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The Rough Guide to Korea - ISBN 1843538105Provinces in South Korea [ do ]: Cheju-do, Cholla-bukto, Cholla-namdo, Ch'ungch'ong-bukto, Ch'ungch'ong-namdo,  Kangwon-do, Kyonggi-do, Kyongsang-bukto, Kyongsang-namdo

Special cities [ gwangyoksi ]: Inch'on-gwangyoksi, Kwangju-gwangyoksi, Pusan-gwangyoksi, Soul-t'ukpyolsi, Taegu-gwangyoksi,Taejon-gwangyoksi.

Gyeongju [ Ancient City ]

Capital City of South Korea: Seoul

hotels, tour operators - korea tours, travel guides, travel to south korea


Car Rentals South Korea

Car rental

Hotels in South Korea

   -   Hotels in Busan and Seoul

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels. is one of the worlds largest online booking services for hostels. All hostels you see here are offering realtime prices and availability.

  Homestay Korea
  Korea Youth Hostel

National Parks

  Sobaeksan National Park   -   with he lovely mountain resort of Tanyang
Explore its Buddhist caves and boating on the lake.
  Songnisan National Park
  Soraksan National Park  -  eastern Korea
With jagged peaks, dense forests, crashing waterfalls and hidden temples. Walking among the granite towers and natural majesty, particularly during mid-October's maelstrom of colour.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators   

 G Adventures


  Audly Travel
Lying half-forgotten between China and Japan, South Korea is a great surprise; overturning expectations of an uninspiring oriental backwater. Borne from a long and chaotic history, her fascinating culture remains almost unchanged. The people here are proud and extremely friendly, faithful to their traditions yet happy to strike up a conversation. Thriving cities climb up around ancient temples and fortresses then fade out to reveal charming villages and breathtaking countryside. This is a bewitching land that benefits from its secrecy.

  Emerald Global Limited   -   eTours Korea
On this website you will have the freedom of choosing and modifying your own travel packages. After your chosen main package to Seoul (capital of Korea) you will be able to add daily (sightseeing) tours, additional excursions and packages to cities beyond the capital.
  Regent Holidays
Download the brochure. Then call, fax or email one of their specialists to discuss your ideas for your holiday. They will go through your plans, make suggestions, etc.  Next they prepare your personalised, detailed itinerary complete with a quotation.

Korea (Lonely Planet) - ISBN 1741048311Travel Guides Korea / Related books

Korea (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
Simon Richmond (Author)
Paperback: 432 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 8th Revised edition edition (1 April 2010); ISBN-10: 1741048311; ISBN-13: 978-1741048315.

Seoul (Lonely Planet City Guide)
Jason Zahorchak and Martin Robinson 
*   Find out how eating with chopsticks made of metal can prevent assassination;
*   Learn the secret to navigating Seoul streets - be the only traveler in town who isn't lost!;
*   Check the dress code for a daytrip to one of the weirdest places on earth, the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea;
*   Shop 24 hours a day at the raucous Namdaemun Market.
Paperback: 200 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (1 Jun 2009); ISBN -10: 1741047749; ISBN-13: 978-1741047745.

The Rough Guide to Korea
Norbert Paxton (Author)
Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Korea, the ultimate guide to this stunning region. Covering both North & South Korea, the full-colour section introduces the countries highlights, from the shrines, temples and palaces of Seoul to the broad stretches of paddy field in the Chungcheong provinces. With informed accounts and unparalleled coverage, clue-up on all the top sights from the small coastal towns and remote forested mountains of Eastern Korea to the rich rice fields of Korea’s South Western area with coverage all the islands, from Jeju Island to Ulleungdo. The guide takes a detailed look at Korean history, culture and wildlife with expert background on everything from Korean cuisine to hiking South Korea’s national parks to taking a tour in North Korea. There are plenty of practical tips and information on all the best accommodation, transportation, including visiting North Korea from South, and lively reviews of hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. Discover every corner of Korea with the clearest maps of any guide.
Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (1 Aug 2008); ISBN-10: 1843538105; ISBN-13: 978-1843538103.

Transportation / How do I travel to South Korea

To the north, the Republic of Korea borders North Korea, with which it formed a single nation until 1948. Japan lies across the sea.

  Seoul Airport   -   Kimpo International Airport
  Cheju Airport International
  Pusan Airport   -   Kimhae International

  -  Cheap Flights to South Korea at Ebookers
Book cheap flights to Asia at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares.

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights   
Flight tickets South Korea / Price comparison possible

  Korail   -   Korean railways

  Seoul Subway  -  Seoul, U-Bahn

  Maps of South Korea [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


  KNTO   -   Korea National Tourism Organization Homepage   -   see London Office
Coming to Korea, Sightseeing, Bookings & Guides, Events, Food, Shopping   -   Korean Government Homepage
Government, Economy, Arts, Events, Science, Tech, Travel, Culture, Sports.
The website,, is run by the Korean Overseas Information Service (KOIS) to provide people around the world with the most up-to-date and accurate information on Korea.

  Seoul   -   Capital City of South Korea
Exciting mix of ancient and modern.

  Gangwon   -   Province Gangwo
  Gyeonggi   -   Province Gyeonggi
  Jeju   -   Province Jeju
  Jeollanam-do Tourist-Info
  North Chungcheong   -   Province Chungcheongbuk-do
  North Chungcheong Tourim
  North Gyeongsang   -  Province Gyeongsangbuk-do
  North Jeolla   -   Province Jeollabuk-do
  South Chungcheong   -   Province Chungcheongnam-do
  South Gyeongsang   -   Province Gyeongsangnam-do
  South Jeolla   -   Province Jeollanam-do

  Busan   -   Visit Busan

  Andong   -   near Sobaeksan National Park
The village of Andong was established when endangered buildings, from thatched cottages to fine mansions, were moved here for preservation. The villagers are very friendly. Many houses double as delicious and atmospheric restaurants.
  Gyeongju   -   ancient city
High in the surrounding mountains is the Sokkauam Grotto marked out by the Golden Budda and the Pulgauska Temple.
Along with Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, the Gyeongju Historical District has been designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Due to the bountiful historical, natural and its cultural attractions, this region has long been a major tourist destination in Korea.
Energising hot springs and good winter skiing, whilst a grand temple lies amidst the verdant scenes of the Songnisan National Park.

  Demilitarised Zone   -   the last frontier of the Cold War
The border marking the end of the Korean War in the fities in the last century.
Looking out over the Sea of Japan from pine-covered outcrops at Hahoedae
  Jeju Island/ Southern Island of Cheju   -   great place for relaxation   -   semi-tropical island
The island has plenty of white sandy beaches, botanical gardens, tropical rain forests and pristine golf courses.
  Korea Herald
News, National, Business, Infotech, Living, Arts, Sports and more ...
  Korean Times   -   newspaper
News, Biz, Finance, Technology, Arts & Living, Sports and more ........
Published by one of the largest-circulation newspaper companies in Korea, the Hankook Ilbo (The Korea Daily) , The Korea Times is a must for those wanting in-depth stories about past and present events in Korea, as well as a look into the country's future.
  Kyongju and the relics of the ancient Shilla dynasty   -   Museum without Walls
  Pulguksa Temple

Cuisine  -  Korean Recipes

It is hard to say whether Korean cooking influenced the Japanese or Chinese dishes first, or vice versa. All three countries share the balances of sweet, salty, bitter, hot and sour — the five flavors — in their approach to cooking and eating.

A typical Korean meal will have many dishes. Dinner is the primary meal with lighter meals for breakfast and lunch. Some variety of kim chee, the national dish of spicy pickled cabbage and other vegetables, is present at all of them. Chopsticks and spoons are the main eating utensils

  Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen. A Cookbook. By Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall
Ten Speed Press, September 2001 - ISBN: 1-58008-281-5
Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen interweaves Hi Soo's childhood memories with recipes handed down by word of mouth for generations in her family kitchen. Discover Korea's hidden culinary treasures in over 175 recipes ranging from the sumptuous elegance of royal Celestial Hot Pot and mysterious temple food to the beggar's bowl of soybean soup and simple peasant cooking. Photographs of the people, places, and food of Korea help bring its culinary heritage to life.
Korean food is a near-perfect answer to our modern quest for a healthy, low-fat, delicious diet. It is pleasingly sour, sweet, hot, salty, bitter, and nutty — a happy marriage of intriguing tastes, often in subtle harmony, sometimes in surprising contrasts. Learn the art of Korean Barbecue or how to make the ubiquitous Kimchi. Delight in a refreshing Chilled Radish Salad, Braised Pork Spareribs, Stuffed Pan-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms, Asian Pears Poached in Rice Wine, Persimmon Punch, or Fresh Vegetable-Wrapped Rice, which, to borrow a Korean colloquialism, is "so good, you won't even notice if the friend next to you drops dead."

History of South Korea

Independence: 15 August 1948

  Koreas History   -   Wikipedia
 Prehistory Korea, Ancient history of Korea, Various chiefdoms, Chinese commanderies, Three Kingdoms [ Silla (or Shilla), Goguryeo, and Baekje ], Balhae (or Barhae) period, Goryeo Period, Joseon Period, 19th century, Period of Japanese Rule, The division of Korea.

  Kyongju and the relics of the ancient Shilla dynasty - Museum without Walls
  Center for Korean Studies   -   University of Hawaii in Manoa

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

The contemporary culture of South Korea developed from the traditional culture of Korea since the division of Korea in 1948.

  Korean Art

  Korean pottery and porcelain
History [ Three Kingdoms pottery, Goryeo Dynasty porcelain, Joseon Dynasty porcelain ], Export porcelain, Kilns, Centers For studying Korean ceramics, Gallery.

  South Korean culture
Academics, Korean literature, Journalism, Foreign influences, Technology [ Cellular phones ], Games, Popular music [ K-pop, Noraebang ], Film and television [ Dramas, Korean animation ].

  National Folk Museum of Korea
The NFMK was established in 1945 and has mainly focused on exclusive research on Korean folklore as well as acquisition, preservation and exhibition of artifacts related to Koreans' folk life.
The National Folk Museum of Korea is the only national museum devoted to the history of traditional life, and most of the collection is closely related to the daily routines and occupations of pre-modern Koreans.

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