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Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Seogwipo April 8th 2014

“Wait... I don't think they're going to cook it,” I say looking down at the freshly slaughtered sea cucumber we just bought; chopped rings of flesh still wriggling and pulsating on the plate. It was alive seconds ago... and maybe it still is...? One of the women gives us a spicy sauce for dipping and some seaweed. We plop down at a table a mere 20 feet from the sea. “Cheers” we say tapping our chopsticks together and then slurp down a slimy animated morsel... More about the squirmy seaside delights in a bit... Known as Korea's signature honeymoon destination, Jeju Island boasts a giant volcano right in its center and is blanketed endlessly by flowers in the Spring. Charcoal cliffs and jagged formations rule most of the coastline causing waterfalls to pour directly into the ... read more
stone statues
Penis Rock
Soph and Matt seaside

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu April 3rd 2014

22ndMarch Busan, South Korea After the peace, tranquillity of Japan not to mention how courteous everyone was, welcome back to the real world. We had great welcomes and sailaways whilst in Japan and we arrived in Busan (formerly Pusan, don’t ask me why) on a beautiful morning with no formal celebrations whatsoever. And this was Queen Elizabeth’s maiden call to South Korea. A very modern port on the outskirts of Busan itself, they seem to live their lives at 100 miles per hour. Technically North & South Korea are still at war following the Armistice which was signed in July 1953, but no peace treaty was concluded. Our guide on the tour mentioned several times that they live with the threat of some conflict with the North, even since we have left there have been incidences ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Chuncheon » Nami Island March 29th 2014

We took the shuttle bus from Jamsil at 9:40 am. The bus is easy to book, I think you just ring a number on the Nami Island website, transfer the money and they send you an email receipt, which you give to the bus driver and he gives you your bus and ferry tickets. Our bus driver was worried because we didn't have return tickets, but we explained that we weren't coming back on the shuttle. The bus journey was really quick. I'm sure it only took about an hour. Once we arrived at the ferry terminal, we headed straight to the coffee shop to get our caffeine fixes and have a good natter. We finally managed to drag ourselves away from the cafe, and we got on the ferry to head across to the island. ... read more
General Nami's Poem
General Nami's Tomb
General Nami's Tomb

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu March 22nd 2014

Hi Just to let you all know that we have had no internet whilst in Japan. It has been full on with four ports in Japan and now in South Korea. Japan has been great and hope you will enjoy the blogs when I get to put them up. Off to China next. Cheers... read more

We arrived at the Songrisan National Park around 10ish. By the time, we had all used the vile drop toilets, and took photos of the pretty waterfall by the entrance and walked to the proper start of the trail, it was about 11 am. There was a pretty stream at the start of the trail and we took some photos of that. The hike was a lot tougher than I had imagined. It started off okay, but as we started to rise the trail got muddy and as we climbed even higher it was snowy. We hiked for about an hour to an hour and half and we caught up with the others, who were all taking a break, in a kind of clearing, where you could look down on the valley and scenes below. The ... read more
Janggak Waterfall
Janggak Waterfall
Songnisan National Park


Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Yeongheung-do March 12th 2014

Had a two night stay in Incheon, which is about an hour from Seoul on the train. Haven't been for few months so quite glad to come again. Still really cold here but Iv experienced it much worse last February when it was -16degrees!!! Not fun! Arrived in the morning and had a little sleep, then I forced myself awake in the early afternoon otherwise I wouldn't sleep at night. Not that it ended up mattering on this trip.... It's one of the worst feelings in the world getting yourself up, so tired. So got up and headed down to the swimming pool at hotel. You need to wear a swimming cap in the pool here which I quite liked to control my hair. I haven't actually been swimming since I was about 12! And man ... read more
Glasgow Commonwealth Games new addition to the swim team?
Master chef
Korean BBQ restaurant

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangnam-do » Saryang-do March 8th 2014

8th Mar: We were picked up along the side of the highway around midnight. After a quick stop in Cheonan, we travelled through the night to get to Tongyeong. I can't say the ride down was comfortable or enjoyable. Why do people recline their seats so far back that they are in your lap, grr! I wish chairs were made unable to recline. We arrived at the ferry terminal at some point during the night, and we were woken up around 6:30, as it was time to get up and get all our stuff together before getting the ferry. The ferry left at 7 am and it took about forty minutes to get to Saryang-do, the island on which we would be staying. One thing I love about Korean ferries is the lack of seats. After ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gwangjin-gu February 23rd 2014

This blog will be light on food porn and photos in general as dining in the dark doesn't really give you many photo opportunities. I had wanted to do this ages ago, but couldn't really find any info about it on the web. A friend recently mentioned it and I went off in search again and this time found loads of information. My friends were up for it, so I went online to book on the restaurant's website. The online reservation form is all in Korean, but one of my co-workers checked that I had filled it out correctly and then I transferred the money, you have to pay for the food and drinks before you go to the restaurant. There's a section on the website to check that your reservation is completed. I didn't know ... read more
Outside Of The Restaurant
Through The Door...
Blind Restaurant

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 23rd 2014

After a few fitful hours of sleep and numerous bites from either mosquitoes, bedbugs or most likely both, we stumbled out of bed and quickly left in search of clean sit down bathrooms and coffee. We followed the recommendations for the Lonely Planet “1 day in Bangkok” walking tour and barely made it one block before a Swiss girl invited herself to be our company for the day. She also was in the midst of a multi-month tour all by herself throughout SE Asia like everyone we have met. We walked to the Royal Palace, one of the most famous of all the sights in the city and home to the Emerald Buddha. We all opted out to go inside after seeing the admission was $15, when all else was only a dollar or two. Really ... read more
The Reclining Buddha
Wat Arun
Seoul Tower locks

Asia » South Korea » Gyeonggi-do » Gapyeong February 22nd 2014

Another visit to the Garden of Morning Calm. I really enjoyed it last year, and some of friends hadn't been so I headed back this year with them. We did it differently to last year, instead of taking one of the regular buses from the bus terminal we (well, Yeri) booked us a package deal. It was 19,000 won and included the return coach trip from Apgujeong (fancy part of Seoul) and admission to the garden. The bus journey took about an hour and half and went pretty smoothly due to not much traffic. This was certainly quicker than last year, when we took the bus to Cheongpyeong and then a taxi to the gardens. I spotted the lush dalkgalbi restaurant we went to last year. Sad, we wouldn't get to go there on this trip. ... read more
The Garden Of Morning Calm
The Garden Of Morning Calm
The Garden Of Morning Calm

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