Lotus Lantern Festival 2016

Namyangju, South Korea — May is filled with exciting holidays and festivals in Korea. To name some: Canola and Rose Festivals, Children's Day, Parents' Day, Rose Day and Teachers' Day. Out of those several special occasions, we were able to visit Bongseonsa Temple (봉선사) for a religious festival. It was a good timing that our … Continue reading Lotus Lantern Festival 2016


This week's photo challenge by the Daily Post: Opposites When tradition meets modernity, then you get Hwasong Fortress in Suwon (수원 화성 [유네스코 세계문화유산]) - a UNESCO world heritage site. Address: 910, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating Hours:  Summer season: 09:00-18:00 Winter season: 09:00-17:00 Directions: Get off at Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1). Take Bus 2, 7, 7-2, … Continue reading Opposites

Korean Folk Village

Yongin, South Korea — Ever wonder what Korea and Koreans' typical lifestyle were like in the old days? Way before cellphones and internet were invented, they enjoyed the outdoors and established numerous customs and traditions. Korean Folk Village (한국민속촌) depicts how simple the life of Koreans was in the past. It is also the filming location of few … Continue reading Korean Folk Village

Provence Village

Paju, South Korea — This is the 3rd sequel of our Paju trip with my family. I could compile it in one post, but there will be tooooo many pictures. Loading might take forever! Unless, you are patient enough to wait for them. Anyway, right after roaming around Heyri Art Valley, we headed to Provence Village (프로방스 … Continue reading Provence Village

Heyri Art Valley

Paju, South Korea — After our short tour at Odusan Observatory, we headed to another spot that shouldn't be missed in Paju, the Heyri Art Valley (헤이리 문화예술마을). Architects, coffee lovers, aspiring artists, and inspiration seekers might find this place astonishing. Each shop is uniquely designed that even several abandoned buses compliment with the artistic neighborhood. … Continue reading Heyri Art Valley

Snowboarding at Bears Town Ski Resort

Pocheon, South Korea — ALL my life, I've lived in the tropics where it is a bliss to stay inside a fully air-conditioned room while outside is a scorching heat. I might not survive the unfamiliar temperature, they say. I say, winter isn't that bad especially having a pro-like snowboarder husband. After all, I learned a … Continue reading Snowboarding at Bears Town Ski Resort

Odusan Unification Observatory

Paju, South Korea — There are numerous observatories at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, Odusan Unification Observatory (오두산 통일전망대) is one of them. It has opened its doors to the public for nearly 25 years. The observatory has about 2-kilometer distance from the grounds of North Korea. Danny and I brought my family there … Continue reading Odusan Unification Observatory