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An eight-page magazine promoting Korea’s tourism industry and highlights, including health, well-being, sports tourism and cities. Published by Mike Starling and the Korea Tourism Organization in London. For more information see http://thestarlingfiles.wordpress.com

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  1. 1. BE INSPIRED Revitalise body and soulThis special supplement is brought to you by the Korea Tourism Organization
  2. 2. 2 www.visitkorea.or.kr KOREAN CALENDAR ANNUAL EVENTS DECEMBER-JANUARY ■ Seoul Festival of Light; www.hiseoulfest.org ■ Maryangpo Sunrise Festival; www.seocheon.go.kr ■ Yangyang New Year Sunrise Festival; http://eng.yangyang.go.kr PAGE 4 PAGES 6-7 PAGES 10-11 PAGE 15 Find your soul in Seoul Korea’s top experiences Focus: Jeju Island Stay in a temple JANUARY ■ Daegwallyeong Snow Flower Festival; www.visitkorea.or.kr Recharge with ■ Taebaeksan Snow Festival; PUBLISHING FORWARD BY KTO PRESIDENT AND CEO CHARM LEE http://festival.taebaek.go.kr ■ Polar Bear Swimming Contest ■ Seogwipo Penguin SwimmingINFORMATION Festival; http://english.tour2jeju.net FEBRUARY PUBLISHER DETAILS ■ Daeboreum Great Full Moon nature, tradition This supplement was first Festival, Namsangol Hanok Village; published in March 2010 by http://hanokmaeul.seoul.go.kr the Korea Tourism Organization MARCH-APRIL in conjunction with ■ Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, Sports Travel News Jinhae; www.visitkorea.or.kr APRIL and belief ■ Drink & Rice Cake Festival, Gyeongju; www.visitkorea.or.kr MAY ■ Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Festival, Daegu; www.daegucvb.com ■ Lotus Lantern Festival, Seoul; 3rd Floor A healthy industry www.llf.or.kr/eng New Zealand House, Haymarket, London JULY SW1Y 4TE ■ Boryeong Mud Festival, Daecheon Beach; www.mudfestival.or.kr ■ World Taekwondo Culture Expo, Tel: +44 (0) 207 3212535 Jeonju; www.wtcexpo.net W london@knto.or.kr www.visitkorea.or.kr ITH the designation of 2010-2012 as ‘Visit Korea Year’, I AUGUST am delighted to introduce Korea Be Inspired – Revitalise ■ The World Taekwondo Body and Soul. This bespoke supplement will introduce you Hanmadang, Seoul; to the finding of ‘peace and well-being’, ‘health and fitness’ www.kukkiwon.or.kr and your personal ‘balance and harmony’ through ‘Yin, Yang’. Korea is a place to come and recharge your energy using nature, SEPTEMBER tradition and belief in a society that has an ability to reinvent ■ Chungju Martian Arts Festival, itself constantly. If you are willing to invest time to enjoy and Chungju; www.martialarts.or.kr understand Korean culture you will be rewarded with the With a spectrum of the most natural landscapes on the planet, Korea has a range of opportunities for the ■ Geumsan Ginseng Festival, ‘genuine charm of Korea’. travel industry to sell trips and packages for visitors seeking a relaxing, healthy and fulfilling vacation Geumsan; www.geumsan.go.kr SPORTS TRAVEL NEWS Using our expertise, knowledge and passion, we welcome mike@sportstravelnews.info you to discover a diverse landscape of mountains, hidden TRADITIONAL TRAVEL TRADE POTENTIAL which will allow cruise boats/tours to KTO: SERVICES ON OFFER www.sportstravelnews.info temples and adventure-filled activities. KOREAN IF you sell well-being holidays, then dock in the heart of the capital city. THE Korea Tourism Organization is thewww.twitter.com/sporttravelnews I have picked out just a couple of highlights from within Korea must be on your itinerary. ■ ‘International Conference One-Stop first point of contact and can provide HOLIDAYS the proceeding pages to give you a flavour of what to The country can offer mountains, Service’: for any organisation wishing assistance in the following services: 1st day of the 1st lunar month EDITOR expect. The cuisine of a country is an important cultural Korean New natural hot springs, world-class spa to host a convention, the Korea Tourism ■ Destination information – cities, trait and for Korea it reflects ‘Yin, Yang and the five Year’s Day (Seollal): Mike Starling options, temple stays and much more. Organization (KTO) can provide for all your resorts, UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first day of the lunar Korean elements’, all fundamental in Oriental philosophy. Let your customers experience a needs (including information on procedures, ■ Ground handling services – a network It is one of the world’s healthiest cuisines and the calendar and the most important of ASSISTANT EDITOR culture and environment that is perfect for documentation and sponsors). of partner travel companies that can deal the traditional Korean holidays national dish ‘kimchi’ is the guiding force. finding your soul. ■ Medical tourism: Korea offers a diverse with all logistical issues on the ground. Ramy Salameh Health cuisine is becoming a global trend and so the ■ Agents and operators: devise tours and programme – from Zen meditation in a ■ Tourist information services – through 8th day of the 4th lunar month ‘globalisation of Korean food’ is well underway. packages that will inspire your clientele. Buddhist temple, spa and wellness, to educational seminars and press trips; Buddha’s Birthday PHOTOGRAPHY Visitors can also experience staying in traditional With activities such as hot springs, spas, treatment and healthcare. The Council presentations; provision of information; (Seokgatansinil):All pictures are copyright of the residences known as ‘Hanok’. They are designed and built in Oriental medicine and mountain trekking for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion brochure materials; DVD and image Also called Bucheonnim Osinnal Korean Tourism Organization accordance with feng-shui principles, focusing on there is so much on offer. (CKMP) is a government/private joint library access and assistance with the Sawol Chopail, this is the birthday of practical use and beauty. The eco-friendly structure not only ■ Cruise industry: there are now more initiative founded to internationally development of tour products to Korea. the Gautama Buddha uses local materials, but is a place in which to meditate and than 10 ports for which liners can dock. promote healthcare in Korea. Currently ■ Email the KTO at london@knto.or.kr MORE INFORMATION soul search – because the Hanok has a spacious, yet cosy For details on travel to Korea, Currently under construction is an more than 30 hospitals and clinics are 15th day of the 8th lunar month open-air living room called ‘daecheongmaru’. 18km-long canal linking the Han River in actively involved as CKMP members. Harvest Festival (Chuseok):plus where to stay, destinations I urge you to read on and be truly ‘inspired’ by how much Koreans visit their ancestral Seoul and the West Sea near to Incheon, See www.koreahealthtour.co.kr and cultural activities Korea can revitalise and recharge your energy. hometowns and share a feast of see www.visitkorea.or.kr Charm Lee, Korea Tourism Organization president and CEO Korean traditional food
  3. 3. 4 5Find your soul in SeoulI S it possible to find peace, and encounter oriental that run beside the water’s edge. Visit an ‘Oncheon’ (thermal tranquillity and well-being philosophy through architecture. But it’s not just the Han River bath) or ‘Jjimjilbang’ which in a city? Well finding your The residences of ‘Buckchon that provides peace through includes a choice of clay, crystal soul in Seoul is part of the Hanok Village’ located between water. Cheonggyecheon Stream, and mugwort herbal saunas andcity’s DNA and citizens of this Gyeongbukgung and a major restoration project, exfoliations scrubs to extractdynamic Asian capital, home Changdeokgung Palaces, were came to life in 2005 having been bad toxins and have oneto 25 per cent of Korea’s entire built for high-ranking officials covered over by tarmac since the positively glowing.population, are living proof from the Joseon dynasty. 1950s. The 5.8km stream runs Hidden down a quaintthat finding your ‘Yin, Yang’ One of the mountains under 22 bridges, nine fountains side-alley, just off the mainis an essential part of their protecting the city is and is the most pleasant way to thoroughfare of Insadong Streeteveryday life. ‘Bukhansan’ (Mt) and national stroll past many city icons. (famous for arts and crafts Few capitals match Seoul’s park, which plays host to elite Continue on foot and try galleries, street musicians anddynamic blend of the ancient climbers, hikers and regular out Seoul’s walking tour antiques), is ‘Sanchon’and the modern. walkers searching out the park’s programmes covering five restaurant, celebrated for its Purity, clarity and calmness – let Skyscrapers tower over medieval Bukhan fortress. tour zones that intimately delicate Buddhist templehistoric palaces and temples, The highest peak is 836m showcase Korea: cuisine full of fresh vegetableswhilst Seoul N Tower stands – making it accessible to all ■ ‘Ancient culture’ traces and mountain greens whichimperious atop Mount Namsan levels of stamina – and if that prehistoric times through to the provide the main ingredients.and is the first visible landmark does not encourage hikers to the ‘three kingdoms’ period Next door ‘The Old Tea Shop’welcoming you to the city. It is top then a shot of pine-needle ■ ‘Traditional culture’ focuses serves every type of tea from Korea’s water features inspire youfrom this viewpoint that you Soju will do the trick. on the main palace of the Joseon Ginseng to ‘Jujube date’ tea.realise Seoul is not only Seoul’s divine energy also dynasty dating back 600 years Both venues encapsulate whyprotected by surrounding comes from water; the Han ■ ‘Modern culture’ infiltrates Korea’s cuisine is regarded onemountains, but also bisected by River is a symbol of Seoul, recent turbulent history through of the healthiest in the world.the Han River, the city’s life- running east to west with some architecture If the night remains youngblood flowing through its core. 23 bridges straddling the 175m- ■ ‘History-ecology- after a full-day sightseeing, ‘Hanyang’ (the former name wide channel. restoration’ follows the nocturnal vibrancy ofof Seoul) was recommended Cruise through the centre of Cheonggyecheon Stream as it Myeongdong, Dongdaemun,to the Joseon Dynasty (founders one of the world’s largest cities winds its way past eight Hongdae and Insadong willof the 600 year-old capital city) or rent a bike and follow the beautiful city sights. excite and exhaust in equalby feng shui experts, thus myriad of parks and paths ■ Finally, the ‘Past-Present- measure. Flashing neon signs Apreserving the ‘divine Coexistence’ zone will elevate with clubs, bars and an COUNTRY with However, the whole of Korea and history, it will be a cultural JJIMJILBANG & SPAenergy of Seoul’. you to the viewpoint at Naksan overwhelming variety of coastline on three sides, can offer beautiful beaches for experience as well! With more than 300 spas across By experiencing some Park and visit the private museums, theatres, markets Korea has an abundance which to swim, watch the The top waterfalls to visit: the country Korea is the idealof Korea’s cultural traits residence of the first and malls will ensure your ‘Yin, of water attractions. sunrise or just soak up the sun. ■ Jikso Falls: Located in location for a relaxing andit is possible to feel Korean president. Yang’ is in perfect harmony. From swimming in seas to On the rocky coastline of Byeonsan Peninsula National uplifting break.this unique energy for Such energetic pursuits need So begin an unforgettable soaking in hot springs there is the west you can find the white Marine Park and 30ft high. Jjimjilbang facilities includeyourself. Echoes of to be balanced by other experience in an activity to enjoy on any day sands of Daecheon Beach ■ Cheonjiyeon Falls: Located varied temperature-controlledthe past in the form of fundamental Korean Korea’s inspiring during the four seasons. and Jellabuk-do’s provincial on Jeju Island and is a rooms ranging from steamingtemples, palaces and characteristics. capital Seoul. In Buddhism, water represents beaches, while in the south on designated natural monument. hot to ice cold. Also on offer arehanoks (traditional clarity, calmness and purity Jeju Island there are 11 beaches ■ Gugok Falls: Located near hot springs, karaoke rooms andhouses) are ideal starting – so why not cleanse your soul to explore. Bonghwasan Mountain, cafés. And if that’s not enough,points to understand at a spa, river, natural spring or Jeju’s climate, turquoise Gangwon-do, and 50m in why not stay the night … prices waterfall? In Korea, water is not waters and palms make it a are cheap and the lodgings are height. Gugok Falls freezes just seen as the source of life but favourite for honeymooners and of a high standard. every winter and is a paradise a source of entertainment and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Korean families, couples and for ice climbers. well-being. singles go to a jjimjilbang on a ■ Daeseung Falls: It is located ■ See pages 8-9 for a mapped HOT SPRINGS regular basis for socialising and in the Mt Seoraksan region and view of Korea’s water features When the temperatures drop for relaxation. If you are visiting was known as a major recreation in winter Koreans head to the the country this is an experience site of King Gyeong-Sun, who BEACHES many hot springs available. not to be missed. reigned from 927-935. If you are spending summer in With regular snowfall across Korea you have to head to the the country, a trip to a hot spring WATERFALLS WATER PARKS beach. With temperatures rising can provide a relaxing, healthy Waterfalls are regarded as one If you are travelling in June above 30 degrees C, June, July and fun experience. And a of nature’s most beautiful and need to escape the sun’s and August are the best times to day or evening soaking in hot creations – and in Korea there burning rays, Korea’s many swim in the oceans. springs will melt away the are many to discover in its water theme parks are regarded With 102 beaches, the winter blues and relieve stress. mountainous landscape. as must-visit destinations. north-east province of For centuries Koreans have A number of Korean Equipped with facilities such Gangwon-do has an amazing enjoyed hot springs all year waterfalls take some walking as wave pools, spas, saunas and array of coastline features and is round. The modern-day hot to find, but the challenge will be hot springs, you don’t just have a popular region for both locals springs come with spa and worth it. And with many having to relax, why not get the pulse and international visitors. beauty facilities. folk tales about their formation running by hitting the slides!
  4. 4. Korea’s top five FOOD & COOKING FOOD is a very important part of the country’s culture and Koreans pay great attention to the way in which food is served and the types of ingredients used.cultural experiences With a huge and unique range of food on offer, visitors can enjoy dishes that include meat; fish; greens; vegetables and popular ingredients such as kimchi, the national dish of Korea (fermented spicy cabbage conceived in Korea around the 7th century); jeotgal (seafood fermented in salt); and doenjang (fermented soy bean paste). Eaten with chopsticks, all the dishes are served at the same time and a typical meal normally includes rice, soup and side offerings. Korean food also has a regal aspect with The Royal Cuisines – genuine Korean traditional cuisines designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset by the government. The Institute of Korean Royal Cuisine is the only place where tradition of Korean Royal Cuisine is truly being succeeded. Representative foods such as sinseollo (fancy hot pot) and gujeolpan (nine-sectioned dish) are still savoured today. See www.food.co.kr for more information on The Royal Cuisines. TRADITIONAL KOREAN FOODS ■ Bap (steamed rice) and juk (porridge); guk (soup); jjigae (stew); jjim and jorim (simmered meat or fish); namul (vegetables or wild greens); jeotgal (seafood fermented in salt); gui (broiled/barbecued dishes); jeon (pan-fried dishes) and mandu (dumpling). DISHES POPULAR WITH FOREIGN TOURISTS ■ Bulgogi: widely known as Korean barbecue, thin strips of beef marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onion and chilli are grilled over charcoal and served with rice and vegetables. ■ Dolsot bibimbap: boiled rice, vegetables and egg are brought to the table in a hot stone pot and cooked before your eyes.TEMPLE TAEKWONDOSTAY TAEKWONDO is the national sport of Korea and more than 50 million participants take part worldwide. The roots of taekwondo belong to taekkyeon, a traditional martialEXPERIENCE Korean Buddhist culture art form. In turn, the roots of taekkyeon can be traced as far back asby booking a stay at one of the many tribal times in Korea.Buddhist temples. The ultimate goal of taekwondo is to develop the character and personality With many temples located deep in the of the practitioner through physical, mental and spiritual discipline.mountains visitors can enjoy nature and take Meaning the ‘technique of kicking and punching’, taekwondo is the world’s mosttime away from the rigours of day-to-day life by popular martial art. While seen as both a sport and martial art, taekwondo also has twotaking part in spiritual training such as Zen other major areas of importance: exercise and education. Taekwondo’s movements requiremeditation and Buddhist rites. extensive use of the joints and since there is kicking, jabbing and shouting involved, it’s also A temple stay is much more than religion. It is a a great way to relieve stress and get a good workout. The objectives of learning taekwondo are tocultural experience that recharges you, handles your become a more mature human being and build and strengthen character.mental stress and teaches you about traditional culture. Taekwondo became a worldwide activity after it was designated as an official Olympic sport in 2000. Part of the programme of discipline and training include If you would like to take part in a one-day taekwondo experience or a full 15-day training programme,barugongyang (a Buddhist meal with traditional wooden then why not take a look at options at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr or www.taekwontokorea.combowls) or a tea ceremony – activities that provide more than just ■ For more information see www.koreataekwondo.org, www.kukkiwon.or.kr, www.wtf.org and www.tpf.kr/engeating and drinking. EVENTS CALENDAR Other activities that may be featured on a temple stay include: July 2010: The World Taekwondo Culture Expo (Jeonju and Muju); www.wtcexpo.netpre-dawn Buddhist rites; Zen meditation; tea ceremonies; barugongyang; August 2010: The World Taekwondo Hanmadang (Seoul); www.kukkiwon.or.krmountain trekking; lotus lantern making; and rubber stamp making. September 2010: Chungju Martian Arts Festival (Chungju); www.martialarts.or.kr■ For more information see http://eng.templestay.com July 2011: The Chuncheon Open International Taekwondo Championships (Chuncheon); http://koreaopentkd.org● Turn to page 15 to read about finding yourself in a Buddhist temple ● Turn to page 12 to read about the new Taekwondo Park being constructed in MujuHANOK STAY ALTERNATIVEIF you want to feel the natural energy of Korea in aneco-friendly structure that uses natural building materials thenstay in a traditional Korean house called a ‘Hanok’. THERAPY Hanok Stay will give you the opportunity to experience traditional TO make your trip to Korea as relaxed asKorean lifestyle and culture. The traditional houses available for Hanok possible why not indulge in a treatment tostays are decades to hundreds of years old. refresh both body and soul? Many have been renovated for the convenience and safety of its guests, but the Relieve stress and aches with a massage,traditional Korean style and sentiment are still retained. alternative medicines or acupuncture. Hanok houses vary in size; some are very large with a guest house and a main ■ Many of the major hotels and resorts in Korea nowbuilding, while others are small with only bedrooms and a living room. Room rates also provide luxury spa facilities, and as you make your wayvary widely. Old furniture, paper-pasted windows, and props like soy jars add to the through the bustling streets of downtown Seoul, you’ll alsotraditional ambiance. find countless boutique spas where you can relax. Having a Some houses offer various programmes to experience Korean culture, including tea relaxing massage is one of the best ways to revitalise your skin andceremonies, pottery making, and traditional Korean folk games. restore your balance. Simple meals are usually available at an extra charge. ■ The acupuncture of Korea is highly regarded in terms of its history andEXPERIENCE HANOK STAY: effectiveness. Manupuncture, or Koryo sooji chim, corresponds points in the■ Wandang (Tea) Traditional Korean House, Seoul hand to parts of the body. Needles are then applied to these specific points of+82-2-1330; www.teaguesthouse.com the hand in order to treat or prevent disease.■ Traditional Korean Houses of Bukchon, Seoul ■ These days the increasing pollution and the stress of modern life are resulting in+82-2-1330; www.bukchon72.com diseases for which Western medicine often does not offer the most effective treatment.■ Sarangchae Guesthouse, Gyeongju-si Consequently an increasing number of people are becoming interested in alternative+82-54-1330; www.kjstay.com medicine and visiting Korea to receive Oriental medicine treatments.● For more information on Hanok Stay see page 14 ■ For more information see http://english.visitkorea.or.kr
  5. 5. Korea’s8 9 20 NATIONAL PARKSnatural & WITH 20 national parks, Korea is the ideal destination if you love the great outdoors. Jirisan National Park is the largest and first designated national park. 11 Hiking is one of the country’s most popular activities, while skiing, camping Gangwon-do and ancient historic sites are also on offer. See http://english.knps.or.kr 2 (as numbered in green on the map) 1 Bukhansan National Park 2 Seoraksan National Park 3 Odaesan National Parkcultural 6 1 4 Chiaksan National Park 9 3 5 Sobaeksan National Park 4 13 18 6 Taean-haean National Park Seoul 2 4 7 Woraksan National Park 1 8 Gyeryongsan National Park 6 7 8 9 Songnisan National Park 5 15 10 Juwangsan National Park 10 12 14 Incheon 11 Deogyusan National Parkhighlights 16 12 Gyeongju National Park 3 4 13 Gayasan National Park 17 19 7 14 Byeonsanban-do National Park 5 5 15 Naejangsan National Park 16 Jirisan National Park 2 17 Wolchulsan National Park 20 9 18 Hallyeohaesang National Park 19 Dadohaehaesang National Park 9 20 Hallasan National Park 6 10 ■ For more information about the 20 national parks located in Korea see http://english.knps.or.kr 8 Gyeongju Daejeon 11 1 13 7 12 Gwangju & 14 3 WATER UNESCO WORLD Jeollanam-do 6 15 16 FEATURES HERITAGE SITES 6 Spas, saunas, hot springs and water parks to visit (as numbered in blue on the map) (as numbered on map) 18 Ulsan 1 Anyang Water Land www.anyangwaterland.com 2 Asan Spavis www.spavis.co.kr 17 3 Danyang Aquaworld www.daemyungresort.com 1 6 Busan 4 Deokgu Oncheon Spa World www.duckku.co.kr ■ Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong ■ Gochang, Hwasun and 5 Deokgu Spa http://english.visitkorea.or.kr Panjeon, the Depositories for the Ganghwa Dolmen Sites 6 Gold Spa (Hwanggeumoncheon) www.knwater.net Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks 7 Happy Day http://english.visitkorea.or.kr 7 8 Jayuro Aqualand www.jayuroaqualand.com 2 ■ Gyeongju Historic Areas 19 Daegu 9 Paradise Spa Dogo (Boyang Hot Spring) www.paradisespa.co.kr ■ Jongmyo Shrine Picture courtesy of 10 Sealala Spa & Water Park www.sealala.com 8 http://mapsof.net 11 Seorak Waterpia www.seorakwaterpia.com 3 ■ Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes 12 Seoul Leisure Sports Club http://english.visitkorea.or.kr ■ Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple 13 Spa Greenland www.spagreenland.co.kr 9 14 Spa Lei (Seoul) www.spalei.co.kr 4 ■ Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty 15 Spa Plus www.mirandahotel.com/spaplus ■ Changdeokgung Palace Complex 20 16 Termeden spa Incheon www.termeden.com 8 17 The Silloam Sauna www.silloamsauna.com 5 See http://english.visitkorea.or.kr for more 18 Vivaldi Park www.daemyungresort.com 19 Yongsan Dragon Hill Spa (Seoul) www.dragonhillspa.co.kr ■ Hwaseong Fortress information on Korea’s UNESCO sites Jeju-do Island 20 Yecheon Hot Spring http://en.ycg.kr
  6. 6. 10 11 Jeju Island: I F you are searching for a natural wonder to help If you would like to coincide your trip to Jeju with an revitalise your body and soul, the amazing beauty event, two of the biggest to watch out for are the Jeju of Korea’s Jeju Island will provide you with the most Cherry Blossoms Festival and the Ironman competition. spectacular backdrop. For nature lovers the petals of Jeju’s cherry blossoms Jeju’s geographic location places it within easy reach are an amazing sight to behold. The largest and most of the Korean mainland, Japan and China. With a luxurious among all other cherry blossoms, they can be favourable climate, diverse and attractive natural beauty, seen in full bloom during the festival period in early April. Korea’s slice Jeju is a destination with offerings and experiences that For those fitness addicts who want to try or watch an few locations, if any, in the region can provide. event that will test their strengths, The Jeju International There is so much to see and do on Jeju – the volcanic Ironman Korea will do just that. topography of the island and Lava Tubes became Korea’s Held in Seogwipo City, Jeju-do, since 1991, the first natural site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World home to more than 1,800 species of plants, nearly half of event is an international triathlon competition officially Heritage listing back in June 2007, in recognition of the 4,000 species found in the whole of Korea. And there authorised by the World Triathlon Council. their uniqueness. are several walking trails from around two to five hours Jeju is an island that opens up a different world Jeju Island’s Biosphere Reserve is also recognised in duration where hikers can enjoy the amazing views during each season and will charm you with its under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme. down to the coast. magnificent landscapes. In the spring, the island is The biosphere is located in the centre of the island, Jeju’s lava landscape blends odd-shaped rocks and coloured with deep yellow rape flowers. In the winter, of paradise comprising of its core area Mt Hallasan, two stream caves, ponds, volcanic humps and craters with diverse the island is fully covered with dazzling white snow. corridors and three islets, with a diversity of ecosystems. and rare flora and fauna species. With unparalleled beauty, Jeju Island is just waiting to Why not spend the day exploring the impressive Keep your eyes peeled for “Harubang” – a lava stone be explored. See http://english.jeju.go.kr Geomunoreum Lava Tube System; cycling around Udo statue with big eyes and a big nose that are dotted all over Island; or stopping to watch the famous ‘Haenyeo’ women the island. It is said that if you touch a Harubang’s nose KOREA’S PREMIER DESTINATION (pictured above, right) dive to the ocean floor without any and make a wish soon it will come true. While Jeju is Korea’s premier destination, the island is breathing equipment to gather sea food? Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong) is a dramatic also home to the Jungmun Resort – the biggest tourist Water lovers can enjoy swimming, paddling or surfing volcanic crater which rises majestically from the ocean. complex in the country. at one of the many beaches on the island. If you’re Visitors climb to the peak to enjoy the spectacular sunrise Located on the seashore of Jungmun area in interested in exploring nature, then you have a wide view from the top of a huge bowl-shaped crater set Seogwipo, its facilities include Pacific Land; Yeomiji variety of places from which to choose: scuba diving against a background of crystal clear seas. Arboretum; fishing village for tourists; Seonimgyo Bridge; along coral reefs; traversing the plains on horseback; See the lava wonders of Manganggul Cave, the Cheonjeyeon waterfall and Jungmun Beach. or paragliding through the clouds – the list is endless. largest lava tube in Asia. It is an immense natural conduit To make your island visit ultra relaxing take some Offering spectacular natural wonders, Jeju also formed by the lava which flowed through to the coast time out at the Guerlain Spa (www.guerlainspa.com) in features amazing sights such as waterfalls and great some 200,000-300,000 years ago. It’s around five metres The Shilla Hotel; Hue & Me Aromatheraphy at The Lotte hiking trails on Mt Hallasan, Korea’s highest peak. in width and 7.4km in length. hotel (www.lottehoteljeju.com) or the Aqua View Spa Mt Hallasan, the extinct volcano that rises to 1,950m in Visitors can enjoy the stalactites, lava pillars, lava (http://jeju.regency.hyatt.com) at the Hyatt Regency Jeju. the centre of the island, has a crater at its top. Hallasan is shelves and swirling walls along its length. ■ See http://english.visitkorea.or.kr
  7. 7. 12 13A SPIRITUAL SPORT THE BEST CARE THETHE ancient martial art of taekwondo isnot just Korea’s national sport, but hasemerged as one of the most popularactivities worldwide. MOMENT YOU LAND MEDICAL tourism has emerged to be Visitors can check their health on a With more than 50 million people one of the biggest niche products for the BMI (body mass index) machine, a stresstaking part, taekwondo has not just found travel industry. measurement device, a blood pressureits popularity through sport, but also for Korea has one of the best set-ups monitor and a machine to detect skinits mental and spiritual benefits. in Asia and can offer a diverse range of ageing. Tourists can also browse for Taekwondo is one of the biggest programmes for patients requiring information on medical service providersemerging attractions for tourists and physical or spiritual treatment. From and travel agents.has sparked a boom in businesses and healthcare to Buddhist temples or spa and If you are not seeking westernprojects across the country. wellness, there are so many options. medicine practices, then the traditional The biggest taekwondo project is The Council for Korean Medicine and alternative options of OrientalTaekwondo Park in Muju, North Jeolla Overseas Promotion (CKMP) is a treatments can also be explored.province (Jeollabuk-do). With plans for government/private joint initiative founded ● Spa and aesthetic: Guerlain Spa,two phases to be completed by 2013, the to internationally promote healthcare in The Shilla, Seoul, www.shilla.networld-class theme park has a budget of Korea. More than 30 hospitals and clinics ● Beauty care: Hue Skin Care, Seoul,more than US$185million. the world’s top location for taekwondo. are actively involved as a CKMP member www.hue-es.com It will include and host: Covering more than 570 acres, (see www.koreahealthtour.co.kr). ● Cosmetic shop: Etude House,● The World Taekwondo Academy Taekwondo Park is expected to become Why choose Korea: www.etude.co.kr● Taekwondo Hall of Fame a world cultural heritage site promoting ● Top medical technology From Oriental medicine therapy to● A gymnasium and training centre Korean culture and art. ● Low-cost, high-quality healthcare modern high-tech procedures, you can● World Culture Village Muju is also home to the World ● Customer satisfaction experience various ways to beautify and● Accommodations Taekwondo Culture Expo, an event that ● One-stop medical tourism service nourish your inner and outer self.● The Taekwondo Promotion Foundation attracts more than 4,000 people each year. As a result in the increasing number ■ If you are heading to the capital and● World Taekwondo Headquarters ■ For more information on taekwondo of medical tourists, an online and offline are seeking medical treatment in Seoul, Up among the clouds● World Taekwondo Federation see www.koreataekwondo.org, one-stop service centre opened in July information on health examinations;● Korean Taekwondo Federation www.kukkiwon.or.kr, www.wtf.org, 2009 providing information on medical skin care; cosmetic surgery and Oriental● CISM Taekwondo Committee HQ www.tpf.kr/eng, www.taekwontokorea.com tourism. Search for medical tourism medicine can be found online at Muju County is predicted to become or http://english.visitkorea.or.kr at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr www.seoulmedicaltour.com The top three mountains for hikingKOREA SET FOR F1 GP K OREA has some of the best mountain peak – stands at 1,708m and terrain for hiking in Asia – with offers the best hiking in the range. There 37 mountains in the Seoul are a variety of trails to be explored. region alone. While many tourists visit throughoutIN October 2010 a new energy will be make a trip to Korea one to remember!on show in Korea when the power of 25 Coincide an F1 trip with a visit to one While Koreans visit a jjimjilbang the four seasons to witness the beautyracing cars rev their engines for the first of the many amazing sights in Korea’s (unique spa) to relax in the evenings, on of its mountain cliffs, rocks, valleys, andever F1 Korean Grand Prix. south west. the weekends thousands will be tying up waterfall, Seoraksan is at its most popular See history made and watch racing Jeollanam-do, Jeonnam in short, their boot laces and tackling one of the in autumn when the mountains presentlegend Michael Schumacher take on is rich in Korean folk customs and 1,700 trails across the nation. the very first foliage in Korea. ECO EXPERIENCEScurrent world champion Jenson Button traditional cultural practices. Attractions In a country that is dominated by To best enjoy the foliage (pictured,and title hopefuls Lewis Hamilton and include national parks, coastlines and mountains, Korea provides great activities inset) the following hiking trails areFernando Alonso. islands. While in Jeollanam-do pay a such as running, rock climbing and recommended: the Sinheungsa Temple On October 24 the Korean Grand Prix visit to Gwangju city, Hwaeomsa Temple, cycling – but it is walking and hiking that area, the Cheonbuldong Valley area past to check out Bukhan Mountain Fortress, Hikers can explore 20 summits andwill take place at a purpose-built circuit in Unjusa Temple or Hongdo Island. attracts the big numbers. Biseondae, and the Jujeongol area trail a medieval fortification that protected the many valleys containing amazing scenery, ALONG with medical and sports travel, sites, especially the Seokguram Grottoa new tourism development called the If you are travelling from Seoul, the If you are an enthusiast or a travel that begins at the Osaek Mineral Waters. royal capital in the Goryeo and Joseon temples, animals and plant life. The ecotourism is the third travel niche and Bulguksa Temple.‘J Project’ in the Jeollanam-do province in KTX – Korea’s high-speed train – can agent seeking a new niche product to sell, eras. Several Buddhist temples are located range’s highest point at 1,915m is growing in stature across the globe. Korea’s five biosphere reserves arethe south-western corner of the country. whisk travellers from the capital city to hiking tours in Korea can provide success BUKHANSAN NATIONAL PARK here, including Hwagyesa Temple. Cheonwangbong Peak. Korea’s natural jewels – its 20 national Mt Seorak; Jeju Island; Mt Kuwol; Shinan The US$35billion J Project will help the southern city of Mokpo in under and enjoyment for both markets. This dramatic collection of rocky peaks Mt Jirisan is also revered in the Korean parks, biosphere reserves and UNESCO Dadodae and Mt Myohyang.develop the Korean south west coast as a three-and-a-half hours. In this feature we pick out the top in northern Seoul has been declared a JIRISAN NATIONAL PARK culture for being an area where herbal World Heritage sites – make it the perfect The biosphere reserves (recognisedtop tourism destination, with the F1 grand The south west region is also home to three mountains for hiking: Seoraksan; national park. Jirisan is regarded to be one of the medicine is still very popular and where ecotourism destination. under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphereprix and motorsports the main attractions. Mt Jiri, Korea’s second highest mountain. Bukhansan and Jirisan. In addition to being a popular hiking most sacred and spiritual mountains in the Buddhist culture prospered. With an increasing global spotlight on Programme) provide conservation and In addition to the circuit, the leisure ■ The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) place, it’s also home to the granite face of Korea – and was named ‘Jiri’ because it As the seasons change so does the the environment, ecotourism guarantees sustainable development.complex will include hotels, a water has been in negotiations with agents and SEORAKSAN NATIONAL PARK Insubong Peak, one of the most popular was believed to be a place that turns the weather on Mt Jirisan. Hikers can enjoy nature conservation and sustainable ■ As part of its eco plans, Korea willpark, marina, casino, golf course, theme operators for package and tour options On the east coast in the Sokcho, Inje and rock-climbing locations in Korea. innocent into the wise. the mountain’s terrain with rain and snow growth – making it the engine for the host the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea frompark, shopping malls, watersports and a for the 2010 F1 Korean Grand Prix. To Yangyang regions of Gangwon-do are the Other major peaks include Located in the south of the country, in both the summer and winter. future growth of Korea’s tourist industry. May 12 to August 12, 2012. The mainnumber of restaurants and bars. discuss business opportunities email spectacular Seoraksan Mountains. Baegundae (the highest peak at 836m) Jirisan was Korea’s first national park and ■ More information can be found at Major attractions for eco-tourists theme of the expo is ‘The Living Ocean If you are an F1 fan, then why not london@knto.or.kr Daecheongbong – Seoraksan’s tallest and Mangyeondae. History buffs will want is also the biggest. http://english.knps.or.kr include nine UNESCO World Heritage and Coast’. See www.expo2012.or.kr

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