Hong Yonghee: An Unexpected Rights Advocate

A Traditional Korean Tea House near Songnisan Mountain

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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 …

Beautiful and cheap minbak ondol room in Jeju Island

The 12 Types of Korean Hotels Explained

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Decoding Korean Accommodation Looking for a hotel in Korea can be confusing – minbak, yogwan, hotel, motel guesthouse and resort are just a few of the commonly used terms for different types of hotels in South Korea and all mean something a little different.  This is a guide to the 12 main types of hotels found in Korea- and they’re …

Hyundu Kim Gonggan Coffee Truck, South Korea

5 of Jeju Island’s Best Cafés

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Jeju is South Korea’s holiday mecca, and sells itself as a place where you can slow down and enjoy the good things in life – nature, clean air, ocean, fresh fruit, restaurants, coffee…. As a result, Jeju has a plethora of unusual and intriguing cafes. Here are some of our favorites – we consider them among Jeju Island’s best cafés. …

Masamichi Shibasaki - Butoh dancer.

Butoh Dancer Performs at Udo Island Temple

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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 …

Beautiful Chuseok-time flowers out in the countryside

5 Tips to Survive Travel During Chuseok

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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.  …

Namsangol park in Seoul

The Beautiful Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul

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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 …