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Throne in Seoul

The Gyeongbokgung (palace greatly blessed by Heaven) built in 1395, is the biggest palace in Korea. It was totally reduced to ashes during the Japanese invasion in 1592. It was then rebuilt again in 1867. Again, it was torn down in 1915 by the Japanese. It is from 1990 that the palace has been restored and renovated to its present glory. Korean history is such a sad story. Always filled with war, slavery and fear... Even now, North Korea seem to pose a pertinent threat to the South.

The palace was a must visit place when my parents visited Korea in August. They liked the Korean building structure and were impressed by its size but were totally tired by the amount of walking involved in seeing it!

Weirdest of weathers in Seoul

Very cold a snowy start on a glorious sunny day!

It was a snowy start today with snow on red leaves.

Spending and Saving in South Korea


Reds of the week


Looking back at the last few days, I just discovered that that I had clicked a lot of reds. Warm color for this cold season :)

Top 6 Korean Drama

 

 

I wasn't surprised when I saw Korean drama on a local channel in South India. I had heard from the giggly girls of my family that dreamy, romantic Korean drama was on their daily menu. I was surprised to see, though, was dream boy Lee Min Ho sweet talk in Tamil :D Few reasons why people get hooked on to K Drama:
 


Where to Buy English Books in Korea

Winter is coming in Korea and it’s a great time to snuggle up with a few new books. This past January I made a goal to read 35 books in 2014, and I can finally see the finish line! I’ve read 26 books so far, so that leaves 9 more to go in under 2 months. That’s a lot of reading, so I decided to order some new books to motivate me to reach my goal.

I ordered them from What the Book, the popular used book store in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul. Many of you have probably heard of or visited the store, but you may not know that you can also order books from their online store and have them delivered to you anywhere in Korea! Even if you’re looking for a specific book they don’t have, What the Book can order it for you online and send it to you.


The colorful walk

It has been so weird in Seoul with the weather being so topsy-turvy. I am waking up to cold, frosty mornings and I end up being over dressed and sweating in the next few hours. Anyway, fall is here and there's a burst of color in Seoul!

SongPa county in South Seoul had organized a walk for charity and Samsung had promised to donate 1 won for every meter its employees walked. Taking this chance, S had registered for all 4 us for it. I was totally happy to participate as I wanted to finish my goal in my latest app S Health. Every day S Health wants me to take 10,000 steps and I am hardly able to cover half of it :(

Anyway, we took the taxi to Olympic park early on a Saturday, cursing the forecast of rain and clouds on this day. It took a good 15,000 won to reach the park. We at least could see some interesting sights on the way.

Same Chains, Different Countries = Unexpected Menu

Siqbal,Wikimedia Commons
Siqbal,Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes, even if you love Korean food, you just crave something from home- a burger and chips, a glazed doughnut, or a big cheesy pizza. Luckily, there is an ever-increasing number of Western chains across Korea, offering food for just these occasions. However, that’s not to say the menus are exactly the same..


Makgeolli Day 2014 & Insadong Festival

This time of year is a busy one for the makgeolli and traditional liquor industry, with a number of festivals and events being held all over the country.   The last Thursday of every October is also Makgeolli Day!  This is a day dedicated to celebrating not just the drink itself, but all the hardworking brewers, industry professionals, and the fabulous fans of drinking our favorite brew.


The Best Night At The Beastro

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Delicious food, good service, weird cocktails and free wine? Yes please. Where do you go to get these things? The Beastro Restaurant in Seoul, my new favourite place.


Bücher kaufen in Seoul: Youngpoong Bookstore

Ihr habt in Seoul bereits alles gesehen, und noch eine Menge Zeit auf der Uhr? Dann begebt euch nach Seouls Downtown – genauer gesagt nach Jongno – und verbringt entspannt eine Weile in Koreas größtem Buchladen “YP” (wobei der Begriff “Laden” praktisch leicht untertrieben wäre). Youngpoong YP Bookstore in Seoul Ja, es ist und bleibt ein Geschäft zum Bücher kaufen in

Der Beitrag Bücher kaufen in Seoul: Youngpoong Bookstore erschien zuerst auf Mayerkim.


A Luxurious Staycation at Conrad Seoul

In recent years, Seoul has seen a dramatic increase in the number of accommodations offered throughout the city. With so many choices, finding the right place to stay can seem daunting to tourists, business travelers and even expats. For those seeking opulence without compromising location, Conrad Seoul, the luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide, is the perfect choice.

Although not a tourist, I occasionally treat myself to a staycation in the city- an opportunity to escape the monotony of everyday life and to recharge my batteries. After a recent chaotic week of work and ridiculously long hours, I knew one was in order and the rave reviews of the Conrad had me curious. As I took the short drive from the center of the city toward the Yeouido business district, the mere sight of the hotel's gleaming black exterior towering over the Han River put me at ease.

Zen Kimchi’s Ultimate Korean BBQ Experience


I Love Seoul, I Like Temple: Temple Stay Diary

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Watch Our Video about our Temple Experience Here:

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Bulgogi, Bibimbap And One Brilliant Cooking Class

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If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know all about my love of food, especially my new-found love of Korean food. So imagine my excitement when I found, quite by accident, cooking classes for foreigners in Seoul. I immediately booked a class, excited not only for the experience, but also so that I could start to recreate my favourite meals at home. After all, I will at some point go back to England, and if I don’t know how to make Bibimbap by then it will be a disaster.


Die einflussreichsten Städte der Welt: Seoul auf Platz 16


Itaewon Festival

Every day is a festival in Seoul. There are festivals for a particular flower when it blooms, festivals for the seasons, for foreigners, and many many more! Festivals are also celebrated to introduce the people to a particular area / museum / monument that has been recently open to public. Pretty good tactics!

Stepping Out Of Seoul


Celebrating a language-Hangul day

Hanguel day is a National holiday here in Korea to celebrate the creation of the script of the Korean language. It was created by King Sejong who is depicted on the 10,000won note. Though the Korean people have always had their own unique language, they had been using Chinese scripts which was ill adapted to their spoken language and also too complicated and cumbersome for the common man to read. King Sejong then created the unique Korean scripts which is so easy to learn for anybody in the world even now. (I learnt to read Korean in about 2 days.) The tongue movement while pronouncing each letter is said to be the basis on which the King created the shape and structure of the letter. I watched this drama called the Deep Rooted Tree which is also about how the king creates and implement the language. It was a good one.

The Asian Games experience

Asian games 2014 was held in Incheon in South Korea! After missing the opening ceremony and all the games in the first week, I got a chance to go to the stadium on the final days: We went to see the track and field events. Oh! what an experience it was!

Not many Koreans in Seoul seemed interested or even seem to know that there was this mega event going on in Incheon. But I was delighted to go when my family was ready! The weather is just perfect now in Korea. It took us around 40 minutes to reach Incheon Geomam station from Seoul by subway. Then we took the free shuttle which was conveniently parked on the entrance of the subway station to the main stadium. The night view of the stadium was awesome and the enthusiasm of the crowd was contagious. We were able to see the track and field, shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump and triple jump for both men and women.

Seoul’s Medicine Market

Seoul's Medicine Market

Seoul’s Medicine Market

 

I’ve always been fascinated with oriental medicine. Using herbal medicines and natural healing to stay healthy just seems like the right way to live.  Growing up in a Western culture, where I am thankful to have highly developed scientific advancement of modern medicine, unfortunately I did not have a lot of exposure to natural curses and practices of oriental medicine.


Seoul Wandering


Harry Potter: The Boy Who Taught English in South Korea

Back when you first decided you wanted to come to South Korea, breaking the news about your teaching-aspirations to your family was very emotional.


Our 4th Chuseok in Korea, Part 1 – Seoul

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. There is no pressure about gifts, the family is way less stressed, and it is all about gratitude, family, and good food. My kind of holiday. The day really embodies Fall, with it’s smells and sweaters, colors, and football (or nap time for me).

In Korea, Chuseok is compared to Thanksgiving because it is also a harvest festival (minus the genocide and kum ba yah stories of sharing some turkey), but it is as big as Christmas is in the States. Being that it’s one of the two biggest holidays in Korea, we usually get 4 or 5 days off! Hooray!

We also got some pretty great Chuseok gifts this year, and if you’re interested in seeing what kind of quirky things we got check out the video!


Registration for September 27th Meeting Open!

Wow how time flies!!  Another meeting just around the corner, and this time we are heading to a place that has just about every makgeolli under the sun!  The location […]

Hongdae Free market: Unterwegs zwischen Künstlern und Coffeeshops

Wem Gangnam zu teuer, oder das Shoppingviertel von Myeongdong zu krass übertrieben ist, für den haben wir hier das Richtige. Eröffnet während der Fussball-WM in 2002 hat sich der Free market von Hongdae mittlerweile dauerhaft in den Veranstaltungskalender eingetragen. Der Hongdae Free market Auf dem Markt verkaufen Künstler – und alle die es werden wollen –

Der Beitrag Hongdae Free market: Unterwegs zwischen Künstlern und Coffeeshops erschien zuerst auf MAYERKIM.


Busan to Seoul, a journey on Korea’s Cross-Country Cycling Road

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It’s 07:30 and my alarm is chirping away at me. Time to drag myself out of bed, eat breakfast in a hurry, shower and go to school. Just another work-day. But, wait! It’s Saturday, why am I up at this unwelcoming hour? That’s right, you’ve decided to spend the Chuseok public holiday cycling across a whole country…

1. Eulsukdo the journey begins...


Seoul Food Shopping

If you live in Seoul and have no time to grocery shop, Home Plus now offers virtual/mobile shopping!



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