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Wishing Trees and Rice Chests: Suwon's Hwaseong Haenggung

Once a resting shelter and vacation destination for kings, the grounds of Hwaseong Haenggung in Suwon, South Korea are now a site where locals and tourists can learn about Korean royal history and culture. Despite recent renovations, every inch of the palace has a story to tell.  So much so, in fact, that when I visited there recently, I could almost sense the spirits of Korea’s dynastic leaders luring me back in time for a glimpse into the country’s captivating past.

One of the first things I noticed about Hwaseong Haenggung was that it was quite small compared to other royal structures I have visited throughout Asia.  I soon learned, however, that what the palace lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur.

Destination: the abandoned Songdo Bible Park (Incheon)

Let’s call this one NSFC – Not Safe For Christians. And now, for something completely different – the abandoned site someone could actually stumble across without even trying. Presenting what’s left of the Songdo Bible Park in the Songdo Central Park. A little history is in order here, especially for the sake of posterity. According

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Destination: Wolmi-do Amusement Park – at night (Incheon)

Myrtle Beach, eat your heart out.

Destination: a full day of Jeju (Jeju-do) – part 3 of 3

Meet Oedolgae, Jusangjeolli, Cheonjaeyeon, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Sanbanggulsa, and Loveland – all in the same day.

The nice part of going on a guided tour is the ability to meet with like-minded travelers, visit a bunch of places, and (perhaps nicest of all), not have to think about how you’re going from A to B. As a (usually) independent traveler, that last point is nice to take a break from every now and then. The schedule on many a guided tour is tighter than I’d personally like, but that’s the tradeoff at play. In any case, it was a beautiful day at some of Jeju’s most beautiful places.

Destination: U-do / Biyang-do (Jeju-do) – part 2 of 3

Day trips don’t get any better – but there’s a catch. 

Welcome to Cow Island – yes, Udo does sort of resemble a sitting cow. Thus, the name fits, if such a thing matters much. While Jeju features enough places to keep most travelers busy for a week, the tiny 5.9 sq. km. Island requires a half-day. Good thing, too – despite the minbak (family-run hotel) and pensions around, it’s easy to tell apart the locals from the tourists.

Destination: Manjanggul Lava Tubes and Crater Mountain Peak (Jeju-do) Part 1

Author’s note: this is the first of three posts on a group tour to Jeju-do during Chuseok. Stay tuned for the other posts!

Jeju-do. Part 1. ‘Nuff said.

While the oft-repeated title of ‘honeymoon island’ is true, there’s far more to see than newlyweds – or anyone else, for that matter – can see in a week. Korea’s largest island manages to cram dozens of museums, interesting attractions, beaches, temples, and ancient geologic formations into one 1,848 sq. km. island. This is almost the same size as Maui of the Hawaii islands, and a fifth the size of the ‘Big Island’.

Destination: the Garden of Morning Calm (Cheongpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do)

Sometimes, the pictures don’t do a place justice.

This was the verdict of the Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원 – a-chim go-yo su-mok-won) – a beautiful place on a beautiful day had more awesome than my camera could handle.

Professor Han Sang-kyung at Sahmyook University first conceived the garden as a world-famous Korean garden. The oldest privately-owned Korean garden in the country, the inspiration comes from an Indian poet that described Korea during the Qing dynasty as the “Land of the Morning Calm”.

Destination: Jupil Spider Museum (Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do)

Arachnophobics and kids, look away now – the spiders are crawling and the statues have breasts.

Claiming to be the only spider museum in the world, the Jupil Spider Museum (주필거미박물관) in Namyangju features a lot more than just spiders. First started in May 2004, the spider museum is a small part of the larger Arachnopia Eco Forest. The name Jupil comes from the name of the founder, Dr. Kim Ju-pil, a Dongguk University professor apparently fascinated by the crawly animals.

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