$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 …

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 …

Cycling From Seoul to Jeonju – Part 1 of 2

It All Started When… I’ve lived in South Korea for six years and for most of that time I’ve dreamed of going on a bike camping trip alone. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a daydreamer but there’s something romantic about the idea of travelling under my own steam through this crowded and mountainous country. For years I’ve imagined myself …

Han River Bike Camping from Chuncheon to Seoul

In the rugged mountains of Gangwon Province in South Korea, a bicycle-path follows the North Han River as it flows through a narrow valley lined with forested peaks. Last month we – Emma, Jarrod and 11 year old Sebastian – rode our bikes through this valley with our heads down, battling against a big headwind on a three day bike …

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.  …