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, …

5 Tips for Camping in Korea

“I wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow, manly sniff, “Yeah, I’ve shit in the woods.” – Bill Bryson Korea is a great country for camping. This may come as a surprise as it’s the 23rd most densely populated country …

Winter Cycling in Korea

Winter cycling in Korea is fantastic – the landscape is filled with willow-lined rivers, mountains, pine forests and modern cities and is starkly beautiful. At any time of year, South Korea is an ideal country to explore by bike. In Seoul there are massive dedicated cycle paths like motorways that run from one side of the city to the other …