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Located near the Jeonju Hanok Village, Jaman Mural Village is a great place to wander. Even if it’s a little steep walk you will be able to enjoy the view of colorful murals painted on the buildings. You will be able to see murals painted such as Kungfu Panda, Leon, the Avengers, anime movie, and more! This village is located along the foot of Seungamsan Mountain’s Jungbawi Rock. Several cafes can be found in order to enjoy your walk and take some rest along the way.

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Located in Jeonju, this Hanok Village has over 800 traditional Korean Hanok Houses. You can experience traditional Korean life while visiting the Jeonju Hanok Village in the Hanok Life Experience Hall. You will be able to experience the worm floor called Ondol which is characteristic of traditional Korean houses. One of the other traditional experience that you will be able to enjoy is the traditional food such as Bibimbap, a well-known dish from the Jeonju region.

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The Namsangol Hanok village is located near the famous Namsan Tower. It is composed of five hanoks from the Joseon Dynasty that were recovered from different parts of the city and then relocated near Namsan. The Namsangol Hanok Village offers cultural programs that are both traditional and contemporary. You will be able to enjoy cultural programs such as wearing hanbok, folding hanji (traditional Korean paper), writing in Korean, traditional tea ceremony, traditional etiquette school, and herbal medicine experience. You will also be able to see taekwondo performances and other various performances around the village.

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Gamcheon Culture village located in Busan is formed by colorful houses. This village was built in staircase fashion on the foothills of a mountain which led to the nickname of “Machu Picchu of Busan”. The particularity of this village is the color of the houses but also the many alleys cutting through the community decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.

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Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island meaning the Island of Camellias is a peninsula located near the famous Haeundae beach. But like the name of the place imply, it was at first an island and is still referred to as one. It is a great place to walk thanks to the walking path that was built around the Island. You will be able to enjoy several attractions such as the monument inscribed with a poem by scholar Choi Chi-won, the mermaid statue based on the legend of Princess Hwagok, and the Nurimaru APEC House

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Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, is an archetypal tuff cone formed by a volcanic eruption from over 100,000 years ago. Located east of Jeju Island, Seongsan Ilchulbong is a natural monument and is designated as one of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. The volcanic eruption is famous for its big crater, which surrounded by 99 sharp rocks but also for the view of the sunrise and the sundown.

The operating hours vary according to the season.

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Manjanggul Cave is a lava tunnel located on Jeju Island. Designated as a natural monument and part of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE, this lava cave has a variety of interesting structures that include 70cm lava stalagmites.

Manjanggul Cave is 13 km long, but only 1km of the tunnel is open to the public.

Closed every first Wednesday of the month.

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Cheonjiyeon Falls, located in Jeju, is one of the best known natural monuments of the island. The name of the waterfall means “sky connected with the land.” This beautiful waterfall is surrounded by a variety of temperate plants such as brambles, Siebold’s chinquapin, Shiny xylosma, and camellias, and is the natural habitat for Giant mottled eels.

These falls are the perfect place to enjoy a walk while visiting the island.

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Nami Island is a half-moon shaped isle that was created as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. To get to Nami Island, you have to take a ferry and pay an entrance fee. There are exhibitions halls, performance halls, restaurants, small theme gardens, seminar rooms, and more all over the island. Nami Island is also a very popular place for filming K-dramas.

Ferry schedule:

7:30-9:00 (30 minute intervals)

9:00-18:00 (10-20 minute intervals)

18:00-21:40 (30 minute intervals)

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If you’re looking to get away from the bustle of downtown Seoul and escape to a peaceful place full of beautiful outdoor art, wall fences and rooftop paintings, then trying taking a stroll through Ihwa Mural Village!

In the past, this area was full of small steel factories. After the 2006 “Art in City Project,” however, the neighborhood was revitalized by local artists who made the walls and spaces their own.

Also known as the hilly “moon village,” Ihwa Mural Village can be quite a walk so be prepared. As you walk around, you can rent old Korean school uniforms, cafe hop, or learn about the area’s history.

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The Sool Company is an expat owned and operated company dedicated to the education and promotion of Korean traditional alcohol. It was founded in 2012, first under the MMPK banner and was rebranded in 2017 as The Sool Company. It specializes in brewing education, tourism, Korean alcohol history & culture, as well as consulting for domestic and international clients.  Based in Seoul, The Sool Company works closely with the domestic Korean traditional alcohol industry to create opportunities for the development of makgeolli and other Korean alcohols.

Director and Founder Julia Mellor and Managing Partner Daniel Mclaughlin have been studying the Korean alcohol brewing and commercial industry from various academies, including Susubori Academy, The Korean Traditional Alcohol Institute, The Korean Homebrewing Institute, and Makgeolli School.  Passionate about the craft, they are committed to forging a bridge between the domestic Korean industry and the international consumer market through education and tourism.

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Namsan Tower was the first tower-type tourism spot in South Korea. First established as a broadcast tower and then opened to the public, Namsan Tower stands at an impressive 480 m above sea level and provides a real panoramic view of Seoul and surrounding areas.

Climb up to the top of Seoul Tower to get the best sights from the Observation Tower. Enjoy cultural activities and souvenir shops surrounding the base of the tower. Travel up Namsan to the tower in style by riding a cable car!

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Take your singing skills outside of the shower! A Korean favorite, noraebang gives visitors a private space for friends to enjoy each other’s singing talents! Kpop and Coldplay fans can enjoy Noraebang with English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese songs available. A highly recommended noraebang among foreigners is the Luxury Su Noraebang in Hongdae.

You can find the phone number of the other Noreabang on the website of Luxury Su Noraebang. The phone number indicated is the one for the Luxury Su Noraebang of Hongdae.

**Bonus: click on this link to read about Noraebang Etiquette!

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Spend a rainy day relaxing with family and friends at the Jjimjilbang. Improve your circulation with a soak in the hot bath followed by a quick dip in the cold bath. Or reenergize your body and skin by soaking in a Salt Bath or Loess Bath. With restaurants and game rooms, these jjimjilbangs are sure to keep the crowd entertained for the whole day, at a great price! The most popular jjimjilbang among westerners is the Dragon Hill Spa.

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The hanbok is the traditional outfit of Korea and is today worn only for special occasions. However, the bright, cheerful colored hanbok are available for rent near many palaces and the hanok village. Visit traditional Korea while dressed like a traditional Korean!

**Bonus: visitors wearing hanbok get free admission to palaces!

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Cheonggyecheon Stream was restored in 2005 and became a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. At 8.4km long, stroll along the entirety of the beautiful stream or use it as a walking path to your next tourist destination. Escape the city rush and enjoy the symbolic bridges, decorative surroundings, and sculptures along the stream such as Narae Bridge representing a butterfly in flight or Gwanggyo Bridge symbolizing the harmony and the past. The stream is close to touristic places such as Deoksugung Palace, the Sejong Center, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace.

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The Hanok traditional house once covered the whole country, but most houses were torn down during Korea’s economic revolution. This village is one of the last preserved homes, with residents still living in the Hanoks. Travel back in time and walk among the traditional wooden homes. With 8 photo spots, you’re bound to have an Instagram worthy photo!

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