Tag: south korea

I Left my Soul in Seoul

If Tokyo were my second home, then Seoul would undeniably be my third. I will need more than my ten digits to really count the number of times I’ve visited this city, not that I can be absolutely sure anymore. And still, every single…

Jeonju, the Birthplace of Bibimbap

[2018.11.07-08] From Muju 무주 where we had our lunch, our very nice coach driver dropped us at the local bus interchange where we could catch our next ride to Jeonju 전주. Just the three of us. We bade farewell to our teachers and travel…

Of Sunset, Seafood and a General in Tongyeong

[2018.11.05-06] When in Tongyeong 통영, one most certainly must visit Yi Sun-Shin Park 이순신공원, named after Korea’s favourite hero. Although a little out of the way, this coastal park was our destination after exploring around the harbour. 1. Yi Sun-Shin Park Not unlike Gwanghwamun…

Tongyeong, Korea’s Beautiful Southern Port City

[2018.11.05] It was night fall by the time we arrived in Tongyeong 통영, just in time for dinner. Since Tongyeong is a port city right to the south of South Korea, we were expecting some form of seafood. And we were not disappointed. We…

More of Andong’s Unique Allure

[2018.11.04] The next morning, we checked out of the Andong hotel but it wasn’t the end of our exploration of the city. In fact, we got to spend another full day there before proceeding southwards. 1. DOSANSEOWON CONFUCIAN ACADEMY Another must-visit site in Andong…

Andong is More than Andong Jjimdak

[2018.11.04] Mention Andong 안동 and the quintessential dish most associated with the city must certainly come to mind. Sure, Andong Jjimdak 안동찜닭 (braised chicken) is truly delicious yet there are other hidden gems to be discovered in this city, and that was what our…

Sunsets at Haneul Sky Park and Naksan Park

[2018.11.01/02] A second visit to Haneul Sky Park 하늘공원 for me, at sunset. Here is where I chronicled my first visit, in comparison. The time of the day wasn’t the only difference though, this round a friend (not the mister) and I took public…

Charmed by Naejangsan National Park

[2018.11.10] Without a doubt, Naejangsan National Park 내장산국립공원 must be one of the most incredible places to see Fall colours in its full splendour in South Korea. Located in North Jeolla 전라 province, Naejangsan (literally translated as ‘the hidden mountain’) is, true to its name,…

Epilogue – 2016 Autumn Romance in S. Korea

This was a trip that almost never came to fruition. What was meant to be a quick-dash-and-return solo trip (for me) ended up a vacation for the both of us because the stars aligned. Alright I was just jesting. Our cancer-stricken Paris’ health condition is…

A Compedium of Seoul, As We Know It

[03 Nov 2016] It was our last day in Korea and we were back in Seoul. According to plan, we were supposed to proceed to N Seoul Tower N 서울타워 to view the autumn foliage. Instead of scaling the steep slope followed by a…

Jeju, the Island of Gods D1

[31 Oct 2016] How is it even possible that after at least 10 visits to South Korea, that the mister has never been to Jeju 제주도? Oh my, that’s like a blasphemy to some degree. 😳 So this trip, we were determined to right…

10 Things about South Korea

Republic of Korea (also more commonly known as South Korea) is a sovereign state located south of the 38th Parallel in East Asia. Seoul, official known as Seoul Special City, is also the capital and largest metropolis of  South Korea and has a population…

The Astounding ‘Park in the Sky’

[30 Oct 2016] The discovery of such a beautiful place in Seoul almost didn’t happen. While it was planned for, I had other prior commitment that might run late so this was a dispensable schedule on our itinerary. As luck would have it, the prior…

Of Gyeongbokgung Palace by Night

[27 Oct 2016] It was by chance that I discovered about this special night event at Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) , one of the five main palaces situated in Seoul and the largest. As our trip this time coincided with the last days of the event…

The Enchanting Nami Island

[27 Oct 2016] It was a side trip we talked and talked (to death, actually) of making for several trips now, yet it never materialised till this autumn. The location in question is Nami Island (남이섬) . In order to get to Nami Island situated…

The Vacay with BFFs D2: Jeju Scenery

Early in the morning, while still all sleepy-eyed, we set off for Sunrise Peak 성산일출붕 [GPS: 783-0959], around 4.45am. Sunrise was predicted to be at 6.52am that day so I drove like a maniac whenever I could i.e. when not in the vicinity of…

The Vacay with BFFs D1: To Jeju!

I’m celebrating a milestone birthday this year together with my friends from school. Several, I still keep in close and constant contact with, despite it having been close to three decades since we graduated from the school we all attended together. Over one of…

Mobile Phone Prepaid Plan in Seoul

This was one of the first things I researched on once I decided upon signing up for the one-month language immersion programme in Seoul. While free Wi-Fi is readily available and easily tapped upon at most public places in Seoul, a more reliable form…

Back to School in Seoul

Exciting times ahead for the missus. In specific it is 5 weeks’ worth of excitement as I spend the said duration in Seoul as a student of Korean Language and Culture. And so totally a dream come true! As a linguist wannabe, I have…

Of First Trips and Many More

It was our first trip together as man and wife. Fondly coined as the ‘Mini Honeymoon’, we chose a country close by to vacation for a week, postponing the honeymoon proper to Europe till spring the following year. Hallyu (한류) was still in its infantry…

Of First Snow

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be…