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My visit to Korea in October 2012 was planned to attend the Jeonju International Fermented Food Expo. Well, when I arrived from Seoul, actually it was more like a busy city market day, with some fermented salted fish stalls and a local food exhibition. I felt slightly let down. But I had not visited this […]

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Looking back at 2012: Culture, tourism and branding stories

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2013
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The first of four articles in which we look back at some of the stories which caught our attention during the course of 2012. In this first article we look at cultural promotion, heritage, tourism and related topics. Heritage and Cultural Promotion Korea’s national folk song, Arirang, was listed as world Intangible Cultural Heritage by […]

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A visit to Seoul’s Noryangjin Fish Market

by Kiejo Sarsfield 11 January 2013
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Whenever I am in Korea, I always visit the markets, especially the fish markets. I love looking at all the fish and seafood — the colours and shapes, the noise — all of it. They are my childhood memories. On the third day of my last trip, I went to Noryangjin fish market (노량진 수산시장), […]

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The Guardian goes to Gangnam

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2012
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The Guardian gets rewarded for its K-pop coverage with a free trip to Seoul – though they feel obliged to spend most of their time in Gangnam covering the K-pop businsess in the resulting travel article. But there are a couple of interesting quotes which sum up the way many people get into Korean culture: […]

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BA resumes flights to Seoul – but I’ll still fly Asiana

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2012
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British Airways resumed direct flights to Seoul on 2 December 2012 – a service they stopped back in 1998, in the aftermath of the so-called IMF Crisis. That was then. This is now: “We have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure,” said BA’s commercial director in […]

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A look back at 2011 – part 2

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2011
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In the second of our articles we look at stories relating to Sports, Tourism, and national branding and marketing. And K-pop and celebrities are never far away when talking of Brand Korea. Sports and Tourism Jeju was provisionally listed as one of the worlds New 7 Wonders, after a multi-month international marketing campaign. Celebrities ranging […]

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English editor wanted at visitkorea.or.kr

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2011
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English Editor wanted at Visitkorea.or.kr. Help promote Korea to a worldwide audience and gain a deeper perspective on Korea and its culture. Apply by 9 Nov. http://t.co/tTlmLUWN

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Win a honeymoon on Jeju Island

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2011
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Here’s a nice little promotion which brings together a celebration of the UK Royal Wedding and the promotion of Jeju Island, that favourite of honeymoon destinations, as a candidate for New 7 Wonders. Plan your ideal honeymoon itinerary, and then get a chance to realise it. There’s lots to see on Jeju-do, but one of […]

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A gift idea for Winter Sonata fans?

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2010
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Bae Yong-joon’s book about Korea — A Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty — has been translated into English: a Christmas gift idea? http://bit.ly/gobpWT #. The book sold well in its Japanese and Taiwanese versions, according to the Chosun Ilbo.

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A sunny day in Busan

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2010
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Haeundae Beach, Busan, 1 August 2010. Now that's what I call crowded, and supports the contention that Koreans like to go on holiday in crowds. But why are all the rubber rings yellow? http://bit.ly/c701UB #

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SNSD at an East Coast resort – a Korean man’s favourite holiday

by Philip Gowman 24 July 2010
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Korean men want to go on holiday with Girls’ Generation, according to a KBS survey. Now that’s being greedy. http://bit.ly/a4zZ4O # And while on the subject of holidays: doing the arithmetic, does this mean around 6-7 million Koreans will be heading to the East Coast at the end of July? http://bit.ly/9HYiuk #. (47% of a […]

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The attractions of North Korean restaurants

by Philip Gowman 14 July 2010
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If ever you're on holiday in Cambodia this looks like the restaurant to visit. A North Korean noodle restaurant known for its beautiful waitresses – including the “North Korean Kim Tae-hee:” http://bit.ly/bHmvzR # …but if you work in South Korea you haven't got long to get there: an average of only 4.1 days for your […]

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Jennifer Barclay talks about Meeting Mr Kim at The Travel Bookshop

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2010
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Remember that nice bookshop featured in the Hugh Grant rom com Notting Hill? Well it’s a real place, and it’s called The Travel Bookshop. You don’t have to guess too hard as to what sort of books it specialises in. Jennifer Barclay, LKL contributor and author of Meeting Mister Kim, will be talking about her […]

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Foreigners’ Favorite Korean Souvenirs

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2009
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Nail clippers – the obvious souvenir of your holiday in Korea: “In China, Korean nail clippers are regarded as luxury goods,” http://bit.ly/5nMSMJ #

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North Korean travel talk at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2009
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The Asia House website was down over the weekend, so I only have sketchy details of this, but on Tuesday 6 October there’s a travel talk which includes material on the DPRK. Doors 6.30pm. An evening of expert insights and travellers’ tales on some of the most exciting destinations in Asia, combining of practical advice […]

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Taekwondo, Technology, Kimchi & more

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2009
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In the second Global Korea lecture of 2009, Ramy Salameh from the Korea Tourism Organisation examines what Korea has to offer as a holiday destination: Taekwondo, Technology, Kimchi & more: A touristic overview of South Korea Tuesday 25 August 2009 at 6:30pm Venue: Korean Cultural Centre Culture shock, modern, unique, dynamic, sparkling, friendly, technological, ancient! […]

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Blog Korea! Visit Korea!

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2009
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Note. If you have come to this post expecting to see the LKL front page or the LKL BlogWatch service, that’s because you have an out of date bookmark in your browser, or you have been referred by a site which has not updated its links in the last couple of years. Please update your […]

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