Category: South-Korea

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Cat cafe & trick art museum in Seoul – Must do!

Trick art museum For some reason, trick art museums haven’t really taken off in other countries, but in South-Korea, they seem to be pretty big. In fact, there are 2 of them (maybe even 3) in Seoul alone and I’m sure there was one on Jeju island too. Eventhough they house different artworks, the concept is pretty much the same so I only visited one of them in Seoul. As the name explains it, the museum consist of paintings and artworks where there is “some trick” to it. More than often this means that the 2-D paintings seem to have...

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Seoul Heyri Art Village

It’s quite unusual that I spend a whole post talking about 1 place, but I just had too many pictures of the Heyri art village to add another topic to this. And to top things off, some of the galleries weren’t even open! Anyway, to start things off: Heyri art village is a little “village” a few kilometers outside of central Seoul. It looked like they took a piece of empty land and decided to make it an art village out of nowhere, good idea to me it seems. All the buildings have their own unique design and consist of...

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I’ve got Seoul baby!

Finally made it to Seoul, my last stop in South Korea before moving on to China. My travels in Seoul are actually divided into 3 blogposts since there was so much to do here and mainly because I took so many pictures. In this post I’ll just give you a general overview of Seoul for now. Check out the Heyri Art Village and the cat cafe and trick art museum. Being the capital of South Korea, there must be a palace for me to visit right? In fact, there were 2 of them! The most prominent one called Gyeongbok-gung also...

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Daegu & Jeonju

Daegu Daegu in itself doesn’t really have much to offer. The reason I decided to stop by here was only because I had some time to kill before meeting up with my friend in Jeonju. On top of it, I managed to get a couchsurfer to host me for a few days. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but for each country I visit, I try to stay with a local couchsurfer for a few days to get a grasp of every day life in their country. Since this was one of the last chances for me and she...

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Gyeongju & Andong

Gyeong Ju This little historical town is most famous for its royal tombs called tumuli. what’s so special about these tombs is that they are made up of big piles of sand and depending on the importance of the person who is buried, the bigger tomb of course. Personally I wasn’t really impressed by these tombs so I didn’t really spend that much time in Gyeongju. I did rent a bike and went around the tombs and other touristic spots such as the Bulguksa, yet another Unesco World Heritage temple. The bike ride there was quite misleading though, since I...

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Busan & Jeju island

Busan was the first stop in South-Korea after Japan. To be totally honest, I was pretty beat from traveling around so much in Japan. I’ve seen a lot of mountains, done some really nice hikes and visited a good amount of temples. And not to bring South-Korea down, but it is pretty much the same here, of course there are some cultural differences to be find. Nevertheless, the first couple of days I just chilled in Busan and figured out my plan for the next destinations. Though I did manage to find some stuff to do while I was here....

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Must visit places / must-do in South-Korea (part 3)

Part 3 of the places you must visit when you’re ever in South Korea. Remember to check out part 1 and part 2 for more highlights! Party like it’s friday in Hongdae (yes that was a Rebecca Black reference) The area surrounding Hongik University, or ‘Hongdae‘ (홍대) as it’s affectionately called, is the center of Korea’s youthful nightlife. Many of Seoul’s idiosyncratic clubs that draw the younger set are clustered in the area, and on the last Friday of every month these clubs host a ‘Club Day. While many tend to visit Hongdae only during the bewitching hours at night,...

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Must visit places/ must-do in South-Korea (part 2)

South Korea has so much that you must see and must do that it wouldn’t fit in1 post. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 3. Korean Folk Village The Korean Folk Village is located near Everland in Yongin, a suburb of Seoul in the Gyeonggi province, South Korea. The Korean Folk Village is a living museum and it occupies an area of about 243 acres in a natural environment. In the Korean Folk Village there are also traditional restaurants, a traditional market and various workshops showcasing all the traditional Korean crafts, including metalwork, woodwork, fans, musical instruments...

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Must visit places / must-do in South-Korea (part 1)

South Korea is a land of endless possibilities. Other than being a technology hub, it is also spread out with many tourist spots that are all must see places. The invigorating city lifestyle, the laid back environment of the cultural villages and the historical monuments throughout the country, the must see South Korea list consists of many tourist places. An exciting journey to this extraordinary land with both beauty and technology will provide you one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Here is a small list of the places and activities that you MUST visit and must do...