$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 …

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 …

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.  …

The Beautiful Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul

The Namsangol Hanok Village 남산골 한옥마을 in Seoul, South Korea has beautiful old “hanok” buildings and gardens.  Hanok is a traditional Korean building. Namsangol Hanok Village is in the heart of Seoul, right at the foot of Namsan (the Southern Mountain).   It’s surrounded by forested hills and a short stroll from the busy streets of the Chungmuro neighborhood. The …