Fall in Korea is my absolute favorite season! The humidity of Summer is gone and the cooler, favorable temperatures have arrived. It's the perfect time to enjoy the warm colors of the changing leaves and the cinnamony smell of latte's. Orange, red and yellow is all around, and the Koreans are also bringing out their hottest Fall fashions.Read More
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With autumn quickly approaching, a few of us teachers decided to take in the sights of Tokyo, Japan. Due to middle school testing over the last few weeks of September, my fellow teachers and I have had a lot of energy to burn off from not teaching.
The weather is finally getting warmer and in anticipation of the prime sightseeing and out-of-doors season, I've been revisiting pictures from my past springs and summers in Korea. I can't wait to get out and take full advantage of my upcoming weekends! One of my favorite spots that I'm looking forward to revisiting this springtime is the grandest of the five palaces in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung.
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While it may not seem like years have passed since I first arrived in Korea, I'm officially facing the beginning of the end. My departure is still months away, but definitely in sight. By the end of this year, I will be gone. As the calendar flipped over to 2014, I suddenly started remembering all the things I've yet to see in this beautiful country! Here's what I'm looking forward to crossing off my Korea Bucket List before I leave...
One of the things I've learned about Korea is that Korea loves markets. While I think I've done a good job of exploring as many markets as I can in the past two years, I'm kicking myself for just now making it over to the Seoul Folk Flea Market. It's kind of amazing, offering a glimpse into the past with a slew of antiques and vintage items, and you should go check it out as soon as you can.
Imagine a warehouse with tiny booths packed so full of beads and yarn and fabrics they look ready to explode. Then imagine narrow little aisles sprawling out into an impossible maze. Multiply this by a thousand and put it into six floors of a building. Voila, you have Seoul's Dongdaemun Fabric and Craft Market. It's a total sensory overload of colors and textures and people, but for the crafty DIYer, it's basically heaven.
This year, Korea's Chuseok holiday fell on a Thursday, meaning we would have Wednesday-Friday off from teaching. A glorious 5-day weekend is a rare thing, so I was resolved to go somewhere awesome this year. As I watched airplane tickets to international destinations steadily climb in price, I turned to domestic spots. I'd been eyeing Ulleungdo for over a year, with it hovering near the top of my Korea Bucket List, and I quickly realized that the Chuseok weekend was a prime opportunity.
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This past weekend, I was excited to be able to cross another destination off my ever growing Korea Bucket List: Namiseom. This gorgeous, half moon shaped island has always looked appealing with its famous tree-lined paths and photogenic surroundings, so some fellow English teachers and I took full advantage of its proximity to Seoul and took an excellent day trip to the island!
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After a few weeks into my year of teaching English in Korea, I took a day trip to one of the beautiful beaches on the island of Jeju. For those of you who do not know, Jeju is a Korean island off the southern coast of Korea and is a huge tourist attraction in Asia. The island is known for its stunning beaches, caves, and large volcano. Anyway, when I arrived to the beach, I was suprised to find a group of older women clad in wetsuits, but yet they had no SCUBA equipment, surfboards, or any other type of water recreation equipment. At first, I thought they just might be going for a swim, but what came next, suprised me even more.