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Non-tourist Things to Do in Seoul

Non-tourist Things to Do in Seoul

Are you a non-tourist traveler? Maybe you’ve visited Seoul, South Korea before. Maybe you haven’t. But you want to go to the places tourists don’t go. You want to experience Seoul, South Korea like a local. Then head with me over to Wolgok and the Korea University area. Let’s live like locals. I chose this area because I wanted to visit a place in Seoul I had never seen. How do regular people spend their day? What would a non-tourist…

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Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul

Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul

Renting a hanbok is a must when visiting South Korea. Visiting one of the palaces or the Bukchon Hanok Village? Then, definitely rent a hanbok. Come with me and I’ll show you how. Hanbok Rental Shop How-to I knew I wanted to choose a rental shop near both the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Bukchon hanok Village. There were a lot of options online. There are an insane amount of Hanbok shops to choose from. Do not choose a shop based…

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Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Walking down the winding streets of South Korea never gets old. It took me a while but I finally visited the Bukchon Hanok Village. The hanoks (traditional Korean homes) were just as beautiful in real life as the pictures. I’ve stayed overnight in a Hanok before. I talk about it in this post. But this time I went to the famed Bukchon Hanok Village. It’s where all the noble families lived during the the Joseon Dynasty era of Korea. Now…

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The New York Times Travel Show: 2019

The New York Times Travel Show: 2019

Imagine the world at your fingertips. That’s the best way to describe my recent trip to the New York Times Travel Show. Every year it’s held in New York City. It was held this year at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The show is a must see for every traveler and anyone who wants to start traveling in the future. The show runs Saturday and Sunday. It gets better. I attended the show on Friday, which was the trade day….

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South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

One of the first things that strikes you about South Korea is the architecture. In the middle of bustling Seoul lies ancient architecture juxtaposed with tall modern skyscrapers. It’s that contrast that makes the country such a unique place to visit. Traditional The image seen below shows the attention to detail given to the majestic buildings that are part of the Gyeongbokgung palace complex. It wonderfully showcases the traditional Korean home architecture referred to as hanok. The painted parts are…

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel to South Korea?

How Much Does it Cost to Travel to South Korea?

So many people are deciding to travel to South Korea. They may have tried Korean fried chicken, learned about k-beauty or started listening to kpop. Whatever the reason, keep reading to see how much it actually costs to visit South Korea. Airfare If you are headed to South Korea from the US you will no doubt see Korean airlines, Chinese airlines and US airlines. Do your travel research. I can’t stress this enough. Rock bottom prices can mean really bad…

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Shopping in South Korea-Seoul and Beyond

Shopping in South Korea-Seoul and Beyond

Seoul The Coex Mall is said to be the largest underground shopping mall in South Korea. It is right next door to the Hyundai Department Store which I talked about in one of my South Korea travel diaries. It’s impossible not to get overwhelmed with all the shopping possibilities since there are stores as far as the eye can see. Gangnam subway station (underground) is for inexpensive items while the Gangnam neighborhood itself (above ground) is a great place to shop…

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My Favorite Travel Destinations So Far

My Favorite Travel Destinations So Far

I haven’t gone the million places I’d love to go yet, but I am very thankful for the places I’ve had the opportunity to visit so far. Of these, some have stood out to me more than others. I want to share where these places are and what really made them special for me. St. Kitts & Nevis This two-island nation has special meaning to me. This is the place where my Great Grandmother was born. Even though I didn’t…

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South Korea Travel Diary 2016 Part 3

South Korea Travel Diary 2016 Part 3

Friends took us to our first experience at an escape room called Escape 9. It’s where you are locked in a room and use clues to solve a mystery and get out the room. We sung our hearts out in a Karaoke room (see the huge remote control below). Finally singing Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips at an actual Korean Karaoke room made me sooo happy. We thought Gangnam station shopping was something. Gangnam station has nothing on Bupyeong shopping. The Bupyeong…

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South Korea Travel Diary 2016 Part 2

South Korea Travel Diary 2016 Part 2

We spent time with friends in both Shieng and Ansan (featured image), which were about a 20 minute car ride outside of Seoul. We enjoyed lots of good times and good food. Jongno-ro (Seoul) We had plans to stay in a hanok. Before we got there I was sure we were staying in the famous Buckcheon Hanok village. It was a hanok village alright, but not the famous one. We stayed at the Sodam Hanok Guesthouse, which was located very…

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