Tag Archives: ROK

#Cheonggyecheon Stream

16 Jul

The World Through #Tech Eyes

14 Jul

The #Tech world – always communicating behind glass, usually with filters distorting the view.  Looking each other face – to – face might help us see one another more clearly.

#Korean Guard Pet

6 Jul

“Stone Guardian from the Baekje Era”  –  I’m calling him Charley! He just looks so #happy!  He’s probably singing the song in his head ūüėú  He looks like he’d get along great with #Mushu the #dragon

Seoul Rose Garden Festival

20 Jun

I’m Back!

Yes, it’s me, the Procrastinating writer. Once again I fail to keep this up-to-date with my travels. But today, you are in luck! I come with fresh photos and news about my venture into the Seoul Rose Garden Festival today. ¬†

 

Seoul Rose Garden Festival!

What:

Rose Garden

To clear up some confusion (I admit to being one of those bewildered), there are two names here to take into account. The Rose Theme Garden is the name of the location/garden. It is open 365 days a year and can be viewed at any time. It boasts of 20,000+ Roses in nearly 300+ varieties, but there are many other kinds of flowers as well.  You can find dozens of little ponds, Continue reading

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 2

24 Feb

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 2

An Itinerary for Getting the Most From A Too Brief Trip

See the introduction here.

See Day 1 here.

Note that all directions & prices were true as of mid-late 2012; I haven’t check back since then. I’m headed back this summer, so I’ll look and see then if I can. ūüôā

Itinerary Summary–Day 2

  1. 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. *** Breakfast at Myeongdong 
  2. 10:00 a.m. -11:30 p.m. *** Namsan Tower and the Cable Car
  3. 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. *** Lunch in Coex Mall
  4. 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. *** Shop and visit the Aquarium in Coex Mall 
  5. 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.***  Korean National Museum
  6. 5:30 p.m.- Whenever you leave *** Shop and enjoy Dondaemeun 

I tried to leave enough time for travel between each stop, but this means you may have a little more or less time depending on how long it takes you to move from one place to another.

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Breakfast/Shopping: Myeongdong

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Why?

Most touristy places in the city aren’t going to open up this early, so this is a good time to wander around and grab some ¬†breakfast if you’re an early riser. ¬†Myeongdong actually opens up pretty early because it caters to tourist shoppers; in fact you may hear people calling out in Japanese, since most of the tourist come from Japan. ¬† Myeongdong is traditionally considered a shopping central for all fashionistas. ¬†It’s got purses, clothes, glasses, beauty supplies, shoe stores, beauty parlors, etc. ¬†Honestly, I preferred some other places more for actual bargain shopping (note that this is where the upper crusts shop as well; we’re talking Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana stores) , but it is an awesome place to grab coffee of a morning. ¬†They have plenty of pastry/coffee shops like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc. ¬†Plus, the stalls are fun to wander if they’re up before you leave, and you can sometimes walk away with a handful of free stuff from the hawkers. If you’re low on funds, maybe save your shopping $$ for later though. Continue reading

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 1

5 Feb

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 1

An Itinerary for Getting the Most From A Too Brief Trip

See the introduction here.

See Day 2 Here.

Itinerary Summary–Day 1

  1. 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. *** Gwanghwamun Square
  2. 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. *** Lunch in Itaewon
  3. 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. *** Shop in Itaewon
  4. 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. *** Dinner at a¬†Korean BBQ¬†(It’ll be 5 before you get there)
  5. 8:40 p.m.-9:10 p.m. *** Take the Hangang Ferry Cruise
  6. Head in for a good night’s sleep/Party all night.

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History: Gwanghwamun Square

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Why?

Gwanghwamun Square is both amazing and one of the most important things to see while in Seoul. ¬†You don’t have time to visit every major palace and museum in Seoul, but this palace both palaces and museums in one spot. ¬†The Square itself is fascinating; because this is such an important place politically and culturally, the streets are lined with different political protests. ¬†When I was there, you saw a long row of cages marked with signs protesting North Korea’s treatment of its citizens. ¬†It is quite literally a square, ¬†in the center is a long grassy strip with two large, very famous statues. ¬†Then at one end you will find Gyeongbokgung Palace. ¬† Continue reading

48 Hours in Seoul: Introduction

4 Feb
Seoul korea
Seoul, South Korea from the Namsan Tower

48 Hours in Seoul:

An Itinerary for Getting the Most From A Too Brief Trip

Are you looking for history, culture, nature, great food, good shopping, and a little taste of Korea? ¬†Well, Seoul is definitely the best place for all of these things! ¬†In fact, Seoul has so many amazing things to do that you could spend years there and still never see everything (I spent 3 months and barely cracked the surface). But sometimes you don’t have forever to spend in a place. Continue reading

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Yonggungsa Temple

25 Jan

Yonggungsa Temple

Yonggungsa Temple in Busan, ROK

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Orange Blossom

25 Jan

Orange Blossom

Anyone know what kind of flower this is? It was blooming outside of Seoul’s tourism center this summer, but I still can’t find out what kind it was. Isn’t it gorgeous!!

Dragon Hill Spa

13 Jan
Dragon Hill Spa

Dragon Hill Spa entrance

Traveling abroad is no picnic in the park, as even the most seasoned travelers will tell you.  Between figuring out your way around, trying to understand the foreign language, and constantly participating in the activities and events that brought you there in the first place, life gets incredibly hectic.

Then, you have to add in the fact that you are living in a strange place. ¬†No bed that you recognize, often times (especially in Asian hotels) no bath to soak your weary bones, no familiar comforts of the home you’ve left behind. ¬†After awhile you just need a break.

Well, it took much bravery on our parts, but this past summer, me and three other friends decided to try out one of Korea’s famous relaxing “Saunas” (also called the “Baths”). ¬†One of us had been given a coupon to the Dragon Hill Spa, and, after looking at pictures online, we decided to try it out. ¬†In the end,¬†I would highly recommend the Dragon Hill Spa to visitors to Seoul. ¬†It is an amazing experience, and it truly was the most relaxing thing I did. ¬†As an introvert, I greatly needed a place to rest, and this was exactly what I needed. ¬†Great place!! Continue reading

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