Category: Asia

Aqua Planet Yeosu

Aqua Planet at the Yeosu Expo site is the biggest aquarium in Korea. Built by Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp., this four-story 16,400 square meter aquarium is bigger than COEX Aquarium and Busan Aquarium. Aqua Planet is divided into three parts: Coastal Life, Marine Life, and the Eco-Terrarium. In the Coastal Life zone, visitors can […]

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Tour de Korea 2012

April 22 marked the start of Tour de Korea this year. Steve and I went to Jeongseojin Square (정서진) in Incheon to check out the festivities and watch the start of the race. Here are highlights of that day in pictures: For more information about the race, check out the Tour de Korea website. And […]

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Talking Architect

Back when I was contemplating my future, I thought of being an architect. Unfortunately, the university I chose to attend did not have an architectural program. I may not have formally studied architecture, but I’ll forever be a student and an admirer of it. So when the Seoul City Blog wrote about a Korean independent […]

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Worldwide Korea Bloggers Welcoming Ceremony

Last December, I was chosen to be part of the second batch of the Worldwide Korea Bloggers (WKB) for Korea.net. A welcoming ceremony was held on March 23 at the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) offices in Seoul. There I met other WKB bloggers, WKB featured writers, and KOCIS staff. We were shown the […]

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Seoul Body Worlds Exhibit

The War Memorial Museum of Korea has been hosting the Body Worlds exhibit. Gunther Von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibits are shown all over the world and each one has a different theme. The theme for the exhibit in Seoul is The Cycle of Life. It all starts with… ….the development of embryo and fetus. The […]

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Winter Fun

Winter in Korea is far from boring. The scenery turns into a winter wonderland and activities abound. Here are three activities (and places) I’m fond of: 1) Ice Skating There are plenty of ice skating rinks and makeshift ones all across the country. If you live in or near Seoul, ice skating is best and […]

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My Korean Name

Here in Korea, people often assume I’m Korean. When I say that I’m not, I’m asked if I’m sure, which I find flattering. I’m Filipino-Chinese. At birth, I was given two names: an English name (Johanne) and a Chinese name (徐婉玲/Xu Wan Ling). Both names were meticulously picked by my mother. Here in Korea, most […]

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Ulleungdo and Dokdo Trip

In Korea, there is one place that people passionately talk about and that is Dokdo (독도). Though as much as Koreans talk and think about it, not many have actually been there. It is a place that I wanted to see for myself and so when I had an opportunity to go, I went. As […]

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Ferry Rides on the East Sea

There are two ferry terminals where you can catch ferries to Ulleungdo (울릉도) and back. One is in Pohang (포항) and the other is in Mukho (묵호). On our trip, we took the ferry from Mukho. From Mukho Ferry Terminal to Ulleungdo Ferry Terminal in Dodong Harbor (도동항), the distance is 161 kilometers and takes […]

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Shortcut to Seommok

A road or pathway along the coast between Jeodong Harbor (저동항) and Seommok (섬목) has not been constructed yet. So the fastest way to get to Seommok with a car is to ride a ferry, which we did. The story behind the Three Angels Rocks/Samseonam (삼선암): Samseonam, Wishes of Three Nymphs Yearning for Heaven Samseonam […]

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