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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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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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Less Than 24 Hours In: Nara

February 6, 2018

What We Did We arrived Nara around noon and initially wandered around the couple of shops nearby, stocking up on Daiso’s heat packs before making our way towards Todai-ji Temple. It was crazy freezing on the day we were there, and when we stumbled across an old lady selling steaming hot sweet potatoes out of this portable wood-fired oven, we immediately started waiting in line (though we misunderstood the pricing and ended up paying 1,000yen for a sweet potato yikes). This…

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Todai-ji

January 31, 2018

One of Nara’s iconic landmarks. The main hall of Todai-ji, Daibutsuden (otherwise known as the Big Buddha Hall), is a vast wooden structure, housing one of Japan’s largest bronze statues. Despite its overwhelming size, it is actually only two thirds of the original structure, having been rebuilt after being consumed by fire. Twice. There’s something different about Japanese temples and shrines, where the silence speaks volumes and any tourist chatter gets drowned out by your sense of awe. I have…

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Oh Deer

January 29, 2018

Such beautiful creatures! Finally paid a visit to Nara Park, home to countless of wild deer, but despite being wild, there’s nothing wild about their habitat. There are easily thousands of tourists each day, and you can purchase a pack of deer biscuits for a mere 150yen. They are somehow very well-mannered towards vendors though, never disrupting business and only hounding you the moment food falls into your hands. One of them made it a mission to stalk my dad’s…

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