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Views from Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads


The Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs (MLTMA) has released a promotional booklet and brochure showcasing Korea’s most picturesque and culturally rich highways and roads. Titled Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads, the publication is designed to help travelers find their way to popular destinations.

Each scenic road brings together natural vistas and cultural experiences, providing quiet places for travelers to rest and take in the regional sights and sounds. The 52 roads were selected not only for their aesthetic value but also for their cultural and historical value.

 

Scenes from the promotional booklet, “Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads,” published by the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs (Photo Courtesy of the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs).

More info: Here

Let’s Go for Some Apples!


Red apple is very luscious enough to make everyone eager to have one bite. Perhaps it might be natural that the witch of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs chose the apple to fascinate the snow white.

(Picture: FlickrⓒMuffet)

 

Well, thanks to the technological development, we can see apples at any season of the year. There are some people who don’t even remember which is the apple season. What do you think it is the season? The answer is “Autumn” that sunshine paints all the fields gold and apples red. Shall we go for some apples with family? Pick out the apples and enjoy the local attractions.

 

Pick apples at Yeongju and discover the cultural heritage!

 

Yeongju apple is one of the best, which is grown in the cleanest air of Mt.Sobaek.  There are so many apple trees on the way up to the mountain, and also in the inside of valley. As the mountain is high and the valley is deep, the daily temperature’s range is pretty huge. In addition, every orchard heads toward the south, which is good for getting more sunlight as long as possible. Those combinations make the apple more delicious.


(Picture: Flickrⓒedenpictures)

 By the way, did you know there is an event that let you pick those delicious apples? You can have hands on experience from the end of October near Mt.Sobaeck, Yeongju. You can buy the apples you pick at a discount, too. All the apples will be harvested by the early November, which means it’s better to reserve the event as soon as possible. If you bring your children, they will learn the value of labor.

Moreover, Yeongju has more wonderful attractions to visit other than the apples. It has many cultural legacies around Mt.Sobaek such as Buseok temple, Sosu shrine, Seonbivillage and Jukryoung old road. There are many things for families to do in Yeongju.

Especially, Buseok temple is one of ten greatest Buddhist temples in Korea. It has five national treasures and six national valuables including Murayangsujeon. You may want to lean on the pillar of Murayangsujeon. There is another attraction called Sosu Seowon which is the first Confucius educational institutes named by the King. Many leaders of Joseon were the students of this Seowon. It has a lot of precious materials and documents as well.

Now, let’s take a walk along the national treasures. It is the old road of Jukryoung which is 696 meters high from the sea level located between the second Younhwa peak and Dosolpeak. The road was used for 2000 years but it was abandoned for tens of years because of the advancement of transportation system. However, the Yeongju city government restored the road of 2.5 kilometers fromHibangsa station to Jukryoung jumak in 1999. Take a walk along the old road and take a breath of forest with your family, looking at autumn foliage. Are you ready ?

 

Pick Munkyoung Apples and Enjoy festival!

Munkyung is one of the best places for planting apples because the location and the climate are  just perfect. Grown in the limestone soil of Mt.Sobaek, apples become very hard and sweet. Although the very wide daily temperature range, and the low temperature at night, plants control their own nutrients, so that they are very sweet, juicy, colorful and aromatic. In addition, Munkyeong apples are very popular for its wonderful climate, rich soil and clean natural environment.

(Picture: FlickrⓒWxMom)

There will be an apple festival around Munkyeong provincial park until the end of month. The title of the event is “Munkyeong apple festival beloved by Snow White”. It sounds like they already have all the delicious and pretty apples to fascinate us.

Once you enjoyed the Picking Apples program and festival, we strongly recommend you the trip to Munkyoung Sae Jae.

Munkyoung Sae Jae is Jo Ryoung mountain ridge used for TV drama shooting spot. It is so steep that there is a word saying “Even birds cannot fly over the mountain”. There are electric cars specially made for children and seniors, which shows the efforts of Munkyoung city government to clean the Mother Nature. Munkyoung Sae Jae Park provides tourists with various things to see. It’s good to walk along the road of old time’s national examination which was chosen as one of 100 beautiful roads in Korea. You can enjoy hiking barefoot there because yellow soil starts from entrance gate to the peak. Children are likely to smile with tickling the soles of their feet. Moreover, there are many other things to enjoy such as a tower of wish, old tavern, and waterfalls. Munkyoung has something that your family would love.

Pick Yesan Apples and Enjoy Festival!
Grown first in 1923, Yesan apples have been well known for hardness and juice produced by the fall sunshine and daily temperature range in rich soil. A variety of apples such asShinano sweet and Fuji are grown in Yesan. Apple pick-out is available from late September to middle of November.Yesan apple pick-out program attracts many people because it is major producer and located near Seoul metropolitan area.

(Picture: FlickrⓒBryan Maleszyk)

 Plus, the Apple Wine festival is held in early November every year. Can you imagine the taste of apple wine? I’ll tell you one thing. Yesan apples are very fresh. You can make it on your own and taste it, too.

Why don’t you refresh yourself in nature forest and pick out some apples in Yesan? Opened in 2007, Bongsusan natural 
forest has a variety of accommodation for rest. Natural and artificial forests are harmonizing together and many wild life species are existing. Besides, beautiful scenery with Yedangresevior will attracts your mind. 

The Hiking course in forest is various from one hour to three-hour course. Hiking course is not tough so it is easy to walk on. You can smell the pine trees with the forest bathing. There are many amusement sites such as houses, children’s park,  square and the hand-on hall. These are the rest places for families and group tourists. In addition, tourist can travelDeoksan spa, Sudeok temple, Chungeui temple and a house of Kim Jeong Hee near the forest. What a travel!

(Picture: FlickrⓒAdam E. Cole)

Take a fresh air, have a delicious food and experience a variety of culture on this coming weekend. 

Source: Here

Top Seoul streets to view scenic fall foliage


Yep, it’s that time of year again — leaves are dying all over the place and everyone can’t wait to go see those last glorious bursts of color.

For all the amateur photographers and romance-hunting couples out there, Seoul’s parks and landscapes department released an official list of the top 80 “most beautiful streets for fall foliage” today.

That makes for 137.69 kilometers of hand-holding while your feet crunch along on a colorful leafy carpet.

“In order to maximize the scenery and romance,” the city announced that workers have been told not to sweep fallen leaves starting today until mid-November, reported Chosun Ilbo.

Among the top recommendations are the paths from Deoksu Palace (덕수궁) to the Kyunghyang Newspaper building, from Gyeongbok Palace (경복궁) to Samcheong Park (삼청공원), and from East Tower (동십자각) in Jongno to Samcheong Tunnel (삼청터널).

For a complete list of all 80 locations (in Korean), click here. 

2011년 아름다운 단풍길(요약)

구별 노선명 비고
80개노선  
종로구 삼청동길, 청계천  
중구 덕수궁길, 훈련원로, 남산 북측순환로, 야외식물원  
용산구 소월길, 이태원로, 남산 남측순환로  
성동구 성동제방, 뚝섬 서울숲  
광진구 능동로, 워커힐길, 광나룻길, 건대회관길, 아차산 오솔길, 어린이대공원(후문진입로, 외곽도로)  
동대문구 회기로, 중랑천 제방길  
중랑구 봉수대공원, 봉수길, 망우산 사색의 길, 망우로87길  
성북구 구민회관길, 월곡동길, 하월곡동길  
강북구 우이천 제방, 인수봉길, 4.19길  
도봉구 중랑천 제방, 노해길, 도봉산길, 마들길  
노원구 화랑로, 한글비석길, 동일로, 간촌서3길  
은평구 진흥로, 증산로  
서대문구 홍제천변길, 안산 산책로  
마포구 난지도길, 월드컵공원(산림욕길, 하늘공원, 평화의공원)  
양천구 느티나무길, 양명길, 단풍길, 신서길  
강서구 우장공원, 방화공원  
구로구 거리공원길, 안양천 산책로, 구일5길  
금천구 벚꽃십리길, 안양천길, 탑골길, 안양천 제방길, 호압사길  
영등포구 여의서로  
동작구 문화길, 보라매공원  
관악구 낙성대길, 관악로, 관악산, 장원길  
서초구 태봉로, 양재천, 문화예술공원  
강남구 양재천길, 가로수길  
송파구 위례성길, 송파나루공원  
강동구 고덕동길, 게내길, 강동대로, 동남로  
서울대공원(과천) 하마사~남미관, 호주관뒤~산림전시관뒤 외곽순환도로  

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UCC~ Secret Jeju Island


Amazing view of Jeju that I just discovered in this VDO. I think the one who made this vdo (his name is Lyongs, I guess) is awesome to receive the grand prize from KoreaBrand. Have a look and you will love Jeju. As for me , now I wish to visit Jeju again the next Spring!

Experience Korea via Real Touch Korea Application


Do you ever want to make a Buzz on something, but do not know what about?

iBuzz Korea! How about you?

Lately, Buzz Korea just launched the new application name “Real Touch Korea Application” which you can enjoy reading various fact stories related to Korea with beautiful pictures and relaxed music theme sound playing along while discovering new amazing places which you will definitely mark it in your travel-lists, and more amazingly you also can enjoy special activities that you have never expected, but it is totally in there. And it is not all done here yet, the  secret locked boxes are worth your time to continue reading the whole  stories in order to unlock them (shhh.. it reveals Korean’s Secret).

Do you ever curious in something about Korea, but prefer not to ask? Or have no one to ask? For example: Why this/that is being famous? How to make this/that?  What is the history of this/that? You can find some answers from  “Real Touch Korea Application” with an enjoyable way while discovering new fact as if you are REALLY being there, in that place, in Korea.

I bet you gonna enjoy the app as much as I do. Here are some highlight of the amazing facts that surprised me once I used “Real Touch Korea Application” .

1. The 4 Seasons at Mt. Seoraksan

I know Mt. Soeraksan is famous for its view, I thought it’s only in Autumn but it is not. With Touch Korea, I feel like I was standing there on the top of the mountain and enjoying myself with changing leaves due to the changing season. And those voice of nature make it the best. While, reality I am still in front of my laptop. Thus, Mt. Soeraksan is on my travel list now, and this time no matter what season it is.

2. Make a wish on Korea’s Dolharubang

This is my 2nd favorite stories from Touch Korea. Last month, I have been to Jeju island and really fall in love with the beauty of the island and also fall in love with him, grandfather statue “Dolharubang”. Here and there across the whole island you can see him with different kind of expression. However, I have no knowledge that rubbing have nose while make a wish. So I feel so regret that I have not done that. Only hope I can go there again~

3. Perform Korea’s Gayageum

Last year I learned Arirang song and watched many performance that use this Gayageum as music background. This year I watch the drama “You’ve fallen for me” and the main actress play this  Gayageum as well. I am so impressed and also wish to try it, and here at Touch Korea I can play it anytime. So comfy.

4. Hongdae Club Dance

Hongdae is called as the area where there are many youthful clubs. Even if I do not know much about club, but I was amazed to see in Touch Korea  they also teach how to do beautiful club dance for lady. It is very impressive that I must have to give myself a try.

So what is Buzz Korea?

Korean Tourism Organization have created a new webpage named Buzz Korea which is a campaign to promote Korea via social networking like Facebook, Twitter, QQ, etc. The page covered with many resourceful information regarding Korea with the main aim of 4Cs, which stand for “CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, CAPTIVATE, and CREATE”. Various interesting topics starting from food, fashion, festival, seasons, entertainment, etc no matter where it happens, are all in there. At the same time you can also feel the actual Korea via reading the blog from people across the globe expressing their point of view and their very own experiences in Korea as well.

Then why not sharing your own story there, so it can be read? As for me, I am very enjoying reading news from other while sharing mine, even if it is not a big deal to everyone, but it is from my own pleasure of life in Korea and by doing this I can also document my own world of happiness as well.

You can visit the link below:

Real Touch Korea: http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/eng/eng_banner.php

Buzz Korea: http://ibuzzkorea.com/eng/buzz.php