Often referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” Korea is located at a major crossroads of Northeast Asia. Its 5,000-year history has helped shape not only the peninsula located between China and Japan but the world as a whole.


    It has become an economic force through modernization while preserving its traditional heritage and cultural roots. The land of the Morning Calm is among the world’s most “Inspiring” destinations.


    We invite you to visit Korea to experience ‘HanStyle’ and see all that Korea has to offer. Rest assured, you will return with a personalized understanding of why Korea is “Korea, Be Inspired.”


Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving, October)
One of Korea’s most largely celebrated holidays. It is a time when families and friends gather to share food and enjoy their time together, giving thanks to their ancestors for the year’s bountiful harvests.


Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day)
On the first day of the Lunar New Year, Koreans hold a memorial service for their ancestors and perform sebae (a formal bow of respect to their elders) as a New Year’s greeting. The most common food for this day is tteokguk (rice cake soup.) It is said that one cannot become a year older without eating a bowl of this special Korean soup.


Lotus Lantern Festival (April)
This festival commemorates Buddha's birthday. Over 100,000 lotus lanterns parade the streets of Jongno in Seoul, creating a continuous wave of harmony and unity.


Mystic Sea Parting Festival (May)
This festival is held where the sea parts between Jindo and Modo Islands when the tide drops. It is referred to as the "Moses’ Miracle".


Boryeong Mud Festival (July)
Daecheon Beach, with the longest coastline on Korea’s west coast, holds an annual mud festival offering visitors opportunities to receive packs and massages with pure, well refined sea mud.


Pusan International Film Festival (October)
This festival has grown into one of the most influential film festivals in Asia, filling Busan with famous film makers, actors, critics, fans and huge audiences.


Gwangju Kimchi Festival (October)
This festival celebrates everything about kimchi. Outstanding kimchi chefs and curios visitors come to see the many varieties available.


Andong International Maskdance Festival (September)
Visitors to the festival will enjoy the many performances of Korea’s traditional mask dances. As well as performances, events in the festival program also include mask dance competitions and mask dance lessons, which are available for international visitors.


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Kimchi: Cabbage (or radish, cucumber, etc), julienne radish, minced garlic, diced green onion, salted fish, salt


Bulgogi: Better known to Americans as Korean BBQ, Bulgogi is thinly cut beef, marinated in a soy sauce seasoning and grilled over fire.


Galbi: Seasoned ribs of pork or beef


Bibimbab: Various seasoned vegetables, meat and egg are nicely arranged over rice, then mixed and eaten.


Samgyetang: Chicken Soup stuffed with ginseng & other ingredients.


Haemultang: Seafood stew including crab, clams, shrimp and fish


Soju: A distilled beverage native to Korea.


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