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,…

Jeongeup & Jangseong

[box_light]Jeongeup & Jangseong  정읍과 장성[/box_light] Autumn is a great time to be in the southwestern town of Jeongeup. By the first week of November, the legendary autumn foliage of Naejangsan National Park should be at its…

Gunsan

[box_light]Gunsan  군산[/box_light] The Yellow Sea port town of Gunsan is known for its seafood, early 20th-century architecture and migratory birds. Every autumn, great flocks of Baikal teals descend on the Geumgang River estuary…

Damyang

[box_light]Damyang  담양[/box_light] Located in the county of Damyang, Soswaewon Garden is one of Korea’s most sublime traditional gardens. Built in the 16th century, Soswaewon is the very definition of a traditional Korean garden…

Ulsan

[box_light]Ulsan  울산[/box_light] The industrial powerhouse of Ulsan is Korea’s motor and shipbuilding capital, but has its scenic charms, too. In particular, the peak of Mt. Ganwolsan (1,037 meters) in the heart of the Yeongnam Alps…

Cheongsong

[box_light]Cheongsong  청송[/box_light] The rugged agricultural town of Cheongsong is, well, off the beaten path. The town is famous for its apples that are as big as a baby’s head and for some of the most spectacular fall scenery…

Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival

[box_dark]Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival  파주 장단 콩 축제[/box_dark] Like soybeans? Well, go with haste to Paju, home to Jangdan soybeans, which are considered among Korea’s finest. So praised are the beans that during the…

Yeongam

[box_dark]Yeongam  영암[/box_dark] Early November is the perfect time to visit the county of Yeongnam’s Wolchulsan National Park, a scenic mountain spot in southwest Korea. The brilliant crimson autumn foliage complements the blue skies…

Yeongwol Byeolmaro Observatory

[box_light]Yeongwol Byeolmaro Observatory 영월 별마로 천문대[/box_light] Perched atop a nearly 800 m peak in rugged Yeongwol, Gangwon-do, Yeongwol Byeolmaro Observatory is Korea’s largest astronomical observatory, home to 11…

Bodeoksa Temple Outhouse

[button link="The URL of the button" variation="lightgrey"]Bodeoksa Temple Outhouse 보덕사 해우소[/button] If you’re keeping score at home, the oldest functioning lavatory in Korea is an outhouse at the Buddhist temple of Bodeoksa…