[Hiking Korea] Getting Caught in the Rain on Bukhansan (북한산)

Summer is fast approaching here in Korea, and that means little to no hiking for me because frankly, I enjoy not having heatstroke. Before it got unbearable, I decided to take a trip to Bukhansan to kick off my attempt at BlackYak’s 명산 100 challenge (spoiler: I didn’t make it to the peak. You’ll find …

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Blossoms & Showers at Changdeokgung (창덕궁)

The arrival of spring here in Korea is signalled by the arrival of blossoms, which are always a welcome sight after cold Korean winters! Getting out to see the blossoms is always a huge event here. There are a multitude of festivals all across the country held just to celebrate them. However most, if not …

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Kdrama Scenes at Pocheon Art Valley (포천아트밸리)

Just north of Seoul lies the city of Pocheon and it's Art Valley, a previous quarry that provided building materials for inner city projects. After being abandoned, the city launched a regeneration project in 2005 to turn it into the culture and arts space we can visit today. Entrance to the area was 17,000W for …

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I Drank From a Toilet?? Insadong’s Poop Cafe (또옹카페)

Yes, you heard that right. A cafe. A poop themed cafe. Korea has this weird ability to make anything look unbelievably cute, and things we would usually find distasteful do not escape its clutches. One of my favourite places to take visitors is the Poop Cafe in the neighbourhood of Insadong, just a stones throw …

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Lotus Lantern Festival [Rewind]

Every year around Buddha's birthday Seoul holds Yeon Deung Hoe, it's lotus lantern festival. The festival is attended by people from all over the world, and although it is originally a buddhist celebration, it has become a celebration of culture too. Unfortunately, this year the festival was cancelled due to the current circumstances we're in …

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Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Seoul!

Spring is here, and that means cherry blossom season is finally amongst us. Korea really gets into the spring feeling by releasing amazing amounts of cherry blossom themed products (drinks, ramen - I'm sitting right next to an umbrella and a box of tissues... I'm a sucker for it) Yesterday we set out to Seoul …

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Get Your Head in the Clouds at Busan Tower (부산타워)

Back when me and J visited Busan in December, one of the last places on our TO DO list was Busan Tower. The tower can be accessed easily by subway - only a few minutes walk from Nampo station (make sure you leave exit 7!) We took the scenic route through the park (because honestly …

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It’s a Gold Mine! (Gwangmyeong Cave – 광명동굴)

During the warmer months of the year, Korea has no shortage of fun things to do outdoors, but if you want to get out of the heat for a day I would recommend Gwangmyeong Cave! What used to be a previous gold mine (literally. The cave held gold, silver, bronze, zinc and other ores which …

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Nami Island – Singing My Own Winter Sonata (남이섬)

Back in December we decided to take a trip to Nami Island in Gapyeong. The island shot to the "top 10 things to do in Korea" lists thanks to the drama 'Winter Sonata' that was shot there in 2003. Before that, the island served as an area of historical influence being the final resting place …

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Gamcheon Culture Village – Quaint and Colourful! ​(감천문화마을)

The last place on our Busan itinerary was Gamcheon Culture Village, a residential area that has grown to be known for its colourful houses and winding pathways. What was once a dull shantytown occupied by refugees of the Korean war, the village was transformed into the quaint tourist attraction that we know today in 2009 …

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