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Cheonggyecheon

A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream,...







A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream, Cheonggyecheon (청계천). It’s a 5.8 km (or 3.6 mile) walk. In the summer, I prefer finding a shady spot to sit in and dip my feet in the water.  In the winter, I’d just walk quickly along the stream as it’s really cold outside.

I recommend starting in Cheonggye Plaza. You can get there from Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 or City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2), Exit 4.


Korea Now and Then: Cheonggyecheon (청계천)


Hi Seoul Festival, Friendship Fair, & Buddha’s Birthday Parade

A trio of festivals in the same city at the same time – all within walking distance of each other? Wow – where else would I be? Oh, that’s right – downtown Seoul at it’s finest.

Note that trying to condense three festivals into a set of twenty pictures of less was frikkin’ hard. For even more picture goodness, open up this Flickr set for several dozen more.

Jogyesa features a ceiling of lanterns over much of their open space.


Destination: Seoul Lantern Festival (2010)

UPDATED 14 Nov 2010 - the festival has been extended until November 21st. See the Joongang Daily article for more information.CORRECTED x2 9 Nov 2010 - thanks to Andrew in the comments for additional information.CORRECTED 8 Nov 2010 - thanks to Sara Sonsaengnim in the comments for additional information.The Lady in Red and I were dragging a bit Saturday night. After seeing some friends and a Tom



3 Days 2 Nights: Seoul

The area around Dongdaemun Gate is home to some of Seoul's best bargain shopping. ~ Photo P. DeMarco

Whether you are about to attend the G20 or are heading to this dynamic city for fun, Seoul is the place to be. Looking for something to do? Where to eat or sleep? Check out this article I wrote and photographed for the Philippine Airlines inflight magazine Mabuhay and learn more about the “Miricale on the Han River.”

[View published version in PDF  format here]

Seoul: City of Infinite Discoveries


Seoul Lantern Festival - coming soon

Author's note: a version of this article is published in the November 2010 issue of the Groove.

In case you needed an excuse to head to Cheonggyecheon, here's an excellent one. The 2nd annual Seoul Lantern Festival (서울 세계등축제) will host dozens of gorgeous lanterns lighting up Cheonggyecheon. Go for the opening ceremony on the 5th if you want, or head down anytime to appreciate the lights. Though the lanterns will be up day and night, head there in the evening to catch them looking their best.


And now, for something completely different...



As further proof that you never know everything that's going on, I present to you a few pictures from a Ginseng Festival in downtown Seoul. Held last weekend, the Lady in Red and I wandered around the Cheonggyecheon area and came across it.



Prices ranged from 40,000 per kilogram on up - way up. Koreans take this stuff seriously, that's for certain

Destination: Korea Queer Culture Festival (2010)



Author's note: In order to take photos at this event, I was required to sign a pledge promising to keep people anonymous. In compliance with that pledge, I have blurred out faces or selected pictures that did not show people's faces - homosexuality in South Korea still carries a harsh stigma, and I will not intentionally 'out' someone on this blog.


Destination: St. Patrick's Day festival (2010)



St. Paddy's Day was celebrated at Cheonggyecheon in downtown Seoul - and what a party it was. Although the mixture of Korean hip-hop (above), Korean acapella, traditional Korean music (a pungmul band), and Irish music was a bit quirky, the crowd stayed - and remained noisy until the exodus to Gangnam. More on that in awhile.


Destination: Seoul Lantern Festival 2009



The Seoul Patch beat me to the Seoul Lantern Festival by a day, but there's still a few great opportunities to check out the Lantern Festival, sponsored by the rather silly-named 'Visit Korea Year'. I've already written about that particular endeavor, but let's separate the chaff from the wheat - these lanterns are definitely worth seeing and experiencing.

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