Busan is known for both its bustling city and its beautiful natural surroundings. The coasts, and abundant mountains intertwine magnificently with the still newly developed urban center. Even though Busan was very quickly developed into one of the biggest leading cities in South Korea you can still find many old-style traditions still alive and well. If you do happen to be visiting Busan while teaching in Korea, which I am sure you will during the summer beach season, I recommend checking out these temples when you aren't basking in the sun.Read More
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After hearing some co-workers discussing their weekend at a Korean Temple, I decided to go ahead and book a stay for myself. A Korean Templestay is a cultural program which lets participants spend a night or two in a Buddhist temple. The Templestay program was designed to allow foreigners to learn more about Buddhism, by experiencing the daily life of a monk. After indulging in one bottle of Soju too many (ohh.. Hongdae), I thought a weekend detox at a temple in the mountains would be just what I need to recharge my system as I'm preparing for a half-marathon in Seoul. While I ultimately did not find the experience super relaxing, it was an interesting cultural experience and was nice to get some fresh air during the weekend. If you are looking to get out of the city for a weekend during your time teaching in Korea and trying something new, then I recommend trying one of these templestays.Read More
Since I have been searching for chilled places in Seoul, I came across the hidden and unknown Seolleung Royal Tombs. After traveling to Seoul a few times before, I was surprised to discover this sight last week. The tombs are not on the high priority list of things to do when traveling to Korea, but after visiting there last week, I would highly recommend it as a must-see for any foreigners wanting to check out some real Korean heritage.