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 Granite Phallus

[button link="The URL of the button" variation="lightgrey"]Jeongeup Granite Phallus 정읍백암리남근석[/button] Like many Korean rural villages, the entrance of the village of Wonbaegam in Baegam-ri, Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do, is guarded…

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…

Jeju Loveland

[box_dark]Jeju Loveland 제주 러브랜드[/box_dark] Jejudo’s infamous Loveland is, in essence, a garden dedicated to sex. The sculpture park is home to about 140 works of art by some 20 Hongik University graduates. And by works of…

Haesindang Park

[button link="The URL of the button" variation="lightgrey"]Haesindang Park 해신당공원[/button] Located in the East Sea town of Samcheok, Haesindang Park (a.k.a. Penis Park) is, without a doubt, one of the most offbeat—and off-color—travel…

Jeongseon

[box_dark]Jeongseon 정선[/box_dark] In the eastern wilds of Gangwon-do is the scenic mountain town of Jeongseon, famous for its version of the Korean folk song Arirang. It’s rugged country out here, home to high peaks and rushing…

Gwangju

[box_dark]Gwangju 광주[/box_dark] The queen of Korea’s southwest, Gwangju is Korea’s sixth largest city and a rising East Asian cultural center. The Gwangju Design Biennale (thru Nov 3) makes the perfect excuse to visit this colorful…

Gimje

[box_dark]Gimje 김제[/box_dark] Situated in the heart of the Honam Plain, Gimje is not only one of Korea’s most important agricultural regions but also one of the few places so flat you can see the actual horizon. It’s with this…

Sancheong

[box_dark]Sancheong 산청[/box_dark] The beautiful town of Sancheong is cradled by the majestic Jirisan Mountains, some of the highest peaks in all Korea. It is also home to a time-honored traditional medicine tradition—it was here that…