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Lively music and spa at night on Jeju

SEOGWIPO, Jeju Province ― Nighttime on Jejudo Island can be quite boring for tourists. After the beautiful sunset, the breathtaking views of the pristine landscapes are shrouded in darkness. At Kensi...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:19

In China, the California name and connection are golden

BEIJING ― Thousands of Beijingers wake up every day in Yosemite in Northern California. Hordes more have moved to Palm Springs, not to mention Orange County and Silver Lake. They shop at UCLA and go ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:18

Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

DUBAI (AFP) -- Dubai International has soared past London’s Heathrow to become the world’s top airport for international travel, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West. Traffic at the airport for passengers flying outside Dubai surged to 69.9 million, overtaking Hea...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:16

Trout fishing reigns supreme at Hwacheon festival

HWACHEON, Gangwon Province ― Every morning in January, a pilgrimage of cars and tourist buses traces the winding routes through the snowy mountains of Gangwon Province. An early morning start is the ...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:24

Fish supply is secret to festival’s success

Although the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival runs for 23 days in January, preparations are made virtually all year round, with nearby fish farms raising nearly 130 tons of sancheoneo fish. “There ha...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:22

[Weekender] Ice climbing in Korea scales new heights

About 70 percent of South Korea is covered in mountains. Gushing out of these mountains are spectacular waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, a boon to sweaty hikers in the summer and a godsend to athle...

Updated : 2015.01.23 22:46

[Weekender] Winter hiking not for experts only

For Kim Sun-bok, a member of a local hiking club, the coldest among 10 years of Sunday excursions was a trip to Mount Hallasan on the southern island of Jeju. “At the beginning of the hike it was not...

Updated : 2015.01.23 22:46

[Weekender] Beaches attract seasoned surfers with relentless, uncrowded waves

Sunbathing on a warm summer beach sounds tempting in this season of freezing wind and heavy snow. That’s why warm, exotic resort destinations always top Koreans’ lists of dream vacation spots. But i...

Updated : 2015.01.23 22:40

[Weekender] The charms of wintertime camping

Winter is a time to curl up at home, safely away from the freezing cold, with a nice thick comforter and a hot mug of coffee. Or is it?For those increasing numbers who fancy wintertime camping, winter...

Updated : 2015.01.23 22:23

[Weekender] Head to Taebaeksan for frost, rime

With the cherry blossom season still months away, outdoor enthusiasts here are braving the elements to view a more delicate type of flower ― one that thrives in high places under harsh conditions. “...

Updated : 2015.01.23 22:10

Battling the cold in true winter fashion

While the plummeting temperatures cause some people to rush indoors and shield themselves from the icy breath of winter, for some this is the best time to head outside and dabble in what the icy water...

Updated : 2015.01.23 22:08

How dueling 1915 expos in San Diego, San Francisco shaped them

SAN DIEGO ― A hundred years ago, San Francisco had something to prove.Its leaders wanted the world to know they had rebuilt since the earthquake and fires of 1906, and they wanted to woo the traveler...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:23

Italy’s Giusti Garden is magical mix of chaos and order

VERONA, Italy ― A huge angry stone face looks down on visitors through giant spires of cypress trees at Giusti Garden. The intimidating mascherone was originally designed to breathe fire, probably th...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:21

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at Tokyo cafe

TOKYO (AP) ― In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online re...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:20

Foraging and beef tendon snacks part of new age of austerity in dining

Caviar, foie gras, inch-thick veal chops, baby vegetables as tiny as your pinky finger, first-growth Bordeaux and California cult Cabernets ― once these were the hallmarks of fine dining.But today, e...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:14