Haedong Yonggung Temple & The Seaside View

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

Buddhist temples are not terribly difficult to stumble upon while in Korea. There are temples in the middle of Seoul daring those that enter to just try and find quiet solitude and there are temples dotting the mountains across the … Continue reading

Seokguram Grotto: Seoul’s Version

Seoul, Korea: Mt. Inwang, Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram Hermitage (경주 석굴암) is one of those places that makes it onto every list of top 10 temples, Buddhist sites or wondrous views while in Korea. If you haven’t heard about it yet, head over to my friend Dale’s … Continue reading

Tong-in Market: Eating on a Budget

Seoul, Korea: Tongin Market

Traditional markets dot the map of Seoul with some becoming more popular than others either due to a central location, the size or a delicacy or item you just won’t get anywhere else. Tong-in Market (통인시장) probably became famous due … Continue reading

A Landscape Revealed

Suseong-dong Valley

At the foot of Mt. Inwang (인왕산수성동계곡) an interesting thing happened a few years ago. During demolition of the Ogin Sibeom Apartments in 2008, a scene very similar to that of the artist Gyeomjae Jeong Seon’s (1676 – 1759) in his … Continue reading

The Simple Taste of Cod

Daegutang, Cod fish stew 대구탕

Not all stews in Korea are spicy, though depending on where they are served, some may be spicier than others. Daegutang (대구탕), or cod fish stew, is one dish that is very different if you pop into a shop to … Continue reading

10 Autumn Festivals Not to be Missed

Suncheon Bay Reed Festival 2014

Autumn is headed our way and as the summer heat leaves us and tank tops are covered with jackets and colorful scarves people look for still more fun to have before the cold winter chills take over. There are plenty … Continue reading

Deliciously Burnt

Jeju, Korea: Shin-seon Restaurant, Seafood Nurungji soup

Nurungji, or scorched rice soup, (누룽지탕) is one of those dishes that when it’s explained before you’ve tried it doesn’t sound appetizing. It’s as if someone left the rice cooker on too long, rice got burnt and instead of making … Continue reading

The Military Invasion of Jeju Island

Photo source: http://columban.org/13729/columban-center-for-advocacy-and-outreach/jeju-island-naval-base/

Most people that head to Jeju Island, known as the peace island, go with the intention of seeing the beautiful scenery from waterfalls and green tea fields to black lava sand beaches and palm tree lined lanes. Honeymooners go for … Continue reading

5 Myths of the Korean Husband

Jae-oo and Me

Since dating and then getting married to my husband, who happens to be Korean, it’s been interesting to get into conversations in which people tell me the stereotypes of the Korean husband. Admittedly, the stereotype conversation usually comes from Korean … Continue reading