Hadong and Gurye

  Countryside charms and nature's beauty await along the banks of the Seomjingang River   Gazing southeast, the sun rises slowly but surely over the horizon. The Seomjingang River’s pristine waters reflect the morning light…

Old Is New Again

Young entrepreneurs use old buildings to give Seoul new life   “Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction and little else. But lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration,…
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Hangangjin Station

Itaewon reinvents itself as an arts and culture destination. One of the most dramatic changes that Seoul has gone through in the past few years has been the transformation of Itaewon from an area of scruff and grime into one of the trendiest,…
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Museums in Gwanghwamun

  Museums in Gwanghwamun A crash course in Korean history   Written by Robert J. Fouser Photographed by Robert Koehler   The Gwanghwamun area in the heart of Seoul has been in the news lately. Recently,…
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Seoul City’s Walking Tours

  Experiencing the Past Seoul City’s walking tours offer insight into capital’s heritage   Written by Jennifer Flinn Photographed by Ryu Seunghoo   As part of its efforts to improve the infrastructure…
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Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival (March 8–10, 2013)

  Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival (March 8–10) Jeju-do’s signature festival is link to Korea’s rural heritage   Written and photographed by Douglas Macdonald   The late afternoon sun had begun to…
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Sungnyemun Gate

  Sungnyemun Gate | 숭례문 After a painstaking multiyear reconstruction effort, Sungnyemun Gate will be unveiled on April, the date the cultural site was destroyed in a fire in 2008. Designated as National Treasure No. 1 of…
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Daehangno

  Daehangno | 대학로 Best known as Seoul’s quintessential theater district, Daehangno is tantamount to an off-Broadway area that plays host to some 40 small- and medium-sized theaters and performing arts venues. As the designation…
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Trickeye Museum

  Trickeye Museum | 트릭아이미술관 Trickeye Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to actually become a part of the art on display. Using the technique of trompe l’oeil (“deceive the eye” in French), famous works…
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Seollal (Lunar New Year)

  Seollal (Lunar New Year) 설날 Seollal, the first day of the lunar New Year, is one of the most important traditional holidays in Korea and falls on Sunday, February 10 this year. This family-oriented traditional holiday marks…
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Theaters: CineCube & Seoul Art Cinema

  Theaters Despite multiplex theaters dominating virtually every corner of the metropolis, a number of independent art cinemas are celebrating the New Year in style. Located in the basement floor of the Heunkuk Life Insurance…