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Gyeongju

Gyeongju

King Munmu, the 30th king of Silla He succeeded King Taejong Muyeol, and unified the three kingdoms. He defeated the Tang forces, and laid a foundation for the prosperity of the unified Silla.  “When I die, take my ashes to the East Sea. I will become a dragon and protect Silla against Japanese raiders!” – [...]

One day trip in Seoul

One day trip in Seoul

Sometimes my foreign friends visit Korea and I always help them to travel Korea. In early April, my friend from Hong Kong came to Korea with her mother. They wanted to look around most famous and popular travel destinations in Seoul with me. As a public diplomat of VANK, I planned their one day trip [...]

The Colorful Island, Jejudo

The Colorful Island, Jejudo

Located southwest of the Korean peninsula Korea’s largest island but smallest province, Jejudo Seas, volcanoes, waterfalls, caves, forests, and warm weather Jejudo is a beautiful island with a well-preserved natural environment. This beautiful island has a sad history.  About 70 years ago, Japan waged the Pacific War (1941-1945). During the war, Japan used Jejudo as [...]

My camp experience to Dokdo

In the second week of August 2011, I had the privilege to join a 3-day wondrous trip with VANK office colleagues and members – Dokdo camp – an experience to remember. Dokdo camp is an annual visit to Dokdo island, organized by VANK for 70 selected students from across Korea. The aim of the trip [...]

Pyeongchang, location for the 2018 Winter Olympics

At midnight on July 6, 2011 The voice of the IOC President resounded in Durban, South Africa. “PyeongChang!”  With the roars and cheers of the Korean people, PyeongChang was elected as the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.  In 2003, PyeongChang lost by three votes to Vancouver, Canada, for the 2010 Games. In [...]

Seoul, city of magical one hour

An Hour, You are traveling in Seoul now. What does an hour mean to you? An hour in this city is a magical time that allows you to do anything. If you want to walk around a palace for tracking the path of Korean kings. Within an hour, you can enjoy a stroll in a [...]

Travel to Korea

What do you think about a trip to Korea? Does Korea have any known natural landscapes like the Grand Canyon? Does Korea have any world heritage like the pyramids? Korea doesn’t seem too different from China or Japan. There is no specific image of Korea in my mind. Koreans look sullen and unfriendly. 2010 International [...]

Incheon

Incheon

Incheon was the place to signal the beginning of Korea’s modern history. Since the past, Incheon has been a gateway city that led trade relations with foreign countries. Incheon often found itself at the center of Korea’s historical crises. Around 120 years ago, Incheon was called “Jemulpo” (port). It was a small peaceful fishing village, [...]

I’ll never forget

My name is Todd Farnham from Seattle, Washington USA, I’m deeply grateful to Friendly Korea Community and its website. It was through Friendly Korea Community website that I was able to meet a special friend and her wonderful family. I had been planning a trip to Korea for a long time, but I knew next [...]

Places to go in Jeollanamdo province

Boseong Tea Plantations Boseong is the adequate place for cultivation of tea. Many tea plantations, including Korea’s largest Daehan Tea Plantation, are located in here. Tea Festival is held annually, and hills full of green tea are frequently featured in movies or TV dramas. Soswaewon Garden Soswaewon Garden, which means “refreshingly clean garden,” is the [...]

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