• SOUTH KOREA
  • Day Trips from Seoul: Yongin Folk Village and Suwon Fortress

    While working in South Korea I try to travel every chance I get. Travelling across the peninsula every weekend with foreign group travel, KTX, or express buses can get expensive so lately I’ve opted to take smaller day trips around Seoul. Recently I travelled to Yongin Folk Village and Suwon Fortress. My other favourite day trips from Seoul […]

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  • Yeongju: Korea’s Academic Capital

    Korea has one of the toughest result driven education systems in the world. Recently for the Seollal extended weekend I travelled to Yeongju, a small city with firm roots in Korea’s academic history.  Lying below Sobaek mountain in the northernmost part of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Yeongju is small town with a rich history. It is significant in Korea’s history as the birthplace of its intellectual culture- […]

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  • Gyeongju hanok Stay

    Known as Korea’s historical capital and often referred to as the ‘museum without walls’, Gyeongju is frequented by locals and international tourist alike. A more immersive way to experience traditional korean culture and lifestyle while visiting Gyeongju is with a hanok stay. A hanok is a traditional korean house constructed with natural materials. These houses are […]

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  • Cheongdo Wine Tunnel

    Cheongdo, in Gyeongsanbukdo is well known for its bull fighting, dalmaji burning and annual tug of war. It is a renowned garden city popular for its fresh farm produce such as peaches and persimmons. It is for the latter that most visitors venture from all over the peninsula to sample some of Cheongdo’s famous persimmons… in […]

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  • Magoksa Temple Stay

    Korea is an exciting and dynamic place to live, but the 빨리 빨리 (quickly, quickly) culture in big city Seoul can become exhausting. Like the yin-yang Korean Seon (Zen) Buddhism is on the opposing side of this fast paced lifestyle and emphasises calmness and clarity.   The ‘relaxation’ temple stay at Magoksa encourages participants to […]

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  • Seoraksan for Slow Hikers

    Sometimes the easy road is not worth taking… but in the case of Korea’s iconic Seoraksan Mountain it’s hard to be disappointed with any of the scenic hikes and trails- even if they don’t lead to the peak.   Hiking in South Korea is serious business, and is a pastime enjoyed by most of the population, both young […]

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  • One Day in Donghae: Mureung Valley and Cheongok Cave

    Donghae Donghae is a city in the North Eastern province of Gangwon-do, South Korea. It boasts beautiful beaches, thick forests, cool caves, and fresh seafood. Donghae is a coastal city bordered by mountains so you can enjoy both the Sea and 숲 (forest) on a single day. Promoted as the ‘Sunrise City’ it is popular for being one of the […]

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  • Seaside in Samcheok: Sea Train Adventure

    The Sea Train is a tourist train that runs along the East coast from Jeongdongjin to Samcheok. the ocean facing cabins offer views of the sea and coastal villages for just over an hour on the journey. Arriving from Seoul (Chyeongyrangi) on the Mugunghwa in the early hours of Saturday morning and operating on just […]