicken
guest is not obliged to clean his broth. Not spicy. ̿ Pajeon ኹႽ
or her plate. Pancake fried with green onion, sea foods
The main dish is almost ̸ Mul Naengmyeon ෟாය and mushrooms. Not spicy.
Buckwheat flour noodles served in chilled
always accompanied by rice
beef broth with sliced meat and ̀ Beoseot Jeongol ล༁Ⴝ૒
(bap), soup (guk), kimchi, and several side dishes (banchan), all included in the
vegetables. Slightly tangy. Mushroom casserole with beef and
price. Koreans eat their rice and soup with a spoon, and side dishes with
various mushrooms.
chopsticks. ̹ Manduguk ඉಅ૸
Do not leave the spoon or chopsticks stuck into the rice. This is a ceremonial Bland dumpling soup with meat broth. ́ Sundubu Jjigae ཁಅ๛ ᅫઔ
act done only at an altar honoring a deceased person. Dumplings are filled with a combination of Soft bean curd stew with clams, beef or
meat and vegetables. pork. Quite spicy.

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Traditional Sports & Games Traditional Games
Kite-flying stepping board to a very high tree
Kite-flying is a traditional branch or a log placed across two
folk game. A square- poles. A woman can swing far and
shaped yeon (kite) is high on this long geune.
Traditional Sports made by putting a Geunettwigi is a common folk
cross of game easily enjoyed nationwide by
orean people are big sports fans. During the past 20 years, Korea has bamboo anyone, regardless of age.

K hosted many international sports events including the 1988 Seoul
Olympic Games, and has achieved excellent results in various sports
competitions.
In addition to modern sports events such as international championships
and winter sports competitions, Koreans have many unique and interesting
sticks on a
changhoji
paper and
sewing them
down.
Baduk
Baduk is a board game played
between two persons, called go in
Japanese and played professionally
traditional folk games and sporting events inherited from their ancestors. Kite-flying is throughout the Far East and around
These are held on folk festivals such as Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok very popular, the world. It is played by taking
(Korean Thanksgiving Day) or Dano (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month). especially on traditional holidays turns at placing black and white
such as Lunar New Year’s Day or stones on a baduk board. It is more
Ssireum Taekwondo other folk festival days. Kite-flying complex than chess.
Taekwondo originated in Korea and championships are held in many
is now officially recognized around cities. Janggi
the world. It is a whole-body sport Janggi is similar to chess played on a
which uses the arms and legs in Neolttwigi (Seesaw) board with several pieces of wood or
particular. It is not only a martial art plastic on which Chinese letters are
for self-defense, but it is also a means inscribed. Watching the play, chess
of cultivating one’s own character players will recognize the king,
through the training of body and pawns, horses and rooks, but
Ssireum is one of the traditional Korean mind. elephant and cannon will be new.
sports passed down from ancient times. Taekwondo is now an official As is baduk, this is a game
A ssireum match begins with two men Olympic sport since the 2000 Sydney of strategy and tactics.
grasping each other’s satba or waist cord. Olympics.
The one who throws the other to the Yutnori (Four-stick game)
ground or out of the ring by using his Archery Yutnori, one of the numerous folk
power and skill wins the match. Archery is a traditional martial art, as Neolttwigi is a traditional folk game games played in January of the lunar
Today, ssireum is a very popular well as a game. Since ancient Korean for women. Like a Western seesaw, a calendar, is unique and native to
spectator sport among men and times, archery has been regarded as an long piece of board is placed with its Korea. Yut is one of the play terms
women, young and old, and many important skill and has been handed center supported by rigid piles of of this game (do, gae, geol, yut and
competitions are held every year. down as a noble sport. straw. It is played by two persons mo) meaning “four.” Resembling
taking turns jumping on their end of parchisi but played in two teams,
the board. It is enjoyed on tokens are moved around a board
traditional holidays such as Lunar according to the toss of the sticks.
New Year’s Day, Chuseok and
Dano.

Geunettwigi (Swing)
Geunettwigi is another of the
folk games for women along
with neolttwigi and is also a
traditional game enjoyed on
Dano. Geune, a Korean
swing, is made by tying two
ropes connected with a

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Recreation In Other Areas
Nori Madang of Korean Folk Village, Gyeonggi-do
Features Farmers' percussion music and dance, tight-rope walking, traditional wedding
ceremony (residence No. 9, March˅ November), etc.
Time 11:00 and 15:00 (14:00 in winter months)
orea’s lively entertainment scene

K
Enquiries Tel: (031) 286 - 2116/7, Fax: (031) 286 - 4051, www.koreanfolk.co.kr
successfully blends traditional culture Transportation Take a city bus No. 37 or shuttle bus from Suwon Station to the Korean Folk Village in
with the ever-increasing influences of Yongin
foreign countries. There are many Note Admission to the Korean Folk Village: ˴8,500 for adults
choices, from night clubs to classical concerts Inheritance Hall of the Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
to casinos. Popular places for an evening out
Features Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori, mask dance drama played after the communal shaman rite
are the Myeong-dong, Itaewon, or
Time 15:00, every Sunday, March˅November (Saturday is added from May to October.)
Apgujeong-dong districts of Seoul. Enquiries Tel: (054) 854 - 3664, Fax: (054) 856 - 3664
Transportation Cheongnyangni Station ‫ ׿‬Andong Station, then take a city bus No. 46 to Hahoe Village
For information about
current exhibitions, Bomun Amphitheater in Gyeongju , Gyeongsangbuk-do

concerts and movies, a Features Scholar dance, fan dance, spiritual-cleansing dance, gayageum ensemble, songs
visitor should read one of of wayfaring beggars, etc.
the English language dailies Time - April: 14:30, everyday excluding Wednesday
or pick up various - May to June: 20:30, every Saturday, Sunday, public holiday
- July to October: 20:30 everyday excluding Wednesday
magazines including a
- November: 14:30, every Saturday, Sunday, public holiday
“Seoul Scope” brochure at
Enquiries Tel: (054) 740 - 7330/2, Fax: (054) 740 - 7334
KNTO’s Tourist Transportation Seoul Express Bus Terminal ƊGyeongju, take a city bus No. 10 and get off at Yukbuchon
Information Center or click
Busan Cultural Center in Busan
on www.tour2korea.com.
Features Korean traditional music and dance performance
Theaters with Regular Korean Traditional Performances Time
Admission
16:00, every Saturday
Free
In Seoul Enquiries Tel: (051) 607 - 6070 / 3, Fax: (051) 625 - 8138
Transportation Seoul Station Ɗ Busan, take a city bus No.134 to the center
Chongdong Theater
Namwon, Jeollabuk-do
Time 20:00, every day except Mon.
Admission ˴20,000 for A Seats, ˴30,000 for S Seats Venue Gwanghallu Pavilion Namwon Sightseeing Complex (open-air stage)
Enquiries Tel: (02) 773 - 8960, Fax: (02) 773 - 8964, www.chongdong.com Time 14:00, every Saturday 20:00, every Tues, Thurs and Saturday,
Transportation Behind Deoksugung Palace, a 5-minute walk from City Hall Station on Subway April˅June, and Oct. July˅September
Lines 1 and 2 Admission Free
National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts Enquiries Tel: (063) 620 - 6483, Fax: (063) 620 - 6535
Transportation Seoul Station Ɗ Namwon Station, and then a 5-minute ride by taxi
Time - Ye-ak dang (main hall): 17:00, every Saturday, February˅December
- U-myon dang (small hall): 15:00, 3rd Saturday, April˅June and September˅ Jindo Regional Culture Center in Jindo Island, Jeollanam-do
November Features Ssitgimgut*, Dasiraegi*, Jindo Manga*, Namdo Deullorae*, etc.
Admission ˴8,000
Time 17:00, every Saturday, April˅October
Enquiries Tel: (02) 580 - 3042, Fax: (02) 580 - 3045, www.ncktpa.go.kr
Enquiries Tel: (061) 540 - 3226, Fax: (061) 544 - 0420
Transportation Next to the Seoul Arts Center, a 10-minute walk from Nambu Bus Terminal Station
Transportation Seoul Express Bus Terminal Ɗ Gwangju, take an express bus to Jindo Bus
on Subway Line 3
Terminal, then a 5-minute walk.
Small Hall of the National Theater
Time 15:00, last Saturday monthly (full-length pansori) *Ssitgimgut: the shamanistic rite for the spiritual cleansing of the dead
Admission ˴20,000 *Dasiraegi: the entertainment for mourners performed the night
Enquiries Tel: (02) 2274-1151, Fax: (02) 2274 - 0105, www.ntok.go.kr before a burial, in order to alleviate the bereaved family's grief
Transportation A 15-minute walk from Exit 6 of Dongguk Univ. Station on Subway Line 3 through humor
*Jindo Manga: the pallbearers' dirge sung as they
Seoul Nori Madang (outdoor amphitheater)
carry a coffin
Time Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays; April to October (14:00 or 17:00 depending *Namdo Deullorae: the farming song sung in the rice
on seasons) paddies of the southwestern region
Admission Free
Enquiries Tel: (02) 410 - 3410/3
Transportation Behind Lotte World, a 10-minute walk from Jamsil Station on Subway Line 2

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Movie Theaters Bars and Beer Halls
orea’s movie industry is growing ou can enjoy Korean

K rapidly, and some of its films have
achieved international acclaim.
Foreign films, many from the
United States, are very popular among
Koreans. These films are subtitled in
Y drinks such as soju
(distilled liquor) and
makgeolli (thick,
unrefined liquor fermented
from grain) with the local
Korean, not dubbed, so the foreign visitor residents at a minsokjujeom, a
can easily enjoy an evening, or even a Korean-style bar, as well as at
morning, at the movies. street pubs, called
Films usually run continuously from pojangmacha, which often run
about 11:00 daily. all night long.
You can also find many good-quality beer halls decorated in a European
Name Address Tel. style. Customers are expected to order a dish of snacks or food with their
Central 6 B1 level, Central City, Banpo-dong Seocho-gu (02)6282-1900 drink. Although often crowded and nosy, they are nice places to experience
CGV Kangbyon 11 10th Fl., Techno Mart, Guui-dong, Gwangjin-gu (02)3424-1600 the local atmosphere.
Cine Core 5-10, Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu (02)2285-2090 If you prefer not to go out, there is usually in-house entertainment at the
Cine House 91-6, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu (02)711-2787 major hotels, for example, excellent lobby lounges and cocktail bars,
City 816, Yeoksam 1-dong, Gangnam-gu (02)561-3388 nightclubs, dinner theaters, etc., relatively expensive.
Core Art Hall 13-13, Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu (02)739-9933
Dan Sung Sa 56, Myo-dong, Jongno-gu (02)766-0505 Casinos
Hollywood 284-6, Nagwon-dong, Jongno-gu (02)745-1900
hese classy spaces, open

T
Lotte World 40-1, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu (02)417-0211/3
Megabox Cineplex Coex Mall, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu (02)6002-1200 round-the-clock, offer
MMC 10th Fl., Freya Town, Euljiro 6-ga, Jung-gu (02)2269-9111 entertainment and
Myungbo Plaza 18-5, Cho-dong, Jung-gu (02)700-3115 excitement to the hunters of
Piccadilly 139, Donui-dong, Jongno-gu (02)761-0300 lady luck. Except Kangwon Land,
Seoul 59-7, Gwansu-dong, Jongno-gu (02)2277-3011 casinos are open exclusively to
foreigners and include roulette,
craps, blackjack, baccarat and
scores of slot machines. Most
Nightclubs tourist hotels also have a game
room, primarily devoted to slot
ightclubs are located in hotels and are somewhat expensive, but machines.

N there are many less expensive nightclubs, particularly in the
Gangnam and Itaewon areas, the latter catering to a largely
foreign clientele.
Name
Paradise Walker Hill
Paradise Olympos
Seoul
Incheon
Location Tel.
(02)450-4825
(032)762-5181
Paradise Grand Jeju (064)740-7000
Jeju Oriental Jeju (064)756-5554
Jeju KAL Jeju (064)757-8111
Crown Plaza Jeju (064)747-4223
Hyatt Regency Seogwipo (064)738-5353
Jeju Shilla Seogwipo (064)738-8822
Seogwipo KAL Seogwipo (064)763-1441
Sorak Park Mt. Seoraksan (033)636-1236
Kangwon Land Jeongseon, Gangwon-do (033)590-7700
Paradise Busan (051)742-2110
Kyongju Hilton Gyeongju (054)771-2121

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Jazz Clubs Dinner Theaters in Seoul
azz was introduced in Korea with the stationing of here are many restaurants where you can

J U.S. troops after the Korean War in 1950, and was in
all its glory in the 1960s under the initiative of the late
Lee Jung-sik, a renowned Saxophonist. However, jazz
went on the decline when part of the American troops left for the
Vietnam War. Barely maintaining its life by some musicians, jazz has
T enjoy Korean traditional music and dance
performances with Korean dishes. Especially,
Korea House provides wonderful traditional food in a
delightful Korean-style house, followed by a traditional Korean dance
and music performance in its own private theater.
begun to see balmy days again. Janus, a jazz club owned by vocalist Kayagum Hall (가야금 홀) Koryeo Jeong (고려정)
Park Sung-yeon in 1990s, has served as momentum in increasing the B1 level, Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu (map p.45)
number of jazz lovers, and recently more and more fanciful jazz clubs Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu ȭ (02) 518-0161
are enticing people with their urbane charms. ȭ (02) 450-4555, www.walkerhill.co.kr Korean Table d’Hôte: ӗ33,500 G ӗ70,000
A cup of coffee over an enchanting jazz melody could provide an Dinner and Performance: ӗ69,000 G Performance only: ӗ17,000
ӗ83,000 (19:30 and 20:30, every day
unforgettable moment of the nightlife in Seoul. Performance Only: ӗ50,000 excluding 2nd and 4th Tuesday)
(16:30 and 19:30, every day) A 5-minute walk from exit 10 of Hak-dong Station
A 10-minute ride by shuttle bus from Exit 1 of on Subway Line 7
Gwangnaru Station on Subway Line 5
Jazz Clubs in Seoul
Arirang (아리랑)
Name / Tel. Live Performance Location Korea House (한국의 집) Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
Pil-dong, Jung-gu (map p.45) (at Insa-dong Street) (map p.34)
Once in a Blue Moon 19:30 150 m away towards Gangnam-gu
ȭ (02) 2266 -9101, www.koreahouse.or.kr ȭ (02) 737-2371/2
(02)549-5490 Office from Galleria Dept. Store of
Korean Set Meal: ӗ45,100 G ӗ71,500 Korean Table d’Hôte: ӗ30,000 G ӗ 50,000
Apgujeong-dong
Korean Buffet: Lunch ӗ28,600 Performance: 20:10, every day excluding
Cheonnyeondong- 18:50˅02:00 on weekdays Near Blue Bird Theater of the KFC Dinner ӗ30,800 2nd and 4th Sunday
ando (17:30˅23:20 on weekends) alley in Daehangno Street Performance Only: ӗ29,000 A 5-minute walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Station on
(02)743-5555 (19:00 and 20:50, every day) Subway Line 3
Closed every Sunday, Seollal, Chuseok
Big Apple 20:00 ˅23:30 on weekdays At the back of Changa Sports Center and Dec. 31G Jan. 2 Pulhyanggi (풀향기)
(02)546-8989 (20:00 ˅23:50 on weekends) in Apgujeong-dong B1 level, Seoul Tower, Yongsan 2-ga,
A 5-minute walk from Exit 3 of Chungmuro Station
Janus 20:30 ˅23:00 50 m away towards Sinsa-dong from on Subway Line 3 or 4 Yongsan-gu (map p.40)
(02)546-9774 Hotel Prima in Cheongdam-dong ȭ (02) 777-9393
Sanchon (산촌) Lunch ӗ17,000 G 55,000
All That Jazz 21:00 ˅23:30 100 m away towards Samgakji from Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu (map p.34) Dinner: ӗ28,000 G ӗ 55,000
(02)795-5701 Hotel Hamilton in Itaewon ȭ (02) 735 -1900 Performance: 19:00 G 20:00
Moon Glow 21:00˅23:00 Around Yeongbin Wedding hall near Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine: A 10 - minute ride by taxi from Dongguk Univ.
(02)324-5105 Hong Ik Univ. Lunch ӗ17,000, Dinner ӗ29,000 Station on Subway Line 3
Performance: 20:15, every day
Hot House Jazz Club 20:30 40 m from Hong Ik Univ. entrance
A 10-minute walk from Exit 6 of Jongno 3-ga
(02)332-2171 (20:00 on sundays) Station on Subway Line 1, 3 or 5 (near TongIn
Kwaejina Chingching (쾌지나 칭칭)
Store at Insa-dong Street)
B1 level, Daeil Bldg., 43, Insa-dong,
Fade In 21:00 30 m from Hong Ik Univ. entrance
Jongno-gu, Seoul (map p.34)
(02)3141-0626 ȭ (02) 733-7477
Chungsacholong (청사초롱)
Hwasumok 20:30 ˅23:30 80 m across from Galleria Dept. Store Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-gu Korean Table d’Hôte: ӗ9,000 G ӗ 50,000
(02)548-5429 of Apgujeong-dong ȭ (02) 794-1177 Performance: weekdays 19:00 G 21:00
Birdland 20:30 Across from the back gate of Ewha Korean Table d’Hôte: ӗ35,000 G ӗ 75,000 A 5-minute walk from Exit 6 of Jongno 3 (sam)-ga
22:00 Womans Univ. Performance: 19:00, every day Station on Subway Line 1, 3, or 5
(02)312-7021
A 5-minute walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Station on
Subway Line 6 (near the Itaewon Hotel)

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Shopping products are also popular in Korea.
Itaewon, department stores, Namdaemun
and Dongdaemun markets
(ȭ 02-662-0106). High-quality
replicas are not expensive.
Insa-dong, Jangan-dong Antique Market,
Hwanghak-dong Flea Market
Jewelry
eoul and major cities offer a Korea is the home of amethyst, Ginseng

S wide variety of shopping
opportunities: arcades,
department stores, duty-free
shops, districts specialized in shopping, and
outdoor markets.
which comes in an infinite range of
violet from dainty pale to deep and
richly captivating. There is also the
ever-popular smoky topaz. In
elaborate gold settings, these stones
But if you really want to meet the vivid lifestyle of form stunning and not-too-expensive
Koreans, why not visit indigenous local markets high-fashion rings, pendants,
around the country? They feature their region’s special products. earrings and bracelets. The same is
Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, true of jade, especially the famous
while smaller shops tend to be open from mid-morning till late evening every Korean white jade. Korean-made
day of the week. Convenience stores open 24 hours are dotted throughout gems and jewelry items with native
the cities. stones including rubies are in ample Korean ginseng is recognized
At midnight the major markets Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Market in supply, so you can find some nice throughout the Orient and
Seoul serve as all-night wholesale districts, but you can buy retail. bargains. everywhere as the world’s best, with
Jongno 3-ga and Yeji-dong Jewelry the greatest efficacy as an ancient
Shopping Shops, Gangnam Jewelry Shopping tonic elixir and stamina builder. It
Popular Buys in Korea Center, Namdaemun Market, Iri Gems and has been shown to remove toxic
Jewelry Center in Jeollabuk-do, Oksanga in matter from the blood, invigorate the
Chuncheon digestion, counteract cancer-causing
Clothing Sportswear free radicals, and help the body
Tennis, squash and badminton Antiques and Replicas maintain homeostasis. Fresh or dried
rackets, soccer and baseball Some of the most sought-after and powdered roots as well as
equipment including gloves, golf antiques are the wooden chests and concentrated extract and granule tea
equipment of all kinds including furniture and white porcelain of the forms are widely available.
excellent club sets, rock climbing Joseon Dynasty, and the inter- Gyeongdong Herbal Medicinal Market,
gear, specialized sports clothing˅ nationally renowned blue-jade Namdaemun Market, ginseng wholesale
these are some of the most popular celadon of the Goryeo Dynasty. centers and markets in Geumsan, Ganghwa,
purchases. Sports shoes are a top Antique items over 50 years old, Daegu, and Punggi areas.
item in Korea. including chests, calligraphic works
The Korean textile industry has Itaewon, Namdaemun and Dongdaemun and pottery, are not allowed to be Folk Arts and Crafts
become famous worldwide for a Markets, Gukje Market in Busan taken out of the country, so if in Dolls in splendid traditional
colorful variety of well-made and doubt, check with the Art and costume, fans and wooden masks,
inexpensive clothing, especially Leather, Fur, and Eel Skin Antiques Assessment Office delicate and colorful embroidery,
ladies’ and children’s wear. Several Goods painted wedding ducks, kites,
international high-fashion brands are Some of Korea’s specialties very intricate mother-of-pearl
made in Korea and are available in competitive in the world market are lacquerware, graceful ceramic pieces
department stores, but less expensive leather, fur, and eel skin goods. reflecting traditional design. Such
local brands rival them in quality. Leather coats and jackets of the objects depict the people’s joy, anger,
Quality dresses and suits can be finest, supple leather, and some of sorrow and humor in exquisite
custom-made in two or three days, the finest furs in the world, are articles for everyday use.
often at prices lower than for available in an array of styles. Except Traditional Souvenir Shops in
ready-made in other countries. from October through February, Seoul, Itaewon, Namdaemun
Itaewon, Myeong-dong, Namdaemun and they are always sold at highly Market, Jangan-dong Antique
Dongdaemun Markets, the entrance of Ewha discounted prices. Belts, attache Market, Hwanghak-dong Flea
Womans University, Apgujeong-dong Rodeo cases, and wallets in various colors Market, Gyeongju Folk Arts and Crafts
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refreshing drinks. objects than in Insa-dong.
Korean teas are sold in dried leaf, ʲ: 7 min. from Sindang Station on
teabag, and powdered forms. Subway Line 2 or 6
Duty-free shops, department stores,
shopping arcades, Namdaemun Market Yongsan Electronics Market
This large-scale electronics shopping
Kimchi and Other Foods district, divided into six sections, has
Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish about 3,000 shops selling everything
Traditional Liquors and Teas allowing long storage; it is the food a buildings and alleyways filled with from computer hardware and
Korean traditional alcoholic drinks Korean must have at every meal. ginseng shops. So you can buy software to appliances, TV and audio
are largely classified in five types: Kimchi is rapidly gaining public ginseng products of the same quality sets, virtually anything electronic.
yakju (refined pure liquor), soju favor overseas as a health food as that sold in department stores for Prices are 10 to 30 percent lower
(distilled liquor), takju (thick, providing bacteria culture that 15 to 20% lower. than at other outlets.
unrefined liquor), fruit wines, and benefits digestion and helps prevent ʲ: Exit 2 of Jegi-dong Station on Subway Line 1 ʲ: 5 min. toward Yongsan Bus Terminal
medicinal wines. Famous traditional disease. ʡ: The first and third Sundays of each month from Yongsan Subway Station on Subway
liquors are munbaeju (crab apple Food items often given as gifts Line 1
wine), dugyeonju (azalea wine), include various types of kimchi, Hwanghak-dong Flea Market
Gyeongju Beopju (sticky rice wine), baked laver, seafoods fermented in Assorted second-hand items spread Techno Mart
ginseng wine, and Andong Soju. salt, packed galbi (ribs), gochujang This enormous mall contains
Traditional teas include ginseng (red pepper paste), and dried songi hundreds of stores specializing in
tea, green tea, ssanghwa tonic tea, (pine mushroom) and other electronic and computer-related
ginger tea, jujube tea, and citron tea. mushrooms. Beautifully packaged goods. It is housed in a high-rise
Jakseolcha, or young tea leaves baskets or boxes of hangwa building, with an eleven-screen
gathered in the spring, is a delicacy. traditional sweets and cookies will multiplex theater, clothing shops,
Sikhye, a sweet drink made with also make excellent gifts for your game rooms, restaurants, Lotte
rice malt, and sujeonggwa, a family. Magnet discount store, a hall for
cinnamon-flavored punch, are Duty-free shops, department stores out on the sidewalks. Here they trade exhibition and events, etc. It is a
anything you can name, from one-minute walk from the Dong
antiques to electronic goods, Seoul Bus Terminal and connected to
Special Shopping Areas in Seoul kitchenware, machine parts, and Gangbyeon Station on Subway Line 2.
tools. Antique furniture, folk arts and ʡ: Every second and fourth Tuesday
Jangan-dong Antique Market earthenware vessels of the Silla crafts shops, too, cheaper and smaller
Kingdom, Goryeo celadons, and
Joseon white porcelains. There are Department Stores in Seoul
also replicas of old objects and new Galleria 620-69, Jeonnong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu
arts and crafts items at very good 515, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu ȭ (02)966-2500
prices. ȭ (02)3449-4114
Lotte World
ʲ: 10 min. from the Exit 4 of Dapsimni In the Seoul Station
40-1, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu
ȭ (02)312-2525
Station on Subway Line 5 ȭ (02)411-2500
ʡ: The first and third Sundays of each month Hyundai
Midopa
30-33, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu
123, Namdaemunno 2-ga, Jung-gu
ȭ (02)325-2233
In this market of about 100 antique Gyeongdong Herbal ȭ (02)754-2222
429, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu
892-71, Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu
shops, the graceful flavor of ancient Medicine Market ȭ (02)547-2233
ȭ (02)960-2222
arts and crafts seems mixed with a This is Korea’s most famous 159-7, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu
faint smell of dust and mold of traditional herbal medicine market ȭ (02)552-2233 New Core
70-2, Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu
objects buried or weathered over with over 1,000 shops and stalls: Hanshin Core
ȭ (02)530-5000
time. The scents are from herbal clinics, pharmacies, and 284, Hagye-dong, Nowon-gu
ȭ (02)978-1919 Shinsegae
lattice-pattern wooden furniture, oil dealers, and various health-related 52-5, Chungmuro 1-ga, Jung-gu
lamps, rice-cake molds, jars, shops. They sell medicinal herbs at Lotte
ȭ (02)754-1234
millstone pairs, and varied household prices 25 to 40% lower than other 1, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu ȭ (02)771-2500
25-2, Gireum 3-dong, Seongbuk-gu
618-496, Yeongdeungpo-dong,
articles. Here you can appreciate areas through direct dealing with Yeongdeungpo-gu
ȭ (02)944-1234
genuine earthenware figurines or herb growers. It also has some large 434-5, Yeongdeungpo 4-ga, Yeongdeungpo-
ȭ (02)2632-2500
gu ȭ (02)2639-1234

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Traditional Souvenir Shops in Seoul Famous Markets Outside Seoul
Embroidery, pottery and ceramics, knot
works, textiles, accessories, paintings, masks, ঈ Icheon Ceramics Village
woodcraft, lacquerware, shell works,

traditional musical instruments, a variety of ঈ
items that can represent Korea. Such items are
available at reasonable prices at Namdaemun
or in any of hundreds of souvenir shops all ঊ ঋ এ
over Korea, but for some of the best quality, ঌ

visit one of the special outlets. ঍
঑঒
Cultural Property Artisans Hall Korea House Handicraft Shop ঎
ȭ (02)753-4472 ȭ (02)2271-1275, www.fpcp.or.kr
ʲ: B1 level of KNTO, 3 min. from Exit 5 ʲ: 3 min. from Exit 3 of Chungmuro Here you can have a look, try your ও
of Jonggak Station on Subway Line 1 Station on Subway Line 3 or 4. hand at making a ceramic piece, and
National Souvenir Center Jeom (Artshop) in Insa Art Center buy what you like. Aside from about
ȭ (02)778-6529, www.souvenir.or.kr ȭ (02)733-9040/2 300 kilns, are Haegang Ceramics ঊ Hansan Ramie Market
ʲ: 5 min. from Exit 5 of Euljiro 1-ga ʲ: 5 min. from Exit 6 of Anguk Station Museum (ȭ 031-632 -7017), For its delicate, refined color and
Station on Subway Line 2 on Subway Line 3 workshops, apprentices’ studios, and texture, Hansan-produced ramie
shops offer everything from fabric has long been valued as the
collector’s curios to daily utensils. best in Korea. The market is held at
Duty-Free Shops The Icheon Ceramics Festival is held five-day intervals from the first day of
in September every year. each month, forming before
ʲ: from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to daybreak between 5:00 and 6:30
Seoul Duty Free Korea Icheon (1 hr.); to the village (10 min.) a.m. like a “guerrilla market” to serve
Dong Wha DFS Inside Gimhae Int’l Airport and managed the big turnout of merchants. The
211-1, Sejongno, Jongno-gu by KNTO ȭ (051)973-1101
ȭ (02)399-3100, 3000
উ Ganghwa Market Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival every
Duty Free Korea
Ganghwado’s ginseng and floral May features a ramie-weaving
Hanjin Inside Busan Int’l Passenger Terminal and
41-3, Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu managed by KNTO ȭ (051)469-7301 pattern mats made with pithy white presentation and contest. Hansan is
ȭ (02)778-7181 sedge, top-quality local specialties also famous for sogokju, sticky rice
Paradise Nammoon
Shilla 1128-78, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu famous nationwide. The imposing liquor.
202, Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu ȭ (051)743-0181 Local Specialties Center (ȭ 032-934 ʲ: Janghangseon train from Seoul
ȭ (02)2230-3662 Gyeongju -3305) has about 40 outlets selling Station to Seocheon (3 hrs. 30 min.); 15
Hotel Lotte Paradise Nammoon ginseng and floral-pattern mats, min. to Hansan Mosigwan (ramie hall)
10th Fl., Lotte Department Store, 1, Inside Hilton Hotel 370, Sinpyeong-dong baskets, and housewares. The
Sogong-dong, Jung-gu; ȭ (02)759-8388 ȭ (054)745-7181/4 open-air mat market draws traders ঋ Geumsan Ginseng Market
Lotte World Jejudo from all across the country, and is Korean ginseng has been cultivated
40-1, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu Duty Free Korea
held at five-day intervals from the in Geumsan from about 1,500 years
ȭ (02)411-5000 Inside Jeju Int’l Airport and managed by
KNTO ȭ (064)742-0030/1 2nd day of each month. It forms in ago and this market now meets 80%
Poongjun
main entrance of this center for 30 of the nation’s demand for white
73-1, Inhyeon-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu Hanjin
ȭ (02)2266-6108 1690-8, Ido 1-dong, Jeju minutes only, beginning 7:30 a.m. ginseng. Here also is Korea’s
Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel ȭ (064)758-0713 ʲ: from Sinchon Intercity Bus Terminal third-largest medicinal herb market.
San 21, Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu Shilla in Seoul to Ganghwa (1hr.10 The Geumsan Insam (ginseng)
ȭ (02)450-4781 252-20, Yeon-dong, Jeju ȭ (064)735-5577 min.); 5 min. Festival is held in each September,
Incheon for tourist participation in the
Duty Free Korea ginseng harvest.
Inside Incheon Int’l Airport and managed ʲ: Seoul Express Bus Terminal to
by KNTO; ȭ (032)743-2000
Geumsan (2 hrs. 30 min.)
Duty Free Korea
Inside Incheon Int’l Passenger Terminal
ঌ Iri Gems and Jewelry Center
and managed by KNTO; ȭ (032)762-9392
Since it opened in 1975, this center
Busan
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metals to 40 countries and become Seokguram Grotto, the village when retailers haggle over fresh fish.
world-famous. Truly beautiful consists of 45 traditional houses For an interesting dose of Korean
jewelry, and steeply discounted. where people produce filigree, folk culture, visit the annual Jagalchi
Iksan Jewelry Festival is held in late earthen burial figures, wooden, stone Festival in October.
October each year. and pottery handcraft items, jewelry, ʲ: 5 min. from Jagalchi Station by
ʲ: Jeollaseon or Honamseon from Seoul
and embroidery. You can watch Subway ʡ: the first Sunday of each month
Station to Iksan (3 hrs.); 5 min. to the
them at work in any of 17
center
workshops, and there is an exhibition ও Jeju Dongmun Market
hall for viewing or purchase.
An excellent place to experience the
ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to
঍ Damyang Bamboo Crafts daily lifestyle of the Jeju islanders. It
Gyeongju (5 hrs.); No. 10 or 11 to the Gukje Market
Market trades in all the necessities of life, but
village (30 min.).
Damyang is the land of bamboo, ঒ Jagalchi Fish Market the major goods here are fresh
and this is Korea’s only special Jagalchi Fish Market is one of the seafood and tropical and subtropical
bamboo market. There are about 20 ঐ Eonyang Amethyst Cave top tourist attractions in Busan. It fruits, including the Jeju-do’s special
wholesale shops and 50 factories The Gemological Institute of distributes to the nation a products such as okdom sea bream,
dealing in various bamboo crafts: America, the world’s most prestigious tremendous variety of marine abalone and tangerines.
simple yet refined baskets, fans, research and educational institute products and presents a quite ʲ: 15 min. from the Jeju International
scoops, furniture, and tourist dealing with precious stones, has fantastic scene in the early mornings Airport to the market.
souvenirs. The market opens at five- recognized amethyst produced in
day intervals beginning the 2nd day Eonyang as the world’s best quality, Shopping Tips
of each month. There is also the for its mysterious violet purplish-red
Ү Foreign visitors may be refunded 70 to 80% of their paid VAT (value-added tax)
Bambooware Museum (ȭ 061-381- color and flawless crystals. The cave and SET (Special Excise Tax) at certain retail outlets. For purchases of more
4111). has an amethyst shop, an exhibition than 50,000 won at outlets with“Tax Free Shopping,”or more than 30,000 at
ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to hall preserving veins of amethyst, and outlets with“Tax Refund Shopping”signs, you may pick up your refund in cash
Gwangju (4 hrs.); 30 min. to Damyang other tourist attractions. at the airport, have it mailed to you, or in some cases have it credited to a credit
ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to card. Participating retail shops will issue a“VAT Refund Cheque”or“Korea
Refund Cheque,”and you should get a certificate stamp on it at the customs
঎ Gangjin Celadon Village Ulsan (4 hrs. 40 min.); an hourly shuttle bus to desk when you leave Korea. (You may have to show your purchase to a
Goryeo celadons have won the Cave ʟ: ˽ 5,000 customs officer, so if you want to pack the items in your checked luggage, get
worldwide acclaim for their mystic your refund cheque stamped by showing it to the customs clerk near the airline
jade blue color and intricate inlaying ঑ Busan Gukje Market and check-in counter.) The refund can be obtained at the counters named“Global
technique. The quality of celadon is Gwangbongno Street Refund Korea”or“Korea Refund”near the duty-free shops.
 Global Refund Korea: ȭ (02) 776-2170/1, Fax (02) 776-2172,
determined by clay, water, and Gukje Market is the most www.globalrefund.com
climate. Blessed with the very best of representative traditional market in  Korea Refund: ȭ (02) 537-1755, Fax (02) 593-4764. E-mail: korea@korea-
these, Gangjin is a time-honored Busan, no less developed than refund.com
home of celadon art. There remain Namdaemun Market in Seoul and ň English is spoken in most of the major department stores and the whole
more than 180 ancient kiln sites even more crowded with foreign Itaewon shopping district. Speak slowly.
where celadon masterpieces were buyers. Home appliances, clothing, ň Although many shops including department stores sell only at fixed prices, in
created. The Celadon Cultural bags, leather goods and furniture at many places you can ask for a discount and bargain over prices. No harm in
Festival is held every August. better prices than elsewhere. Closed asking but be ready to pay what you offer.
ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. ň It is a good idea to try on all tailored clothing before making the final payment.
Alternations or refunds are not easy to arrange through the mail.
Gangjin (5 hrs. 30 min.); Gwangbongno Street, Busan’s
bound for leading fashion avenue, stretches 700 ň Antique items over 50 years old, including chests, paintings and pottery, may not
be exported without government permission.
Maryang and get off at meters from the old Busan City Hall
the Celadon Village site to the Gukje Market. The area ň There are many elegant jewelry settings available for smoky topaz, amethyst and
white jade. Generally, jewelers issue certificates of authenticity if requested. Of
(15 min.) has a thousand shopping and course, imitation stones are sometimes offered for saleŎthey should be
cultural facilities, including theaters substantially cheaper.
এ Gyeongju and galleries, commercial banks and ň It is best to take merchandise home with you in your luggage, but shipping can
Folk Crafts financial institutions, jewelry and also be arranged by hotel staff.
Village souvenir shops and hotels. ň Save your receipts! KNTO manages a Tourist Complaint Center that
Along the way from ʲ: 10 min. from Jagalchi Station or investigates shopping complaints. ȭ (02) 735-0101, Fax (02) 777-0102 or e-mail
Bomun Lake Resort to Nampo-dong Station by Subway Line 1 tourcom@www.knto.or.kr.
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Seasonal Attractions Summer
As the temperature often reaches 35 degrees
Spring centigrade, this is best season to visit the beaches,
rivers, and islands. Set against the clear summer
sky, the Han River in Seoul or other various sites
Korean Spring arrives in March in a flurry of flowers. around the country offer the fun of exciting summer sports. Equipment
In mid-March, the rapeseed flowers pour forth their yellow splendor on Jeju rental and training courses are available, but you may need an
Island, Korea’s southernmost point, followed by the cherry blossoms, blazing interpreter to take advantage of lessons.
azalea, forsythia, and fragrant magnolia. The spring messengers spread to the Average equipment rental fee: ӗ50,000
mainland by the end of April. Korean mountains and parks alike are covered Water Skiing
Skimming over the surface of the water, Information: Korea Underwater Association
in bright colors. ȭ 02)424-0735
you can enjoy thrills and energy to the
fullest ӧ that’s what water skiing is for. Korea Scuba Diving Federation
Ssanggyesa Temple’s Cherry 8), the Gunhangje Festival is held. Half a day of practice should be enough ȭ 02)420-4293
Blossom Trails ʲ: to Maisan from Seoul Express Bus to be able to learn this exciting sport.
Six kilometers of cherry blossoms, Terminal (5 hrs.); to Jinhae (30 min.) The Han River through Seoul features Windsurfing
extending from Hwagaejangteo, Hadong, some excellent places for water skiing, Truly the flower of water sports,
all the way to the templeӧ truly out of this especially Ttukseom, Seongsan, and windsurfing provides the pleasure of both
Gyeongju Bomun Lake Resort
world. This trail is said to have inspired Mangwon zones. surfing and sailing. Speeds up to 60 km
many a couple to pledge marriage while Cheongpyeong Lake Resort, per hour and the thrill of sailing through
strolling hand-in-hand through the beautiful Namiseom Resort, Paldang Resort and the wavesӧ it requires balance and
meadows. The season begins around Daeseong Resort in Gyeonggi-do also stamina. While Chungjuho Lake or
April 5 ӧ13. afford a wonderful surrounding and clean Asanman Bay is for beginners, the Han
ʲ: to Hadong at Seoul Nambu Bus water. River is suitable for the intermediate.
Terminal (5 hrs. and 30 min.); to Average fee: ӗ15,000 per go Advanced windsurfers may try at beaches
Ssanggyesa Temple (30 min.) Information: Seoul Water Skis Association such as Haeundae Beach in Busan,
ȭ 02)498-9026 Sinyang, Hamdeok or Jungmun Beaches
Tapsa Temple of Mt. Maisan The cherry trees of Gyeongju are young
The Korea Water Ski Association on Jeju Island.
and Cherry Blossom Trails ȭ 02)2203-0488 Average rental fee: ӗ30,000˅ӗ50,000
and vibrant, and it becomes a pink and
Mt. Maisan has two tall peaks that stick Information:
white wonderland in the early spring.
up like the ears of a horse. Between Scuba Diving Korean Windsurfing Association
Efflorescence occurs around April 11ӧ14.
them lies the Tapsa Temple with huge The charm of ȭ 02) 2642-5168
ʲ: to Gyeongju from Seoul Station
piles of stones. Maisan’s entrance has 3 scuba diving is
(4 hrs.); to Bomun Lake Resort (30 min.)
km of cherry trees forming a tunnel of that you swim Rafting
blooms each spring. freely Though it
Village of Apricot Blossoms
ʲ: to Jinan from Seoul Express Bus underwater like was first
Located in Suncheon, Jeollanam-do,
Terminal (4 hrs.) ; to Mt. Maisan (10 min.) a fish, to watch introduced in
Naganeupseong Folk Village blooms with
underwater Korea in the
apricot blossoms each spring.
creatures, and early 1970s,
Jinhaeœ
s Cherries A picturesque village will take you back
even to touch rafting has
One of the best places to go at cherry to an ancient era. The two-kilometer
them. The East become a
blossom time is Jinhae, a port city on the apricot trail bursts into bloom from March
and South coasts of Korea have clean ranking
southern coast. Visitors can travel through to early April.
and clear water, a plenty of colorful fish leisure-sport activity for the summer
an unbelievable tunnel several kilometers ʲ: to Suncheon from Seoul Express
and seaweed. Jeju Island, in particular, season, as the water in rivers is especially
long formed of blossoming cherry trees. Bus Terminal (5 hrs. 20 min.); to
has many volcanic rock formations abundant. For beginners, in the 65
During peak blossoms (usually April 5 ӹ Naganeupseong Folk Village (30 min.)
around its coastal waters. Also you can kilometers of the Donggang River in
enjoy outstanding coral clusters around Yeongwol is a good place to be initiated.
Munseom, Beomseom, Udo, and Intermediates will enjoy the Hantangang
Chagwido Islands in Jeju-do. Visibility is River in Yeoncheon, while 70 kilometers
greatest from mid-May through late of the Naerincheon Stream in Inje awaits
December. It is advisable to consult those more advanced.
diving schools or clubs because a new Average fee: ӗ20,000 ӧ ӗ 30,000
Jeju-do regulation on ocean protection Rental and Information:
requires dive permission from the Geosan Leisure ȭ 02)3474-2848
authorities in some areas. Songgang Leisure ȭ 033)452-3034

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Fall Winter
The best time to visit the mountains is when they Though the temperature lingers around freezing, you still
are covered with colorful foliage. Over 70% of the can do something exciting. Korea has several world-class ski
Korean peninsula is mountainous, and it is resorts, and you may rent equipment. The ski season in
difficult to say which area has the most splendid Korea lasts from the end of December to early March, with
autumn foliage. Recommended here are some most ski areas opening in mid-December. During the season, travel agencies
favorites of the Korean people. The peak of color hits from late October operate buses (most of them from Seoul) for your convenience. The average
through early November, depending on latitude. fees for ski rental range from ө12,000 to ө30,000, lift tickets from ˽33,000
to ˽45,000.
* Facilities:ʤ

with red maples.
Ski Resort
Mt. Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan Mountains have their own ʲ: to Jeongeup from Seoul Express
unique beauty year-round, but autumn is Bus Terminal (3 hrs. 20 min.); to ʤ: 22 slopes (6 beginner, 5 intermediate,
said to be the most brilliant. Most hikers Naejangsa Temple (1 hr.) 5 advanced, 2 snowboarding), 15 lifts,
rank the autumn foliage of Gongnyong karaoke room, game room, discotheque,
(“dinosaur”) Ridgeline first among many Mt. Jirisan National Park swimming pool, sauna, bowling alley, golf
wonderful places in Seoraksan. Around In fall, the forests of Jirisan Mountains are course, fitness center, alpine slides
late October every part of the area turns aflame with autumnal tints. The twelve ʲ: take an airplane to Gangneung by
red and yellow. kilometers of Baemsagol Valley are Korean Air (ȭ 080-233-2000) or Asiana
ʲ: to Sokcho from Seoul Express famous for the autumn leaves contrasting Airlines (ȭ 080-669-4000); a free shuttle
Bus Terminal (5 hrs. 15 min.); to with deep blue ponds, and that of Piagol bus to the resort (7 times daily)
Seoraksan (35 min.) Valley is said to be red as blood. Driving Or, DaeWon Express (ȭ 02-2201-7710)
along the central road through Jirisan, also runs shuttle buses from seoul.
1,130 m above sea level, is a good way to Alps Resort Round trip fare is ө22,000.
Mt. Naejangsan National Park Located in the northernmost region of
be immersed in a sea of color.
ʲ: to Namwon from Seoul Express Korea, Alps Resort is renowned for its Muju Resort
Bus Terminal ( 4hrs. 10 min.); to abundant snowfall. Muju Resort was the venue of the 1997
Banseon (1 hr.) ȭ 033-681-5030, FAX 033-681-2788 Winter University Games. Set against the
ʤ: 8 slopes (1 beginner, 4 intermediate, magnificent scenery of Mt. Deogyusan
3 advanced), 5 lifts, 1 sledding hill, National Park, Muju is the largest ski
Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park swimming pool, bowling alley, ski
The Valley around Gapsa Temple in the resort in Korea.
museum, nightclub, restaurants, game ȭ 063-322-9000, FAX 063-320-7050
Gyeryongsan mountains is famous for its
room,etc. ʤ: 30 slopes (8 beginner, 12
vivid foliage. Along the two kilometers
ʲ: from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to intermediate, 10 advanced, snowboarding
walking trail passing through the ticket
Sokcho and a free shuttle bus to the allowed), 13 lifts, 2 sledding hills, ski
office at the temple entrance is a splendid
resort (1 times daily). Lotte Travel jumping park, mountain bike course,
From late October to early November Mt. forest. At the end of the trail there stands
(ȭ 02-733-0201) also runs shuttle buses. outdoor sauna, swimming pool, golf
Naejangsan is the essence of crimson. Its a small but well-matched old temple
Round trip fare is ˴23,000. practice course, nightclub, etc.
maples are small and fine. Most famous Gapsa, founded in the year 420. The high
is a 500-meter maple tunnel on the season is from mid through late October. Yong Pyong Resort ʲ: from Nambu Bus Terminal to
approach to Naejangsa Temple. Another ʲ: to Gongju from Seoul Nambu Muju Gucheondong; a free shuttle bus
beautiful place to mention is the Bus Terminal (2 hrs. 10 min); to (10 min.)
Baegyangsa Temple area, very dense Gapsa Temple (25 min.)
Phoenix Park Ski World
Phoenix Park Ski World’s slopes are set
in major valleys, and receive a large
volume of snowfall every year. Its
European-style ski complex offers the
latest in fashionable facilities.
ȭ 033-333-6000, FAX 033-330-6575
Host of the 1999 Winter Asian Games. ʤ: 12 slopes (3 beginner, 3 intermediate,
A variety of wintertime events are always 4 advanced, 2 snowboarding) 9 lifts,
being planned at this all-weather resort. bowling alley, nightclub, restaurants,
ȭ 033-335-5757, FAX 033-330-5176, game room, sauna, swimming pool,
www.yongpyong.co.kr shopping mall, karaoke, indoor golf, etc.

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Korea Condo Ski Resort Seoul Resort
This ski resort offers convenient family- Only 50 minutes from Seoul, multiple-use
oriented facilities, and is well-suited for resort is often the location of family retreats.
beginners and less aggressive skiers. ȭ 031-591-1230, FAX 02-969-0338
ȭ 033-336-8800, FAX 033-336-8805 ʤ: 3 slopes (1 beginner, 1 intermediate, 1
ʤ: 3 slopes (1 beginner, 2 intermediate), advanced), 3 lifts, 1 sledding hill, game
2 lifts, 1 sledding hill, a tennis court, room, restaurants, etc.
restaurant, karaoke, hiking trail, etc. ʲ: No. 330, 765, or 1330 at Exit 2 of
ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus Cheongnyangni Station, Seoul Subway
Terminal to Gangnueng (4 hrs.); to Line 1 (30 min.)
Yong Pyong Resort (40 min); free shuttle
bus (5 min.) Chonmasan Ski Resort
Just an hour from Seoul, Chonmasan Ski
Jisan Forest Resort Resort has established a reputation for
Muju Resort night skiing. Its proximity to Seoul makes
it ideal for visitors with limited time.
ʲ: from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to restaurants, billiards, game room,ect. ȭ 02-2233-5311/4, FAX 031-395-6117
Jangpyeong; a shuttle bus (every 1 hr.) ʲ: from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to ʤ: 5 slopes (1 beginner, 2 intermediate, 2
Suanbo (2 hrs. 30 min.); a 3-minute taxi advanced), 7 lifts, restaurant, game room,
Hyundai Sungwoo Resort ride observatory, etc.
ʲ: No. 30, 330, or 765-1 to
Bears Town Resort Mukhyeon-ri, from Exit 2 of
A four-seasons resort, Bears Town offers Cheongnyangni Station, Seoul Subway
both skiing and golfing. Special ski Line 1 (40 min); 10 min. to the resort
lessons given in English or Japanese. Jisan Forest Resort offers the delight of
ȭ 031-532-2534, FAX 031-533-8427 European-style slopes and hot springs Daemyung Vivaldi Park
ʤ: 11 slopes (3 beginner, 5 intermediate, blending with lush forest and natural Daemyung Vivaldi Park is 600 m above
3 advanced), 9 lifts, 2 sledding hills, wildlife. Ski lessons in English are offered sea level. It is often referred to as a
swimming pools, sauna, restaurants, three times a day (2 hrs. each) with a fee beginners’ paradise because of its 150-
game room, bowling alley, etc. of ө33,000 (more than 15 persons). meter-wide beginner’s slope, but there
ʲ: No. 707 bus from Cheongnyangni ȭ 031-638-8460, FAX 031-644-1239 are challenging runs, too.
Station to Naechon; a 10-minute taxi ride ʤ: 9 slopes (2 beginner, 4 intermediate, 3 ȭ 033-434-8311, FAX 033-435-8304
Opened in December 1995, this massive advanced, snowboarding allowed), 4 lifts, ʤ: 13 slopes (2 beginner, 9 intermediate,
year-round resort has many state-of-art golf course, karaoke room, convention 2 advanced, snowboarding allowed), 10
facilities such as computerized snow hall, restaurants, etc. lifts, 1 sledding hill, billiards, bowling alley,
making system, wave course, and mogul ʲ: Free shuttle buses run from Lotte nightclub, restaurants, sauna, etc.
slope. World at 08:40, Sanggye Midopa ʲ: from Dong Seoul or Sangbong
ȭ 033-340-3000, FAX 033-340-3171 Department Store at 08:10, etc. Bus Terminal to Yangdeogwon (2 hrs.);
ʤ: 20 slopes (7 beginner, 5 intermediate, Reservation at ȭ (02)2215-0707. to the park (30 min.). Daemyung
8 advanced), 8 lifts, 1 sledding hill, indoor Or, from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to ȭ 02-538-7300) also runs shuttle buses
swimming pool, billiards, sauna, bowling Icheon; No. 12 to the resort (20 min.) from Seoul.
alley, mini-theater, restaurants, fitness
center, etc.
ʲ: from Seoul Express Bus
Terminal to Wonju (1 hr. 45 min.); a free Yangji Pine Resort
shuttle bus to the resort (8 times daily) Yangji Pine Resort is only 40 minutes
I NET Tour (ȭ 02-659-3237) also runs from Seoul, to the south. Various tourist
shuttle buses. Round-trip fare is attractions are nearby such as Everland,
˴20,000. Korean Folk Village, or Icheon Hot
Springs.
Blue Valley Ski Resort ȭ 031-338-2001, FAX 031-338-7897
This family-oriented resort is situated in a ʤ: 7 slopes (1 beginner, 4 intermediate, 2
splendid natural hot springs region, so advanced), 6 lifts, 1 sledding hill, outdoor
visitors can enjoy both skiing and soaking and indoor swimming pools, bowling
in hot springs. alley, sauna, fitness center, billiards,
ȭ 043-846-0750, FAX 043-846-7666 game room, golf course, restaurants, etc.
ʤ: 8 slopes (1 beginner, 4 intermediate, 3 ʲ: from Nambu Bus Terminal to
advanced), 3 lifts, 1 sledding hill, Jincheon (40 min.); a 5-min. taxi ride Daemyung Vivaldi Park

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Hot Springs (Type)
Accommodation Telephone Fax Transportation

Gyeongsang-do Area
Gyeongju Hot Springs Seoul Station Ɗ Gyeongju (4 hrs. 15 min.), and
(simple thermal spring) then local bus No. 10 or 11 to Bomun Lake Resort
Kolon Hotel 054-746-9001 054-740-5751
Kyongju Chosun Hotel 054-745-7701 054-740-8181
Kyongju Hotel Concorde 054-745-7000 054-740-7010
Hyundai Hotel 054-748-2233 054-748-8234
Kyongju Hilton Hotel 054-745-7788 054-745-7799
Bugok Hot Springs (sulfur) Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal Ɗ Bugok (5 hrs.)
Bugok Royal Hotel 055-536-6661 055-536-6500
Hot Springs Bugok Hawaii Hotel 055-536-6331 055-536-6358
Lake Hills Hotel Bugok 055-536-5181 055-536-6427
From ancient times, hot springs have been known to be effective against Dongnae Hot Springs(sodium) Seoul Station Ɗ Busan Station (4hrs. 30 min.); get
skin disease, arthritis, neuralgia and certain gastrointestinal troubles. Hurshimchung 051-555-1121 051-557-2698 off at Oncheonjang Station from Subway Line 1
Especially on a cold snowy day it is ever so relaxing to soak one’s body in Haeundae Hot Springs (alkaline) Seoul Station Ɗ Busan Station (4hrs.
a hot spring spa. Busan Marriott 051-743-1234 051-743-1250 30 min.), and then local bus
Most of the hot springs in Korea are not only equipped with hot Paradise Beach Hotel 051-742-2121 051-742-2100
spring bathing facilities, but are also developed as comprehensive resorts Westin Chosun Beach Hotel 051-742-7411 051-742-1313
and families play grounds. Fees are around ˴6,000.
Jeolla-do Area
Mt. Jirisan Spa Land 061-781-1414 061-783-1966 Seoul Station Ɗ Gurye (4˅5 hrs.),
(simple thermal spring) and a bus towards Jirisan Spa Land
Hot Springs (Type)
Accommodation Telephone Fax Transportation from Gurye Intercity Bus Terminal
Wolchulsan Spa Resort 061-473-6311 061-473-6312 Seoul Express Bus Terminal Ɗ Yeongam
Seoul Area (alkaline sodium chloride) (4 hrs. 40 min.), and then shuttle bus
Seoul Hot Springs (alkaline) 02-949-5000 02-949-0054 Exit 2 of Hagye Station on Seoul Subway
Line 7
Gyeonggi-do Area
Icheon Hot Springs(alkaline)
Hotel Miranda Icheon 031-633-2001 031-633-2038 Dong Seoul Bus Terminal Ɗ Icheon
Golf Courses
Seolbong Tourist Hotel 031-635-5701 031-633-6304 (about 1 hr.) Recently golf has emerged as a popular sport in
Korea along with the increasing popularity
Gangwon-do Area among Koreans of such golf stars as Tiger
Cheoksan Hot Springs(alkaline) 033-636-4000 033-636-4007 Seoul Express Bus Terminal Ɗ Woods and Korea’s Seri Park, Mi Hyun Kim,
Sokcho (5 hrs. 15 min.), and then local bus and Grace Park. Korea offers excellent golf
Osaek Hot Springs (alkaline) 033-672-2131 033-672-8502 Seoul Express Bus Terminal Ɗ Yangyang courses, and most tourist hotels in resort areas
(4 hrs. 30 min.), and shuttle bus either have their own courses or have access to
one. On some courses weekend play is only for
Chungcheong-do Area membership holders. Wherever you plan to play, it is advisable to make
Onyang Hot Springs (radium) Janghangseon train at Seoul Station advance reservations, perhaps through your hotel.
Onyang Grand Park Hotel 041-543-9711 041-543-9729 Ɗ Onyang Oncheon Station (1 hr. 30 min.) Average green fees: 90,000 won (Mon.˅Fri.), 110,000 won (Sat.˅Sun.)
Onyang Jeil Tourist Hotel 041-544-6111 041-541-6100
Onyang Hot Spring Hotel 041-545-2141 041-545-2607 Major public golf courses
Dogo Hot Springs (sulfur) Janghangseon train at Seoul Station
Paradise Dogo Hotel 041-542-6031 041-542-3425 Ɗ Dogo Oncheon Station (1 hr. 40 min.), Name Address Tel. Holes
Glory Condominium 041-541-7100 041-541-0672 and then local bus (10 min.) Lakeside Neungwon-ri, Mohyeon-myeon, 031-334-2111 *54(36)
Yuseong Hot Springs Seoul Express Bus Terminal Ɗ Yongin
(alkaline radium) Yuseong (2 hrs.) Jungmun Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo 064-735-7200 18
Yousoung Hotel 042-822-0811 042-822-8860 Bomun Mucheon-ri, Cheonbuk-myeon, 054-745-1680 18
Suanbo Hot Springs Dong Seoul Bus Terminal Ɗ Gyeongju
(simple thermal spring) Suanbo (2 hrs. 30 min. ) Cheonan Sangnok Jangsan-ri, Susin-myeon, 043-561-9071 18
Waikiki Suanbo Hotel 043-846-3333 043-846-0500 Cheonan
Suanbo Park Hotel 043-846-2331 043-846-3705
Park Valley Suam-ri, Soho-myeon, Wonju 033-731-4811 18
Suanbo Sang Nok Hotel 043-845-3500 043-845-7878
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