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[Weekender] Five wonders of Jindo Island

Jindo Island is rich not only in historical and cultural traditions, but also gastronomy, according to locals and tourists who have visited the island over the years. Jindo residents claim that the be...

Updated : 2014.08.22 21:22

[Weekender] Timeless beauty of Jindo

JINDO, South Jeolla Province ― A grueling 5-hour drive from Seoul seems to be a small price to pay for the chance to become immersed in this island’s majestic scenery of mist-shrouded cliffs hoverin...

Updated : 2014.08.22 21:07

[Weekender] Treasure house of history and art awaits tourists

Just off the southwest corner of the Korean Peninsula, Jindo Island is a treasure house of ancient shamanism and folk culture, brimming with stories to tell.In the words of an old proverb, don’t boas...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:59

Last colony standing

When I told people I was going to Macau over a long weekend, I got some strange looks. To explain myself, I said I was a fan of Portuguese egg tarts, but they weren’t convinced. I could tell that the...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:23

Museum of Gasoline Pumps an homage to a father

BUELLTON, California ― He may not self-identify as a philosopher, being a proud gearhead and gas-station grease monkey at heart, but Mark Mendenhall was nothing if not profound when he looked around ...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:19

Busan Tourism Organization releases mobile coupon app

The Busan Tourism Organization has released a mobile application providing coupons usable at more than 70 hotels, restaurants and department stores in the city during major international events. The app became available Thursday to coincide with the opening of AD Stars, an international ad...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:18

Uber pulls into mobile dining and travel apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) ― Uber teamed up with dining and travel smartphone applications as the controversial Internet-age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles.The San Francisco-based startup let about a dozen businesses such as Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, Un...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:18

South Jeolla invites tourists to discover fall foliage

South Jeolla Province and the Korea Tourism Organization launched a campaign to attract tourists to the region’s fall destinations. The “Jeonnam, Korea Maple Beauty” campaign will target Asian tourists, especially those from Hong Kong, and offer special travel packages that include visi...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:18

[Weekender] In search of the roots of Korean Catholicism

DANGJIN, South Chungcheong Province ― Excitement over the pope’s visit prevails in South Chungcheong Province, with welcome placards hung at entrances of rural towns. Nestled in South Korea’s centr...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:45

Craving peace on the DMZ train

As the train pulls out of Seoul Station and begins moving down the tracks, the scenery seems all wrong. Instead of crossing the Hangang River, we’re passing the Severance Hospital. It’s a strange se...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:06

Greek isles: Views, beaches, sunsets and crowds

SANTORINI, Greece (AP) ― Whitewashed houses stacked like sugar cubes on the cliffs. Colorful sunsets and black-sand beaches. Donkeys, windmills and a local winemaking tradition that goes back to anci...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:03

Spain’s largest hotel chain joins shark fin ban

MADRID (AFP) ― Spain’s biggest hotel chain Melia Hotels International said Monday it has removed shark fin from the menu of all of its restaurants around the world, joining a growing global campaign against the popular delicacy in Asia.“With the removal of shark fin as an ingredient, Me...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:00

U.S. airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation

NEW YORK (AP) ― The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace local inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in ...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:00

Around the hotels

Seafood Night at Conrad Seoul Conrad Seoul’s buffet restaurant Zest is holding a seafood night every Tuesday during the month of August. Zest’s open kitchen and live cooking stations will showcase s...

Updated : 2014.08.08 20:54

Oakwood Premier Coex makes Expedia Insiders’ Select list

Park Yong-soon (left), general manager of Oakwood Premier COEX, poses with Denny Jeon, the director of Expedia’s Korea office, at the Insiders’ Select Award conferral ceremony. (Oakwood Premier COEX...

Updated : 2014.08.04 20:51