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.
Some 80 percent of Korea's high school students go on to further education. And to ensure students have the best chance, one day every year Korea changes its plane schedules, redirects traffic, and holds its breath.
A Japanese defense report released today reiterates the country's claims to a small chain of islands that South Korea also claims as its own.
South Korea has one of the highest traffic accident rates among the world's advanced economies. Some blame reckless fast food delivery drivers.
'Bangs' are a place for South Koreans to loosen up and enjoy entertainment such as karaoke and video games. The jimjibangs are the height of relaxation.
Even though fewer than a quarter of Koreans are Buddhists, the celebration for Buddha's birthday, the Lotus Lantern Festival, is one of the country's biggest annual events.
A South Korean marathon draws 15,000 people every year to run alongside lines of blossoming cherry trees.