Hyundu Kim’s Pink Coffee Truck

We stumbled across Hyundu Kim in his little pink truck selling coffee somewhere on the North-east coast of Jeju. He customized the inside of his truck himself to operate as a portable coffee shop… his truck is his passport to wander all over South Korea, wherever and whenever he likes. Brilliant! He also brews an excellent cup of coffee. This …

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 …

Jeju Island Poet: Read it, Feel it, Someday

During our 2 week trip around Jeju Island by bicycle we stayed in the sleepy town of Gosanri on the western side of South Korea’s Jeju Island.   We heard about  a Jeju Island poet, Jo Sungwon, in a local cafe. Jo had escaped from a high-pressure engineering job in Seoul and was living a simple, hermitic existence in a …

A Traditional Korean Tea House near Songnisan Mountain

Traditional Korean Tea House A beautiful way to experience Korean culture is by visiting a traditional Korean tea house.   There are many great tea houses tucked away in the alleyways and backstreets near Insadong.  But to experience a traditional Korean tea house in the middle of the countryside in a gorgeous old hanok, (a traditional Korean house) takes the experience …

Butoh Dancer Performs at Udo Island Temple

Our visit to Udo, or Cow Island off Jeju Island was totally unplanned and spontaneous. We had travelled almost 1.5 weeks around Jeju Island, South Korea by bicycle with our son. Suddenly rain struck, so we were stuck in Seongsan-ri for the next day. We tried to research things to do, and remembered the Jeju Island tour guide’s advice to …