Muan South Korea

“Not Seoul,” “onion farmers,” “rural,” and high pitch cackles are what I hear every time I say where I live and work in South Korea. People who live where I live are looked down upon by the rest of the country, infuriating them as it should. Yes, most of Muan-gun (county) is what I considerContinue reading “Muan South Korea”

What About North Korea?

For the third part of my ‘Is Korea Safe?’ series, I will to address the elephant in the room. ( Read Part I and Part II here). If you have not been paying attention, there is an ongoing war between North and South Korea. It is easy to forget that the armistice that has existedContinue reading “What About North Korea?”

Seonamsa Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Seonamsa Temple, home to the Korean Jogyesan Buddhist order, is tucked into the mountains a 45min rural bus ride away from Suncheon in Jeollanam-do, South Korea. This place has been on my Korean bucket list since I knew I was moving to Jeollanamdo, but in my year and a halfContinue reading “Seonamsa Temple”

Is Korea Safe? Part 2

When I wrote the first part of this blog, I talked about domestic violence, police negligence, and other less publicized or hidden safety issues when traveling to Korea. I also spoke about how everyone’s experiences differ, and a more nuanced approach needs to be taken when we decide how safe a city or country is.Continue reading “Is Korea Safe? Part 2”

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 “

Is Korea Safe?

As a female solo traveler, the question ”Is this place safe?” is always on my mind when I look at going someplace. I want the answer to be as simple and easy as a yes or no, but the true answer is always more complicated. We tend to romanticize some places and villainize others. AnythingContinue reading “Is Korea Safe?”

Itaewon

Itaewon 이태원 is known for being the foreigner hang out attracting ex-pats and tourists alike. A place where many feel a little freer to dress, act, and talk like they would then in other areas in Korea. Walking around Itaewon, it is easy to see why this eclectic neighborhood is a safe haven for thoseContinue reading “Itaewon”