Tag Archives: Lonely Planet

Seoraksan National Park – Ulsanbawi (Ulsan rock), Heundeulbawi (Heundeul rock), Sinheungsa and Gyejoam

Seoraksan National Park. If you don’t visit here during your stay here in Korea, you are robbing yourself of an amazing experience. The park is located in Gangwon-do, in the northeastern region of Korea, near the North Korean border. The park itself is huge! Even the most enthusiastic hiker will need at least a week to […]

Battle of the Bookstores: What The Book versus Itaewon Foreign Book Store

Two stores, two very different experiences. One store feels like a small town, locally owned independent bookstore with a collection that has spanned over decades. The other store feels like a giant, soulless corporately owned MegaBox store with a vast selection of books, neatly organized into sections without a speck of dust touching their covers. […]

A Weekend in Mokpo – Day 2 – Namupo 나무보 (Wooden Bowl)

Never underestimate the importance of naps while you travel. In the final hours of the weekend, we decided to head back to the F1 Hotel for a little nap before heading out to eat. Since the weather was still sputtering, it was nice to get into the air conditioned room for a little dream making. […]

Korean Baseball – A Different Type of Game (Cheerleaders!)

One of my oldest and dearest friends came to visit me from Canada this week. The one thing he wanted to do, as an avid sports fan, was take in a Korean baseball game. Normally, during the summer months, it’s too hot to sit in the bleachers and watch Korean baseball, but the day seemed […]

Tartine versus Ben’s Cookies – The Battle for Itaewon Dessert Supremacy

Seoul’s sweet tooth has evolved over the years. In the past, dessert was not considered a quintessential part of the Korean culinary scene, but as the time marches on, and the Western cultures continues to pick away at the iceberg of xenophobia, so that the “hermit kingdom” is slowly coming out of its shell. Talking […]

Shim’s Tapas – A Taste of Spain in Hongdae

When my wife tells me about her summer days in Spain, she never talks her guapo boyfriends, neh, the conversations always come back to the food. I have never experienced tapas before, but since I’ve heard about tapas consistently when discussing European cuisine with my love, it feels as though I know tapas, like an old […]

Yeouido Marriott’s Beans To Go cafe – An alternative to Paul bakery

So I was starving, disappointed and ready to cry when I saw the Paul sign torn down from the Marriott. Well, now it’s time for alternatives. We noticed a couple of advertisements on the wall of the Marriott and decided to go back in and check out the restaurants in the basement (B1) of the […]

A Weekend in Mokpo – Day 2 – Mokpo Natural History Museum

And the rain continued to pour. After touring the National Maritime Museum for a bit, we decided to head over to the Mokpo Natural History Museum, which was thankfully right across the street. The museum is welcoming, and is clearly marked because of the random statues of animals on the premises. Also, their sign is […]

A Weekend in Mokpo – Day 2 – National Maritime Museum

Rain. Rain. Go away. Come again on Monday. Our original plan was to hop over to one of the islands near Mokpo (Hongdo and Heuksando) but the weather wasn’t cooperating, and we underestimated the time. One piece of advice: if you want to head over to the islands, I would give yourself more than a […]

A Weekend in Mokpo – Day 2 – Old Man and the Sea

Day two in Mokpo began with a simple and cheap breakfast from the GS25 downstairs by the hotel. Word of advice: There are not too many breakfast options in Mokpo that I saw, especially near the F1 Hotel. However, prepackaged and processed baked goods, a couple of cartons of chocolate milk and some OJ was […]