Blogs from South Korea, Asia - page 2


Asia » South Korea April 27th 2015

I have not been good about keeping up with the blog, so this post will cover a lot. To be honest, I haven’t been posting as often for two reasons. The first is that I have been busy doing cool stuff, which makes me tired. The second is that I’ve been having a much stronger culture shock experience than I expected and didn’t want that to show through in my writing. Fortunately my culture shock is on the decline and I’m feeling a lot better about things lately, maybe because the weather just became beautiful. A few weeks ago the cherry blossoms bloomed here and turned the campus, and whole country for that matter, into a pink fairy tale. It was absolutely beautiful, even as the flowers died because their petals fell like snow and covered ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gwangjin-gu April 26th 2015

A trio of mountains. I have previously hiked Yongmasan, many, many years ago, and when I did that hike, we had wanted to tack Achasan on to it, but couldn't find our way, so had to give up. However, this time I would start at Achasan to make sure I got there. Achsan, Yongmasan and Mangusan were all collectively called Mt. Acha or Achasan until the Joseon dynasty. So hopefully I would be able to tackle all three without too much difficulty. I took the subway to Achasan station. The blogs I had read about getting to the mountain form the subway station made it seem quite difficult, but I think I followed the directions from 10 magazine and it was pretty simple. And if you are there at the weekend, you can just follow the ... read more
Pretty Mural
Pretty Flowers
Park Entrance

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gangnam » Gae-po-dong April 25th 2015

I took the subway to Suseo station and came out of exit 6. The start of the trail is a one minute walk away. I spent sometime, looking at the trail map. There was the trail map for the mountain also for the Seoul Trail, which is spread over more than 100 kilometres, over the city, and seems to mainly be on the flat land around the base of the mountains. It looks like the Seoul Trail could be nice. I hope I have time to do a section or two of it. I started up the steps, which marked the start of the trail. the steps weren't too bad and didn't last too long, before giving way to a gentle forest trail. There were a few benches not long after the steps and some friends ... read more
The City Poking Through the Trees
Start of the Trail

Asia » South Korea » DMZ April 17th 2015

Hyundais ready for shipment filled the Port of Incheon as we arrived in South Korea this morning. It was a little chilly when we walked to our bus this morning for our tour but the sun was shining and there was no smog from China. When we arrived at the DMZ area we were surprised to see rides and gift shops near the Freedom Bridge. We used the restroom facility there and then reboarded the bus to go to the DMZ third tunnel. We were warned by our guide to take pictures only from behind this yellow line on the observation deck. The line was four feet from the wall and had view finders that were in the way. After taking our photos we approached the wall and obeyed the rule until a huge group of ... read more
Third Tunnel Monument
View of North Korea
Hard Hats for Hard Heads

Asia » South Korea » Seoul April 16th 2015

Here I am, sitting at a public computer in Seoul's infamous Gangnam district south of the Han River. Behind me a noisy group of Koreans and Americans are playing card games and make me wanna send them straight up to Pyongyang for "relax and recreation". I have been in the capital for the last 4-5 days or so, touring pretty much everything that I wanted to see. Unfortunately on my first day here I got a cold so I was a little limited, but a Korean friend of mine showed me around. Always helps to have friends around the blue ball! Anyway, let's focus a little on the title of this post: The faces of Korea. While some people might argue there are many (surgered ones), after my trip I would like to argue that there ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Seodaemun-gu April 12th 2015

Spring has sprung! The cherry blossoms were out in force and I wanted to head some where to walk about in their beauty and, of course, take some photos. I don't know what it is about cherry blossoms, but they just put a smile on my face. Maybe their beauty is amplified as they are the first real flowers after winter. I just wished they lasted longer, cherry blossom season is too short. The flowers would be at their peak on 9th April in Seoul. The KTO (at least I think it's the KTO) publishes a guide stating the dates when the cherry blossoms peak in different regions and cities of Korea. So I was only a couple of days late. Ideally, I had wanted to visit somewhere that wasn't too busy, but I knew I ... read more
Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju April 10th 2015

"Our suicide rate is the highest in the world and our birth rate is the lowest", he said. "He" was a middle-aged Korean office clerk, going by the name of Mr. Ryan. I met Mr. Ryan in the lobby of the hostel in Busan, the ROK's second biggest and slightly gritty harbor city in the south of the country. "I have an interest in democracy", he said to a young Hong Kong girl working on her laptop. Recalling the recent umbrella revolution in Hong Kong, he explained his view of similar issues in the ROK. "There is no freedom here" said Mr. Ryan. "Every day we have protests and you never hear about them. Jeju Island, for example, is being sold out to the Chinese and people complain. Nothing happens. There is no democracy in South ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan April 7th 2015

Easter Sunday, April 5th, I visited Lotte shopping mall. This place doesn't compare to anything I've seen in the U.S. It is 12 floors of awesomeness. I took the metro/subway to the mall and exited and Nampo-dong, which fed me into the first floor of the mall. It has tons of seating and so many different places to eat that you cannot choose easily. I kept turning my head from one side to another and was so overwhelmed with the options I decided to get right to shopping for what I needed. Each floor has different items to shop for. For example, one floor has young women's fashions, another floor has men's fashion, home furnishing, and so on. One floor is dedicated to shoes and purses- I almost had a heart attack. I saw so many ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangnam-do » Yangsan April 6th 2015

Good morning from South Korea! Today is April 6, 2015. I have officially survived 4 months living away from home in South Korea. In 4 months, I have spent my first holiday season away from my family... and discovered that family doesn't always have to be blood. I have watched my niece and nephew grow up via social media from the other side of the world... and realized how thankful I am for the technology I have access to. I have watched as several of my friends count down to and make huge life changes: engagements; weddings; babies... and, once again, I can only be thankful for things like Facebook giving me the ability to keep in touch with a simple click of a button. In the past 4 months, I have made many new friends ... read more
Emma and Viktoria in Hong Kong
Christin and I in Manila
Wes in Manila

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Seodaemun-gu April 4th 2015

Gaemi Maeul means Ant Village, and is located in northern Seoul. The village is in the foothills of Inwangsan Mountain. It is very easy to get to. I took the subway to Hongje Station and came out of exit one. I walked along the street for about 5 minutes and came to the bus stop. This area of northern Seoul is more traditional, since it was a Saturday, loads of adjummas had set up stalls along the path, selling fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This neighbourhood is a contrast to the modern, polished areas of Gangnam and the like, south of the river. I waited a little while at the bus stop, there were plenty of buses coming and going, but not the number 07, which I needed. The journey on the minibus took about 10 to ... read more
Trail to Inwangsan
Gaemi Maeul
Gaemi Maeul

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