Outside Seoul
Boriam Temple at Namhae Island

Boriam Temple at Namhae Island

I hate planning events or organising my folders at my work desk. Planning my birthday is no exception, hence text messages flooding in on the eve of my 23rd, nagging me as to what the plan was or to remind me that I am one inch closer to being officially an ajushi.  I was lucky to...
Exploring Ansan

Exploring Ansan

I’m always excited to visit the area around Ansan station because it teems with multicultural diversity. It’s a melting pot of Korea’s migrant working class, and represents various points on the map including India, Russia, Malaysia, and Thailand, just to name a few. Visiting this area feels like I’m stepping outside of Korea, as my senses...
10 Weird Tourist Attractions in South Korea

10 Weird Tourist Attractions in South Korea

Korea has a wealth of tourist attractions all over the peninsula, and while the likes of Gyongbokgung Palace and Insadong are well worth visiting, sometimes you just want an experience that is a little more… unusual. Here are 10 of Korea’s stranger tourist attractions for you to visit while you’re here. Toilet theme park, Suwon...
Unusual Finds: Masan's Half Wing Book Cafe

Unusual Finds: Masan’s Half Wing Book Cafe

Masan city isn’t a name that really resonates with anyone. Even the most experienced expats might only know the place by name, at best. They certainly won’t be familiar with the terrain. Sadly, for the most part, there really isn’t that much to talk about. Deeply conservative, small and lacking in aesthetics, Masan doesn’t really...
Korea in Infrared

Korea in Infrared

Scroll over each image to discover where in Korea it was taken. When looking at an infrared photo, one is literally looking at the world in a different light. Essentially, infrared film can capture what we cannot see: light from the infrared spectrum. The human eye is unable to detect any light beyond the visible...
Korean Grand Prix 2012

Korean Grand Prix 2012

As a native son of the Southern United States, I suspect there are two things people believe will make my blood boil with excitement: Nascar and hunting. However, due to my parents being transplanted Yankees, they never taught me the joys associated with these two prized cultural jewels of the South. This is either a...
SWW’s Chuseok Writers Retreat: Giving Thanks to My Distorted-Breakfast-Club-Kinda Weekend

SWW’s Chuseok Writers Retreat: Giving Thanks to My Distorted-Breakfast-Club-Kinda Weekend

SWW is an open creative writing group based in Seoul that started in 2007. They focus on organizing weekly workshops for fellow writers of the area to share their poetry and prose while gaining insight, advice, and constructive criticism to support each other’s work. They also publish a yearly anthology; this December will be its...
Review & Photos: Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2012

Review & Photos: Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2012

The organisers of the 2012 edition of Jisan Valley Rock Festival were the first promoters in Korean history to bring Radiohead to the peninsula. While it’s commendable that they managed to lure arguably the biggest band in the world to play a headlining set, it felt like this was used as an excuse to rest...