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Asia » South Korea June 8th 2013

3주간에 시간을 되돌리는 작업을 6월에 하루하루일기 써가듯 이렇게 blog 를 만들고 있다. 이런게 행복아닐까? 명란이모가 어제 큰외숙모와 만나야 한다기에 주저않고 11시까지 회현역으로 가기로 했다. 다들 선입견이 강해 내가 스스로 어떻게 회현역을 혼자 지하철타고 갈수있을까 걱정했지만 이미 어제 서울지하철을 경험하고 자신있게 찾아갈수있다고 말했다. 그렇게 해서 셋째날을 맞이했다. 명란이모는 내가 미국에서 살아서 잼과 빵을 사두었다. 그들은 내가 신기한가보다. 솔직히 다른 한국사람과 별다를게 없는데. 그만큼 선입견이 무섭다는거다. 5년전인가? 내가 대학교 3학년때 숭례문이 불타서 복구했을때였다. 기억이 생생한 이유는 그당시 성신여대생 1기생... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul June 7th 2013

드디어 시작이다 나에 서울탐방! 15년만에 한국에 온것도 기쁘지만 서울은 나에겐 새로움 그 자체나 마찬가지다. 아직도 6학년때 본 서울에 모습은 있지만 지금 만 27세에 본 서울과 그떄와는 엄청난 차이가 있기 마련이다. 2쨰날 난 사진기도 들지 않았고 우선 카페베네와 은행계좌를 틀려고 길을 나섰다. 동작구 건영아파트 105동 804호. 이민오기전 생생이 기억난건 베란다에 들어오는 63빌딩이다. 그 63빌딩이 이렇게 가까울 줄이야! 한국서울은 내 손바닥이였다. 미국이라는 넓은곳을 사방으로 돌아다닌 내가 서울은 내발로 정복할수있는 장소였다. 5월초에 서울은 시원하고 맑았다. 공기도 좋고 기분도 쨰지고. 어떻게 서울을 정복할지만을 생각하고 난 거리를 나섰다. 왜... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Yongsan-gu June 6th 2013

Hi everyone! I'm just going to write a quick blog to document the last few weeks since my visitors left, then the next one I write will probably be about my Summer travels as it's only 3 weeks until the end of term and there's nothing particularly exciting happening in those 3 weeks! So, as the title of this blog suggests, the weeks have been very much work-filled. I have settled into a routine of work from 7am until about 6pm each day in order to get everything done; then Mondays and Wednesdays I have Korean class after school, Tuesdays I have pilates and chiro, Thursdays I play netball and Friday I go to salsa. So my life has been very structured recently - just how I like it, let's face it :-) But such long ... read more
Lantern!
So excited to be at the lantern festival!
Lanterns.....

Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Palgongsan June 6th 2013

6th June: A gift from the Gods. A four day weekend. But due to prior commitments, I was unable to leave Korea, as I had to be in back in Seoul for the Saturday morning. So where should I go? Not really enough time to go to Busan, so I settled on Daegu, Korea's third largest city. However there didn't seem like there would be a great deal to do there. I was on the slow train again to save money. I left Suwon around 7:45 and got in to Dong Daegu station around 11:15. After getting myself sorted I headed into the tourist information office to ask about buses to Palgongsan Provincial Park. My original idea was to hike there today, and spend the next day in the city. The woman in the office asked ... read more
Gatbawi
Near the Small Temple
Near the Small Temple

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu » Gwanghwamun June 4th 2013

Getting off at City Hall station, I walked into a street that was right next to the 덕수궁 wall. There were mixture of Korean architecture with Spanish-European style catholic church right next to each other, which I felt mixed feelings about Western and Eastern culture colliding together. I walked toward to 광화문 to see King Sejong and Admiral Lee Sun Shin statue, which are iconic symbols of Seoul. I stopped by at the 국민은행 to make $1,000 deposit in Korean won. I am now in front of 교보문구 (Kyobo Bookstore). 5월 8일 수요일 한국에 온지 4일째 되는날 이때 본격적인 서울탐방이 시작된다. 월 화 이어진 선들때문에 마음과감정이 어수선했지만 이제는 자유롭게 내 마음대로 할수있어서 홀가분했다. 아직도 내가 한국에 갔다왔다는게 믿겨지지가 않는다 지금 6월 11일 저녁 한달전에 ... read more

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Asia » South Korea » Jeollabuk-do » Jeonju » Hanok Village June 1st 2013

1st Jun: Up far too early. 5 am! I managed to leave the house not long after half past and headed to the metro. Got to Suwon station, not long after six. Bought some breakfast from the shop, and sat eating that, while waiting for my train. My train left about ten past seven. I put my ear phones in and tried to sleep. The bloke next to me was a bit chatty, and I was in no mood for it. It was too early. The train journey took about three hours. I almost missed my stop as I was asleep. However the old bloke told me, it was my stop. Thank goodness! The train station in Jeonju is gorgeous, it's built in the hanok style. After asking at the tourist information office about how to ... read more
Father Baudounet
Jeongdong Church
Jeongdong Church

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jung-gu » Myeong-dong May 27th 2013

The North kept issuing threats but the South Koreans are unfazed. Those threats have become so regular that life remains normal here despite the newspaper headlines. Shops and night markets remain open, karaoke bars still blaring, glasses clinking as soju (Korean vodka) bottles are emptied, and restaurants and food stalls a-steaming with their specialty dishes! LOSING ONE'S SOUL IN SEOUL? Totally wasted. Completely zonked out. We'd likely never do this again. That is, taking a midnight flight to arrive 4am in Seoul. Good thing Incheon Airport is so welcoming. We stayed, glued to our seats in the airport's Cafe Pascucci , sipping our fav black liquids to start our day. No luck. Our energy level hit rock bottom for lack of sleep. Took a taxi to take us to Nine Tree Hotel in Myeongdong, a good ... read more
More bibimbap in another resto
Ginseng Chicken for ENERGY
Galbi Tang

Asia » South Korea » Busan May 26th 2013

After spending the last couple of weekends in cities, eating and drinking, I was desperate to escape on an activity day to the countryside. Luckily I found a facebook group for hiking and cycling in Busan, and I travelled out one Sunday morning to the peripheral city of Yangsan to meet some of the members. I was able to borrow a bike and we started off on our trip to Tongdosa (temple). We headed up north by the riverbank, which was decorated with many flowering poppies, and escaped the industrial landscape shortly afterwards. So nice to feel in the countryside again! We passed so many rice paddies with people out working their land - thoroughly peaceful and the roads were quiet too. It wasn't a demanding cycle by any means and we arrived at Tongdosa in ... read more
pagodas contain relics
rural Korea
poppy fields

Asia » South Korea » Seoul May 21st 2013

Flew to South Korea on 1/1/11 :) isn't it a cute number ? Oh well, now its 2013! time flies! I am not a travel writer or such but today i feel like i wanted to create a journal about my trip to South Korea even though it was about 2 years ago :) However, I can say that I had a good luck in South Korea. I found a warm and friendly family in Gangneung which is located in Gangwon-do province yay! And the other good thing was, i was invited by her sister who lives in Seoul to stay with her for free! That's too much than I expected! So as I landed at Incheon Airport, I tried to catch the last bus to Oryu-Dong and i was lucky again because the bus almost ... read more

Asia » South Korea May 21st 2013

First day in Seoul I woke up early today probably at 8 am (well that's early for me), and then grabbed my quick breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. Hot Chocolate during winter is always good :D My first stop was Gyeongbok Palace. I went to few palace on that day and I couldn't remember the name and too lazy to google haha but I bet all the traveler in here know where I went too :p Something bad has happened to me! Oh noooo! The sole of my shoes was broken at the Secret Garden, anyway Secret Garden is a huge garden, I had no choice, kept walking til i finish my tour! Oh god! it was freezing! And then I bought a cup of hot tea and keep looking for a shoe shop. Asked few people ... read more
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