Travel Fail Jeongdongjin Beach

What started off as a fantastic day ended up being quite the travel fail.  I left my guest house in Gangneung 강릉시 early (4am before the busses ran) and walked to the train station. I took the first train out 20min down the coast to Jeongdongjin beach 정동진 to watch the sunrise. Despite freezing myContinue reading “Travel Fail Jeongdongjin Beach”

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”

The Palaces of Korea

Out of all the different dynasties and kingdoms that ruled the Korean peninsula, the 8 palaces of the Joseon Dynasty are the most preserved and restored. The most famous of the palaces is Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁 and the place Complex that holds both Changgyeonggung Palace 창경궁 and Changdeokgung Palace 창덕궁  Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁 Gyeongbokgung PalaceContinue reading “The Palaces of Korea”

Markets in Seoul

Markets in Asia just hit different, and I don’t mean your regular supermarket or a small 10 stall one either. Markets here then to be a massive complex of over 100 shops. Some sell the same product or type of product others sell a bit of everything. Three of the major markets in Seoul includeContinue reading “Markets in Seoul”

Korean Presidential Election

Today I am sitting in my apartment in South Korea watching and waiting for the results of an election that gives me flashbacks to the 2016 and 2020 US presidential elections. Both candidates have run on very conservative platforms, and controversy has followed their every step in the process. The 2022 Korean presidential election isContinue reading “Korean Presidential Election”