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Summertime To-Do List in Korea

Posted on Sun, Jun 08, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

The sun is out, the jackets are packed away, and everyone is starting to use their sunbrellas. It seems as though summertime is officially here. Despite the heat in Korea, there's so much to look forward to this summer. To help you map out your coming weekends, here's a quick look at some of the things many expats in Korea are prioritizing this year. 

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Korea & Its Cafes: Animal Edition

Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Cafe culture in Korea is taken seriously -- cafes are on every corner in my neighborhood. In addition to your run of the mill coffee shops, cafes with specific themes abound. I've posted previously about my visits to a board game cafe and the Mustoy cafe, but I have to admit, when I came to Korea, I was the most excited about the availability of a cafe theme I hadn't encountered before: animals.

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Buddha's Birthday in Korea: Part Two

Posted on Sun, May 04, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

Last week, I posted part one of my blogs on the annual Lotus Lantern Festival, thrown in honor of Buddha's Birthday in Seoul. After we spent some time last weekend walking around Jogyesa and taking billions of photos of the lanterns, it was time for my favorite part of the festival: the Lantern Parade. 

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Korea Must-See: Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

Posted on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Next to Dongdaemun Gate is an area of Seoul famous for its countless markets, ranging from clothing to textiles to craft supplies. Now, in the middle of these more traditional markets and hip shopping malls, a structure that looks like something out of a futuristic landscape has finally been unveiled. This spaceship-like building is the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and not only is it really, really cool, but possibly one of my new favorite spots to visit in Seoul.

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When on Jeju, South Korea, also check out Udo!

Posted on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

During my recent trip to Jeju for Lunar New Year, my tour group also spent some time on Udo, a small island just off Jeju's eastern coast. I hadn't heard much about this island before going there, so I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was a highlight of the weekend and that I definitely want to go back when I'm next on Jeju! 

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A View from the Top in Korea: Seoul's 63 Building

Posted on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

There are quite a few spots around Seoul that offer a breathtaking view of the sprawling city. As a bad knee prevents me from being an avid hiker, I've yet to get a look at the city from the top of one of its numerous mountain peaks. Instead, I opted to check out the famous 63 Building, which sits right on the Han River and gives a chance at a full 360 panorama of Seoul. And let me just say: Seoul is one good looking city

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Vacation from Korea: Sightseeing in Tokyo

Posted on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 02:32 PM

After spending a year teaching in Korea, you may want some time off.  I know I did.  Tokyo’s Metro System was pretty easy to understand.  To be honest, if you can understand one, you will understand them all.  Flying into Narita Airport, it was fairly easy to navigate my way to my hostel, Khaosan Tokyo Original, near Asakusa Station.  The thing about Tokyo’s Metro System is that you have to know the fare to where you’re going.  This was probably the most confusing part as I had to constantly ask for assistance.  And by asking, I mean pointing and gesturing.  With a little help from the internet, I was able to figure out what the best things to see and do in Tokyo are.  Here are a few.  

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Waterfalls in Jeju, Korea...Another Reason to Visit the Island!

Posted on Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

As an English teacher in Korea, I feel extremely lucky to live in Jeju. Jeju is the prettiest, most diverse, and most interesting place I have ever lived. The longer I live here the more I realize this and the awesome locations I discover on the island. If you research Jeju, you will surely find information about the beautiful beaches and the massive volcano (Mt. Halla) in the middle of the island. Those attractions definitely receive the most attention, but after living here for over a year, I have discovered something just attention-worthy as the beaches and the volcano: the  many waterfalls that can found around the island.

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7 Things to Do in Gyeongju, South Korea

Posted on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

On my second visit to Gyeongju last weekend, I was thoroughly impressed.  To say that Gyeongju is beautiful, is a bit of an understatement.  Still, it’s not an exaggeration to say that it’s gorgeous!  Although I missed the bloom of the cherry blossoms by a few days due to heavy rainfall, I was still incredibly impressed by how much there is to do in Gyeongju, a city about 40 minutes outside of Pohang.  I hope to visit Gyeongju again and again before I head back to the United States.

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Tags: Buddhist Temples, things to do on the weekend, tourist attractions, Korean museums, Activities to do in Korea, teaching in Korea

Jeju, Korea: Museum Guide (Part Two!)

Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

There are so many museums on Jeju that I had to break up my museum guide into two parts. So today, I am going to continue with the second installment of my guide with numbers six through ten on my list of favorite Jeju Museums. To see my top five Jeju Museums, check out my last blog entitled: Jeju Island: The Land of Museums! Without further ado, here is number six on the list....

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