Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

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 […]

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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 […]

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Colors of Korea: Green

Before coming to South Korea, I had this idea of a country filled with skyscrapers and streets jammed with cars. With over 50 million people sharing approximately 100,000 square kilometers, land is at a premium and green was far from the color I would use to describe the country. But having lived here and traveled […]

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Yongjusa Temple on Buddha’s Birthday

Living in Dongtan allows me to easily get to Hwaseong Fortress, Yungneung and Geolleung, and Yongjusa Temple. Although I’ve already been to Yongjusa Temple, I decided to visit it again on Buddha’s Birthday last year. Yongjusa Temple (용주사) means the dragon jewel temple. It was originally built in 854 AD under the name Garyangsa Temple. […]

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Big-O Yeosu

Big-O is the symbolic landmark of the Yeosu Expo. The O stands for Ocean which is the main theme of the Expo. Or as my husband likes to say, “that’s the shape your mouth makes as your jaw drops from watching this massive fountain.” During the day, it is the backdrop for fountain shows and […]

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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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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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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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