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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:37 AM

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With seas surrounding three sides of the country and changing season landscapes, Korea can be a beautiful country for your driving holiday. For those who love to explore the country with a little control, this thread provides you with information about driving in Korea and discussion about drive holiday in Korea so you can plan for your next driving holiday in Korea.  

 

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Here are some of the topics we had shared:

1) Korea's recommended spots to view sunrise

2) Korea's recommended cherry blossoms routes

3) Korea's recommended coastal routes

4) Summer Heat Escape in Korea

5) Do your part for the environment in an electric car self-drive trip in Jeju

 

 

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:58 AM

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I am back from my Korea holiday two months ago. I do not see a need to drive in Seoul or Busan. Both of these cities are very public transport friendly.

Only place you need to drive are at Jeju island or if you going up the mountains.

But most travellers stick to the normal POI. So really no need to drive in the city at all.

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:41 PM

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I am back from my Korea holiday two months ago. I do not see a need to drive in Seoul or Busan. Both of these cities are very public transport friendly.

Only place you need to drive are at Jeju island or if you going up the mountains.

But most travellers stick to the normal POI. So really no need to drive in the city at all.

 

Hi Adrianli,

 

Yes, you are right it is actually very convenient to travel in public transport around in the major cities in Korea. 

 

But there are also places outskirt or off the beaten tracks which are less accessible and a driving holiday will be the choice for some to explore these places. As Jeju is an island, it is one of the best choice to start off  your first Korea self-driving trip.

 

Do start tune to this thread as we share more information about self driving in Korea. Perhaps it will give you some inspirations for your own next holiday in Korea and maybe a driving trip. 

 

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:22 AM

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A very Happy New Year to all!
 
Many of us say hello and goodbye to each day as we watch the sun rise and set. Although it is a repeating cycle, the last sunset and the first sunrise of the year feel extra-special especially in Korea. Many viewing spots in Korea hold annual celebrations on New Year’s Eve and on the day of the New Year to welcome this once-in-a-year event. Here are some of the good spots to watch the sunrise of the year. 
 
Though you may have missed the 1st day of the year but the sunrise is still as beautiful if you are planning a driving trip to these spots in Korea in 2018 for the best instagrammable sunrise pictures! 
 
If you have had beautiful sunrise pictures taken on your Korea trip, do feel free to share them here!
 
Jeongdongjin Beach, Gangwon-do
 
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Jeongdongjin gets its name from the word jeongdong, which means due east in Korean, as it is exactly due east from Seoul's Gwanghwamun Gate. Its train station is known to be the world's nearest train station to the ocean. Watching the first sunrise of the year from Jeongdongjin will be a unique experience to begin the upcoming year.
 
Address: Jeongdongjin2-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
 
Gyeongpo Beach at Gangneung, Gangwon-do  
 
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Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung is one of the top sunrise viewing spots among Koreans. Every year on January 1, the area around the beach is filled with people enjoying the sunrise festival. The sun rising over the ocean fills the sky, helping to clear one’s mind and focus on positive thoughts for the year ahead.
 
Address: San 1-1, Anhyeon-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
 
 
Homigot Sunrise Square, Pohang city, Gyeongsangbuk-do
 
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Homigot is located at the easternmost end of the Korean peninsula, in what is thought to be the tail of the tiger based on Korean peninsula geography. Following the resources of Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, the sunrise time of Homigot is at 7:32 am, making it the earliest sunrise in Korea since January 1, 1999. 
 
Sangsaeng’s Hand, a two-part bronze sculpture shaped like a pair of hands, was constructed in December 1999 after starting the construction work in June. It is a signature symbol of the sunrise festival. The left hand is on the land and the right hand is in the ocean. It was built to give the message that all people are living together by helping one another like Sangsaeng, meaning coexistence in Korean. The base of the platform is an image of the sun and its two round rings refer to harmony. These two hands have memorial sprits of reconciliation and coexistence for celebrating a new millennium.
 
Address: 20, Haemaji-ro 150beon-gil, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
 
 
Mukho Port at Donghae, Gangwon-do 
 
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Of the many ports and harbors along Gangwon-do’s coast, Mukho Port is perhaps the prettiest, with its small, charming fishing village. Visitors can’t help but fall in love with the cheerful murals along Nongondam-gil Road, and the coastal sunrise views afforded from Mukho Portside Park and Mukho Lighthouse. If you’re looking to relieve your stress from everyday life in the city, take a trip to Donghae!
 
 Address: Mukho Lighthouse, 289, Haemaji-gil, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
 
 
Sorae Ecology Park at Incheon
 
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If you’re looking for more of an exotic sunrise view, head to Incheon’s Sorae Ecology Park. The sun rising behind the windmills in the field will have you feeling as if you travelled to the Netherlands. On winter mornings, the whole park is filled with mist rising off the marsh, providing even more light diffraction for a fantastic sunrise.
 
Address: 77, Sorae-ro 154beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon
 
Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Jeju-do
 
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Seongsan Sunrise Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village.  As its name suggested, it is definitely one of the most beautiful place on Jeju island to capture the sunrise!
 
Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
 
Akkeundarangswi Oreum, Jeju-do 
 
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Akkeundarangswi Oreum is a volcanic cone located in Sehwa-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju. The name comes from attaching the Jeju dialect for small, “akkeun,” to the name of the larger Darangswi Oreum to the southeast. This previously rather hidden gem has become quite popular in recent years. The small volcanic cone is easy to hike up, making it a great sunrise viewing location for people looking to surround themselves with nature.
 
Address: 2593, Sehwa-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
 
 
Check out this thread as we bring you more information and ideas for your next driving holiday in Korea!
 

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 03:19 PM

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If need volunteers to do a driving holiday I would like to volunteer.

So far been to Seoul, Busan, Jeju and Daejeon. Keen to try new places.

I will do all the photo taking for the food and places of interest.

Just need to sponsor flights and accommodation.🚘

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To add a touch of glamour to the event maybe can pair a driver from Singapore with an idol from Korea like members of SNSD.

I am sure a lot of people would like to see pics of this driving event. I am sure this will generate a lot of interest.

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Just need a catchy name of this even like

Flowers driven by Elderly Gentlemen.👍

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To add a touch of glamour to the event maybe can pair a driver from Singapore with an idol from Korea like members of SNSD.

I am sure a lot of people would like to see pics of this driving event. I am sure this will generate a lot of interest.

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Thanks for the support and idea! We would love to see such progarmme as well, hopefully there is a TV producer who is keen on exploring and will approach KTO on this.  [thumbsup]

 

If this programme do materialize, you probably have to try going through an audition to be one of the elderly gentlemen but we can't be sure if it will be SNSD you will be driving though. 


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Hi Jamesc,

 

Thanks for the support and idea! We would love to see such progarmme as well, hopefully there is a TV producer who is keen on exploring and will approach KTO on this.  [thumbsup]

 

If this programme do materialize, you probably have to try going through an audition to be one of the elderly gentlemen but we can't be sure if it will be SNSD you will be driving though. 

 

Haha thank you for your reply.

 

If SNSD not available,

 

Wonder Girls also can lah. 

 

All the best and kamsamnida.  [thumbsup]

 

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Hi, we thank all for the concern and we are glad that efforts and talks are going on with different countries to make peace.  :a-m1212:

 

Lunar New Year is drawing closer so as spring! After the cold winter, spring is a welcome sight. The various bright and colourful flowers throughout the country create a stunning view at every turn in your car. The sweet scent of blossoms permeates the air in both the heart of the city and the quietest of rural villages, making spring the best time to visit Korea. To make the most of this magical time of growth and renewal, read on to learn about the best places and routes to take this spring in Korea for your cherry blossom hunting!

 

 

PS: We know it is tempting and you can’t take your eyes off these beautiful cherry blossoms, do take care when driving. Safety first! :a-happy: 

 

Road around Gyeongpodae Pavilion, Gangneung city, Gangwon province

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Gyeongpodae Pavilion is famous for the view of the moon on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is a large, tall pavilion, and its architectural feature of a paljak (eight-point) roof, is the most common form used in Korean buildings. During spring, the 4.3km road around the Gyeongpodae Pavilion is lighten up with beautiful cherry blossoms. Drive along this road up to the pavilion for a stop to capture the beautiful pavilion along with these cherry blossoms.

 

Address: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do

 

 

Yesan Cherry Blossom Road, Yesan county, Chungcheongnam Province

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Chungcheongnam-do is mostly composed of plains and is a vital transportation hub connecting Seoul with the southern region by both rail and road. Located in the center of northwestern region of Chungcheongnam-do Province, Yesan county serves as the transportation hub in the region.  A stretch of almost 6km road from Ganyang junction to Jugyo-ogori is lined up with rows of cherry blossom. If you are planning to travel around Korea, drive through Yesan county to check out the cherry blossom and try out the Yesan apples (famous in Korea). 

 

Address: Botggot-ro, Yesan-eum, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-o

 

Simni (10ri) Cherry Blossom Road In Hadong county, Gyeongsangnam Province

 

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The Simni (10ri) Cherry Blossom Road is a 6 kilometer road that stretches from Hwagae Market to Ssanggyesa Temple in Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. The road is often called the "wedding path," because it is said that couples who walk along the road on a spring day when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom will fall deeply in love with each other. In addition, the annual Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival takes place around April when the cherry trees are in bloom, offering more attractions for people walking the path connecting Hadong Hwagae Market and Ssanggyesa Temple. 

 

Address: 15, Ssanggye-ro, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

 

Anmin Road, Changwon city, Gyeongsangnam Province

 

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Every year around early April, visitors flock to Jinhae in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossoms that blanket the whole town at Korea's largest cherry blossom festival, Jinhae Gunhangje Festival.

 

Anmin Hill is the gateway to Jinhae from Changwon. The road up the hill features a 6 kilometer stretch of beautiful cherry blossoms on both sides. Near the hill top are azalea fields in full bloom, combining with the cherry blossoms for a beautiful scene. The area is usually free of traffic, and it is an excellent place to take a walk under the shades of the cherry blossom trees. The top of Anmin Hill at night offers splendid views of Jinhae City where street lights illuminate the cherry blossom trees.

 

Address: Anmingogae-gil, Seongsan-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

 

Gyeongju city, Gyeongsangbuk Province

 

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There is no place like Gyeongju, where you can trace the full history of a dynasty. As the capital city of the Silla Dynasty, which lasted about 1,000 years from 57BC to 935AD, Gyeongju is a unique city with all the traces of a long history and culture.

 

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Unlike other cities or towns where cherry trees are only found in certain areas, Gyeongju is packed with cherry blossoms. When spring arrives, the whole cityscape turns pink with the beautiful blossoms. The combination of the stunning trees reflected in the waters of Bomunho Lake and the trees of Bulguksa Park gracefully adorning the nearby temple make for particularly stunning sights. When the light breeze blows, cherry blossoms gentle flutter down like satin snow flakes.

 

Address: Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

 

More cherry blossoms along road towards Daereungwon Park in Gyeongju city

 

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Drive along the road towards Daereungwon Park and you will be welcomed with rows of beautiful cherry blossoms along your way. Daereungwon Park is where the Cheonmachong Tomb (Ancient Tomb No. 155) is. A visit to this tomb to understand the history of the Silla period whose capital was Gyeongju city. This tomb was excavated in 1973 along with a total of 11,526 artifacts, including Cheonmado, an artwork considered to be highly valuable as it is Korea's first artwork to be excavated from an ancient tomb.

 

Address: 9, Gyerim-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

 

Did you know that there is even a marathon specially held along these cherry blossom? For more information, please refer to: http://www.cherrymar...ish/index01.php

 

 

100ri cherry blossom road in Yeongam county, Jeollanam Province

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The district of Jeollanam-do is located on the western coast. Its county office is in Dongmu-ri, Yeongam-eup. The 100 (baek-ri) ri cherry blossom road covering almost 40km road lined up with cherry blossom in Yeongam county. Every April along with the full blossom of the cherry blossom, visitors joined in the Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival to commemorate the achievement of Korea’s Dr. Wangin, who traveled to Japan over 1,600 years ago to spread Korean knowledge, culture, and arts.

 

Address: Yeongam-ro, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam Province

 

 

Sea of yellow canola along Noksan-ro Road, Seogwi-po, Jeju Island

 

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If there’s one especially colorful, cherished memory you could take with you from Jeju Island, it might be a trip to Noksan-ro, where small yellow canola and pink cherry blossoms line the road. The road extends about 10 kilometers and is considered to be one of the top 100 most beautiful roads in Korea. Images of this place are certainly representative of Jeju in the spring, and as such attract visitors and locals alike.

 

Address: Noksan-ro, Pyeonseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 

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Hi all,

 

Following our previous post on the recommended cherry blossom routes in Korea, we would like to share the 2018 cherry blossom forecast in Korea. We believe this will aid you in your holiday planning. 

 

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Jeju Island is expected to be the first to flower with cherry blossoms. According to Kweather Co., cherry blossoms will begin to bloom in Korea starting from March 25 on Jeju Island, and continue its way up to the peninsula’s southern regions such as Busan and Daegu from March 28 to April 4, reaching the central regions, including Seoul, between April 3 and April 10. 

 
Cherry blossoms are expected to reach its peak on Jeju Island on April 1, in southern regions from April 4 to 11, and central regions from April 10 to 17. As the temperature in March is expected to be about the same or warmer than the previous years, please take note that the forecast may change depending on the climate or weather conditions.
 
Other than cherry blossom, other spring flowers like Azaleas and Forsythia are also on the top list of Koreans must-see sceneries during spring. Their forecast as follows:
 
 
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According to Kweather, forsythia will bloom in Jeju-do around March 12 and spread north to Busan and Jeonju region March 14-22, and finally reach Seoul and other central regions March 25- April 1. Another popular spring flower, azaleas are expected to brighten Jeju-do and Busan near March 15 and spread throughout the nation.
 
The flowers are expected to reach their peak one week after blooming. Therefore, the most flowers can be seen at their most beautiful state in after March 19 in Jeju, around March 21-April 2 in the southern regions, and April 1-9 in the central regions. Make sure to mark these dates for spring outings.
 
Due to higher temperature expected in February and March than the previous years, there is a possibility of flowers blooming earlier than the forecast.
 
Azaleas at Mt Hallasan, Jeju Island 

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Azaleas on Mt Hwangmaesan, Hapcheon county (Gyeongsangnam-do)

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Banghwa Suryujeong Pavilion, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Province

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Forsythia and Cherry blossoms at Mt Namsan, Seoul

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It is never too late to make plans to visit Korea this spring! If you like to drive but still prefer group security, you may want to try out autoventure (car convoy) organized by Automobile Association of Singapore. They are organizing a 12D11N Fly-Drive One Round South Korea: Spring Season Drive (13 - 24 April 2018). They are extending the registration date to 16 March 2018 so hurry, call or email them to check out! 

 

For more information about AA Singapore's autoventure trips, please refer to: https://www.aas.com....utoventure.html

 

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If I may ask a question with regards to travelling in Korea.

I would be going for mountain trakking at Jangsan at Busan via KTX from Incheon Int'l Airport. May I know what station would I be at after I reached Busan. Thanks in advance.
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If I may ask a question with regards to travelling in Korea.

I would be going for mountain trakking at Jangsan at Busan via KTX from Incheon Int'l Airport. May I know what station would I be at after I reached Busan. Thanks in advance.

 

Hi Hamburger,

 

I believe you are asking which subway station is the nearest if you are taking the KTX to Busan right? It will be the Busan Station (Orange Line, Line 1, Station 113), see below subway map.

 

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Hope the above information clarifies and do have an enjoyable trip to Korea! 

 

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Hi Hamburger,

 

I believe you are asking which subway station is the nearest if you are taking the KTX to Busan right? It will be the Busan Station (Orange Line, Line 1, Station 113), see below subway map.

 

Busan Subway Map

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Hope the above information clarifies and do have an enjoyable trip to Korea! 

 

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 Dear Sir/ Madam,

Really appreciate your input that answered my query. Now i am assured where the KTX would bring me to once i reach Busan. Thank You.

 

Btw, my initial plan is to trek at Jangsan. Do you suggest another place that offers scenic views of the mountains? Thank You once again.


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 Dear Sir/ Madam,

Really appreciate your input that answered my query. Now i am assured where the KTX would bring me to once i reach Busan. Thank You.

 

Btw, my initial plan is to trek at Jangsan. Do you suggest another place that offers scenic views of the mountains? Thank You once again.

 

Hi Hamburger,

 

Trekking up Jangsan is not bad a choice. If you enjoy trekking, you may also consider Mt Geumjeongsan (801.5m high) which is located in North Busan. 

 

For more information please refer to the following links:

 

http://english.visit...jsp?cid=1751500

 

http://eng.geumjeong...001302001001001

 

If you are a nature lover and enjoy hiking and trekking, you may want to check out the following interest group:

https://www.facebook...33145436733916/

 

Supported by KTO, they are planning 2 hiking trips to Korea coming May and November this year. Their March Cherry blossom hiking trip is fully booked. 

 

Best regards,

Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore)


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Thanks KTO for the tips.  [thumbsup]


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With jamesc in this thread, pls show some graphs of the highest concentration of Korean Bu.s location..
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