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Follow Us Around: Gangneung Day 1

October has been an incredibly busy month! I’ve planned it that way on purpose, because winter is quickly approaching and it gets so cold in Korea we rarely want to leave our apartment. Before we go into hibernation, I want to fit in as many trips and activities as possible. Also, Fall in Korea is GORGEOUS and fleeting. I want to soak up as much good weather and nature as possible before the cold, dark, long winter.

Anyways, this weekend we made our way up to Gangwon-do province to visit our friend Zack, whom you may know as Scroozle from the blog Crimson North. If not, definitely check it out! He’s been living in Gangneung for the past couple years, and I’ve only heard good things about it. Our friend Charly also lived in the city and loved it there too! It was past time for us to visit. We hadn’t been to the province since our first year, and even though it was the very beginning of Fall, it was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.


Gangwon-do, Sokcho - Cheoksan Hot Springs

An Icy Adventure at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

South's Korea's northernmost province Gangwon-do is home to the city of Hwacheon and one of winter's most exciting events: The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, or Mountain Trout Festival.

Donghae, Chun-gok-dong - Hwajungwon Sauna

The weather in Ulleung Island turned rough and I had a hard time getting a boat back to the mainland. All the ships were canceled on Monday which caused a slight backup in the number of people leaving on Tuesday, and on top of all this Wednesday, being the last day of the holiday, was booked full. I chose to depart the island to a different city than where I arrived from (in lieu of staying an extra 2-3 days) and that's how I wound up in Donghae... thankfully!

Seoul to Chuncheon by subway (the Gyeongchun and Jungang line)

OK, so this might be a little old, but it happened as I was gearing up for vacation.

Travel around Seoul and Gyeonggi-do got a little bit easier as 2010 came to a close:

The Seoul subway system has featured posters such as these in every station I’ve visited recently. For the sake of non-Korean readers (and people who love reading about travel in South Korea), let’s break this down.


Destination: Guryongsa / Chiaksan National Park (Wonju city, Gangwon-do)

Called 'the weekend gateway for residents of the Seoul Metropolitan Area', Chiaksan National Park covers 181 square kilometers just east of Wonju. The focus here is on Guryongsa, the temple inside the park. Literally 'Nine Dragon Temple', Guryongsa has a wonderful legend behind its name - and the temple's creation. Buddhist Master Ui Sang left the Wonju area and headed for the Chiaksan mountain



Destination: Gossi cave (Gangwon-do)

Just a few of the beautiful fall colors along the way.My friend Rob from fellow K-blog Roboseyo was kind enough to include me on his recent Gangwon-do trip. After our excursion to Jangneung and nearby Bodeoksa, we found our way to Gossi cave (고씨 동굴, or Go-sshi dong-gul) not too far away.The name comes from Go, the name of one Korean family that stayed here when the Japanese invaded in 1592, and '



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