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Dear Korea #140

 

Yo! Long time no see! I guess putting together a book and an exhibition ended up taking a little longer than expected. The good news is that the book is available for purchase for everyone living in Korea, so that’s pretty awesome. I’m still in the process of figuring out some things before making it available for international orders, so I do apologize to everyone who’s been waiting.

It’s sad that even when I update, this comic is still about a week or two late. I don’t know about any other areas, but all the cherry blossoms are gone down here in Gwangju. As beautiful as it all was, I didn’t realize how dangerous it could be to drive through a glittery rain of pink petals on a humid, yet windy day. The important part is that it was fun.

I really hate drawing cars..


Travel Review & Tips: Gangchon, Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm

Eulalia Festival 2015

Seoul, South Korea — Danny and I visited Haneul Park 2 weeks later after its annual eulalia (silver grass) festival last October 10 to 17, 2015. Haneul or Sky Park (하늘공원) is one of the 5 theme parks in Nanjido, where it has been known to be the city’s dump site around 1978 to 1993.

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There were still quite a large number of visitors although a couple weeks had passed the festival. Upon arrival, there was no entrance fee but, we purchased a round-trip ticket ride for both of us. Hiking is another option and it could take at least 40 minutes to do that while the ride is only for 10 minutes.


Yangju Cotton Festival

Yangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea —  Last September 18-20, the city of Yangju celebrated its annual cotton festival. Danny and I never knew that Yangju is known for cotton and so we were in full anticipation to visit the festival ’cause we’ve never seen yet a cotton plant.

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There were lots of people, as expected, usually in groups of families. First thing we saw upon arrival was flower fields in various vibrant spring colors (though it’s autumn already).


Dear Korea #131

Dear Korea #131

I can’t speak for people living in other cities, but these head sprout things have been all over Gwangju for the past few weeks. From what I can tell, the trend started in China and bled over to South Korea not too long ago. I guess I can see how it’s cute, but all I […]


Top 3 Fall Foliage Trails in Korea


Summer in Nami Island

Chuncheon, South Korea — Winter Sonata, tall trees covered with snow.. does it ring a bell? Oh yes. It’s a popular Korean melodrama back in 2002, which shooting set is at Nami Island (남이섬), also known as Naminara.

I was discouraged when I heard some people said that there is nothing to see (or do) in Nami. But it didn’t stop me from visiting, and I have to disagree. I saw everyone around there with happy faces and I think anywhere is a great place as long as one enjoys the company.

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How to Enjoy Spring in South Korea

After a long winter, spring has finally sprung here in Seoul. But it won't last long so be sure to get out and enjoy it while it does. Here are a few of my favorite springtime activities to partake in here in Seoul. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy them just as much as I do!

See the Cherry Blossoms

Perhaps no other symbol is as representative of Korean spring than the cherry blossom. And while they might not stick around for an extended amount of time, they are most definitely a sight to behold and seeing them in all their glory should be at the top of your travel itinerary.

Vlog Entry #14: One Blawesome Weekend

It’s cherry blossom season here in South Korea, which means roads throughout the country are lined with beautiful flowering trees! The conditions are perfect for a Saturday morning bike ride, and the small naval port town of Jinhae welcomes thousands who flock its streets to take in the views at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival! Enjoy!


Hiking at Namhan Sanseong

Want to catch a breath of nature’s fresh air without breaking a sweat? Namhan Sanseong is one of the easiest hiking areas in Seoul, as it’s possible to take a bus up the mountain and save your strength for exploring the fortress wall and other attractions.

First, get yourself to Sanseong Station (Line 8) in Seoul’s southeastern quarter. Leave by Exit 2, walk straight and catch bus 52 that brings you up the windy mountain road and into the fortress. Alternatively, you can hike from the train station all the way up the mountain (it took me about an hour) along a quiet wooded path.

Once you’re inside the fortress, there are lots of things to see as well as restaurants and snack shops. Here’s my route in red (click on the map for high resolution):


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