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…
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Suwon’s Mr. Toilet House

[button link="The URL of the button" variation="lightgrey"]Suwon’s Mr. Toilet House 수원 화장실문화공원[/button] Late Suwon mayor Sim Jae-duck was born in his grandmother’s outhouse, so perhaps it’s no surprise he maintained…

Seomjingang River

[box_dark]Seomjingang River 섬진강[/box_dark] Lazily flowing south from the Jirisan Mountains, the Seomjingang River is one of Korea’s most idyllic. This is a trip back into old Korea, before the rapid development of the post-war era.…

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…

Jinju

[box_light]Jinju 진주[/box_light] At the spectacular Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (Oct 1–13), colorful lanterns parade along the Namgang River waterfront across from Jinjuseong Fortress and Chokseongnu Pavilion. Visitors…

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…

Jeonju

[box_dark]Jeonju 전주[/box_dark] A maze of picturesque alleyways lined by handsome old Korean homes, Jeonju Hanok Village is a piece of an older, simpler, and infinitely slower Korea. Every corner, every backstreet yields a new discovery.…

Suncheon

[box_dark]Suncheon 순천[/box_dark] Visitors descend upon the exceedingly pleasant southwestern town of Suncheon to appreciate the beauty of Suncheon Bay, one of Korea’s best-loved stretches of wetland. The ecological park is surrounded…