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South Korea Highlights Posted by sasha on May 27, 2015
It’s been a lot of fun posting travel articles and videos to the Korean blog over the past few months, but until I make it back to the land of kimchi and soju, I’m afraid I’m fresh out of new content. While many travelers to this side of the world tend to pass over South…
A Night in a Korean Bathhouse Posted by sasha on Apr 29, 2015
On both of my visits to South Korea, one of the highlights was spending a night in a traditional Korean bathhouse. Known as jimjilbang (찜질방), these are extremely popular with people of all ages and they represent an important aspect of Korean culture. Unlike spas back home in the States where you’re totally secluded, a…
Beaches, Buddhas, and BBQ in Busan Posted by sasha on Mar 30, 2015
It may live in the shadow of the capital of Seoul, but Korea’s second city has a lot to offer. Hit the beach, hike to ancient temples, munch on fresh seafood, and enjoy some arcade games in Busan.
More Than Korea’s 2nd City – Busan Posted by sasha on Mar 20, 2015
After a few days of exploring all that Seoul has to offer – the palaces, museums, parks, and nightlife – we headed to the other side of the country to Busan (부산). With over 3.5 million people, this is the second biggest city in South Korea. Famous for its beaches, hot springs, and international film…
Changyeong Palace Video Tour Posted by sasha on Feb 26, 2015
Tour one of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces – Changyeonggung – in this short video. It was destroyed twice by the Japanese, but has been somewhat restored and is a nice place to spend an afternoon in the Korean capital.
The Five Grand Palaces of Seoul Posted by sasha on Feb 24, 2015
The last kingdom in Korea was the Joseon Dynasty (조선왕조), which lasted from 1392 all the way until 1910. Over the reign of Joseon, Seoul became the capital city and center of state affairs. Throughout the years, the kings had many grand palaces built here – five of them are currently open to the public. For…
Gyeongbokgung Video Tour Posted by sasha on Jan 27, 2015
Take a video tour of the grandest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces – Gyeongbokgung. Once the home to the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, this palace was destroyed twice by the Japanese throughout history. Restoration began in 1987 and is ongoing, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul.