Gone Fishing…

A Hindu tree/shrine on the Indonesian Island of Bali. 2011 by Emma-Jarrod Hall For the next five weeks, the Korean Rooftop team (Jarrod, Emma and Seb) will be on the road, in Australia and Indonesia. We’ll be doing some photography and film-making in addition to catching up with long-neglected family and friends – so we should have some great stories …

Traveling to Jeju Island by Ferry & Embracing Slow Travel

South Korea’s Jeju Island, or Jejudo, is popular with Korean and overseas tourists for its beautiful beaches and clean natural environment.  It’s so popular the flight from Seoul to Jejudo is the busiest in the world, with 10 million passengers every year.    The other alternative besides by plane is to go by ferry.  The ferry is only slightly cheaper than …

The 12 Types of Korean Hotels Explained

Decoding Korean Accommodation Looking for a hotel in Korea can be confusing – minbak, yogwan, hotel, motel guesthouse and resort are just a few of the commonly used terms for different types of hotels in South Korea and all mean something a little different.  This is a guide to the 12 main types of hotels found in Korea- and they’re …

5 of Jeju Island’s Best Cafés

Jeju is South Korea’s holiday mecca, and sells itself as a place where you can slow down and enjoy the good things in life – nature, clean air, ocean, fresh fruit, restaurants, coffee…. As a result, Jeju has a plethora of unusual and intriguing cafes. Here are some of our favorites – we consider them among Jeju Island’s best cafés. …

5 Tips to Survive Travel During Chuseok

Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, is just around the corner and it’s one of the biggest Korean holidays of the year. Unfortunately this can cause travel mayhem for the unsuspecting visitor. During Chuseok people travel en masse, usually out of Seoul to their hometown to visit parents, loaded with gift-boxes of practical household goods like coffee, spam, cooking oil, fruit or toiletries.  …

Inspiration from Korean Ceramic Roof Tiles

  An orchestra of cicadas greet us as we climb the stairs up to the subway exit at the National Museum of Korea.   We hurry into the Museum to escape the noise and intense heat. It’s our second visit, so room after room of old paintings doesn’t exactly excite us – but then we come across the Korean ceramic roof …