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November 7, 2014

I wonder why the Seoul City government rolls out the annual Seoul Lantern Festival during the late autumn when the nights are really chilly, or why they even call it a ‘festival’. A festival should include…

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Busan’s Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley Treasure of Second-Hand Books

November 5, 2014, No comments

The so-called ‘bookshop alley’ in Bosu-dong, Busan, emerged back in the post-WWII period, when book merchants fixed themselves along its p ...

Just outside the walls of Tongdosa Temple (통도사)

5 Reasons Why I Love Autumn in Korea

November 5, 2014, No comments

My Busan hyung told me to hop in the car with no idea where we were going. After nearly an hour, I found myself in the majestic temple of Tongdosa ( ...

The Soul of Seoul: Yangnyeongsi Herbal Market

The Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Market

November 4, 2014, No comments

During the Joseon Dynasty some 600 years ago, Bojewon a medical institution was set up in Jegi-dong. ‘Won’ means an inn that was located along a m ...

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    Bongeunsa Temple – 봉은사 (Gangnam, Seoul)
    November 3, 2014, No comments

    Hello Again Everyone!! Bongeunsa Temple was first established in 794 A.D. by the monk, Yeonhoei, and it was first known as Gyeongseongsa Temple. Later, in 1498, under Queen Jeonghyeon (1462-1530), the temple was refurbished…

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    Namsan’s Yellow Leaf Road
    October 31, 2014, No comments

    Everything has been turning yellow around me. The Gingko trees along the Hannam-dong lane in my neighborhood. The buses running up and down Namsan.  I haven’t really gone out these days to take autumn photos,…

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    Boys over Flowers: Namdaemun’s Secret Garden
    October 28, 2014, No comments

    I have only been to one flower shop in Seoul; the one in my Hannam-dong neighborhood in the Yongsan District from where I bought a couple of plants for my apartment when I moved in for the first time. I actually don’t…