10 places must visit in Jeju, Korea

10 Places Must-Visit in Jeju Island, South Korea

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10 places must visit in Busan, Korea

10 Places Must-Visit in Busan, South Korea

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free to do in Busan, Seoul, jeju, Korea

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10 places must visit in Seoul, Korea

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Korea Travel Highlights, Best of the Year

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2012 is another unforgettable year and for sure was a great travel year especially in South Korea! Let me present you Korea Travel Highlights, Best of the Year 2012.


The happening capital city of South Korea! 
The Street of Art, Hongdae, Seoul
- Hongdae, the streets of Hongik University are the place where you can experience the energy of Korea youthful nightlife. It’s a perfect place for those who love dancing and arts. It was one of the place I enjoy the most as I love the all of the art students performing on the streets!
- Dragon Hill Spa Jimjilbang, recommended by CNN Go, The New York Times, as the best place to experience full Korean style spa! The spa fully equiped with complete facilities and you will never get bore to visit multiple times! 


Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. 2 places to highlight: 
Gwangwan Bridge, the Diamond Bridge, Busan
- Haeundae Beach, is the largest beach in Korea that gains a high popularity among international visitors around the year. ‘Haeundae’ in Korean has the meaning of "Sea and Clouds" named by a scholar Choi Chi-Won from Silla Dynasty. Summer is the best time to visit and of course be prepare to face to crowd with sexy body!
- Busan Gwangwan Bridge, extends over 7.42km which connects Haeundae-gu to Suyeong-gu. In night time is the best moment to observe the glorious lights equipped on the bridge growing brightly in the darkness like a diamond.

Jejudo Island

Jejudo Island the largest island and smallest province in South Korea.
Hallasan (Halla Mountain)  
- Hallasan or Halla Mountain, is the tallest mountain in South Korea, located at the center of Jeju Island. It is relatively easy to hike mountain, simple and well-developed mountain hiking trails. All of the hiking trails are less than 10 kilometer and you could make it to the peak plus back in a day. Along the way, I can ensure you will get the best photo-shot.    
The o’sulloc Museum or Green Tea Museum, located near Seogwangdawon Jejudo, a place for visitors to learn about Korea’s traditional tea culture. No matter you are green tea lover or not, never miss to taste different kind of green tea made cakes, cookies and yogurt ice-cream.  

Winter in Korea

Daemyung Vivaldi Park: The Nighttime Skiing
- Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World was the first ski resort in Korea to offer nighttime skiing. I love the experience to ski in the night time and they offered the slopes are in unique designed with unexpected twists and turns for maximum thrills. I recommend this for winter sport and it is one of the ski venue near to Seoul.

If you would like to know more about Korea Travel, it is worth to take a look at LeX Paradise Map.

Also want to know other traveller 2012 highlights? Check this out "Best Travel Moment 2012"

Let's looking forward for 2013!

Monday, December 24, 2012

10 Places Must-Visit in Jeju Island, South Korea

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Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Table Mountain? What kind of places are these? Well, they are new 7 wonders in the world. Did you notice Jeju Island is one of the wonders? Indeed, it makes one of the concrete reasons why you should visit Jeju Island in South Korea. However, time limitation always hitting us as we want to make out most of our short trip in South Korea. So, introducing " 10 Places Must-Visit in Jeju Island, South Korea " which including from world heritage sites to local delicacies. 

For your information, Jejudo or Jeju island is a volcanic island, about 130 km from the southern coast of Korea. It is the largest island and smallest province in South Korea. A central feature of Jejudo is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea. Jejudo has a mild oceanic climate throughout the year with the smallest annual temperature range in the South Korea. Annually, Jejudo attract about 9 million tourists and visitors. Jeju Island is Korea’s Most Treasured island and become one of the world ‘treasure island of environmental assets'.

In short, Jeju Island is a place where you can enjoy the beauty mother nature. So, let see 10 places Must-Visit in Jejudo (Jeju Island), South Korea!  

1. Hallasan National Park (UNESCO World Heritage)
Hallasan (Halla Mountain)  
Hallasan or Halla Mountain is the tallest mountain in South Korea, located at the center of Jeju Island. It also called Mountain Yeongjusan with the meaning of ‘mountain high enough to pull the galaxy’. Hallasan Mointain rises 1950 meter above the sea level but it is still relatively easy to hike mountain, simply follow one among 7 of the well-developed mountain hiking trails. All of the hiking trails are less than 10 kilometers and you could make it to the peak plus back in a day. However, preparation is needed as the weather is very dynamic and windy. Please make sure you bring a jacket, advised to use proper shoe, check the weather forecast before go for the hike and a camera is a must! You will be surprise by the views from the top of Hallasan.   

2. Jungmun Daepo Coast Jusangjeolli Cliff
Jungmun Daepo Coast Jusangjeolli Cliff
Southwest from Depo-dong, at the end of the pine tree forest there is a cliff called Jusangjeolli Cliff. The Jusangjeolli Cliff was formed 250,000 and 140,000 years ago, by the lava from Mountain Hallasan erupted into the sea when it is still an active volcano. Those rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of different sizes were named by locals as 'Jisatgae Rocks' with 2 kilometers along the Daepo coast and 20 meter up to the sky. Jusangjeolli Cliff makes one of the popular spots in Jejudo and it is a place to enjoy the breathtaking ocean view as the waves of the high tides crashing into the side of the rock pillars. Please make sure you bring an extra pack of battery for your camera!

3. Manjanggul Cave (UNESCO World Heritage)
Manjanggul Cave
Manjanggul Cave (만장굴) or in short, Manjang Cave, a lava tunnel that has a variety of natural structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels. Only 1 kilometer of the 13422 meter of Manjanggul Cave is open for visitors. The temperature inside the in Manjanggul cave is in the range of 11-21℃ and only small number animals (bats) living in the tunnel which create a comfortable atmosphere for visitor and valuable for researchers as well. If you had never experienced walking in a lava tunnel, this is your chance because it is one of the best lava tunnels in the world, which is also designated as a natural monument. Do take a sweater with you as well as wearing a suitable shoe for this Manjanggul Cave visit. 

4. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (UNESCO World Heritage)
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (UNESCO World Heritage)
In South Korea, especially in Jeju Island, there are numerous of breathless mountains for spirited mountaineers to hunt for. Extinct volcano Ilchulbong, also known as (Sunrise Peak) is truly a scenic tourism attraction you shouldn’t miss. Around 100,000 years ago, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption which its summit shaped like a Punchbowl is approximately 182m from sea level. On the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, east of Jeju Island, you could see a huge crater at the top it. The crater, 600m in diameter and 90m high, surrounded by 99 sharp rocks, making it seem to be a giant crown. The southeast and north sides of Ilchulbong are cliffs, and the northwest part is a sensational lush hill that you could walk to Seongsan Village nearby. In fact, the sunrise vista on the peak is simply amazing and breathtaking. Fresh air and morning sunshine will brighten up your day. Many Koreans love to spend their weekends or holidays to enjoy the memorable moment of sunrise. 

5. Oedolgae Rock 
Oedolgae Rock 
Just near to the Sammaebong Seougwipo City, there is an incredible rock (10 meters circumference and 20 meters in height) which is also widely known as Changgun Rock. Oedolgae, a lone rock pillar is a gigantic rock pile rising from the azure sea along with the pleasant smell of flowers and coffee bean from the café nearby. Oedolgae was a shooting venue of Daejangguem (Jewel in the Palace) where Hansangoong encountered her death under a false accusation while being carried on Daejanggeum's back. Among 19 Olle in Jeju Island, Olle 7 has most fame and majestic scenery. From Oedolgae, the sunset of Bum Island is also a famous attraction for tourists, especially for honeymooners to visit and spend their romantic moment on Jeju Island.

6. Cheonjeyeon Falls
Cheonjeyeon Falls
Cheonjeyeon Falls (Pond of the Emperor of Heaven) are subdivided into 3 tier waterfall. The warm-tempered subtropical falls consist of several flora and fauna, such as the unique Solipnan reeds and Skeleton fork ferns which are botanists’ favorite plants. Another must-see attraction of the Cheonjeyeon Falls is the cave on the eastern side, from the ceiling of which the falls originate. The Cheonjeyeon Valley is a cave where cold water splashes out from the ceiling to create a magnificent waterfall. At there, you manage to come across the Seonimgyo Bridge or another name “Chilseonyeogyo” and the octagonal “Cheonjeru Tower”. Chilseonyeogyo is an arch bridge that has 7 nymphs carved on each side and it connects Cheonjeyeon with the Jungmum Tourist Complex that is usually crowded with tourists. On the surface of Cheonjeru Tower, you would get to know the Cheonjeyeon’s legend of the nymph and mountain god through some paintings. An important festival, known as Chilseonyeo Festival is held every year in May where you have the chance to bath in the falls and celebrate the coming of the nymphs.

7. O’sulloc Museum (Green Tea Museum)
O’sulloc Museum (Jeju Green Tea Museum)
The o’sulloc Museum or Green Tea Museum, located near Seogwangdawon Jejudo, visitors can learn about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The meaning of o’sulloc”, can be interpreted “o” as appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc.  The two storeys famous Korea’s museum green tea cup shape building consists of an indoor garden in first floor and an observatory in second floor Those places are for visitors to enjoy the surrounding with great atmosphere while tasting unique o’sulloc teas. Do remember to experience the Korea’s traditional tea culture, ways to make a cup of good green tea and also tasting different kind of green tea made cakes, cookies and yogurt ice-cream. Please do not miss it! 

8. Teddy Bear Museum
Jeju Teddy Bear Museum
Teddy Bear Museum, one of the unique museums must go in Jejudo. The museum exhibiting various kinds of terry bears with different sections: the History Hall, Art Hall and Project Exhibition Hall. In this Teddy Bear gallery, you can witness the 100 year history of teddy bears including famous scenes, in different eras, teddy bears grouped in exhibition theme and antique teddy bears especially The Mona Lisa Teddy Bear. One of the Teddy Bear that you shouldn’t miss is the world smallest Teddy Bear with the size of 4.5 millimeters. During the visit if you feel tired and hungry, you can take relax in the museum garden or enjoy your meals in the museum restaurant. Before leaving the museum, remember to take a look at the museum shop, you might find your favorite teddy bear for yourself or your loved one. 

9. Seongeup Folk Village 
Seongeup (Sungeup) Folk Village 
Situated at the bottom of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, Seongeup or Sungeup Folk Village is well-known for its original folk village and its traditional life culture. Cultural treasures in the folk village have been passed down from a generation to another generation, such as Confucian shrines, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones, fortress ruins, stone monuments and so on. In the folk village, you get the chance to try traditional folk plays, local folk craftsmanship, native dishes and learn some local dialects. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage. Located at the centremost of the village, there are well-preserved hundred years old trees such as Zelkova and nettle trees that conserve the pure, unpolluted atmosphere of Seongeup Fork Village. The black lava rock walls which are used to block the wind and the stone grandfather statues (Harubang) reveal the exclusive culture of Jeju Island along with its dignified landscapes. The local noted black pigs, which eat mostly dung are extremely well-known for its tenderness and irresistible pork taste. Each tour will end with a presentation of their local’s specialty items, if you like the items, you can purchase else, you can go. Bus is the best way to reach Sungeup Folk Village please take East Tour Line (Byunyoungro) and get off at Sungeup 1ri. 

10. Jeju Island Delicacies
Travel is never perfect without trying any of the traditional local foods. Surrounded by the beautiful and picturesque scenery of Jeju Island, no one could ever forget to savor Mom Guk (Gulfweed soup) with Mogaban (Gulfweed). Another common fish in Jeju called Okdom (grilling Tilefish) is also one of the must-try Jeju Island cuisines for tourists!  
Jeonbokjuk (Rice porridge with abalone)
While enjoying the local foods of a place, we manage to learn their dining manner and cultures easily. After a long day of sightseeing, it is an ideal moment to try local foods of the island such as Obunjak-ttukbaegi (small abalone stew in an earthenware pot). It’s a pot stew filled with various colorful abalones and other seafood that you don’t even taste it anywhere before! Also, enjoy mouth-watering fresh Jeonbok-gui (Korean grilled abalone) caught directly from the Jeju Sea! No one shall ever miss fresh sea foods and local cuisine of Jeju during their Jeju trip! 
Haemul-ttukbaegi (dukbaegi)
Although there are several restaurants serve local delicacies, I would like to recommend GwangWon for their best service and of course food! 

GwangWon restaurant:
Address: 75-1 Nohyeong-dong, Jeju, Jeju-do 690-802, South Korea.
Phone : +82-64-744-1000
Booking and reservation is necessary as it is usually flooded with tourists all year round

Goendangne Hartail Restaurant
Address : 70, Songsan-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (145, Chilsimni-ro, Seogwipo-si)
Phone : +82-64-732-3757

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What do you think about these attractions? Any comment is highly appreciated.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

10 Places Must-Visit in Busan, South Korea

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After many great responses of 10 places must-visit in Seoul, it is time for the second largest city in South Korea. Busan, which is the relaxing city for all kinds of travelers, no matter you are on purpose of Business travel, Vacation Travel, Honeymoon Travel, Conference Travel, world travel, student travel or Full time Travel. Busan is another big city which consists of numerous exciting and amusing tourism attractions which mainly surrounded by white sandy beaches with exquisite panorama and more relaxing atmosphere for travelers to walk around the seaside.  Something that you will never miss is the fresh seafood in the market. You can enjoy the scenery of Busan while eating sashimi! Surprisingly, the night view of Busan is able to remind you about your wonderful first love. It’s a sight to behold you must experience if you come to Korea. You might not know that many foreigners choose Busan as their ideal spot for living because of its scrumptious seafood, terrific water sport activities, and magnificent scenery. So, now is the time for you to go through " 10 Places Must-Visit in Busan, South Korea ".

Now, let start our journey to Busan! 가자! (Let’s go)

1.  Haeundae Beach

Haeundae beach is the largest beach in Korea that gains a high popularity among international visitors around the year. ‘Haeundae’ in Korean has the meaning of "Sea and Clouds" named by a scholar Choi Chi-Won from Silla Dynasty. In summer, you can see many beautiful girls with their bikinis and muscular guys along the beach. Undoubtedly, you will be fascinated by the dramatic seascape with its fine white sandy beach. Various sport activities are available in order to provide the best recreation and excitement moment to every visitor who visits Haeundae. Haeundae is usually crowded with tourists every year from June to August (summer). Many cultures events and festivals held on this beautiful beach throughout the year to attract international visitors to have fun together.
Busan Beach, Haeundae Beach
Directions: From Seoul Station, take KTX to Busan station. From Busan station, walk 172m straight and take bus 1003 and get off at Haeundae Beach stop and walk 169m to Haeundae Beach.

2. Gwangwan Bridge/ Diamond Bridge

Busan Gwangwan Bridge extends over 7.42km which connects Haeundae-gu to Suyeong-gu. When you pass through the Gwangan Bridge on a fine day, best tourist attraction spots such as Oryukdo Island (a rock island), Mt. Hwangryeong), Gwanganri Beach, and Dalmaji Hill can be easily observed. At night, glorious lights equipped on the bridge growing brightly in the darkness like a diamond. To enjoy the awe-inspiring of Gwangan bridge, I recommend you to go to the nearest mountains so that no one will be able to interrupt the romantic atmosphere created by the night view of Busan city.

Gwangwan Bridge, the Diamond Bridge, Busan

3. Beomeosa Temple

1,300-year-old temple that represents Busan, The Beomeosa Temple on Mt. Geumjeong is Busan’s largest, most historical temple. The scent of pine will greet  and envelope you when you enter 1,300-year-old Beomeosa Temple. There are a lot of treasures located at Beomeosa Temple, such as Daewoongjeon, which has been  designated as national treasure No. 434.  The stone lantern in the front yard of Daewoongjeon  is Busan’s designated cultural asset No. 16. The entrance  gate to Beomeosa Temple — Jogyemun — features four  pillars and is often considered to be the best entrance gate  among Korean temples. 

Beomeosa Temple, Busan
Direction: Subway + Bus -At Beomeosa Station (Busan Subway Line No.1) Exit No.5 or No.7, walk between the two exits along the road for about 5 minutes and you will reach the Samsin bus stop. Take Bus No.90 and you will arrive at Beomeosa Temple Ticket Office.

4. Taejongdae

Taejongdae is marked as one of the noted tourism spots in Busan. It’s a park represents Busan, which famous for its remarkable rock beach, located at the southern end of Yongdo Island. There is an atypical rock called ‘Shinsun Rock’, formed by the continuous erosion of waves that produces a mesmerizing outlook of Taejongdae.  You might be lucky if you can clap eyes on the Japanese Island of Tsushima, which is 56km away from Taejongdae on a bright, clear day.  If you don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the ultimate scenery of the bluish green sea, you should visit the white lighthouse called MOKDO or the Yeongdo Lighthouse and look at the ocean through the observation deck.
Yeongdo Lighthouse, Taejongdae, Busan
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5. Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream

The world’s largest flat fountain, Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream, was newly constructed in June 2009 and has become a popular tourist destination in Dadaepo. The fountain is 2,519 square meters, 60 meters in diameter, and its circumference measures 180 meters. Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream can shoot water 55 meters into the air from its 1,046 nozzles. The fountain’s 27 smaller fountains and 1,148 LED lights provide a fascinating water and light show at Dadaepo Beach every night. This is a good place for lover, family and friends to enjoy the moment!
Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream
Direction: Get off at Sinpyeong Station (Subway Line 1) and transfer to Bus bound for Dadaepo Beach (Bus #2, 11, 338, 1000, Saha 3-1)

6. Busan Cinema Center

Busan Cinema Center is an official venue for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). BIFF has become one of the most popular film festivals in Asia. The designs of the building are extremely extraordinary and distinguished. The ‘Big Roof’ is customized with 42,600 artistic LED lights produces a splendid prospect to draw attention of every pedestrian and foreign visitor. There are 3 buildings for different usages: Cine Mountain, is a multi-purpose performance area functions as a theater, musical stage, concert and other staged events. BIFF Hill, is a ground surface which can be utilized for every festival or event. Another building is Double Cone. It serves as an intermediary which connects Cine Mountain and BIFF Hill together that consists of outdoor cafes, restaurants, bars. You can watch the latest movie in theaters with cheap price every day and free movies on every Tuesday night.
Busan Cinema Center

7. Busan Shinsegae Department Store

Shinsegae Centum City is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest department store in the world which comprises 14 floors. It arouses your desires to shop, eat, play, and enjoy! You can go skating in indoor Ice Rink or having spa for beauty treatments and relief from aches and pains at Spa Land after a long day shopping. Multiplex cinema, book center, indoor golf practice, and other facilities are also available in the department store.

Busan Shinsegae Department Store

8. Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Square

You can actually do a lot of things here. You can enjoy shopping, eating, watching movies and other entertainments. BIFF Square is also known as a city of cinema owing to the hand prints of the famed movie celebrities. This means that BIFF Square is a main venue of the Busan International Film Festival. Foreigners who had visited this street said they have a good impression on Busan.

Busan International Film Festival

9. Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market is the largest seafood market in Korea. The name of this area comes from the words Jagal (small rocks) and ch'i (a village next to the seashore). When you hear Jagalchi Ajumma (Married women) working in the Jagalchi market shout “Oiso, boiso, saiso!”, don’t be astonished. This’s because they are inviting you to “Come, look and buy!” their fresh marine products in Busan dialect. Don’t forget to try their fresh raw fish and other seafood right beside the market when you visit. The raw fish will eventually melt in your mouth easily when you eat with the sauces provided. The Busan Jagalchi Festival is held in mid-October every year to promote marine tourism
Jagalchi Market, Busan
Direction: Metro Line #1 Jagalchi Station (Exit 10)> Entrance to Jagalchi Market

10. Heosimcheong / Hurshimchung Spa

One of the largest in Asia with hot, tepid, cold and strawberry milk-filled baths, saunas, pools, and an outdoor section. Located in Dongnae district, known to have been bathed in by kings of Silla (57 BCE – 935 CE) and it has facilities to accommodate 3000 guests on five floors. The spring has been developed into a 4,300 meter square urban complex with 4 million visits a year! After tiring days of travelling, it is time to take a rest in a such relaxing spa!
Heosimcheong / Hurshimchung Spa, Busan
Direction: Take Subway Line No. 1 and get off at Oncheonjang station. Use Exit 1 or 3 and proceed on foot (5-7 min. walk)

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These are the 10 places must-visit in Busan. No matter you are just for a short visit or long travel, please do not miss these 10 places must-visit in Busan! This is the city that gives you the freedom to enjoy various water sport activities that you couldn’t find them in Seoul. You would definitely fall in love with Busan within a day! Let’s feel the passion and dynamic heat of Busan city. Now, it’s up to your choice.


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

World Premiere Electronic Music Festival, Seoul, South Korea

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Coming up the next hot modern festival, The World's Premiere Electronic Music Festival which is going to be held in the Soul of Asia, Seoul South Korea on 3th to 4th August 2012. Over 40 of the planet's most talented electronic musical master will be on the move to rock the stage with a little mixed of Korean flavour.

Line up with best electronic musical master, Skrillex, The Crystal Method, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Sidney Samson, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Chuckie, Ken Ishi, DJ KOO, Shut Da Mouth, Clazziquai Project, Yousef, Aldrin, House Rules, Elioriso Tokyo Big Boy, Twelvetones and many more!

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This Electronic Music Festival will be held in Seoul Olympic Stadium
Address: 10 Jamsil-dong (25 Olympic-ro) Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

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Full detail of the poster of Electronic Music Festival in Seoul.

UMF Korea, World Premiere Electronic Music Festival, Seoul, South Korea
The tickets are selling hot, please grab your tickets on www.umfkorea.com (source) while it last.

Are you feeling the beat and heat? 

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Win A Kpop Trip to South Korea Now!

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Introducing 2012 Korea video contest  to win 1 week trip to South Korea plus Grand prize - Korean Brand Car! Winner will get a chance to experience the Kpop live show in the trip as well! How to win? 1st, make a video no longer than 3 minutes and share about "I love Korea, because...". You could talk about why you love about Korea, your impression, the traditional culture, Kpop, Festivals, trip experiences and be creative in this Korea video contest! You never know you will be the one who win the Kpop trip to South Korea! 

First: Make the video
Second: Upload the video to Youtube or other legal video sharing website.
Lastly: Fill up the application form and send it to culturemofat@gmail.com or culturemofat@mofat.go.kr

Please download the application form here.

For more detail please take a look at the official promotional video and the official Korea video contest poster below.

Good Luck and Do your best!
Share to your friends that love Korea!

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The Korea video Contest is hosted by The Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade of the Republic of Korea. 

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

5 places must-go for ski and winter sports in South Korea!

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People from other part of the world especially tropical countries or none 4 seasons countries, they somehow think about how actually the White Christmas look like in their own eyes with snow fall from the sky! Winter in South Korea is going to be one of the best destination for them especially for traveller from Asia where it is nearer and quite a budget destination compare to other countries. To celebrate White Christmas without ski and winter sports is not a complete Korea winter vacation. So, I would like to recommend 5 best places must-go for ski and winter sports in South Korea as to make your winter vacation completely satisfied! 

1. Alpensia Resort, Pyeongchang, South Korea
Alpensia Resort, Pyeongchang, South Korea
Alpensia Resort is at about 700m above sea level, an altitude that is not known primarily for its “healthy altitude,” but rather its excellent snow quality and sweeping view of the majestic Daegwallyeong Range. The resort has 6 slopes for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Runs as long as 1.4km provide a dynamic experience for both beginner and experienced skiers. There is also an area exclusively for advanaced snowboarders to practive their skills, Alpensia is not just for winter-revellers, the year-round resort transforms the lower, Apron Area, of the mountain into a 100,000 meter square wild flower garden during summer months. As the main venue of the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics, Alpensia Resort has recently been the subject of much buzz across the nation and in the international sports community.  

Rental Fees

40,000 won
30,000 won
22,000 won
16,000 won
55,000 won
38,000 won
26,000 won
20,000 won
Afternoon & Night
65,000 won
45,000 won
Day & Night
75,000 won
52,000 won
33,000 won
25,000 won

- Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3),
Exit 6. Board the Alpensia shuttle bus at the parking lot next to Hyundai Department Store. 
(Departure time: 08:30)  

- Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), 
Exit 4. Board the Alpensia shuttle bus in front of Lotte Mart. 
(Departure time: 09:00)

Round trip: Adult 28,000 won / Children 22,000 won 
One-way: Adult 15,000 won / Children 12,000 won
* Be advise to booked the tickets in advanced!

Homepage: http://www.alpensiaresort.co.kr/EnSptsSkiIntro.gdc

2. Yongpyong, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Yongpyong, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Yongpyong Resort, located on the ridge of Mt.Balwangsan with the “healthy” attitude of 700-1,500m above sea level along what is affectionately known as the “Alps of Korea”, is the first domestic ski resort opening in 1975. With average 250cm of snow each year you can enjoy skiing from November until April of the following year. Compared to other ski resorts, ski season is considerably longer. It is 215km from Seoul, and with the construction of a 4-lane highway, the travel time has been shortened to 2 hours. This is where the 1998 World Cup Ski Competition and the 1999 Gangwon Winter Asian Games were held. The Rainbow Red*Silver*Gold slopes have been authorized by the International Ski Federation (ISF). Also there are slopes for beginners such as the Yellow Run and the Pink Run, and the new Red Run and Green Run for intermediates. There are 18 slopes and 15 lifts in total, with a 3.7km long gondola which can accommodate 8 people at once. During the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, Yongpyong will host the snowboarding and alpine competitions. Yongpyong also widely known as a filming location of the famous drama ‘Winter Sonata,’ the ski resort is especially popular among tourists from Japan and other Asian countries. 

From Hwenggye Bus Terminal Walk 80m towards Daegwallyeong Post office. 
Take the free shuttle bus at the post office to Yongpyong Resort

The Schedule
5:20am, 6:20am, 7:20am, 8:00am, 08:30am, 09:40am, 12:00am, 
2:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:40pm, 6:50pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm,11:30pm 

Homepage: http://www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/index.asp

3. Jisan Forest Ski Resort, Icheon, South Korea
Jisan Forest Ski Resort, Icheon, South Korea
Located in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, Jisan Forest Resort is only 40 minutes away from Gangnam (south of Seoul), meaning that even when accommodations are booked, visitors can make a daytrip out to enjoy a fun-filled day of skiing. There are seven main ski slopes and 3 sub-slopes, all of which are open to both skiers and snowboarders. Thanks to the 5 high-speed lifts, there is no waiting in line, and there is even an escalator for children and beginners. The new 6-person lift is equipped with heated seats for a warm, comfortable ride. The resort offers nighttime skiing for businessmen and is also perfect for beginners, making it a great getaway for the entire family.   Even though this particular resort is on the smaller side, it is packed with convenient facilities at affordable prices. The resort is a great value for the money and gives its visitors an affordable skiing experience without sacrificing quality.

- The Shuttle bus available every 20 minutes from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.
Take this bus and get off at Icheon coach bus terminal.
Then take Bus No. 12 from Icheon and get off at Jisan Resort.( About 40 min )

- Take City Coach Bus No.9800 at Gangnam Station (exit No.7) or Yangjae Station(Yangjae bus station).  (bus- 9:00~13:00 every hour/ 15:00/16:00/17:30/19:00/20:00)

Homepage: http://www.jisanresort.co.kr/eng/index.html

4. Phoenix Park Ski Resort: Snowboarder’s Paradise
Phoenix Park Ski Resort: Snowboarder’s Paradise
Phoenix Park is located approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Seoul. It has become one of Korea’s most famous resort complexes since its appearance in the extremely popular drama ‘Winter Sonata’. Perched 700m up upon Mt. Taegisan (1,261 meters above sea level), Phoenix Park, though large, harmonizes well with the surrounding landscape without overpowering it. The resort has a total of seventeen slopes, four of which are approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation), and has superb snow quality. Particularly popular is the ‘Panorama Slope’, which is an impressive 2.2km long and has an average width of 46meters. Eight ski lifts, state-of-the-art gondolas, and six conveyer belts transport visitors around the park quickly and efficiently.  In 2011, Phoenix Park continued to add to its facilities by completing competition venues for snow sports such as snowboarding and mogul skiing that will be used during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Phoenix Park Ski Resort is an environmentally friendly resort, created with the minimum possible disruption to surrounding nature.  

Admission Fees
Early morning Pass
41,000 won
Morning through Evening Pass
54,000 won
Early Morning & Morning Pass
59,000 won
Morning & Afternoon Pass
64,000 won
Early Morning through Afternoon Pass
69,000 won
Night Pass
38,000 won
White night Pass
48,000 won
Night & White night Pass
58,000 won
Afternoon & Evening Pass
80,000 won
Evening & Night Pass
71,000 won
Evening through White night Pass
79,000 won

- Take an intercity bus to Jangpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Take a free shuttle bus from the bus terminal to Phoenix Park.
(Shuttle bus schedule: 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 20:00 / Subject to change.)

- Seoul to Phoenix Park
Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4. Bus stop is located behind Glass Tower.
(Departure time: 10:00)

- Sports Complex Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 1. (Departure time: 10:10)

* Reservations required
Homepage: http://www.phoenixpark.co.kr/global/english/

5. Daemyung Vivaldi Park: The Nighttime Skiing
Daemyung Vivaldi Park: The Nighttime Skiing
Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World was the first ski resort in Korea to offer nighttime skiing and as such, has become a favorite among young skiers in their teens and twenties. Even the slope names (Hip-Hop, Techno, Funky, etc.) are geared towards young adults. Some of the more advanced slopes are uniquely designed with unexpected twists and turns for maximum thrills. For those who are new to winter sports, Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World provides the perfect setting to safely learn new skills, even offering skiing and snowboarding lessons for a small fee. There are a variety of slopes with difference inclines and distances to give new snow sport enthusiasts the perfect chance to gradually work their way up from the bunny slopes to more advanced courses. In all, Daemyung offers a total of 13 different slopes and 10 lifts. Moreover, the resort offers the utmost in convenience by providing condos directly connected to the ski slopes.  

Admission Fees
Morning      08:30 - 13:00 - 45,000 won
Afternoon   12:30 - 17:00 - 50,000 won
Night          18:30 - 23:00 - 50,000 won
Late nignt    24:00 - 05:00 - 48,000 won
Day            08:30 - 17:00 - 64,000 won
New Day    10:30 - 17:00 - 58,000 won

- Take an intercity bus from Seoul Sangbong Bus Terminal (first bus: 06:40/last bus: 22:00) or from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (first 07:00/last 21:30) to Kangwon-do Hongcheon.   From Hongcheon Intercity Bus Terminal, take a city bus bound for Daemyung Vivaldi Park (first bus: 06:00/last bus: 21:00/9 times a day, no fixed intervals)

- Seoul ->vivaldi park:
take shuttle bus at Asia Park near sports complex station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit #1
Departure time: weekdays 10:30/Friday :10:30, 19:00/Saturday 10:30, 15:00

- Vivaldi Park ->Seoul :
take Shuttle bus across the main center departure time : weekdays 15:00/ Friday 15:00/Saturday 13:00
one way(member fee) adults: 9,000 won/children: 6,000 won
round trip(member fee) adults: 16,000 won/ children: 9,000 won
*Reservation Required

Homepage: http://www.daemyungresort.com/asp/main.asp

About the equipment for ski and winter sports, you can easily rent from the rental shop in the ski resort! Wish you all happy new year 2012 and make most out of it in this winter vacation Korea Christmas! Get your airfares to Seoul now and Enjoy the 5 places must-go for ski and winter sports in South Korea. 

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