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SOUTH KOREA

South Korea may share one of the world’s most militarized borders with one of the world’s most isolationist countries, but that seems to have little bearing on the spirit of this welcoming nation. The South Korea of today, awash in neon lights and pop culture, lives completely in-the-moment—but Korean culture also retains a deep-seated reverence for the past. The first Korean kingdom was founded in the year 2333 BC, and while it was later divided into warring factions, overarching dynasties formed that lasted for many centuries—most recently, the Joseon dynasty that stretched from 1392 to 1897. Many of Korea’s treasured historical sites, set like gems within the more modern cityscapes, date back hundreds of years to this culturally vibrant time.

In the 20th century, Korea fell under Japanese control despite massive nonviolent resistance movements. After Japan’s defeat in World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with the South holding democratic elections and the North falling under a communist dictatorship. In 1950, the North invaded the South, kicking off the three-year Korean War. While that conflict ended in a truce, the tension lasts to this day. South Korea has the world's tenth-largest military budget, and its northern border is one of the most heavily-armed zones in the world.

In the years since the Korean War, South Korea’s economy has experienced explosive growth, with corresponding development in education and culture—Korean pop music, known as K-Pop, dominates the charts throughout Asia and has also spread to the West. With their playful inventiveness and respect for the past, South Koreans have built a culture unlike any other.

 

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Meet Korea's Food Ambassador: Chef Edward Kwon

Follow celebrity chef Edward Kwon as he takes you on a culinary tour of Korean cuisine.

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Preserving Korea’s Kimchi

Learn about the Korean kimchi industry which has been jeopardized by the cheap cost of Chinese imports.

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©2015 The New York Times

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First Departure 08/10/2017

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Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

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