$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 …

Essential Korean Phrases for Travelers

South Korea is a wonderful place to explore that really is off the beaten path in the truest sense of the term. Outside of Seoul, you’ll be hard pressed to find other western travelers, even at the more popular tourist destinations. This country isn’t much like anywhere else – it dances to it’s own tune – that’s what makes it …

Incredible Master Sculptor of Buddha Statues

  Up in the hills in his quiet studio, Master sculptor Jin Hyung Lee gently carves the clay cast of his latest statue, the dragon king. “You probably know Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva – she has assistants, and one is a young boy – the dragon king…he’s a symbol of the sea,” he says.  Jin Hyung Lee has been sculpting Buddha statues …

8 Reasons to Visit Dynamic Seoul

A couple picnicking by the Han River in Seoul Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the biggest cities in Asia. It’s not exactly a tourist hotspot though and finding reliable information about what to do and see in Seoul can be a struggle. Here are our top tips to help you have an amazing time when …