Photos by Euden Valdez
WINTER is not the best time to hit the beach, but the sight of it waters—turning almost teal in this season—is enough to charm.
Last December during a media familiarization tour of Gangwon province in South Korea, this author saw how Youngjin Beach remained busy from tourists. It's a bit popular for the fact that it served as setting to the global K-drama hit “Goblin” featuring the famous Gong Yoo. In one of its many breakwaters, an important scene took place and many locals and foreigners were trying to recreate it.
But this wasn't what really caught my attention. Back inside the bus, the window tint gave a natural filter to the coastline as we traveled to the next destination, the fishing village and port at Sodol Adeulbawi Park. The park itself is rich in tradition and history for Korean couples go here to wish for a child. (Read more about this here.)
The scene going there gave a different perspective of the coastline and countryside, and of South Korea's quaintness too. I didn't let the chance to capture this go past me. Here are the photos through the tinted window of a moving bus:
Text and Photos by Euden Valdez
NEXT to Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, South Korea is fast becoming a favorite Asian destination among Filipinos young and old.
This trend came along with Hallyu, the global Korean phenomenon that has transformed countless Filipinos into fans of K-pop and K-drama. Many of these Filipino fans want to feel closer to their idols so they travel to South Korea to see what their idols see, to do what they do, to eat what they eat, and the likes.
Most of the time, these Filipinos want to return and look for something new. The Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) in the Philippines is pushing for a winter experience in their country. And not just in Seoul, but somewhere they can truly immerse in the season of snow.
This is at Gangwon province, which is two hours by bus or one hour by train from the capital. This countryside of mountains and trees covered in snow can truly make one dreamy. There are two key places to discover: PyeongChang County and Gangneung City. Here are 10 destinations not to miss:
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