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15 Best Sunrise and Sunset Photography Locations in Korea

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“Everything starts with a sunrise, and it’s what we do before it sets that matters.”

With the year coming to an end, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best places in South Korea to catch amazing sunrises and sunsets that every traveler should know.

Here’s our pick of 15 best spots to seize sunrise and sunset across South Korea!


8 Best 2015 Christmas Highlights in South Korea (Photos)


South Korea’s 10 Best Winter Activities & Festivals (Videos)

Sunrise over Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”

-John Burroughs, Winter Sunshine

Temperature is dropping, but you know it’s the time to explore the whole new world of winter activities and scenes in South Korea. So, don’t hibernate at home! Explore all the fun out there.


Korean Tradition : Kimjang

14-15 Nov 2015 | South Korea —

Today, I’m gonna share about my first kimchi making experience with my in-laws. Not just one head of baechu (napa cabbage) but amounting to a year supply.


10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Travel To South Korea in Winter

 

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru

Dancing snow flakes above Korean traditional palaces, the white rolling hills of snow and the snow-capped mountains. Yes, this beautiful winter wonderland we’re speaking here is South Korea.

Here are 10 inspiring photos that’ll make you yearn to travel to South Korea this winter.


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WINTER SPECIAL : HOW TO WIN $500 TRAVEL BUDGET TO KOREA

Ready to kick off winter? Here’s how you can crush it & Win $500 travel budget!

Winter holidays are just around the corner, and for the first time, Korea’s #1 Travel Guide, Trazy.com, has begun ‘WHITE KOREA’! Why White Korea? Well, Trazy got inspired by the beautiful snowfall and landscapes that turn the country into a white winter wonderland every winter, so there it goes. POP! White Korea! 

Anyways, if you are planning to take a winter trip to Korea, you better hurry up and take a look at this promo! Trust me, it’ll make your holidays more special than ever ;)


Seoul Lantern Festival 2015

IKEA Food

Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea — At long last, I’ve stepped foot in the iconic furniture retail shop called IKEA. There’s only a small area of Ikea inside a mall back in my hometown. Danny and I didn’t have a list of whatsoever furniture we need (or we think we need) because there’s not much space… Continue reading IKEA Food

6 Extreme Situations Travelers May Encounter in Korea

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When traveling around the world, you might have confronted numbers of people or situations that made you frown, or go ‘WHAAAT?!’ Korea is not an exception.

Here are some of the extreme situations (or people) that might surprise you if it’s your first-time travel to Korea. As mentioned, these are just extreme examples.


See You Next Time, Autumn

Keep Calm & Bake Macarons

12 Nov 2015 | Seoul, South Korea —

The first time I had macarons was way back in February 2012. I tried them at a well-known, yet overrated dessert shop in Davao, right after Danny and I had dinner. They had bright yellow, orange and green colors, which are very unlikely used by other bakeries. Since then, I developed a love for this delicate pastry, though I haven’t tasted the perfect one ever yet.


6 Must-Try Coffee Drinks Now in Korea

Pumpkin spice latte is the popular coffee flavor in the fall, but it’s time to try some more adventurous coffee creations.

These are some unique flavors (and sizes) currently popular in Korea that you must sample.


Ipari (이파리)

Name: Ipari (이파리)

Location: Hongdae/Yeonhuidong


Trazy’s 8 Step Guide to Korean Restaurant Culture

Even the most experienced foodies can feel lost at authentic Korean restaurants.  Follow these 8 steps to enjoy the flavours of Korea like a local.

1. FIND THE BEST!

The most delicious Korean restaurants are often hidden in basements or behind small alley ways. Locals use Naver Cafe, a Korean-language-only free blogging service used in a similar manner as Yelp, to research restaurants and order the most delicious recommended foods on their menus. Don’t know Korean? Trazy’s got you covered, check out our restaurants section.


DIY Hand Mirror in Bukchon

Seoul, South Korea — Bukchon Hanok Village, literally means northern traditional village, is situated between Jongmyo Shrine and two famous palaces namely Gyeongbuk andChangdeok. Most visitors and tourists merely take photos at this very spot of the famous traditional village


Registration for November 21st Meeting Open!!!

Itaewon Reborn

The gates to the famous district in Seoul, South Korea

The gates to the famous district in Seoul, South Korea

I must admit that I never really liked Itaewon until now. It just seemed like too wild of a place. I think that it stems from a night where I tried to find a hostel there and found myself walking up Hooker Hill. I was then promptly grabbed by a large Russian prostitute and almost dragged into a seedy bar. Her Schwarzenegger-like accent demanded me to “have a good time” but I broke free and ran like hell.


Happy Pepero Day

South Korea — 해피 빼빼로 데이~ Aside from Valentine’s day and White day, today marks another sweet occasion especially for high school students and couples. Today, Korea celebrates Pepero day. If one haven’t heard about Pepero, it’s a pretzel covered with chocolate, white or dark, almonds, melon or strawberry produced by Lotte. It can be compared to Japan’s snack called Pocky.


Korea 2014 by Chris Backe: Book Review

Korea 2014: A Guide for Entrepreneurs


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.


An Interview with Stephen Mayeux–English Teacher turned JavaScript Developer

 

For those interested in web development, you can join Stephen this Sunday....
Free Code Camp Busan  is hosting a Web Development Meetup in Centum City on Sunday, November 8th from 1-5pm. Bring your laptop and go to the Korea Content Lab's Media Room on the 4th floor.
More info at: http://koreabridge.net/event/web-development-meetup-centum-city-november-2015

Stephen Mayeux

What do People do When they Go Back Home?

Ever since I moved to Korea to teach English 10 years ago, I’ve been curious about what people end up doing once they return to their home countries. These days with Facebook, it’s easier than ever to do a little casual stalking to sate my curiosity. Now that I myself have decided to return to Canada in a few short months, I’ve leveled up my game and it’s turned from curiosity to more of an obsession as I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly it takes to make the transition home with the least amount of stress possible.


2015 Jarasum Makgeolli Festival – Wrap up


Tap Houses in Busan

The original article (and the entire issue) can be read online at the following link and in HAPS Magazine (available at many fine watering holes throughout Busan right now).

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Night Parade at Lotte World

Seoul, South Korea — After Danny’s work, we agreed to meet up at his workplace because he wanted to show me something. Unknowningly, he drove us to Lotte World to watch the night parade. It’s not that I don’t like surprises, don’t get me wrong I really do. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera and visiting Lotte World is a luxury. Although, they offer discounts after 5 in the afternoon and 7 in the evening. So, I had to endure once again my phone camera’s photo resolution.

The night parade starts at 8:30pm and while waiting for it, we strolled around the indoor amusement park.


Korea: Don’t Waste your Time

Korea, don't waste your time

A Reader Question from E.J.

“I am now beginning my second year of teaching  in Korea. I was calculating  how I’m doing with my student loans and how long it might take me to pay them off (which is looking like quite a while). That got me thinking about.. well, everything. Specifically, I want to make sure I’m spending my time wisely while I’m here in Korea. As a teacher, I have a nice chunk of free time and I try to use that in the most meaningful ways possible.


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).


Meet the Latest Hot Alcohol Drinks in South Korea

Perhaps, you know that South Korea is one of the heaviest drinking countries in the world. You will either witness or experience the wild drinking culture of Koreans for once during your stay. But, please let’s not over drink and pass out on the street! So the question is, what kind of alcohol do most Koreans drink? It’s ‘soju’, of course.

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You just can’t imagine how much Koreans love soju. To help you get the picture, here’s the figure. An average Korean adult drinks 9.16 liters of alcohol each year, which is around 60 bottles of soju. And 1.5 million bottles are consumed in just a month. Unbelievable!


Ihwa Mural Village

Seoul, South Korea — After church service, we headed straight to Hyehwa to see the Philippine Flea Market which happens every Sunday. By the sidewalks under the tents, Filipinos sell instant cooking mix, chips, shrimp paste (bagoong), canned goods, soaps, deodorants, and even Filipino dishes such as adobo, banana ques, and many more. Surprisingly, some Filipino sellers were even talking in Korean among themselves and, we ran across some more Filipinos buying goods with satisfaction painted on their faces.

Walking around the area, we also spotted an ice cream stand selling ice cream that form into a flower just like this:

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The National Museum of Korea

Seoul, South Korea — Sculptures, paintings, relics and artifacts always come to mind everytime I hear the word “museum”, just like how I pictured the National Museum of Korea. It’s recorded as the largest museum nationwide and keeps about 15,000 precious pieces from the past to modern age.

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