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Short trip to Ulleungdo and Dokdo

Welcoming the sunrise near the sea in Pohang meant the beginning of Dokdo Camp for three days. This was my first time to see the sun gradually dye the gray sky with the orange light near the sea. With the sea breeze blowing, my mind was also rising and falling with the surf, and I [...]

My Impressions of Dokdo

My Impressions of Dokdo

 From August 7-9, 2012, 80 members of VANK comprised of employees, middle, high school, and college students traveled to Ulleungdo and Dokdo. I was one of the lucky attendees. The only boat to Ulleungdo left from Pohang at 10am. Our group from Seoul took a bus overnight, making sure we would catch the ferry on [...]

Two early birds’ trip to Gyeongju (2)

Two early birds’ trip to Gyeongju (2)

It takes about 20 ~ 30 minutes from the museum to this Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). Actually this is rear gate of this complex. There are many gates where you can go inside of the complex. Take any gates where you may find. In this complex, there are many tombs of Queens and Kings [...]

Two early birds’ trip to Gyeongju (1)

Two early birds’ trip to Gyeongju (1)

The development of techniques brought comfort and convenience to the human life. You may find evidences all around you. For travelers, development of public transportation would be the best thing for them. If you plan or live in Korea, take this advantage as possible as you can. KTX connects all regions in Korea within 2 [...]

Starry night in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Starry night in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

You may know very famous masterpiece of Vincent Van Gogh. I saw this artwork when I visited New York city. When I found this, I couldn’t move my body. I was standing like a statue and would not walk. When I close my eyes, I saw stars and night scene like I saw that painting [...]

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 [...]

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