Winters in Korea are long and brutal so when spring finally arrives, it's always with a big sigh of relief and the sacrifice of a small mammal to thank the gods for allowing you to see the return of the warmer days. I normally emerge from my annual winter hibernation sometime in early April, when… Continue reading Suncheon Bay Gardens: A Horticulturist’s Wet Dream
Ever thought about visiting Korea's Boseong Green Tea Fields? This guide will tell you everything and more that you wanted to know.
Tucked away on a side street in Sinsa, an artsy district just south of the Han River, hides Chapter One, a small, semi-secret bar which doesn't even have a name sign to tell you it's there. Instead, through a glass window above a flight of stairs descending into a basement is an old rotary phone… Continue reading Books and Booze: Chapter One, Seoul’s Nerdiest Bar
In the balmy turquoise sea south of the main Korean peninsula floats the small paradise of Jeju-do. This isle's center is dominated by South Korea's tallest peak - a now-dormant volcano called Hallasan - and slopes down into a fantastic, cratered landscape which tells the story of its (quite literally) eruptive history. Jeju's topography is… Continue reading Jeju-do: A Three Day Travel Guide
I recently made a brief three-day trip to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with my good friend, Kimmy. We were going to watch one event - alpine ski - on Thursday but ended up staying until Saturday, due to a series of strange but exciting circumstances. Kimmy and I both love - and… Continue reading Tiny House Stay in Pyeongchang, South Korea
Springtime eye-candy, because there can never be too many pictures of cherry blossoms.
A two hour train ride south of Seoul in the heart of Korea's breadbasket is Jeonju (전주). It's is the capital city of the rural province Jeollabukdo (전라북도), where I lived for my first two years in Korea. Now that I've moved up to the suburbs of Seoul, it's nearly shocking to me how few people… Continue reading Seven Reasons to Visit Jeonju, South Korea
Crowning the north of the gray concrete metropolis of Seoul like an ornate diadem is Gyeongbokgung, a magnificent palace built in 1394 by King Taejo, the founder and first king of Korea's Joseon Dynasty. It remained the principle palace until 1592, when the first of many tragedies struck. Gyeongbokgung's history mirrors that of many historical places… Continue reading Gyeongbokgung: Korea’s Premier Palace
About a three hours' drive south of Seoul in Korea's bucolic countryside is Namwon (남원), a small city with fewer than 85,000 inhabitants. It's located deep in the heart of Korea's breadbasket, Jeollabukdo, and the main industry here is farming. Rice paddies, twisting grape vines, and persimmon trees can be found throughout the periphery of the city,… Continue reading Namwon: The Verona of Korea
Whether you're a techno-geek or not, it's hard to think of South Korea without thinking of Samsung. Their headquarters is located in trendy Gangnam (a district in Seoul), and open to visitors. Even though Samsung D'Light doesn't have an admission fee, it has plenty to occupy an afternoon. The Samsung Building is glossy and futuristic, as… Continue reading Gettin’ Geeky in Gangnam: Samsung D’Light