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[Weekender] In search of the roots of Korean Catholicism

DANGJIN, South Chungcheong Province ― Excitement over the pope’s visit prevails in South Chungcheong Province, with welcome placards hung at entrances of rural towns. Nestled in South Korea’s centr...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:45

Craving peace on the DMZ train

As the train pulls out of Seoul Station and begins moving down the tracks, the scenery seems all wrong. Instead of crossing the Hangang River, we’re passing the Severance Hospital. It’s a strange se...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:06

Greek isles: Views, beaches, sunsets and crowds

SANTORINI, Greece (AP) ― Whitewashed houses stacked like sugar cubes on the cliffs. Colorful sunsets and black-sand beaches. Donkeys, windmills and a local winemaking tradition that goes back to anci...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:03

Spain’s largest hotel chain joins shark fin ban

MADRID (AFP) ― Spain’s biggest hotel chain Melia Hotels International said Monday it has removed shark fin from the menu of all of its restaurants around the world, joining a growing global campaign against the popular delicacy in Asia.“With the removal of shark fin as an ingredient, Me...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:00

U.S. airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation

NEW YORK (AP) ― The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace local inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in ...

Updated : 2014.08.08 21:00

Around the hotels

Seafood Night at Conrad Seoul Conrad Seoul’s buffet restaurant Zest is holding a seafood night every Tuesday during the month of August. Zest’s open kitchen and live cooking stations will showcase s...

Updated : 2014.08.08 20:54

Oakwood Premier Coex makes Expedia Insiders’ Select list

Park Yong-soon (left), general manager of Oakwood Premier COEX, poses with Denny Jeon, the director of Expedia’s Korea office, at the Insiders’ Select Award conferral ceremony. (Oakwood Premier COEX...

Updated : 2014.08.04 20:51

Lake of Woods wilderness wows for less

With the exorbitant prices often associated with a north woods adventure outside of the continental United States, those interested in exploring a truly remote wilderness might feel it’s out of their...

Updated : 2014.08.01 20:56

Italy opens theme park hailing film industry

ROME (AP) ― A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios ― still in opera...

Updated : 2014.08.01 20:51

Princess Cruises partners with chocolatier

Princess Cruises announced a new partnership with acclaimed chocolatier Norman Love. Princess Cruises, one of the world’s largest cruise liners, is introducing a new onboard chocolate experience that offers custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings and a diverse array of chocol...

Updated : 2014.08.01 20:50

Hyatt Regency Incheon to be rebranded

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced that the Hyatt Regency Incheon will be rebranded Grand Hyatt Incheon with the opening of its new West Tower in September. The rebranded hotel will be the 41st Grand Hyatt brand and the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the country after Grand Hyatt Seoul. Grand...

Updated : 2014.08.01 20:50

To the end of the line

On a recent Friday evening at Seoul Station, tickets for almost every train, including standing tickets, were sold out. At the Express Bus Terminal, meanwhile, tickets had been gobbled up for buses to...

Updated : 2014.07.25 21:03

Lotte World Adventure celebrates 25 years with ‘Let’s Dream’ parade

In celebration of 25 years, Lotte World Adventure theme park is holding its special “Let’s Dream” nightly parade, the world’s first multimedia show and parade. The parade took approximately two ye...

Updated : 2014.07.25 21:00

Four Seasons to open hotel in Dubai

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced it will open a new hotel at Jumeirah Beach in Dubai in December. The five-story hotel is comparatively low amid the city’s high-rise towers, but provides larger room space than neighboring luxury hotels. The glass wall offers a panoramic sea view ...

Updated : 2014.07.25 20:59

Lotte City Hotel opens in Guro

Lotte Hotels and Resorts opened its 10th business hotel in Guro on Wednesday. Located in the Guro Digital Valley, a cluster of IT companies in western Seoul, the 20-story new hotel has 283 guestrooms, a buffet restaurant C’Caf, meeting rooms and a gym. Wi-Fi is available in every guestroo...

Updated : 2014.07.25 20:59