My Favorite Southeast Asian Cities My Favorite K-pop Songs Seoul National Cemetery Damyang Bamboo Festival Juknokwon: Damyang’s Bamboo Park
My Favorite Southeast Asian Cities I love living in Dongtan and before coming to Korea, I loved living in Gilbert, Arizona (USA). Though there are three Southeast Asian cities that I would always want to return to and will always have a special place in my heart. Manila, Philippines No surprise here since it is where I was born and […]
My Favorite K-pop Songs Everywhere you go in Korea, you’ll hear K-pop songs. They’ve become so popular that you actually hear them around the world. K-pop or Korean pop is a musical genre from South Korea that is popularized by idol groups. It plays a major part in the Korean Wave or Hallyu (한류) that’s sweeping the globe. I […]
Seoul National Cemetery Known as the nation’s sanctuary, the Seoul National Cemetery (국립서울현충원) is where martyred patriots and dedicated civil servants rest in peace. Established by President Syngman Rhee (이승만) in 1955, these hallowed grounds measure approximately 1.43 million square meters. It is a beautiful and peaceful place where people can honor fallen heroes. It is also a […]
Damyang Bamboo Festival Started in 1999, the Damyang Bamboo Festival (담양대나무축제) has been organized around the date of May 3rd to celebrate bamboo as a community. This originated from the Goryeo period in Korean history (고려; 918–1392) wherein the 13th day of May on the Lunar calendar was recognized as the Juk-chui/Juk-sul Day or Bamboo Day. The festival […]
Juknokwon: Damyang’s Bamboo Park What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word bamboo? I immediately think of pandas! The Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) in Damyang (담양) certainly has pandas but not the playful and cuddly kind, although these children might disagree. Damyang’s Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) is also known as the Juknokwon Bamboo […]

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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Haengnam Shore Walkway

From the Ulleungdo Ferry Terminal (울릉도 여객선 터미널) in Dodong Harbor (도동항), you can go on the Haengnam Shore Walkway (행남 해안 산책로). Facing the terminal, turn right and just walk along the coast. For more information, check out this page by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). And for more details about this trip, please […]

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Ulleungdo Monorail

There was an old couple who lived up a steep hill. One day the old woman couldn’t go up anymore so her husband created a makeshift cable car for her. This is what it looked like: Everyone looked down from that platform and agreed that not one of us would ever go on that thing. […]

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Ulleungdo Cable Car

In Ulleungdo (울릉도), there’s a Dokdo (독도) observation platform that can easily be reached by cable car. Unfortunately, it was overcast when we were there so we couldn’t see Dokdo. It was beautiful up there nonetheless. For more details about this trip, please check out this post.

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Dokdo

23 Minutes. That’s all we had on Dokdo (독도). Many things can be said about Dokdo but I’ll just stick to what I saw and experienced. For more details about this trip, please check out this post.

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THINK It’s Not Illegal Yet

As I was walking around Dongtan today, I saw a shirt that said “THINK it’s not illegal yet”. The shop where I saw it always had funny or cool shirts in bargain racks and bins outside. At first I fought the urge to purchase it but it was too awesome to pass up. I picked […]

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