Jeju Island is a famous summertime getaway, but its charms actually extend through the winter season as well. Besides discount rates on the luxury resorts on the southern side of the island, you can explore the frozen version of Mount Halla, where the snowfall piles up high enough to cover even the guideposts alongside the... Continue Reading →
Seoul had its first big snowfall last week. When that happens, even ordinary spaces get turned into winter wonderlands... at least until things turn icy. ^^; Then walking becomes a beautiful hazard.
Ginkgo trees can perhaps be considered a symbol of Seoul. They can be found all over the city, and their distinctive, bright yellow leaves declare autumn. As the seasons turn, these sunny petals also spiral down to blanket the sidewalks.
Seoul's Haneul Park offers a broad, picturesque expanse of softly waving grass that gives a peaceful feel, right in the middle of the city. Because it is elevated, it is apart from the city noise, but from the park's edges the evening skyline can be appreciated.
The turn from summer heat to fall chill can happen in the space of a single day in Seoul. Likewise, the contrast of the fall colors against the more steady terrain can offer a startling beauty.
If you climb Inwangsan, a mountain slightly to the west of Seoul, you will find the historical Seoul fortress wall, Hanyangdoseong, which was built in 1396 to protect the city. This wall extends around the perimeter of what was originally defined as Seoul, a significantly smaller area than the metropolis known today, but nonetheless runs 18.6... Continue Reading →
Doltap (돌탑) are a very simple, natural form of expression, all the more beautiful perhaps because of their impermanence. Build a little stone tower on a mountainside, and it becomes a symbol of your hopes and happiness, according to Korean tradition.
One of Seoul's points of attraction is that it is surrounded by mountains. As the weather begins to shift from summer to fall, these mountains take on varying shades of color and offer sweeping views out over the city. This particular vantage point is from the path up Innwangsan. Did you find this helpful? Check... Continue Reading →
Did you know Korea has its own Magic Castle? This isn't a branch of Disney World, it's Korea's own Lotte World, a theme park owned by one of Korea's largest conglomerates. In contrast to most amusement parks, this one is 50% indoors, so you can play no matter the weather. Did you find this helpful?... Continue Reading →