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‘Parasite’, directed by Bong Joon-ho, makes history in claiming 4 Oscars. The Korean movie Parasite get the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature and Best Director.

What is Parasite?

“Parasite” earned awards at every major film festival around the world including the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Cannes Film Festival, making history in the process and raising Bong to the status of international auteur. The film follows a poor family who scheme to work for a wealthy household by infiltrating the latter.

About Korea

SEOUL, THE CAPITAL CITY

For at least two millennia, Seoul has served as a capital for various kingdoms on the Korean Peninsula. It first became a capital during the Baekje era (18 BC-660) and was reinstated as the capital in 1394 during the Joseon period. Against this background, Seoul has grown into Korea’s capital and largest city. Today, Seoul…

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Director hopes ‘Parasite’ is remembered for its cinematic merit

“Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho (fourth from left) on Feb. 19 bursts out in laughter at a news conference held at the Westin Chosun Seoul, sitting with the movie’s cast (from left) Lee Jeong-eun, Park So-dam and Song Kang-ho and co-producer Kwak Sin Ae. By Lee Hana Photos = Jeon Han Seoul | Feb. 19, 2020 “There have been so many memorable moments from the Cannes…

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Seven reasons to visit Busan

Seven reasons to visit Busan Busan is one of my favorite cities in Korea. For those of you who might not be familiar with the place, I’ve compiled a list, below, to explain to you why Busan is awesome. 1. Food, food, food! This was actually the first thing that came to mind when I…

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Yeosu: Korea’s southern paradise

Yeosu: Korea’s southern paradise Located in the heart of Namhaean, or the south coast of the Korean Peninsula, the city of Yeosu in Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province) is known for its clean and beautiful water. The name of the city comes from two words:yeo, meaning beauty, and su, meaning water.  Beyond Yeosu city proper, the ocean is…

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A-Train takes you to birthplace of ‘Arirang’

A-Train takes you to birthplace of ‘Arirang’ Railroad operator Korail launched its new Jeongseon Arirang A-Train on January 22, a new train tour that loops through Jeongseon County in central Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province). The newly-launched A-Train service is the fourth of Korail’s themed train tours, following the O-Line and the V-train which travel around the…

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Explore the mountain village of Jeongseon

Explore the mountain village of Jeongseon Jeongseon-gun (Jeongseon County) in central Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) is an ever more popular travel destination these days. The town is characterized by high mountains that surround the village’s valley floor: many of the area’s mountains are as high as 1,000 meters. The region provides unpolluted mountain air and has…

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West Gold Train takes you to Gunsan

West Gold Train takes you to Gunsan Korail’s newly launched West Gold Train line runs along the West Coast and through Gunsan in North Jeolla Province, one of its seven destinations. Gunsan is nestled on the north edge of the Okgubando Peninsula, a jut of land defined by the Geumgang River to the north and…

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Trip on the West Gold Train: Gogunsan Islands

Trip on the West Gold Train: Gogunsan Islands Korail’s newly launched West Gold Train line takes travelers to Gunsan in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province), one of its seven destinations. Gunsan is located on the north edge of the Okgubando Peninsula along the West Coast, a jut of land defined by the Geumgang River to the…

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Suwon Jangyongyeong Guards Ceremony

TOUR – Performance Information You can watch military training of courageous soldiers of the Jangyongyeong, royal guards of King Jeongjo, the 22nd king of the Joseon dynasty. You can also meet the person who performs as King Jeongjo.

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Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple [UNESCO World Heritage] (불국사)

Address: 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do Telephone: +82-54-746-9913 Closed:  N/A (Open all year round) Operating Hours: 07:00-18:00 (ticket booth closes at 17:30) Admission Fees:  Adults (ages over 19): 4,000 won, Youths (ages 13-18): 3,000 won / Children (ages 7-12): 2,000 won, Children (ages under 7): Free (Individual)won

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Busan Yongdusan Park (용두산 공원)

Address : 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan Telephone:  +82-51-245-1066/ 82-51-860-7820 Operating Hours: Yongdusan park :Busan Tower : 9:00 am – 10:00 pm (Oct-Mar) / 8:30 am-10:00 pm(Apr-Sep) Admission Fees:   Yongdusan Park : free Busan Tower: Age 16 or over: 4,000 won / 3-15: 3,500 won

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Historical Heritage of Seoul

Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, is itself an important part of Korea’s cultural heritage and the most popular attraction among overseas visitors to Korea. Although it is now one of the very largest modern metropolises in the world, its downtown area is enclosed by historic walls that were originally built over 600…

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Gongsanseong Fortress (공주 공산성)

Address :   280, Ungjin-ro, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do (Sanseong-dong, Geumseong-dong, Ongnyong-dong) Phone: +82-41-856-0332 Time: 09:00-18:00.Closed on Lunar New Year’s day and Chuseok (the 15th of August by the lunar calendar) Admission Fee : 1,200 won for adults, 800 won for students and 600 won for children

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Dramas and Movies

Dramas and Movies While music and dance play an integral role in all traditional theatrical performances, Korean drama has its origins in prehistoric religious rites. A good example of this classical theatrical form is the masked dance Sandaenori, a combination of dance, song and narrative punctuated with satire and humor. Slightly varying from one region…

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Medical Facilities

 Medical Facilities Hospitals: Clinics and General Hospitals There are two kinds of medical institutions in Korea. Primary health care organizations include neighborhood clinics, public health centers and small hospitals for common ailments such as the flu and digestion-related conditions. Specialized or university hospitals (general hospitals) are secondary care organizations that attend to more severe conditions…

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Foreign Embassies in Korea

Embassies of Various Countries are Here to Help You. Embassies are there to assist tourists from their respective countries regarding a variety of issues ranging from passport and visa issues to marriage to criminal matters. The embassies in Korea are here to help…

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Namiseom, Nami Island(남이섬)

Address : 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Naminara Republic Immigration Control Office) Phone: +82-31-580-8114, +82-31-582-2186 Admission Fee: Adults 10,000won, Foreginers 8,000 won

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Goryeogungji Palace

Address :  42 Bukmun-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwagun, Incheon Admission Fee: 900 won for adults, 600 won for youth. Operating Hours: Nov-Feb 09:00~17:00, mar-May, Sep-Oct: 09″00~18:00, Jun-Aug :08:30~18:30

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Jeondeungsa Temple

Address :  37-41, Jeondeungsa-ro, Gilsang-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon Phone:+82-32-937-0125, 0025 Admission Fee: 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for youth and 1,000 won for children

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Gwangseongbo Fortress

Address :  27, Haeandong-ro 466beon-gil, Bureun-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon Phone:+82-32-930-7070~1 Opening Hour: 09:00~ 17:00 from Nov-Feb, 09:00~18:00 from Mar-May and Sep-Oct, 08:30~18:30 from Jun-Aug Admission Fee: 1,100 won for adults, 700 won for kids.

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Ganghwa History Museum

Address : 994-19, Ganghwa-daeroHajeom-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon Phone: 82-32-934-7887 Opening Hour: 09:00~ 18:00 /Last Admission: 17:30 Closed on Mondays, January 1st, Korean thanks giving day and Lunar New Year’s Day Admission Fee: 1,500 won for adults, 1,000 won for kids. Kids under 6 are free.

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Korean Housing

Housing It is generally believed that Paleolithic man began to inhabit the Korean Peninsula about 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Neolithic man appeared in Korea around 4,000 B.C., with signs of their active presence around 3,000 B.C. being found across the peninsula. It is believed that these Neolithic people formed the ethnic stock of the…

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JSA, Panmunjeom

The JSA resembles a square measuring about 800 meters in diameter. After the Armistice Agreement was signed, the JSA became a neutral location where the guards from both sides were allowed to move about freely.

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DMZ, Demilitarized Zone

Demilitarized Zone, only exist in Korea.  The world 11th economy by GDP is still on ceasefire. It is not finished yet. They guard against each other on only 8 km distance. But it is the most wanted visit places of foreigners visiting Korea.

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Yeoju Premium Outlet

Address  460 Sangeori Yeojueup Yeojugun Gyeonggi, Telephone  +82-31-880-1234 Operating Hours  Open all year round. 10:00-20:00 from Sun to Fri 10:00-21:00 on Sat 10:00-21:00 from Jul to Aug

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Mok-a Buddhist Museum

Address  21, Imunan-gil, Gangcheon-myeon, Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do Telephone  +82-31-885-9952 Operating Hours  Open all year round. Admission fee: 5,000 won for adults, 3,000 won for children

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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

Address   11 Haenggungro Paldalgu Suwonsi Telephone  +82-31-228-4677 Operating Hours : 09:00 – 18:00 (Mar~Oct Ticketing 09:00 – 17:00) After 18:00 Free, 09:00 – 17:00 (Nov – Feb Ticketing 09:00 – 16:00) After 17:00 Free Admission fee: 1,000 for adults, 700 won for youth and 500 won for kids.

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Arrival procedures at Incheon Air port

Arrival Procedures at Incheon Airport   Please take the Shuttle Train to passenger Terminal if you arrive at the gate 101 to 132 of the Concourse. 1.pass a quarantine if nessesary. 2. Immigration 3. Baggage Claim 4.Customs Inspection 5.Arrival Hall going through the embarkation procedure Going through passport control. Be in line in front of…

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Where to Experience Korean Traditional Culture

Where to Experience Korean Traditional Culture Hanok Village at Namsan-gol | hanokmaeul.seoul.go.kr Namsan-gol is a place in which hanok (Korean traditional houses) have been restored and people can appreciate their beauty. Classes in intangible cultural assets include brush painting of sagunja (the Four Gentlemen: Japanese apricot, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo), etiquette, the tea ceremony and…

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Hallyu (Korean Wave)

Hallyu (Korean Wave) A term now widely used to refer to the popularity of Korean entertainment and culture across Asia and other parts of the world, Hallyu or the “Korean Wave” first appeared during the mid-1990s after Korea entered into diplomatic relations with China in 1992 and Korean TV dramas and pop music gained great…

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Hanbok Clothing

Hanbok Clothing The Hanbok is the traditional outfit of the Korean people. Koreans nowadays wear this outfit only on festive days or special anniversaries, however it was worn daily up until just 100 years ago. It is a kind of traditional formal dress and most Koreans keep a hanbok for these special times. Children wear…

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Religion of Korean people

Religion Korea is a country where all the world’s major religions, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam, peacefully coexist with shamanism. Given the great diversity of religious expression, the role of religion in South Korea’s social development has been complex; and some traditions are best understood as important cultural properties rather than as rites of worship.…

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History about Korea

Gojoseon People began living on the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding area some 700,000 years ago. The Neolithic Age began some 8,000 years ago. Relics from that period can be found in areas throughout the Korean Peninsula, mostly in coastal areas and in areas near big rivers. The Bronze Age began around 1,500 to 2,000…

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Banking & ATM

Cards with the Plus and Cirrus logos are the easiest to use and most widely accepted in Korea. Some places even accept international cards like China UnionPay, Maestro, Electron, and JCB cards. Banks as well as other sites have ATMs (automatic teller machines), where customers can make withdrawals, deposits, and fund transfers. However, as all…

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T-Money, Korea’s transportation pass and prepaid card

Korea’s transportation card, T-Money, is prepaid card. It can be used for public transportation (both subway and bus), taxi and even at the convenient stores (such as GS 25, CU, 7 eleven, Mini stop  ). Card is available in various designs in card type and accessory type. Card types are around 2,500~3,000 (US$2~3) and accessory…

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Rent USIM card rather than roaming

Using your smart phone in Korea is easy if you just rent a USIM card. In Korea, there are 3 network providers; SK Telecome, Olleh KT and LG U+. All three providers have different options, so let’s take a look and see what suits you the best!   1. SK telecom (SK)   If you…

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Korea passcard

Korea Pass    Korea Pass is an all-in-one travel card that can be used to pay for accommodations, tourist attraction entrance fees, and shopping purchases. You can also activate the transportation function of the Korea Pass by charging it outside the subway or at any number of convenient locations throughout the country. The card can…

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Tax Refund

Tax Refunds    1. What’s a tax refund? In Korea, sales taxes are included in the purchase price of each product. If you’re a visitor to Korea (non-resident) and are taking goods out of the country, you may be eligible for a tax refund upon your departure. ● Refundable taxes: VAT/sales tax (10%) and special…

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Korean Folk Village

Address  90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-dol Telephone  +82-31-288-0000 Operating Hours 09:30 ~ 18:00(Closing time is changed in every season.) Admission fee: 15,000 for adults, 24,000 won for free pass.

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All about Seoul subway

Seoul subway All About Seoul Subway Seoul subway Seoul subway The Seoul subway system consists of lines 1 through 9 plus the Jungang Line, Bundang Line, and Gyeongui Line. Each line can be distinguished by its representative color as well as signs and maps found throughout each station so that native Koreans and foreigners alike…

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Historic Places-Palaces in Seoul Korea

Historic Places-Palaces  Palace preserved its history Recommended to stay in Seoul – Seoul will provide you the greatest experience of Korea since past, present and future of Korea is coexisting in Seoul. There are 5 palaces; Gyeongbok palace, Changdeok palace, Changyeong palace, Deoksu palace and Gyeonghui palace. Gyeonghui palace is not existing today but there are…

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About Korea

The National Flag of Korea The Korean flag (태극기) is called “Taegeukgi” in Korean. Its design symbolizes the principles of the yin and yang in Oriental philosophy. The circle in the center of the Korean flag is divided into two equal parts. The upper red section represents the proactive cosmic forces of the yang. Conversely,…

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About Korean Regions

Seoul Located along the Hangang River, Seoul has grown into a teeming metropolis with a population of more than 10 million. Over the years, the capital city has greatly expanded in the process of urbanization and industrialization and continues to grow as the thriving center of the country’s political, economic, cultural and educational activities.  Seoul…

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