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Lotte World Mall and Tower: The New Big Attraction in Seoul

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

One of the most highly anticipated events just occurred this past month and that was the grand opening of the Lotte World Mall in Jamsil, Seoul. But before going on about the mall, it is important to note that this is under the Lotte World Tower. Lotte World Tower will be the tallest skyscraper on the Korean peninsula once fully completed. It will tower over Southern Seoul because of its whopping 123 floors (for a total of 556 meters). It should be entirely built by the end of 2016 and it will be ranked the eleventh tallest building in the world. The building itself will be used as a mall, offices, residences, a luxury hotel, and finally topped off with a 3-story observation deck. Hopefully, I will be here long enough to see its completion.

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Kickoff the Fall Season in Korea by Exploring Changdeokgung in Seoul

Posted on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Before I leave Korea, I plan to see all five of the palaces in Seoul. While Gyeongbokgung has been my favorite from what I've seen so far, I have to give credit to Changdeokgung as well. It's a beautiful palace and it boasts something other other palaces don't: a secret garden. Now that the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, it's prime palace visiting season here in Korea! 

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, seoul, what to do in korea, cultural experience, what to see in korea, history, changdeokgung, palaces, Teach English in Asia, Weekend activities in Korea

Buddha's Birthday in Korea: Part One

Posted on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:12 PM

Every spring, in honor of Buddha's birthday, Korea throws my favorite of all its festivals: Yeon Deung Hoe (연등회), or the Lotus Lantern Festival. It runs for almost an entire month, with the best festivities happening on one weekend. This past Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th, was that particular weekend, so some fellow English teachers and I headed into Seoul to enjoy the gorgeous sights.

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Tags: festivals, things to do, Korea, what to see in korea, temple, jogyesa, Buddha's Birthday, lotus lantern festival

My Favorite Palace in Korea: Gyeongbokgung

Posted on Sun, Apr 06, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

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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My Favorite Spots on Jeju, South Korea

Posted on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

Well, I should amend that title by saying these are my favorite spots from my first visit to Jeju... I'm sure future visits will introduce me to other places that are equally awesome. My recent Jeju trip was over the Lunar New Year holiday, which was a four-day weekend. The end of January isn't ideal Jeju weather, but it didn't stop us from touring all over the island and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Here's the best of what I saw... 

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Exploring Korea Underwater: The Busan Aquarium

Posted on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

I never completed my diving certification because of an ill-timed ear infection, but I have always wanted to explore a bit beneath the waves. Luckily, here in Busan, right on Haeundae Beach, there is an opportunity to do just that! With less risk, no training, and no bulky equipment. A wonderful way to spend a day is to visit the Busan Aquarium.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, things to do on weekend, things to do on the weekend, what to do on the weekend, busan, what to see in korea, Activities to do in Korea

Korea Bucket List: Nami Island

Posted on Sat, Jun 22, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

This past weekend, I was excited to be able to cross another destination off my ever growing Korea Bucket ListNamiseom. 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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Top 5 Must-See Spots in Incheon, Korea!

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

When Aclipse helped me get placed at a Chungdahm branch in Incheon in November 2011, I immediately started doing my research. I was pleased to see that it's the third largest city in Korea and it's next door to Seoul -- meaning popping into the city for weekend adventures would be a cinch. However, I quickly noticed that there's a serious lack of Incheon-coverage in the blog world. So, I present, in no particular order, my top 5 spots to check out in Incheon! 

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The Love Castle: A Lewd and Less Conservative Side of Korea

Posted on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 04:11 PM

If you’re going to be teaching in Korea for a year, you will want to add Gyeongju to your list of places to visit before leaving South Korea.  Gyeongju, South Korea has taken a special place in my heart.  It is in fact one of the popular tourist destinations in Korea as it was once the capital of South Korea.  It’s a place where much of traditional Korean culture is widely observed; from building structures, to food, to the scenery, Gyeongju, is in my opinion, Korea.  Of the few times I’ve visited the neighboring town, I’ve enjoyed my time there immensely.  As mentioned before, there are several things to do in Gyeongju but, I didn’t expect to find an amusement park that was this amusing.  It’s filled entirely with interesting and incredibly provocative displays. Here are a few.

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Tags: what to see in korea, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

A List of 50 Things to Do Before Leaving Korea

Posted on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

After living in Korea for almost a year and a half, I figure I know the area pretty well enough to know what is Korean "culture" and "culture shock" still. So, I decided that compiling a list of fun and cultural things for anyone who is living, or visiting, would be something fun. There is definitely a lot more to add to the list! Look forward to seeing your bucket list check off while teaching English in Korea! Please proceed with caution :]

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