Category: travel

Seollal: Korean New Year.

  Updated December 2019. It’s December 2019 and most of us are looking forward to the holidays. New Year is but a a couple of weeks away for those of us in the West who follow what is called the Gregorian calendar, but for… Continue Reading “Seollal: Korean New Year.”

Yeomiji Botanic Garden: In Photos.

Yeomiji Botanic Garden, on Jeju Island, is home to the largest greenhouse in Asia. Laid out somewhat in the form of a sunflower it has different gardens radiating out from the central hub. It is the focal point of the much larger outside gardens.… Continue Reading “Yeomiji Botanic Garden: In Photos.”

Goblin, Guardian, or God?

  If you enjoy Korean dramas you would have to have been living under a rock to have missed the hype for the drama, Goblin: The Lonely and Great God. As of now only 4 of 16 episodes have been released and the response… Continue Reading “Goblin, Guardian, or God?”

My Favorite Place to Stay in Seoul.

  Choosing a place to stay while on vacation can be a stressful decision since there are so many variables to consider, things like location, expenses, facilities, safety, and more, which is why I’m happy to share my favorite place to stay while in… Continue Reading “My Favorite Place to Stay in Seoul.”

Halla Arboretum, Jeju Island.

Jeju Island is well known for its beautiful natural scenery and multitude of native and adapted plants, but if you’re on a quick trip and want to see as many of these plants as possible a visit to one of Jeju’s botanic gardens is… Continue Reading “Halla Arboretum, Jeju Island.”

Korea Without The Chili Pepper!

It is surprising to realize how many people believe that the chili pepper is native to lands where it was in fact unknown of until about 500 years ago. Korean, Indian, Thai, Hungarian and all other Old World cuisines which are famous nowadays for… Continue Reading “Korea Without The Chili Pepper!”

Yeon Nalligi: Korean Kite Flying, part 1.

China, Korea, and Japan each have a long history of flying kites and from time to time each one will assert that they invented the kite, however the most likely inventor seems to be China. China had all the ingredients on hand, silk for… Continue Reading “Yeon Nalligi: Korean Kite Flying, part 1.”

Seoul City Gates.

The city of Seoul, once known as Hanyang, became the royal capital during the early years of the Joseon Dynasty. (1392-1897) The city of Hanyang already had some walls and gates, but in order to be a fitting capital city for the new Kingdom… Continue Reading “Seoul City Gates.”

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: In Photos.

The Korean Dragon Palace Temple, which is more commonly called Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is known as being one of the most striking Buddhist temples in Korea. Much of this may have to do with its amazing location on the edge of the coastline of… Continue Reading “Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: In Photos.”

A Visit to SUM Market, Gangnam.

In the basement of SM’s building at 648 Samseong-ro, Gangnam-gu, you can find SUM market which is targeted at those Kpop fans who particularly love artists from SM Entertainment. It is fairly small, although densely packed, with enough items to tempt any fan. Some… Continue Reading “A Visit to SUM Market, Gangnam.”