Representatives from UNESCO World Heritage cities will have a golden opportunity to explore fellow heritage city Gyeongju’s unique contributions to the UN register when they visit the ancient Korean capital for the 14th World Congress of the OWHC, to be held at HICO from October 31st – November 3rd.
The four-day congress will include trips to Gyeongju’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and other attractions courtesy of the Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) division of the Korea Tourism Organization.
Founded in 1993, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) represents 280 cities globally that contain UNESCO World Heritage sites. The capital of Korea’s Silla Kingdom between 57BCE – 935CE, Gyeongju is notable for retaining much of its architectural heritage from that period, located throughout the city and earning it the nickname ‘the museum without walls’.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old man who spent 60 hours locked alone inside a gated southern Indiana cave says he feels lucky to be alive.
Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Bloomington when he became separated Sunday afternoon from 12 other members of the university’s Caving Club.
When he eventually reached the cave entrance, Cavar found club members had padlocked its gate, unaware that he remained inside. He couldn’t get a cellphone signal and screamed for hours, hoping motorists passing on a nearby road might hear him.
“It took me a little while to wrangle my emotions and sort of approach things analytically, sensibly, to come up with a game plan to survive,” Cavar said Thursday, two days after his rescue.
Civilization in Korea dates back to B.C.2333 when the first kingdom called “Dangun Joseon” was founded in this small peninsula of East Asia. With the rises and falls of several civilizations afterwards for more than 4000 years, history has left numerous cultural assets in the land. Many of the cultural assets have been recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Sites, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and Memory of the World. While there are eleven UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in South Korea, Trazy introduces some of the most popular destinations for tourists.
1. Gyeongju: City of an open-air history museum
The whole city of Gyeongju was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Gyeongju, formerly called “Seorabeol”, was the capital of ancient kingdom “Silla” that existed for 1000 years, being the longest kingdom in the Korean Peninsula.
The Joseon-era palace of Changdeokgung will be offering evening tours from Aug.31 to Nov. 5, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Monday.
According to the state-run agency, the “Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace” commences at 8 p.m. and lasts about two hours.
The tours will be held from Thursday to Sunday each week, and will be held twice a day on Oct.7, Oct.14 and Oct.21. On those days, the first tour will start at 7 p.m., and the second tour at 8:00 p.m.
The tour will include a photo shoot with palace guards clad in traditional garments, performance of traditional music and tour of the palace grounds led by a tour guide. Tours will be provided in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.
The tickets will be made available online at 2 p.m. Thursday at Interpark. Foreigners can book the tickets at http://ticket.interpark.com/Global.
The Jeju Island Tourism Organization, South Korea has revealed a 20 per cent increase in the number of UAE tourists that have visited South Korea’s Jeju Island during the first half of 2017.
The figures were presented in a special promotional event held last month at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai. The event was aimed towards further promoting the increasing popularity of Jeju Island to a potential UAE and Middle East market. Seongtae Jeon, vice governor for administrative affairs of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, also attended the event.
“We are extremely pleased and proud to promote Jeju Island to the UAE’s thriving outbound tourism segment. The UAE and South Korea have enjoyed strong ties over the years and we are more than happy to welcome them as guests and visitors to our famous Jeju Island,” said Jeon.
As I ambled through the ancient Gyeongbokgung Palace, the scent of jasmine flowers filled the air, the sun shone through the mountain peaks, and pastel-colored cherry trees, filled with blossoms, lined the path; it felt as though life had truly slowed down and I had entered the past.
No one was checking their phones for Facebook responses, no one was rushing or pushing to get a photo, and everything was very calm and peaceful. I was surrounded with smiles from people wearing the traditional hanbok dress. I felt I really got a as close as to ancient life as possible without access to a time machine to bring me here.
People don’t just wear hanbok at festivals or to ancient temples, they also wear them while shopping and to work.