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Information on the free shuttle bus service between Imnjingak: Pyeonghoa Nuri  and Camp Greaves
Information on the free shuttle bus service between Imnjingak: Pyeonghoa Nuri and Camp Greaves

Let’s Play in DMZ!  Let’s go to Camp Greaves onboard a free sh​uttle bus     How to use the service- Operating Period: During weekends from June to October 2018                                  - Operating Time: 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM                                                  - Application Site: Behind the Outdoor stage Eoul-Teo​                                                     ※ First application: Received 40 minutes before departure/ Passport is required. - Shuttle Bus Station: Parking lot for the DMZ Ecological Tour Support Center        - Programs: Historical and Cultural Tour of Camp Greaves + Street art performance               (performance- Twice on Saturdays (11:20 and 13:20) / Once on Sundays (11:20)) ※​Reservation for the shuttle bus: +82-31-953-6978/ Web: www.dmzcamp131.or.kr    Historical and Cultural Tour of Camp Greaves by utilizing the place that was a camp base for the US Army for approx. 50 years located within a restricted area for civilians.Various Performances held at the Camp Greaves plaza, which became famous as the site where the TV drama Descendants of the Sun was filmed.     

WriterAdministratorDate06/18/2018

The eco-trail along the Imjingang Riverside with World-famous artist eL Seed
The eco-trail along the Imjingang Riverside with World-famous artist eL Seed

This area is called Imjingak Eco-Trail, Museum, or Civilian Control Line Barbed-wire Path along the Imjingang Riverside Truce Line. After removing part of the existing old artworks, new artworks are now exhibited. Along the 650m-long section, 34 artworks are on display. World-famous artist eL Seed created artworks expressing his wish for a unified Korea. He integrates calligraphy and graffiti into his artwork. He spreads the message of peace to India, Brazil, and South Africa, even to the air-raided area in civil war-torn Syria or Cairo’s poor villages. His artwork, created by connecting 50 wards of buildings in poor villages in Cairo, Egypt, is listed in UNESCO as well. The “Bridge Project” was originally designed to use the bridge connecting North and South Koreas. Getting permission beyond ideology was difficult for the artist. Thus, the project was completed by using laser-processed aluminum particles instead. On the long barbed-wire fence, the artist engraved a poem by poet Kim So-wol who hailed from Pyeonganbuk-do Province and passed away even before Korea was divided into North and South. While doing joint work with children, he personally demonstrated his artwork. He connected children’s unification artwork to create a 100m-long artwork.  The area used to be a military patrol path along the Imjingang Riverside. It started to be opened to the public in 2016 by constructing an eco-trail along the barbed-wire fence of the Civilian Control Line. Visitors can appreciate artworks while trekking and avail themselves of interpretation services.  The eco-trail along the Imjingang Riverside is accessible only to a group of more than 10 people once a day. Applications should be made 7 days in advance via the homepage (www.pajuecoroad.com). The photos of exhibit artworks and audio guide can be downloaded on mobile phones via “Guideon” App. From the eco-trail, visitors can see “Chopyeongdo Island” where winter migratory birds such as white-naped cranes, eagles, and white-fronted goose spend the winter. The artworks above will be on display even after the exhibition period, so visitors can enjoy the artworks in connection with Pyeonghwa-Nuri Trail Course 8.    

Writer관리자Date12/05/2017

UNESCO City of Literature
UNESCO City of Literature

Bucheon City was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature for the first time in East Asia. The UNESCO headquarters announced the member cities of the Creative Cities Network as of 2017 via its website on October 31 (Central European Time). Bucheon City is the 21st city to be listed as a member of the UNESCO Creative City of Literature Network, standing shoulder to shoulder with the world’s prestigious cities of literature such as Edinburgh, Dublin, and Prague. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is an international network project that encourages the development of economy, society, and culture through cooperation among cities. Since 2004, UNESCO has been designating creative cities in 7 creative fields: Literature, Design, Film, Media Arts, Gastronomy, Crafts & Folk Art, and Music by reviewing cities around the world. Bucheon City is recognized as a City of Literature through its historical heritage and activities in literature, rich cultural contents, and library infrastructure. Bucheon City submitted a membership application to the UNESCO Headquarters in June 2017 after obtaining domestic approval from the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in 2016. In the application, commemorative projects of writers who were active in Bucheon – such as Byeon Yeong-ro, Mok Il-sin, Yang Gui-ja, Pearl Buk, and Jeong Ji-yong – and activities of literary groups and literary activities of citizens were indicated. It also emphasized that Bucheon’s cultural properties, such as contents industries of cartoons and webtoons, International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Art Valley Project, have a great ripple effect on the overall cultural genres of Korea. In particular, it stressed that the history of Bucheon’s development from an industrial center to a cultural city will serve as a reference model for other developing countries.  

Writer관리자Date11/28/2017

King Sejong Tour Bus, Yeoju
King Sejong Tour Bus, Yeoju

Let’s have a fun tour by taking the Gyeonggang Line and King Sejong Tour Bus. Take the Gyeonggang Rail Line and buy a one-day boarding pass (5,000 won) upon arriving at Yeoju Station. Board a Yellow Bus bound for your desired tourist site. After touring, get on the bus again according to the bus schedule and depart for the next course. If you use the first bus that departs at 10am, you can tour 5-6 sites comfortably at a low price. The King Sejong Tour Bus is operating two lines – Ga-Line and Na-Line – by dividing the Yeoju area into the upper region and lower region. You can choose one line depending on the tourist sites. At overlapping places such as Tomb of King Sejong Site and Yeoju Fifth-day Market, you can transfer to the other line. When transferring lines, in the case of Hangeul Market, which is a Yeoju Fifth-day Market, you need to remember that Ga-Line and Na-Line use different station platforms. (Ga-Line: in front of Daerosa Shrine on the back side of the Yeoju Fifth-day Market; Na-Line: at the entrance of the Yeoju Fifth-day Market) Ga-Line: Yeoju Station - Yeoju Fifth-day Market - Tomb of King Sejong-Silleuksa Temple -Mok-a Museum – Gangcheonbo - Geumeun Sand Recreation Area - Hwanghaksan Arboretum - Birth Home of Empress Myeongseong-Outlet Na-Line: Yeoju Station - Yeoju Fifth-day Market - Tomb of King Sejong-Ipobo - Cheonseori Makguksu Village - Silleuksa Temple  

Writer관리자Date10/31/2017

Autumn foliage excursion in Hwadam Botanic Garden
Autumn foliage excursion in Hwadam Botanic Garden

Hwadam Botanic Garden ■ Opened the online reservation for a pleasant viewing environment for Hwadam Botanic Garden during the autumn foliage season. ■ Visits are admitted after making a reservation online or via telephone. Hwadam Botanic Garden, which is located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, opens the from September 1 (Fri) for a pleasant viewing environment during the autumn foliage season. Hwadam Botanic Garden’s is designed to promote a leisurely tour and to minimize visitors’ inconvenience of waiting through prior reservation via telephone or online during the autumn foliage festival period from October 21 (Sat.) to November 5 (Sun.) during weekends only; no reservation is required during weekdays. Hwadam Botanic Garden has various species of colorful autumn foliage. It is a popular autumn foliage tourist site near Seoul. Last year, some 220,000 people visited the garden during the 3-week autumn foliage season. You can make a reservation online or by phone for the date, the time, and the number of people visiting and make payment. On the day of the visit, get your ticket from an automatic ticketing machine at the entrance of Hwadam Botanic Garden and within Konjiam Resort. Reception begins from September 1 via Hwadam Botanic Garden homepage (www.hwadamsup.com), and telephone reservation is accepted as well. (+82-31-8026-6666)  Information on Hwadam Botanic Garden’s - Prior reservation visit days: Weekends (Sat., Sun.) during the period October 21 (Sat.) ~ Nov. 5 (Sun.) / 6 days - Reservation Opening: Sep. 1 (Fri.) ~ Nov. 5 (Sun.) - Reservation Method: Make a reservation online/via telephone and make payment. On the day of visit, get tickets from an automatic ticketing machine and enter. * Online Reservation: Make reservation and payment on the homepage of Hwadam Botanic Garden (www.hwadamsup.com). * Telephone Reservation: Call the customer service center for reservation and make payment (+82-31-8026-6666, 08:30~18:00 / Normal operation). ※ On the reserved day, reservation is available every 15 minutes from 8am to 4pm, and admission is granted. ※ Limit to 10 tickets per person per reservation. ※ Cancellation 24 hours before the visit date is availbale and fully refundable. Only 30% is refunded when canceling on the date of       visit. ※ Changeable depending on the number of remaining tickets on the day of visit.  

Writer관리자Date10/31/2017

DDC (Dongducheon) Halloween Club Day 2017
DDC (Dongducheon) Halloween Club Day 2017

DDC (Dongducheon) Halloween Club Day 2017 The “DDC [Dongducheon] Halloween Club Day” is held for visitors in their 20s-30s for 2 days from October 28 (Sat) to 29 (Sun) at the Dongducheon Special Tourist Zone. Held under the theme of Dongducheon night life, the festival aims to revitalize Dongducheon’s nights. The basic strategy of the festival is “Rebirth” to make new streets, and the night festival is intended to induce citizens’ participation. Halloween People who are ready to enjoy Club Day should not miss this great opportunity. Program: Halloween special concert, Dongducheon club opening & busking performance, Halloween night market Change-up Campus Halloween Festival (Paju) The 2017 Change-up Campus Halloween Festival will be held for 2 days from October 28 (Sat) to 29 (Sun). This year’s festival will offer performance programs, outdoor experience booths, and special programs. Programs: Halloween show, Bubble show, Halloween costume contest, Magic show Seoul Land Halloween Festival (Gwacheon) Seoul Land is holding the “Halloween October Festival” until November 5 (Sun). Tens of thousands of sunflowers and chrysanthemums, which herald the coming autumn, decorate the plaza of Seoul Land World for visitors to savor the autumn atmosphere. Visitors can also enjoy the October Beer Party. Program: 2017 Halloween ghost party, Halloween BIG show, Character Live! Parade, Animal Kingdom 2017, Halloween Ghost Photo time, Welcome to the character world, Street Brass Band

Writer관리자Date10/27/2017

Shuttle bus for foreign travelers
Shuttle bus for foreign travelers

Shuttle bus for foreign travelers goes around Gyeonggi-do Special service only for foreign individual travelers!! Convenient fast shuttle from downtown Seoul to Gyeonggi-do!! Free Wi-Fi & multi-language guide!! EG-Shuttle – Explore Gyeonggi-do Enjoy G-shuttle Shuttle bus service that goes to major tourist attractions in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do will be operated from September 12 for foreign individual travelers. Gyeonggi-do Province and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization offer EG-Shuttle that goes to the southwest area, northwest area, and northeast area starting from Insa-dong and passes through the Hongdae area. The service is available only for foreign individual travelers and Koreans who accompany them as a guide. Course A B C Further Information Bus Stop & Map About Gyeonggi-do(Click here)      

Writer관리자Date09/15/2017

Cultural Heritage Shared Together_Must See!!
Cultural Heritage Shared Together_Must See!!

<> Nongak (Farmer’s Performance) Nongak is a kind of music played while farmers are working by forming a farmers' cooperative group. ·In a wider context, it refers to farmers’ performance consisting of marching while playing percussion instruments such as kkwaenggwari (small gong), jing (large gong), janggo (hourglass-shaped drums), and buk (drums), ritual, labor, and non-ritualistic public entertainment. Nongak is also called gut, maegu, pungjang, geumgo, or chigun. Gut usually refers to a ritual of praying to a god while a shaman is singing and dancing, but it also refers to Nongak. Dangsangut, Saemgut, and Seongjugut refer to a folk religious ritual performed by a group of shamans, whereas gilgut and samchaegut refer to the rhythm of nongak; Ohbangjingut and dodukjaebigut refer to a performance by a nongak troupe. Pungjang refers to the rhythm of drums during a performance of music, such as dure pungjang, jang pungjang, and baechigi pungjang. Geumgo refers to ensemble played with drum and metal percussion instruments such as jing and kkwaenggwari. Chigun means a musical band playing march music. Maegu refers to a ritual for expelling bad spirits and summoning luck. It also means a musical instrument called kkwaenggwari (small gong).  Enjoyable Sites: Click here Enjoyable Festival: Click here Tug-of-war Tug-of-war is competition or play between two groups pulling at the opposite ends of a rope; the group who successfully brings the rope to their side becomes the winner. As a popular game played in the southern part of Korea since the olden times, it was mostly played on the first full moon day according to the lunar calendar. Depending on the region, it was played on dano ‒ which is the 5th day of the 5th lunar month ‒ or on baekjungjeol, which is the 15th day of July. A county or a village is divided into east and west, and they make strands by twisting straws collected from each household and by combining the strands into a thick rope and then attaching several handles on their rope. They connect a loop called dore to the head of their rope. They then cross the loops on the center, insert a big log, and connect the ropes of the east and west groups. Villagers participate in the play and strive to bring the rope toward their side to emerge victorious. Each rope has a gender: the east rope is designated as male, and the west rope is female. The winning side is predicted to have abundant harvest and to be free of diseases. Some regions believed that the female rope should win to have abundant harvest. Enjoyable Festival: Yeoju Ogoknaru FestivalPansori (Epic Chant) Pansori is a unique type of oral epic literature existing around the world. It is folk music that collectively expresses various music languages and expressions that have been transmitted over several generations of the Korean race. Pansori performed during onsite feasts is considered comprehensive art with an element of theatrical expressions. Pansori has been transmitted traditionally by lower-class entertainers called Gwangdae. They sang at farming village or markets, or sometimes during feasts held at the gardens of the nobility or rich people. While performing Pansori, entertainers sing songs or use narrations or gestures to tell a long story, with a drummer sitting on the ground providing rhythm by hitting a drum. Enjoyable Sites: Click here

Writer관리자Date09/12/2017

Korean Traditional Snacks-Must Eat!!
Korean Traditional Snacks-Must Eat!!

Traditional Korean Sweets Korean traditional snack foods are called hangwa. They include yumil, yugwa (deep-fried sweet rice cakes), yakgwa (sweet with flavors of ginger and honey), jeonggwa (preserved fruit in honey), dasik (tea cakes), and gangjeong (fried glutinous rice-cake). Hangwa uses fermented sweet rice as its basic ingredient. To make Hangwa, sweet rice is fried in oil and then coated with grain syrup, sesame seeds, or taffy. Yakgwa (sweet with flavors of ginger and honey) Snacks made of wheat flour, honey, and oil are called yumil, which includes yakgwa, mandugwa, dasikgwa, maejakgwa, chasugwa, yohwagwa, hangwa, and bakgye. The most popular one is yakgwa. Ingredients such as wheat flour, honey, liquor, and ginger juice are mixed into a dough, fried in oil, and coated with honey. The snack has a sweet, nutty flavor and melts softly in the mouth, so it is the most popular Korean traditional snack. It is divided into large size, medium size, and small size. The square-shaped yakgwa is called moyakgwa, and yakgwa served in a cake mold is called dasikgwa. Yumilgwa was recorded in documents from the Goryeo period. In particular, it was used for Buddhist events such as lantern event and palgwanhoe (a festival for native gods). During the king’s trip, counties or temples served this snack to the king.   Gangjeong (fried glutinous rice-cake) This gangjeong is made by frying sweet rice, immersing it in taffy liquid, and coating it with sesame seeds. It is a kind of yugwa. Gangjeong is a snack for winter rather than summer. It is also served before and after a wedding. Dasik (tea cakes) Chestnut powder, pine pollen, soybean powder, potato powder, sesame seed powder, or stir-fried rice powder is mixed in honey and made into cake by pressing the mixture into a patterned cake mold. This snack food was created for the custom of drinking tea, which was very popular during the Silla and Goryeo periods. It became an essential ritual food as well. The tradition stems from the custom of using tea during auspicious family ceremonies. The custom has remained a formality over time. Further Information Traditional Food: Bongnyeongsa Enjoyable sites: Hangaone-HanGwa Culture Museum  

Writer관리자Date09/12/2017

Street Guest House & Homestay
Street Guest House & Homestay

Where to stay_Happy place, Happy travel_Interview with 3 of the best houses in Gyeonggi-do Questions 1. Brief self-introduction (you may give only the and name to protect privacy) 2. What are your reasons for operating homestay? 3. Feelings you have had from operating homestay - Including your career in operating homestay 4. Surrounding tourist sites and must-tries recommended to foreigners (If foreigners’ purpose of visiting Korea is not travel, please     state the reasons for visiting Korea briefly) 5. Exchanges with foreigners? Episodes? Memorable moments 6. Things you want to tell foreigners who come for homestay – Personal opinions, homestay promotional mentionsAnswers From Gang Yoon-gyeong 1. My name is Gang Yoon-gyeong, and I live in Goyang. 2. After I married my husband, we went to Australia to study. Based on our experience in living in a foreign country, my husband and I realized the importance of English and wanted to provide a motivation for our child to study English harder by making friends with foreigners in this global era. Through such experiences with foreigners, we wanted our child to feel proud of being a Korean and to live as a productive member of the world community. 3. We do not have a lot of experiences with homestay, but we get to make friends with the foreigners who used our homestay and we could visit their country as well, so we can say that nurturing friendships with them is very fulfilling. 4. Our reason for operating homestay is not to make profit, so we do not intend to promote our house or surrounding tourist sites for business purposes. Ha ha 5. Many friends come to mind, but if I were to give a few examples, there’s street photographer David Gabriel who is from Czech Republic. He came to Seoul while taking a tour of the world in order to take photos of daily life in refined and modern cities around the world. He wanted to stay in our house for a week. Later, he sent us his photo book published this year, and we felt very thankful. I also want to introduce two more friends, a Swedish newlywed couple. They told us that they chose a homestay instead of a fancy hotel in order to meet more Koreans personally. We were very impressed with their thinking. Nearby Places Worth Visiting​ Bella Cita, IlsanWestern Dom (Click here) Contact: gingerry@naver.com From Jung Eun-hee 1. Hello, my name is Jeong Eun-hee. I live in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. My husband and I have two children aged 8 and 6 years. 2. We once stayed at a guesthouse operated by a local person in Okinawa, Japan. We were very impressed with the host’s kindness, and we had good memories about the Japanese home, which we would not have experienced from a hotel. We began Korea Stay to provide a memorable experience to foreigners who visit Korea just like we did at a guesthouse in Japan. 3. We began homestay during the Korea Stay 2nd session in 2012. I work for a company, and our children are still young, so we do not accommodate many guests, but our children are considerate of guests – maybe because they have experienced being with guests since they were little. They have great interest in foreign countries and foreign languages as well. 4.  Bucheon Hanok Experience Village The Hanok Experience Village is a 15-minute drive from our house. It is small, but visitors can take a walk between beautiful Korean traditional houses and experience Korean traditional games such as playing yunnori (traditional Korean board game) and playing on the swings. A small market is held in our apartment complex every Friday. Our guests can try Korean street foods such as tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and sundae (blood sausage) while sitting around the street stalls. 5. In 2014, a Japanese college student stayed at our house. After she graduated from school, she started working as a stewardess at a Japanese airline. During her job interview, she talked about her experience at our guesthouse and told the interviewer that she wanted to give a good impression of Japan to foreigners based on her good experience with our guesthouse. As a result, she was hired. Later, she visited us with her friend, and we were very happy to see her again. If you want to experience an average Korean home, please come to our homestay~  Nearby Places Worth Visiting Woongjin Playdoci Spa Bucheon Korea Manhwa Museum Contact: eunhee8101@nate.com From Park Eun-sil 1. I am in my 50s and a housewife. My name is Park Eun-sil. I have two houses in Seoul and Yongin. I am currently residing in Jangsu Village near Naksan Park, which is a fortress village in Seoul. After reorganizing my house, I plan to operate a homestay. 2. When I was a college student, I went to Japan and stayed at a homestay for 2 weeks for the first time. From that experience, I became very interested in Japan and had a good impression about homestay. In addition, I can meet various people from different countries, so I decided to operate a homestay. 3. I have not yet met many people from different countries, but I think that people’s basic thinking is the same. Politically, we Koreans have difficulty becoming close to Japan, but I think individual people do not feel that way. if we interact more actively at a civilian level, I believe we can widen our understanding of each other. 4. In the case of Yongin, I would like to recommend places like Nam June Paik Art Center and Waujeongsa Temple Note, however, that foreigners want to visit places where they can see the daily life of Koreans up close such as marts or jjimjilbang (sauna) or traditional markets, rather than famous tourist sites. When I go to a foreign country, I also want to eat local food with the local people in those kinds of places. In the case of Seoul where I am residing, Naksan Park is very popular among foreigners as well as Koreans. Since there are other places to visit nearby such as Gilsangsa Temple, Daehangno Street, and Ihwajang House, I strongly recommend Naksan Park. You can also tour various universities nearby such as Sungshin University and Hansung University. 5. At the house in Yongin, I have been operating a homestay for almost 3 years. Many Japanese people came to my house. I remember an elementary school teacher who went through the Fukushima earthquake and two female students who were interested in Korean food. The teacher from Fukushima brought books about the damages caused by the earthquake and explained a lot about the disaster. I felt very sad. The teacher wanted to visit jjimjilbang, so my husband and I joined her and we had roasted eggs and sikhye (sweet rice drink) and tried a massage chair. We had a lot of fun. One of the Japanese students told us that she wanted to visit us again if she got hired by a Japanese hotel after graduating. Later, she came to our house and stayed for a few days. Because she had a pleasant personality compared to average Japanese students, our family had a great time with her. 6. When you use homestay, I hope you will be open-minded and ready to enjoy a different cultural experience. Even though we may not able to offer extravagant experiences, we will do our best for you to have small fun and enjoyment to the fullest.  Nearby Places Worth Visiting Waujeongsa(Click here) Nam June Paik Art Center(Click here) Contact: pes3996@nate.com         

Writer관리자Date09/05/2017

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