korea, travel

What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part 1

One evening a few months ago when I was taking a shower I noticed a small, hard lump - which I have since decided to name Hector - in my right breast. After a full-blown mini-panic attack, I decided I should actually go see a doctor before prematurely picking out a totally dope '80's playlist for my… Continue reading What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part 1

korea, travel

Six Steps to (Korean) Sauna Success

Ah, the jjimjilbang (찜질방). Korea's nude saunas can be a pretty intimidating for someone who has never bathed naked with a bunch of strangers before. The first time I went I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and subsequently awkwardly followed people around. I was convinced that everyone would stare at me - the… Continue reading Six Steps to (Korean) Sauna Success

Guides, korea, Uncategorized

Seven Reasons to Visit Jeonju, South Korea

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

Guides, korea, Things to Do in Seoul, travel

Gyeongbokgung: Korea’s Premier Palace

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

korea, Life Abroad

Namwon: The Verona of Korea

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

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Gettin’ Geeky in Gangnam: Samsung D’Light

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