The Beautiful Craft of Korean Hanji Paper-Making in Jeonju, South Korea

For over a thousand years, the small city of Jeonju has been the heart of South Korea’s traditional arts. Korean paper, called hanji, is one of the art forms that are still made here today. Kang Kapseok, now a hanji craftsman, first saw the hanji-making process while visiting nearby mountains. “When I was young, I went there (in the mountains) …

The Best Places to Visit on Jeju Island – Part 2

The View of Songsan Port from the top of Songsan Ilchulbong In the Yellow Sea south of the Korean Peninsular lies a volcanic island, famous for pure mineral water, horsemeat restaurants and free-diving grandmas. We’ve cycled the roughly 200 km circumference of Jeju Island three times now; exploring, camping, sampling the local nosh and making new friends each time. There …

The Best Places to Visit on Jeju Island – Part 1

Fishing from the seawall in Jeju City They call it the Hawaii of South Korea… Every year millions of people flock to Jeju Island for it’s beautiful beaches, volcanic landscapes, fresh seafood and luxurious resorts. We’ve cycled around it three times now and there were a handful of places we just had to visit every time – we loved them …

Crowds & Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

It’s almost April and one of the most beloved and visually stunning events in Asia is about to take place – the blooming of the cherry blossoms in South Korea and Japan. Early April is the season for fruity blooms in South Korea and you can find the expected dates for all of the different regions here on the Visit …

Visiting the Korean DMZ in Winter

  Driving along the Han River from Seoul toward the Korean DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) , it’s difficult not to notice riverbanks lined with razor-wire fences and military watchtowers. Despite being a thriving hub of capitalism and democracy in Asia, Seoul is less than 40km from North Korea. For several weeks, I’ve made regular trips up to the DMZ with 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 …