GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- While most people spent their summer in the office or at the beach, Canadian cyclist Brian Perich took a different approachâhe spent the summer of 2012 chasing tracks across Mongolia and learned about their culture, customs, language and amazing hospitality. Mongolia is a nomadic nation that lives close to their environment and herds of animals to sustain life in a wild, undeveloped pasture and grassland with a long valley, and high mountain terrain.
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SUWON, South Korea -- The late Suwon city mayor, Sim Jae-duck, whose mother reportedly gave birth to him in the bathroom, had a lifelong love for all things toilet related. So much so that people in Korea affectionately referred to him as “Mr. Toilet.”
In line with this love of the commode, Sim even built his house in the shape of a toilet.
DANYANG, South Korea -- A very particular darkness envelops Guinsa at night. Arriving after sunset, one is greeted by a vast parking lot beside something smaller than a village—a splatter of homes and restaurants, maybe 30 in all, mostly closed up by 8 p.m. The temple complex itself lies one kilometer uphill, wedged within a valley surrounded by mountains on the eastern border of North Chungcheong, the landlocked province.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has launched the Korea Pass with which tourists may pay for various travel-related expenses such as transportation, accommodations and shopping. Korea Pass consists of three different types of cards: credit, check and pre-paid. Prepaid cards and check cards are available for international visitors, while credit and check card are for local residents.
Cards may be purchased in 50,000 KRW; 100,000 KRW; 300,000 KRW; and 500,000 KRW.