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From Seoul to Busan: Biking Around Korea

From Seoul to Busan: Biking Around Korea

Biking from Seoul to Busan on the Four Rivers Trail in South Korea. You haven’t fully experienced South Korea until you hop on a bike and go. Rural Korea is South Korea at its best. As part of a massive river restoration project, the South Korean government has created bike paths that mostly follow four...
Day Trippin' to Yangsu-ri

Day Trippin’ to Yangsu-ri

Strolling along the winding, dusty paths of Yangsu-ri feels a little bit like being painted into a Claude Monet masterpiece. Clusters of lily pads float on placid water, sun-drunk daisies sway in the wind among tall grass, and friends traverse the lake, umbrellas in hand. Yangsu-ri is located where the north and south branches of the Hangang...
5 Korean Foods for Adventurous Eaters

5 Korean Foods for Adventurous Eaters

Restaurant search apps tend to favor quantity over quality.  Most mine the web to produce general results vouched for by random strangers who think Kimbap Heaven actually lives up to its name.  The MangoPlate team set out to create a better restaurant app that’s not just a directory, but a useful tool that makes restaurant...
Rural Korea: Exploring Waymook Beach

Rural Korea: Exploring Waymook Beach

On the west coast of Korea, hidden by the countryside rice paddies, lies a local beach called Waymook. Famous for its gorgeous sunsets, the small town boasts fresh seafood restaurants and beachside walkways, overlooking a few small islands. While young couples and families tromp around in the sand, shells and sticks, the local residents earn...
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...
The Drunken Poets Lying Around Itaewon

The Drunken Poets Lying Around Itaewon

Seoul-based creative Andy Knowlton’s current project ‘The Drunken Poets’ is a quirky take on poetry and art. The American multi-media artist searches for materials on the street – trash, basically – and turns the items into unusual-looking dolls which he then attaches a small bottle to. Within that bottle he places a poem and leaves...
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 things to do with your Spam gift set

10 things to do with your Spam gift set

It’s the run up to Chuseok. Gift sets are piled high in the supermarkets. Many of them include Spam and it’s likely that you’ll end up with some. You are just one person. What are you going to do with all that mystery meat? Here are a few suggestions. LEARN TO COOK SOME SPAM-FILLED KOREAN...