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Escape the Metropolis: Nature, Wellness and ‘Slow Cities’

There is no better form of “Untact” travel than escaping the big cities to explore Korea’s diverse natural attractions, from peaceful mountain and cycling trails to the fascinating volcanic rock formations on Jeju Island (a UNESCO natural heritage site). Whether staying in the city or venturing elsewhere, visitors are never far away from the healing experience of a Korean spa or wellness resort, many of which make use of traditional Korean medicine and meditation practices to rejuvenate the mind and body. While the popular destinations of Seoul and Busan are known for their fast-paced lifestyles, those seeking a more relaxed visit may enjoy the so-called “slow cities” in the southwest of Korea. Jeonju in particular is known for being the well-preserved home of Korean folk culture; visitors who stroll through the streets of its historic hanok village report a feeling of travelling back in time. From Jeonju, it’s a short LQWTPG[ D[ VTCKP QT DWU VQ VJG NWUEKQWU ITGGP VGC ƂGNFU QH Boseong or the enchanting bamboo forest of Damyang – both still relatively unknown to foreign visitors and well worth a visit.

A Hub to Explore East Asia

Located in the heart of East Asia and with quick and easy transport links to Japan, China and other nearby countries, Korea is the perfect hub for those looking to embark on a more extensive tour of the region. It takes >««ÀoÝim>ÌilÞ ÌÜo hoÕÀÃ Ìo yÞ vÀom -ioÕl Ìo iijin} oÀ Tokyo and there are a number of tour operators offering packages that cover two or more countries in East Asia. Incheon International Airport is conveniently located

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The Diverse Flavours of Korea

Traditional Korean food or hansik takes rice as its staple and is often served with soup and an assortment of side dishes including kimchi (fermented vegetables). From quick, satisfying street food – try tteokbokki (spicy stir- vÀii` ÀiVi V>kiî oÀ hoÌÌiok ­ÃÜiiÌ wlli` «>nV>kiî q Ìo innovative Michelin-starred restaurants, foodie travellers are spoilt for choice. While Korean barbecue and KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

Find out more

If you’re intrigued about Korea and want to know more, the Korea Tourism Organisation team will be attending this year’s WTM London with a virtual stand – please feel free to pay us a visit. You can also contact Ruby James (Marketing Coordinator) at iÛinÌJ}okoÀi>°Vo°Õk with any questions, or to set up an appointment at our London QHƂEG (QT OQTG IGPGTCN KPHQTOCVKQP CDQWV XKUKVKPI -QTGC and the latest COVID-19 travel advice, visit our website at in}liÃh°ÛiÃiÌkoÀi>°oÀ°kÀ°

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PICTURES: Korea Tourism Organization: Lee Geun-wan; Jeong Seung-hyeok; Lee Jung-kyu; Kim Jiho; Hwang Seon-yeong

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