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You will first be encountered with gigantic spider sculptures by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Photo Credit: Cpl Sung Il Choi (IMCOM)

Itaewon becomes a new commercial hub of culture

     YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Itaewon is a melting pot in Korea where people from all different nationalities gather and share their...

A simulation of a royal procession moves through Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul May 27.

Warriors scout out Korean culture

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Office took more than 30 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers on an overnight tour of...

People pack the streets of the Itaewon entertainment district near Yongsan Garrison, headquarters for the U.S. military in South Korea. Walk through the neighborhood’s main strip and you’ll hear a half-dozen or more languages – Korean, English, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and a mix of African languages. Photo courtesy of Jaymes Cloninger.

Koreans embrace Seoul's 'exotic' district

     SEOUL -- Kuk Moon-kyun chose an unlikely home for her boutique flower shop -- a central Seoul neighborhood famed as a hangout for American...

The Dragon Hill Lodge, right, is a great place to stay. File photo

A stay at the Dragon Hill Lodge

In South Korea for the first time, I was tired, hungry and exhausted from a long flight coming from the States. I...
Two bulls lock horns April 21 during the Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival, about 25 miles south of Daegu. Soldiers and family members from Area I who joined a USO trip to the Festival. A bull is declared winner when the opposing bull gives up and moves off. The red and blue dots enable spectators to easily identify the bull they’re rooting for, or in the case of some spectators, betting on. Between matches, jugglers, singers, and others perform for the spectators. – U.S. Army photo by Sgt.1st Class Jeff Troth

Bullfighting without seeing red

CHEONGDO – For many people, the word “bullfighting” calls to mind the classic image of a Spanish bullfighting arena where an...


A vacation playground invaded by millions of Japanese tourists every year and America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim, Guam has a reputation for...

A building shaped like a toilet

Today we explored Suwon. Did you know they have a building shaped like and dedicated to the toilet? Yup, you read that correctly. The building is...


Let’s face it. Visions of hanami may be dancing in your head, but it could still be a month before your heavy clothes hit the proverbial closet....

Photo by Alfredo Jimenez Jr./Stars and Stripes

Frozen Fun in Seoul: Bring kids to the Ice Gallery

I’ve got a way for you to extend winter.

It’s the Ice Gallery, located in downtown Seoul.

When I saw my children playing with snow...

One hundred and eight stupas surround an area in present-day Kharkorin, the site of Genghis Khan's capital, Karakorum. From this valley, Khan united waring clans and began the Mongols' conquering reign of Asia and into Europe. In the 16th century, The Buddhist monestary Erdenezuu opened in the 16th century and at its peak about 1,000 monks lived there. It was purged during the rise in the 20th century of the communists but reopened in 1990. Teri Weaver/Stars and Stripes

in the land of the KHANS

My first 72 hours in Mongolia had made a

believer of me. We'd covered about 130 miles by car, first going east

to Gorkhi-Terelj...

View from Ulsanbawi stairs in Seoraksan National Park, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eric Burks)

National Parks of Korea: Seoraksan

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - A while ago, I took the first step toward achieving one of my off-duty...

Suncheon Bay, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eric Burks)

National Parks of Korea: Naejangsan

2/21/2011 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, I took a two-...