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    OFFICE SOUTH KOREA:
    KR Travel Co., Ltd.
    Jongno-gu, Dongsoonra-gil 60-7
    Yeji Bldg 402-ho, Seoul city
    SOUTH KOREA

    Tel: +82-(0)2-744-7696
    Fax: +82-(0)2-741-7696
    Mob: +82-(0)10-2244-7696
    E-mail: don@koreaspecialist.com

    Tel: +82-(0)10-2354-7696

    E-mail: don@koreaspecialist.com

     

    SPECIAL INTEREST

    Family Tours

    KR Travel has years of experience organizing family tours. South Korea is a safe travel destination for families with young children. The crime rate is low, food and water are safe for consumption and there are excellent medical facilities within a close proximity to our destinations. As an extra precautionary measure, we make sure that our child travelers carry with them the phone number of the tour guide, the address of the hotel and the contact information of the main office in Seoul. For young children, the distinct Korean food may cause problems, but in the larger cities and popular tourist areas there is an abundant choice of western food, catering to the tastes of the young children. The numerous shops and supermarkets, most of them open 24 hours per day, sell high quality children’s items such as diapers, milk and baby food. Koreans in general are extremely friendly towards children, as they prize them as the future.

    Roots Tours

    Since the end of the Korean War, more than 100,000 Korean children have been adopted to the United States and over 60,000 to Europe. Now that they have grown up, they return to their motherland, often accompanied by their families. The founders of KR Travel, Don Roelofs and Kim Verhaaf, were both adopted at a young age from Korea to the Netherlands. KR Travel maintains strong relationships with the adoption agencies and the organization of Roots Tours is extremely flexible to accommodate visiting adoption agencies, meeting biological families and arranging translators and volunteers.

    Student Groups

    The economic miracle in South Korea was only possible with an extremely determined population and a strong desire to grow, improve and develop. Korea has become an attractive destination for those who study on the field of ICT, infrastructure, logistics and architecture. Over the years, KR Travel has provided all necessary support for student groups, including accommodations, transportation and logistics in Korea.

    Buddhism

    Buddhism was formally introduced to Korea over 1,600 years ago in 372. Since 375 when the first temple was established in Korea, the Korean Buddhist Temple has provided a sanctuary where monks live, meditate and purify their minds from worldly desires. Today many temples preserve a rich stock of artistic remains as testimony to the unique tradition of Buddhist art that has flourished over the peninsula. Most are tucked away in mountain valleys amid pine groves, crystalline streams and soaring cliffs. KR Travel offers specialized tours including temple stays for those who are interested. The regular tours include visits only to Korea’s most famous temples.

    Ceramics

    Korea boasts a long history of ceramics dating back to the late 9th century. It is no wonder that ceramics make up a large portion of the remaining cultural properties on display at home and abroad. The ceramics come in different colors and texture, from dark grey to shining white and the highly artistic, and most well known, green porcelain, in which elaborate patterns and different layers of clay are used. “Onggi” crocks are shining brown and are utilitarian vessels made with coarse clay and fired at low temperatures, creating microspores that aid the fermentation process and prevent stored foods from decaying. Thanks to this excellent storage function, Korea has earned fame as a country of fermented foods and condiments, including soy sauce, red pepper and bean paste, pickled marine products and various kinds of homebrewed liquor, not to speak of the myriad of kimchi varieties. Major pottery and kiln sites can be found in the provinces of Gyeonggi-do (Icheon and Yeoju), Jeollanamdo (Gangjin) and Gyeongsangbukdo (Gyeongju, Mungyeong).

    Korean Cuisine

    Korea is surrounded by the sea on three sides, and the conflux of cold and warm currents in coastal areas yield a bountiful harvest of marine products. Since early times, Koreans developed fermented recipes such as pickled fish and shellfish as well as pickled vegetables, preserving fords that would provide essential nutrients through the lean winter months. Its unique cuisine contains health foods such as kimchi, ginseng, garlic and fish. The variety and versatility of Korean food has captured the attention of many foreign eyes. Korean food arguably best represents the nation’s culture, and has become a globally recognized staple of Korea and a major tourist attraction.

    Korean Popular Culture (Hallyu)

    “Hallyu”, or the Korean Wave, is the name for the phenomenon of Korean popular culture spreading across the world. In particular, Korean dramas, films and music have earned worldwide recognition and acclaim for their artistic value. The impact of Korean Hallyu can be felt throughout the entire continent of Asia, and has garnered a devoted following amongst people of all ages. Korea has become a prominent figure in the Asian entertainment industry, formally dominated by Taiwan and Japan, producing movies, soap operas, hip-hop and dance groups and boy bands unrivaled in popularity by the cultural production of other Asian countries. Young audiences outside Asia are attracted by the Korean Wave, and a growing number of enthusiasts are traveling to Korea to visit film locations, buy the newest DVD’s and CD’s and enjoy the thriving young pop culture in South Korea.

    Shopping

    South Korea is heaven for the most ardent shoppers. In the 24 hour economy of Korea, one can quite literally shop at any desired time. Major department stores are open from 10:30 – 19:30, while markets and smaller shops are typically open until 22:00 in the evening. Starting at midnight, major markets such as Namdaemun and Dongdamun Markets in Seoul are open all-night for wholesale shopping, but you can shop retail as well. Other popular markets or shopping areas in Seoul are Insadong, Myongdong, the vicinity around Ehwa Womans University, Apgujeong-dong and Yongsan Electronics Market. Most prices can be bargained. Popular items for foreigners to purchase in Korea are glasses, shoes, jewelry, custom made suits, Korean food, leather, fur and ginseng.

     

    ACTIVITIES & SPORTS

     

    Hiking, Biking and Water Sports

    The various landscapes in Korea (mountains, coast, islands and urban areas) offer abundant possibilities for physical activities, such as hiking, biking and water sports. Hiking trails are plentiful and range from light to those more physically demanding, and can offer truly amazing views of the mountainous landscape. The possibilities and infrastructure for biking have been improved tremendously during the past few years, making it possible to bike along the full lengths of the Han River that runs through the city of Seoul. Smaller streams throughout the city offer excellent and safe biking possibilities as well. In some rural areas, there are unexpected biking paths along the endless rice fields that can offer truly memorable moments and biking on the many islands is simply breathtaking. Jeju Island offers the best possibilities for those who love water sports, including snorkeling, scuba diving and wind surfing. The best times for these activities are between June and November, when both the water temperature and stunning underwater scenery are at their best.

    Golf

    Golf is extremely popular in Korea. It is expected that within ten years, Korean golfers will dominate the professional golf world. There are more than 110 impeccably designed courses, mostly situated within an hour by car from major cities. They are commonly connected to other facilities including hotels, tennis courts and outdoor swimming pools. Playing golf comes at a price in Korea though, as these golf courses are considered some of the best and most expensive in the world.

    Skiing

    Season: late November until early March

    Skiing has gained great popularity in the past several years and South Korea was narrowly edged out in the bid to host the Winter Olympics in both 2010 and 2014. The ski resorts have excellently groomed slopes, chair lifts, equipment rental and ski schools offering both group and private lessons. In addition, medical treatment and other services are available. All resorts boast excellent restaurants and entertainment as well as superb accommodations.  

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