The Beautiful Craft of Korean Hanji Paper-Making in Jeonju, South Korea

For over a thousand years, the small city of Jeonju has been the heart of South Korea’s traditional arts. Korean paper, called hanji, is one of the art forms that are still made here today. Kang Kapseok, now a hanji craftsman, first saw the hanji-making process while visiting nearby mountains. “When I was young, I went there (in the mountains) …

Minnie and Mickey Mouse Arrive in Korea—Naturally, They Visit Namsan Tower

As part of Minnie and Mickey Mouse “Disney Shorts,” where they have various adventures, the couple have now arrived in South Korea. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse visit Namsan Tower, the most famous landmark in Seoul. Namsan Tower is known as the best date place, where couples take a lock to symbolize their eternal love and fasten it to the …

Review: The Brompton Bike in Korea

  Using a Brompton bike in Korea is a lot of fun.  It’s the perfect around town bicycle that folds up small and is pretty darn stylish too.  The Brompton also makes a fair touring bike for exploring the countryside – many Bromptons come with a luggage rack where you can strap on a backpack and you can also get …

$1 Concerts at Changgyeonggung Palace, Seoul

Changgyeonggung Palace Open Nights A friend and I discovered a sign for concerts at Changgyeonggung Palace while exploring the palace gardens.  When we found the cost was only W1,000 and it was gugak music (Korean traditional music) we vowed to go the following week. The evening concerts are part of “Special Open Nights” at Changgyeongung Palace, located near Hyehwa in …

A 12 Year Old’s 600km Ride from Seoul to Busan

Last summer my parents and I rode our bikes from Seoul to Busan, from the top to the bottom of South Korea. This was the longest bike trip we had ever planned.  Here is my log of the trip, the photos are by my parents. Day 1: Seoul to Yangsu We got up at around 7am. I totally forgot about …

The Curious & Beautiful Oedo Botania Island

Oedo Botania Island is something you can’t experience anywhere else – an intricate fusion of European and Korean styles in a semi tropical island. Strolling along the manicured gardens with strange curly topiary and bright gaudy flowers I couldn’t help have a smile of delight on my face.  It’s fanciful, bold and imaginative; not a European style garden at all, …