Category Archives: South Korea

Odusan Observatory, Karaoke, Seoul Nightlife and North Korea

The next best thing to the Pamunjeom DMZ tour is the Odusan reunification observatory, where one can check out various exhibits that give a glimpse of life in the DPRK, and stare through high powered binoculars at the literally lifeless border towns in the North. Continue reading

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Busan, Gyeongju, A Japanese Racist and a Budhhist Monk

There we were, at the gates of the Golgulsa Temple just outside Gyeongju in South Korea. A fat laughing Buddha faced us as we entered the temple. To this day, I’m not quite sure whether he was mocking or welcoming us. Continue reading

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Incheon And Suwon: Stingrays, Hyundais and Historical Farts

Day trips from Seoul to the nearby towns of Incheon and Suwon. Continue reading

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Seoul: Cultural Faux Pas, Great Food and Silly “Soul” Jokes

Ah, South Korea. The country had fascinated me for so long. Through friends I had discovered some fabulous Korean movies, and the Korean language with it’s geometric writing and “-eyo” sing-song word endings looked and sounded pretty cool to me. Then of course there’s the food. Oh I could fill pages describing the awesomeness of Korean food, but all you’d do is curl up your nose because you hated kimchi the ONE time that you tried it. Seriously, you disappoint me. Continue reading

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