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[Weekender] Korean tradition meets Western hospitality in hanok hotels

In the heart of Jongno-gu, just east of Gyeongbokgung Palace, lies the quaint hillside neighborhood of Samcheong-dong, well-known for its abundance of chic cafes and small gift shops. From offering si...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:24

[Weekender] ‘VVIP’ hotel guests ― who stayed where?

When Paul McCartney was planning a visit to Korea for his first concert in Seoul on May 2, he requested his team to find a hotel with a room that comes with a balcony.In the overpopulated business dis...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:20

[Weekender] Luxury hotels target local spenders with diverse events

At its core, the function of a hotel is to offer guests a place to stay the night. However, in Korea, luxury hotels are widely known for another function: hosting gatherings of various types and sizes...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:59

[Weekender] App offers cheap lodging, fast booking

Urban dwellers have, at least once, dreamed of taking a spontaneous trip with little or no planning.Kim Ka-young, cofounder of Bonbonlab, the developer of hotel booking application Hotel Now, was one ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:58

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‘Korea Night’ in LAThe Korea Tourism Organization will hold “Korea Night” at LA Dodgers Stadium on June 17 when the Dodgers and Texas Rangers face off in a Major League Baseball match.Korean playe...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:08

[Markets & Merchants] Moran Market has everything you need

Although Dongdaemun and Namdaemun tend to dominate many lists of “must-see markets” in Seoul, small-scale markets that are equally full of history and character are scattered across the city. This i...

Updated : 2015.05.18 18:36

[Herald Interview] Expedia seeks to change Korean vacation perceptions

Koreans take the fewest vacations in the world, according to a survey by Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company.They go on a vacation for about eight days a year, well below the world ave...

Updated : 2015.05.18 18:31

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Hadong Wild Tea FestivalHadong County in South Gyeongsang Province will host the 19th Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival from May 22-25.The festival will include programs to educate about Hadong’s uni...

Updated : 2015.05.15 18:51

Historic charm meets modernism in Thuringia

THURINGIA, Germany ― Thuringia, one of Germany’s 16 states, may not be familiar to non-Europeans. But this small state of 2.3 million, located in central Germany, holds a special place in the countr...

Updated : 2015.05.15 18:50

S. Korean sailor to complete solo, non-stop trip around world

A nearly unknown South Korean sailor will have successfully completed a solo, non-stop trip around the globe this weekend, becoming the world's sixth person ever to do so, the government said Thursday.Kim Seung-jin, 53, is scheduled to arrive at a port in Oemok, some 120 kilometers south o...

Updated : 2015.05.14 11:51

S. Korea to expand, modernize major seaport for Chinese tourists

The South Korean government said Thursday that it will soon begin work on the modernization and expansion of a major port south of Seoul in an effort to meet the growing number of Chinese tourists.The program also seeks to expand the capacity of the passenger terminal at the Pyeongtaek por...

Updated : 2015.05.14 11:50

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Lotus Lantern Festival in SeoulThe Lotus Lantern Festival will take place from May 15-17 in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday in the Jogyesa Temple, Ujeongguk-ro and Gwanghwamun areas. A 1,300-year-ol...

Updated : 2015.05.08 19:40

Aqaba: Cozy gateway to Red Sea

AQABA, Jordan ― Jordan is well known for its archeological city, Petra, and the big salt lake, the Dead Sea, in the western part of the Middle East.Officials from the tourism board in the country, ho...

Updated : 2015.05.08 19:36

[Markets & Merchants] A marketplace for the locals

Although Dongdaemun and Namdaemun tend to dominate many lists of “must-see markets” in Seoul, small-scale markets that are equally full of history and character are scattered across the city. This i...

Updated : 2015.05.03 17:53

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Experience German tradition, customsGermany is known for its strong manufacturing industry consisting of high-tech small and medium enterprises that drive its economic growth. It holds also one of the...

Updated : 2015.04.24 19:35