Shamanism, also known as Muism, hasn't always been accepted in Korea, and some still view practitioners skeptically. Still, many modern Koreans are turning to the indigenous practice for guidance.
A cold soup serves as a cultural tie between North and South Korea.
Skiing in China is potentially life threatening, but Muju, Korea, couldn't be more different: courteous customers, organized chairlifts, staff who bow at the waist.
South Koreans wonder if North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-un, might cause more trouble abroad to divert attention from political instability at home.
Getting information out of North Korea is notoriously difficult, but many say South Korea's intelligence service has been embarrassed by playing catch-up on Kim Jong-il's death.