HIKING

Visiting Seoraksan National Park (Oeseorak/Outer Seorak) From Sokcho

May 6, 2018

A beginner’s guide to Seoraksan and all her beauty. There are many different trails and starting points when it comes to the Seoraksan National Park. The park itself spreads across 4 different areas, namely Inje, Goseong, Yangyang and Sokcho. Naeseorak (Inner Seorak) is in Inje while Oeseorak (Outer Seorak) spreads across Sokcho, Yangyang and Goseong. Sokcho is a good starting point for first-timers as there are a lot of options for you depending on your level. There is also a…

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HIKING

Hiking The Ulsanbawi Trail

April 25, 2018

A step-by-step guide on one of Seoraksan’s most popular trails. Ulsanbawi is 3.8km from the entrance of the Seoraksan National Park in Sokcho. The trail begins past the Sinheungsa temple, and takes you past trickling streams into dense forests. It starts off fairly easy, with lots of flat ground and minor inclines. Labeled as one of the hardest courses in Seoraksan, this trail is no easy feat but the end result; beyond rewarding. After about 2.8km into the trail, you…

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FOOD

Airbnb Experiences: Homestyle Seoul Cooking 101

April 17, 2018

I’m sure many of you are aware of the ever popular travel accommodation platform called Airbnb, but did you know they now have something called Airbnb experiences? Instead of only hosting a place to stay, people can now offer up classes and experiences to the world, some of them extremely unique (like this wolf encounter for example OMG). It’s a great way to do something you’ve always wanted to do or never thought of, as well as getting to know…

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TRAVEL

Jongmyo Shrine

April 15, 2018

The Jongmyo Shrine is not far off from the Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung Palaces, but it most certainly gives off a different vibe from the rest. The royal ancestral rites (also known as Jongmyo Jerye) is still carried out to this day, along with ceremonies of memorial services and traditional music (Jongmyo Jeryeak). On top of the shrine itself, both have been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The main hall, Jeongjeon, houses the spirit tablets of the great kings…

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TRAVEL

Bukchon Hanok Village

April 11, 2018

The Bukchon Hanok Village is relatively quiet, and for a very good reason. Home to many average Koreans, it is more of a residential area than a tourist destination, though you can find a couple boutique stores here and there. Tucked in between the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, it is a frequent pit stop by visitors on their way from one palace to the next. There are signs on nearly every door requesting for silence, which surprisingly people seem to…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

April 7, 2018

Arguably the most popular and beautiful palace on the list, the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace is so vast that it easily took me an hour and a half just to cover it all (though looking at the layout now, i’m not sure i even covered the entire place). It served as the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty until it was burnt down during the Japanese invasion. King Gojong recommissioned the reconstruction 273yrs later but it was again…

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