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Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul

May 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 ceremonies have also been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The main hall, Jeongjeon, houses the spirit tablets of the…

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Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul

May 11, 2018

A walk through the Bukchon Hanok Village, which literally translates to “northern village”, will take you back in time to the streets of the Joseon Dynasty. The neighbourhood 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…

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

May 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  – click here for the full layout). It served as the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty until it was burnt down during the Japanese invasion. King Gojong recommissioned the…

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LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul

May 3, 2018

‘Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson’ I’m pretty sure most of you have seen these famous LED flowers somewhere, be it on social media or Korean dramas. This place was flocked with young couples and lovers, and for a moment i felt like the odd one out since i was there alone. Located in the vicinity of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, this installation was actually…

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10 Things To See And Do In Arashiyama

March 4, 2018

When you think of Kyoto’s Arashiyama, the first thought that comes to mind is most definitely the famed Bamboo Forest. Tourists from all over the world flock here just to see it, making it one of the busiest tourist districts in Kyoto. While it serves as the main attraction in this quaint little suburb, there are numerous things to see and do here as well. I have only ever discovered Arashiyama for half a day but here is a list…

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Unique Finds Around The World: Arashiyama Forest of Owls

February 26, 2018

First row: Little owl / Barn owl / White-faced scops owl Middle row: Great grey owl / Indian eagle owl / Vermiculated eagle owl Last row: Great horned owl / Southern boobook / Spotted eagle owl Aside from the usual cat and dog cafes, Japan is widely known to have all these quirky animal cafes (think rabbits, owls, hedgehogs, snakes etc) that are quickly making its way to everyone’s list. I first discovered that Japan had these owl cafes after…

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Kyoto Market Guide: Nishiki Market

February 22, 2018

If you love wandering around food markets like i do, then be sure to make your way to Nishiki Market in Kyoto. What started out as a wholesale fish district in the early 1300s has now become a bustling retail market for locals and tourists alike. More than 100 shops and restaurants line this long and narrow street, and many of the stores have been operated by the same families for generations. Here you can find all things food; from fresh seafood and…

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