downtown seoul

Seoul Walking Tour App Review

Not long ago, I wouldn't dare travel without my handy dandy Lonely Planet guide, dependent upon its maps, hotel reviews, and attraction suggestions.  However, as the years passed and I checked off my dream destinations one by one, I realized that not only did these guides fail to give me insightful information, but they were a pain in the butt to carry around and were far too pricey.  I once backpacked through India for two months toting around a forty dollar 1,200 page book that gave me nothing but less-than-advantageous information and a sore shoulder.  In fact, the guide's suggestions and often erroneous directions were far less helpful than the tips of fellow travelers I met along the way.

Destination: Jongmyo Daeje

Held on the first Sunday of May, the annual Jongmyo Daeje (종묘대제) is an intriguing glimpse into the solemn ceremonies for the spirit world. It seems a mite out of place in this ultra-modern country, but if the US can have Civil War reenactments, Korea can have their annual ceremonies.


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



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

Review: O'ngo night dining tour

UPDATE: This Saturday night only (June 4th), check out the night dining tour for a discount if you're an expat teacher. Contact Daniel Gray at seouleats at gmail dot com or 010-6661-7769.


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