[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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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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Vegan in Korea: Oh Se Gae Hyang Restaurant (오세계향)

Down a cute back alley in the Insadong district of Seoul lies a couple of vegan restaurants that offer a variety of korean dishes made in a way that is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those who just want to try something new. One of my dear friends here is vegetarian, so we decided to …

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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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Seoul Christmas Festival 2018 (서울 크리스마스 페스티벌)

For me, Christmas cannot be Christmas without some twinkling lights - whether they be on a tree, hanging from your banister or wrapped around your cat when it destroys the tree for the 40th time this week. I don't have a lot of decorations at home because of that last reason, but luckily for me …

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I Love Every Type of Cat [2Cats Cat Cafe, Insadong]

Ok so by now you’ve probably heard of cat cafes. Many cities all over the world have at least one, including my little home..city,` Newcastle (I think we have 2 now actually) Animal cafes in korea are everywhere. Not only dog and cat cafes but there are now “zoo” cafes containing exotic animals like raccoons, …

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Seoul International Fireworks Festival 2018

Every year Seoul holds its international fireworks festival on the banks of the Han River. Year after year over a million people flood to this event, which is the main reason that I'd never ventured there before. (Living in Incheon makes it hard to get home from Seoul late at night, plus the addition of …

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