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A February 2011 trip to South Korea by Composthp

Sinbengi Photo, Jeonju, South Korea More Photos
Quote: We took advantage of the direct shuttle services operating from Seoul to Nami Island and Jeonju to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Nami Island (Namiseom)

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Attraction | "Naminara Republic"

Nami Island (Namiseom) Photo, Chuncheon, South Korea
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Nami island is located in the middle of the Bukhangang river and is the result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong dam in 1944. The island is named after General Nami, a brave soldier who rose from ranks to become the Minister of Defence during the reign of King Sejo. The island spans just 6km by circumference and was purchased and developed into a resort town by Byeong-Do Minn in 1965. With the appointment of Kang Woohyun as CEO, Nami island became known for its vibrant arts and cultural festivals. It is a popular place for lovers and families to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. It is also popular among fans of the drama "Winter Sonata" as this was one of the filming location...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2011

Nami Island (Namiseom)

Chuncheon, South Korea

No 35 Chuncheon Dakgalbi Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Best Grilled Chicken in Chuncheon?"

No 35 Chuncheon Dakgalbi Restaurant Photo, Chuncheon, South Korea
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Chuncheon Dakgalbi is perhaps THE dish to try for anyone visiting Chuncheon for first time. This is essentially chicken well marinated in gochujang (chilli pepper sauce), grilled over a hot plate together with assorted cabbage, sweet potatoes, onions and rice cakes. This local specialty can be found around town as well as near the pier to Nami island. There is even an annual festival to promote this dish at a global level.One of the first piece of information we received from the driver of the Namiseon shuttle bus was to head to restaurant No. 35 near the pier to try this local specialty. Despite our language barrier, he managed to convince us that this restaurant served up a mean, possibl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2011

No 35 Chuncheon Dakgalbi Restaurant
Nami Island Pier
Chuncheon, South Korea

Jeonju Hanok Village

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Attraction | "Where Korean traditions are preserved."

Jeonju Hanok Village Photo, Jeonju, South Korea
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Jeonju dates back to more than 1000 years and is one of the 6 oldest city in South Korea. It was the capital city during the Baekje Dynasty and was a cultural and political center during the Chosun Dynasty. Today, Jeonju Hanok village is a showcase for the Han style of: Hanji (traditional Korean paper-making), Hanok, Hansik (Korean cuisine), Hanchum (Korean traditional performance), Hansori (traditional Korean music) and Hanbang (Korean Traditional medicine)Jeonju Hanok village is perhaps the best preserved hanok village in South Korea. It consists of about 700 households, many of which are still residential. "Hanok" is a traditional Korean house built according to the principle of Baesani...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2011

Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si Wonsan-gu Pungnam-dong/Gyo-dong
Jeonju, South Korea

Jeondong Cathedral

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Jeondong Cathedral Photo, Jeonju, South Korea
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The Jeondong Cathedral is known to be one of the oldest and most beautiful church in Korea. It is designated as historical site no. 288. It was built in 1908 by French Father Xavier Baudonet in memorial of Korea’s first Catholic martyrs who were executed in the very site in 1781 during the Chosun period. Completed in 1914, it combined Romanesque and Byzantine styles of high archways, domed towers and stained glass windows.We arrived just as the noon day mass was over. The cathedral was crowded with both worshippers and tourists. The atmosphere was unlike the churches we visited in Europe. Instead of the solemn, worshipful atmosphere found in most places of worship, the atmosphere here was ...Read More

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Jeondong Cathedral
Jeon-dong 200-1 Wansan-gu Jeonju-si Jeollabuk-do
Jeonju, South Korea

Sinbengi

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Restaurant | "Jeonju Bibimbap, the mother of all bibimbap"

Sinbengi Photo, Jeonju, South Korea
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One cannot leave Jeonju without trying its famed food; namely, Jeonju bibimbap, a favorite Korean dish of mixed rice with bean sprouts, Chinese bellflowers, spinach, dropwort, mushrooms, beef etc with sesame oil and red pepper paste; kongnamul gukbap or bean sprout soup served in an earthen bowl with special seasonings; jeonju hanjeongsilk consisting of up to 30 side dishes showcasing the local specialties once enjoyed only by the upper class; and dolsotbap, a traditional dish of glutinous rice with barley, chestnut, beans, gingko and pine nuts, etc served with seasonings. Another must try is the local sweet Igang wine made from barley, rice, cinnamon, ginger and pears that is said to relief fatigue....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2011

Sinbengi
98-1 Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si
Jeonju, South Korea
063-2823030