Explore Busan

Busan, can you be redeemed? Unfortunately, my first trip to Busan 부산 left me with a sour taste in my mouth that I had yet to shake. I hope that by spending a few days here, my mind could be changed, and I could fall in love with the city. After an hour and aContinue reading “Explore Busan”

Gyeongju South Korea

Gyeongju 경주 was the stronghold of the Shilla 신라 Dynasty, one of the largest kingdoms in Korea; today, only relics and tombs remain of this kingdom that helped shape Korea. It may seem that there is not much to see in Gyeongju, but once you get there, your days will be full of picturesque scenery,Continue reading “Gyeongju South Korea”

Daegu

Unpopular opinion Daegu is just alright. Don’t get me wrong, Daegu has plenty of things to do like cafe hop or bar hop at various western and Korean-style places. There’s a performing arts center and a tone of outdoor activities, including hiking and amusement parks. Daegu gives me more family vibes and less single orContinue reading “Daegu”

Andong South Korea 

Andong 안동시 is known for its based chicken, masked dances, and the folk village Hahoe 안동하회마을. Since coming to Korea, I have been looking forward to going there. Unfortunately, I went at the wrong time of year, and during Covid, the town was tranquil, and not much was going on. Never he less, I foundContinue reading “Andong South Korea “

Jumunjin Fish Market and Nakasansa Temple

On my second day in Gangneung 강릉시, I traveled to Jumunjin Fish Market 강릉 주문진수산시장, where people travel around the country to purchase the fresh and dried fish that the market is famous for. It is a haven for those who enjoy smoking up the atmosphere of a place with an odd, fishy smell, theContinue reading “Jumunjin Fish Market and Nakasansa Temple”

Gangneung

With a short KTX ride or a 2-hour bus outside of Seoul, it is easy to see why Seoulites make this city and the surrounding beach towns their weekend destination in the summer, even though I went in the middle of February.  Unlike the southern coastline of Korea, Gangneung 강릉시 and the surrounding beach townsContinue reading “Gangneung”

Smoldering Memories

Yesterday was the 42 anniversary of the May 18th democracy movement in Gwangju, South Korea. If you want more information about this movement, you can read my post here or check out the 518 Archives. I happened to be in Gwangju for the anniversary yesterday, so I wandered around the ACC and into the formerContinue reading “Smoldering Memories”

Hongdae and Yeonnam

I feel like I have barely scratched the surfaces of these two neighborhoods in Mapo-gu 마포구 on the west side of Seoul. I can’t quite do them justice yet. Still, I hope to inspire you to explore these areas surrounding three major universities in Seoul. Yeonnam-dong 연남동 Yeoman is one of the hottest cafe districtsContinue reading “Hongdae and Yeonnam”

Myeongdong

When places lose their charm and go through hard times, it is easy to leave them behind, seeking the new up-and-coming place to spend your money on. When we do this, we doom a place to be full of empty shops and its people to lose their lively hood. The challenge for tourists, especially thoseContinue reading “Myeongdong”

3 Free and Peacful Spots in Seoul

There is something magical and almost fourteen feeling about parks in major cities. Even if the park doesn’t surround you by nature, they often still possess the power to transport us from the city’s noise to a place of peace. This is true of Cheonggyecheon Stream 청계천. Once covered by a major highway Cheonggyecheon StreamContinue reading “3 Free and Peacful Spots in Seoul”