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A friendly guide to some of Korea's hidden tourist destinations.

A friendly guide to some of Korea's hidden tourist destinations.
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A friendly guide to some of Korea's hidden tourist destinations.




#52. Highlights from

Throughout the past year, The Korea Travel Log has introduced listeners to 51 beautiful travel destinations in Korea that are less known to the public. Today, the six producers of the program wanted to share the places that truly stood out to them during their visits throughout the year.


#51. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival

The area around Songcheon in Daegwallyeong, PyeongChang County is hosting the 26th Daegwallyeong Snow Festival. The celebration of ice and snow features various snow sculptures as well as fun activities such as ice sledding, ice slides, and traditional games. Visitors will also be treated to local specialty dishes that will warm up their stomachs.


#50. Sokcho, the city of lake and port

Sokcho in Gangwon-do Province is a charming city. It is surrounded by the majestic Seoraksan Mountain and is home to Lake Yeongnang and Lake Cheongcho. Its port that vibrates with energy since early morning and the blazing sunrise beyond the horizon make Sokcho even more attractive as a travel destination. Let's embark on a winter trip to Sokcho on this week's The Korea Travel Log!


#49. Sokcho, second home to North Korean war refugees

There is a very special village in Sokcho, located on the east coast of Gangwon-do Province. It's Abai Village, where North Koreans who had fled the Korean War from Hamgyeong-do Province at the northeastern end of the Korean Peninsula settled down. The North Koreans built their community on the barren beach where nobody had lived before the Korean War. Let's set off on a little different trip today to Abai Village.


#48. Jeongseon in Gangwon-do Province, the home of Arirang

Jeongseon, Gangwon-do Province, one of the three origins of Arirang. Jeongseon is a small town located deep in the mountains, where only a patch of sky is visible through the tall peaks. Let's set off on a winter trip to Jeongseon, a town closest to the sky where an Arirang of its namesake was born.


#47. Enjoy the ultimate winter sports in Hongcheon!

Ski resorts in Korea are packed with colorfully-clad skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the slopes. Interests in winter sports have spiked in the run up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, further driving up the number of people, including foreign tourists, visiting the ski resorts in Gangwon-do Province. Let's visit one of the most popular ski resorts, Hongcheon Vivaldi Park Ski World, to enjoy the excitement of winter sports and experience the Olympic atmosphere.


#46. Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Hwacheon, Gangwon-do Province

If you happen to visit Hwacheon in Gangwon-do Province this winter, be sure to look around one of Korea's most iconic wintertime festival. Since its start in 2003, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival has become the most well-known winter event in Korea, drawing more than one million visitors from home and abroad. The festival offers a variety of fun activities, such as ice fishing, sledding, ice soccer, and skating, as well as great food.


#45. Samtan Art Mine in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do Province

Coal mines and miners at one time were the powerful engine that drove Korea's phenomenal economic growth. Sadly, the once-busy industrial site, which opened in 1964 and had flourished until its shutdown in 2001, stands empty and silent today. A few years ago, however, the old, abandoned mine was resurrected as a cultural and artistic venue named Samtan Art Mine, where the mine's dynamic yet heart-breaking history inspires unforgettably poignant works of art.


#44. Woljeongsa Temple Stay Program

The Woljeongsa temple stay program, popular among Koreans as well as foreigners, provides a special chance to experience a day at the Buddhist temple. This week's episode highlights the temple stay program at the millennium-old Woljeongsa Temple located in PyeongChang ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.


#43. Seonjaegil hiking course in Odaesan Mountain

Seonjaegil hiking course stretches from the fir tree forest in front of Woljeongsa Temple in Odaesan Mountain to Sangwonsa Temple. Walking on the millennium-old forest road gives hikers a chance to enjoy the dense evergreen forest and a sparkling clean mountain spring and look back on year 2017. Visit this beautiful trekking course in the Odaesan National Park near PyeongChang, Gangwon-do Province ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.


#42. Yeoju, a city with class

The city of Yeoju, home to the tomb of King Sejong, is the center of Korean ceramics industry and the country's largest rice producing region. Let's discover the beauty of Korean ceramics and savor the Yeoju rice, which used to be offered to the royal family, in the city with hundreds of ceramic workshops.


#41. Wonju Hanji Theme Park

The Wonju Hanji Theme Park located in the city of Wonju in Gangwon-do Province is where visitors can learn about the origin and history of Korean traditional paper "hanji," famous for its silky texture and superb durability. The park provides interactive programs in which visitors can try their hands at making hanji the old-fashioned way and their own hanji souvenirs.


#40. How to fully enjoy the Deokpyeong Eco-Service Area

There are rest areas along the expressways in any country, but the ones in Korea are a little bit more special. The Deokpyeong Eco-Service Area on Yeongdong Expressway is probably at the top of the list in terms of size and facility. The rest stop has not only several amenities and plenty of space for relaxation, but also a pet cafe and a theme park. Deokpyeong Eco-Service Area is not just a stopover, but a travel destination in itself, and this episode shows many ways to enjoy it to the...


#39. Jat'hyanggi Purunsup Forest in Gapyeong

Gapyeong in Gyeonggi-do Province is known for its majestic mountains and sparkling rivers, but the region is most famous for its pine nuts produced from its many pine forests. Let's embark on a therapeutic trip to the Jat'hyanggi Purunsup Forest, the country's largest pine forest filled with more than 80-year-old trees.


#38. The Forest of Wisdom in Paju

Paju Book City is a place where books are born. The huge neighborhood is home to a number of publishing houses, printers, book planners, booksellers, and book cafes. But the most well-known landmark in Paju Book City is a multi-functional space for books and cultural performances called the Forest of Wisdom. Having won an architectural award for its distinctive use of space, the Forest of Wisdom houses a 24-hour book cafe, a bookstore, and Jijihyang guesthouse. Let's travel to Paju, the city...


#37. A walk around Namhansanseong Fortress, following the scent of autumn and vestiges of history

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, Namhansanseong Fortress is a tragic reminder of the 1636 Chinese invasion of Joseon. Let's rediscover the autumn and history of Korea as we walk around the mountain fort blanketed by splendid fall foliage.


#36. Gwangmyeong Cave, the only cave theme park in the Seoul metropolitan area

Siheung Mine was dug halfway up Gahaksan Mountain in Gyeonggi-do Province in 1912 to provide Japan with mineral resources. Since the mine was closed down in 1972, it was used to store shrimp sauce and has been practically abandoned since then. Then the mine was reborn as the Gwangmyeong Cave Theme Park in 2011. Let's descend into the depth of Gwangmyeong Cave, which draws more than 1.5 million tourists annually.


#35. Food tour at the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Since long ago, markets were not just places to buy and sell stuff, but have served as the venues of human interactions and celebrations of life with lots of interesting things to see and eat. In Seoul the Bamdokkaebi Night Market pops up out of nowhere to entice visitors with food trucks that sell delicious specialties, handmade items, diverse cultural performances, and a magical night scenery of the Hanggang River. Enjoy the vibrant and tasty night life at the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night...


#34. Discovering King Jeongjo at Haenggung and Banghwasuryujeong

As we tour Hwaseong Haenggung (temporary palace) and Banghwasuryujeong, we once again realize how much the reform-minded king loved his people. The various events held in and around Hwaseong Fortress remind us of King Jeongjo's governing philosophy of enriching the lives of even the ordinary people.

#33. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

The crowning achievement in early modern fortress construction, realization of powerful royal authority, a well-thought-out urban development plan, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are just some of the descriptions given to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon to illustrate its significance. Walk around the fortress wall on an autumn day to enjoy the highlight of Joseon-era architecture.