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Posted 20 December 2018 - 10:45 AM

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Hi all, 

 

This thread is to recommend some of the undiscovered places in Korea for those who love a little adventure to self-drive or go on a driving holiday to explore Korea.

 

To start off, we would like to share more about what you need when preparing your driving holiday in Korea. 

 

The PASSPORT to driving in Korea: International Driving Permit

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Stay tune to this thread as we bring you more information to inspire your driving holiday in Korea!

 

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 02:00 PM

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Thanks for the tips. Indeed it is fun seeing places on a self-drive trip in Korea. Generally Korean drivers are also courteous and patient drivers who will give way to lane changes, entering or exiting highways.

A few more things to note.

Many of the traffic junction got U-turn only lanes on the left, followed by left turn lane. This is rather unlike US or Taiwan or SG. And drivers should observe left turn lights where applicable.

Be prepared for frequent changes in speed limit from 100/80 to 60 kph on the same road.

Also, Google Maps won't work with car navigation. Use Naver or Kakao Maps.
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Posted 26 December 2018 - 11:04 AM

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Happy Boxing Day to all!

 

Thinking of where to head to in Korea during the New Year? Here we share with you where to head to in Korea for the last sunset and the first sunrise of the year to feel extra-special. 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.

 

However if you are stuck in Singapore on New Year Eve, not to worry the sunrise is still as beautiful if you are planning a driving trip to these spots in Korea in the future for the best instagrammable sunrise pictures!  :a-m1212: 

 
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
 
 
Gangneung, Gangwon-do – Korea’s No. 1 sunrise spot, Gyeongpo Beach
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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
 
 
Donghae, Gangwon-do – Snow-covered fishing village, Mukho Port
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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
 
Incheon – Sunrise behind windmills of Sorae Ecology Park
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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
 
Jeju-do – Special sunrise over Akkeundarangswi Oreum
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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
 
Hope the above recommendations gave you some inspirations on where you can hunt for the best sunrise locations in Korea. Do stay tune as we bring you more information about your driving holiday in Korea. 
 
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:00 AM

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Happy Lunar New Year to all! 

 

Similar to Singaporeans, Korean also celebrate the Lunar New Year and it is known as Seollal. Seollal is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Korea. While many observe Sinjeong (Solar New Year; January 1 of the Gregorian/Western calendar), Koreans also celebrate Seollal, which usually lasts for three days (the day of, the day before, and the day after). 

 

More than just a holiday to mark the beginning of a new year, Seollal is truly a special occasion for Korean people. Not only is it a time for paying respect to ancestors, but it is also an opportunity to catch up with family members. During Seollal, Koreans usually perform ancestral rites, play folk games, eat traditional foods, listen to stories and talk well into the night.

 

After Seollal, Korea will very soon be welcoming spring with flowers blooming all across the country. It is also not too late to plan for the driving routes in Korea if you are heading over to check out the spring flowers coming April. Here are some recommended routes to take:

 

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!

 

 

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-do

 

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.

 

Rows of cherry blossom awaiting along Bomun-ro road

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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

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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

 

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

 

Check out this thread as we bring you more information and ideas for your next driving holiday in Korea!

 

If you are keen to explore Korea on wheels but still appreciate safety with group travelling? You can try out AA Singapore (Automobile Association of Singapore)'s Korea Fly-Drive holidays where you will be driving in a car convoy. They are planning for a spring drive this year April to Jeju island, for more information please refer here.

 

 

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Edited by KTOSingapore, 07 February 2019 - 10:07 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 09:42 PM

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Is there a flower forecast for 2019 for korea?

 

Going to visit Korea late March and wondering if the flowers will bloom early like Japan. 



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Is there a flower forecast for 2019 for korea?

 

Going to visit Korea late March and wondering if the flowers will bloom early like Japan. 

 

Hi Wind30,

 

The flower forecast for 2019 is not out yet but judging from the current temperature (which is warmer compared to last year) it is likely going to be early this year.

 

Nevertheless, once the flower forecast is out we will published it here too so do stay tune!

 

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:31 PM

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Is there a flower forecast for 2019 for korea?

 

Going to visit Korea late March and wondering if the flowers will bloom early like Japan. 

If you are looking forward kind of cherry blossom, it's a bit hard to forecast exact time. It is because every year whether condition vary and cherry blossom period is quite short like a week. It could be even worse if there is rain as flower will drop. So it is quite depends on luck.  




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