July 24, 2024
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Useful websites for exploring Korea

NEWS AND GENERAL INFORMATION

Korea.Net is run by the government and provides a valuable resource for breaking news, features, and comprehensive information about Korea.

The Korea Times keeps English speakers in Korea informed about local news, current events, business, culture and more.

Korea Joongang Daily is another reputable source for local news, including politics, economy, and culture.

Arirang is a global network that broadcasts news, cultural content and TV shows related to Korea.

TOURIST INFORMATION

Korea Tourism Organization serves as the premier source of comprehensive tourist information in Korea, covering attractions, festivals and more. The app is also available – VISIT KOREA.

Seoul Tourism Organization shares all the details on attractions, activities, food, accommodations and special events around Seoul. The app is also available –Visit Seoul.

Jeju Tourism Organization helps English speakers discover attractions and activities in Jeju. It also provides online chat or a helpline for travel inquiries.

Haps Korea offers the latest news and events in Korea with a special focus on Busan.

BOOKING A TOUR & ACTIVITY

*All sites listed below are available as mobile apps.

Trazy is a popular travel shop in Korea offering tickets for the latest and trendiest tours at discounted prices.

Klook is another excellent travel shop where you can discover top attractions and purchase tickets for tours, theme parks, transportation and more at special prices.

KKday caters to travelers visiting Asia including Korea, offering various tours, activities, and experiences.

Creatrip allows foreigners to experience Korea like a local with trendy travel ideas and activities while offering prices similar to what locals would pay.

MOUNTAINS

Korea National Park Service offers information on national parks in Korea, hiking courses and other tourist attractions on mountains.

Reservation.knp is where you can make reservations for accommodations at national parks. Search “how to camp in Korea’s national parks” at korea.stripes.com.

Templestay is a way to get away from the rat race and find some inner calm by participating in temple life.

Koreantempleguide provides a helpful guide to temples in Korea by region, drawing from the writer’s experience.

FOOD AND RECIPES

Maangchi is a popular cooking blog run by a Korean-American YouTuber offering delicious Korean food recipes in an easy-to-follow way.

My Korean Kitchen introduces interesting and trendy recipes with detailed cooking instructions.

Korean Bapsang is dedicated to introducing authentic and traditional Korean recipes.

LEARNING KOREAN

90 Days Korea provides easy learning guides for beginners and also shares cultural tips.

How to study Korean is a great website to improve vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing skills.

LIFESTYLE

Expat Guide Korea helps foreigners navigate life in Korea in various topics, including jobs, events, travel, cars, health, education and more.

Gmarket is a shopping site based in Korea where you can explore a large selection of Korean-made products in English.

Craigslist Seoul provides local classifieds and information about jobs, housing, items for sale, the local community and events. The app is also available.

Meetup offers great opportunities to make new friends through diverse social events such as volunteer work, language exchanges, sports groups and more. The app is also available.

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