All posts tagged: south korea

Yakcheonsa Temple |Jeju Island| 약천사

This is not an old place, it was built in the 1990s. However, the beauty of this temple is unmatched by any that I’ve seen.  It’s also huge. The largest in Jeju boasting a view of orange trees and the ocean. It’s gorgeous and serene. A definite must if you visit the island. It’s located in the Jungmun Resort area. Directions and information found: Here Admission is free. There are many pictures here but I have even more on Flickr!  Crystal’s Flickr Page I was mocked  endlessly for this pose. It was a bit rainy and deserted the day we came. Such a perfect combination to see a temple.

Dreaming of Jeju |2010|

In two days I’m heading to Jeju Island for summer vacation. It has been four years since I’ve been and the first visit, while relaxing and fun,  was in December and quite cold, windy and rainy. It was still beautiful and picturesque but I am looking forward to seeing the tropical isle during the warmest days of the year. To get myself into a cleaning/packing mood I decided to have a look at old pictures, dust them off and post them. I am looking forward to seafood, sunshine, touring, beaches and…probably…crazy crowds. |Jeju| A volcanic island off the south coast of Korea has been called the, “Hawaii of South Korea.”  I assume its only called that because more people know of Hawaii than Jeju but it seems like a silly moniker.  Sure they are both volcanic and tropical…but Jeju is still distinct. Jeju sets itself apart from the rest of Korea by culture and language since it has been isolated from the mainland for the most part. One of the most interesting aspects of Jeju is …

Hakdong Park |a little nature in gangnam

Even couch potatoes need a little fresh air and greenery now and again. I find my respite in a lovely little park near my home in Nonhyeon. Hakdong park is a quick getaway about a 15 minute walk from my apartment. It’s only 15 minutes because I walk super slow. #noshameinit I use it for rest and exercise. It has a couple of tennis courts, some Korean style work out machines, a place for the kids and a couple of pagodas to sit and relax. There is a nice little hill to get your heart rate moving along as well, which makes it a great place to get in some cardio. I love it because its a bit wild, it smells like mud but its still in the middle of civilization. You can find more pictures on my Flikr page!   Directions per Exploring Korea How to get to Hakdong Park Seoul There are a few ways to get to the park and all take about the same time. You can take line 7 to Nonhyeon station …

Achasan Mountain|Top of Seoul|

So it’s not literally on the top of Seoul, there are bigger mountains in this city, but it does have some beautiful views of the Han River and the south…and I made it up there. Small miracles.  A bit of a hazy day, as it seems to always be in Seoul these days, but it has a great look, fresher air than the basin of Gangnam, and lots of people in full out hiking gear (snicker). It’s a good little climb. I didn’t expect it to be quite as steep…but it only takes 30-40 minutes to get to the top of the mountain. There is more to see than I found today but it was already getting warm and I am tragically out of shape. Mountain climbing can only get easier, right? Directions: Take Line 5 to Achasan Station and go out exit 2. Turn left at the first intersection and then turn right at the first T in the street, Left at the second T. You will be going up a noticeable hill now. We just …

Bongeunsa Temple | Gangnam

Seoul, South Korea Directions: Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6.                       Go 600m forward, and turn left.                       Go 150m forward, and cross the road to arrive at Bongeunsa Temple. Website: Bongeunsa |The head temple of the Seon Buddhism|   See more pictures on my Flickr page!  

The DDP | Dongdaemun Design Plaza

A few little pieces from the new DDP in Dongdaemun. I did love most of the exhibits but here are a few notes: 1. To see their main exhibit, The Treasures of Kansong, we would have had to wait over an hour. So get there earlier than we did! 2. It is very confusing moving from one exhibit to another. My advice is to ask where to go next at each exhibit when you are leaving. It will save a lot of headache. But, once you walk around it really feels like walking in the future. It’s beautiful and sleek. I hear there was controversy while building this plaza. Why fight it, people? This is what the movies have said that buildings of the future will look like and its awesome.         See more pictures at my Flickr page! DDP: Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Mullae Art Village

Updated August 18, 2016 Mullae Art Village, by all accounts, probably shouldn’t be there. But, there it is, a little artist’s island in the middle of an industrial park. It’s quite stark with the ironworks surrounding the art, but it’s brimming with creativity painted all over the walls with murals and in the unique and eerie sculptures. It’s a great place to visit on a holiday or quiet morning. I went on a holiday and only myself and a few other photogs were there. I imagine that it is much more lively during the week, but maybe harder to take pictures. This little village is recommended for anyone who enjoys street art and paintings of cats. Who doesn’t want to see pictures of cats? See more pictures on my Flickr! Mullae Village in Mullae-dong To get there: Take Line 2 (Green Line) to Mullae Station and take Exit 7. Walk straight about 50 yards and you will come to the entrance sign. Just explore all around from there.