Posts tagged "travel"
7 Sweet Spots in Sangsu

7 Sweet Spots in Sangsu

You might enjoy the lively nightlife of Hongdae, but the chain restaurants, neon lights and clusters of students can be overwhelming at times. Yet just a ten-minute walk to the outskirts of the ever-popular area you can find Sangsu, a trendy spot catering to the alternative Seoul crowd, and a welcome break from the chaos...
In Pictures: Dongpirang Art Village, South Gyeongsang

In Pictures: Dongpirang Art Village, South Gyeongsang

Perched above the city of Tongyeong in the far south of South Korea is Dongpirang village. A place at once a living, breathing gallery of street art and a window to a less affluent past. Like other forlorn villages this side of the peninsula, Dongpirang has embraced it rusticity and emblazoned it’s streets with pretty...
Traveling North Korea: "A Lie Against His Own Wish"

Traveling North Korea: “A Lie Against His Own Wish”

Drunk at a noraebang in central Pyongyang, I finally worked up enough courage to ask my Korean guide if he’d ever seen any foreign movies. Well, yeah, of course he’d seen some — to learn English, that is. He could recall two that he’d watched. The first was Titanic, and when I admitted I’d never...
Seoul's Secret Garden

Seoul’s Secret Garden

I first visited Changdeokgung Palace on a blustery day in the fall when the afternoon light was harsh and slanted and leaves covered the ground. They filled the curved roofs of pagodas in fluffy piles and littered the surface of lotus ponds in such a way that suggested the grounds had suffered years of neglect....
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...
In Pictures: People and Places

In Pictures: People and Places

After one year as a waygook living in South Korea, Matthew Leavesley has created this photo essay for Chincha, giving a glimpse into the past 365 days of his life. Anyone who has visited Gyeongbuk Palace in the heart of Seoul will be aware of how loud this drum can get. Keeping within tradition is...
Cheonggyecheon Stream

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Since I’m from Florida, I’m attracted to anything aquatic. Unfortunately, Seoul is inundated by hills and is a hiker’s paradise. For those of us who are beach junkies, it’s harder to get our fix. I relish any opportunity to spend time by water and my favorite feature in Seoul is the Cheonggyecheon. The Cheonggyecheon represents...
Farsickness

Farsickness

“Everyone makes mistakes when travelling or learns how to do things more easily, so I feel like that’s the purpose of blogs – to tell your story but then tell your readers how they could do it better than you did.” Amanda Slavinsky, a travel blogger living and working in Korea, nailed the point of...