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Hiking Mt. Jiri

A few weeks ago, as spring was just beginning to give way to summer, I took a whirlwind trip to Jirisan National Park in the south central part of the country. As South Korea’s biggest national park, it offers some amazing scenery and spectacular views! The only unfortunate thing is that there’s no major city nearby, so getting there without a car of my own proved to be just as exhuasting as actually climbing around on the mountain (literally 12 hours of roundtrip travel and 12 hours of hiking/being out and about, all in the same span of 24 hours). But it was worth it!


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Vlog Entry #6: Lantern Festival – Jinju, South Korea

During the first weekend of October I went to the Lantern Festival in Jinju! To read more about the festival, view the related post here!



2014 Jinju Lantern Festival

Located in the south central part of Korea, Jinju is a small city of just 300,000 people. But for ten days a year, nighttime traffic is bumper-to-bumper and walking the streets means shuffling, wading and weaving through crowds of people. Why? The Jinju Namgang Yudeong (Lantern) Festival.


Vlog Entry #5: 2014 International Mask Festival – Andong, South Korea

This video takes you along with me as I travel to Andong, South Korea for the 2014 International Mask Festival! To read more about my experience, check the related post here!


2014 International Mask Festival – Andong, South Korea

Masks:  Pretty cool!

Food: Pretty good!

Performances: Okay.

Location: Okay.

Overall: Pretty…okay.


Ansan Mountain – Nature in the Urban Jungle

Mount ansan, ansan, hike seoul, hiking seoulAt the heart of a 10 million inhabitants city like Seoul, who would expect to find a great hiking spot like Ansan mountain? When you need a break from the noise and the crowd climb one of the many slopes for a mini retreat.

Hidden among the trees are several exercise areas, Korean style picnic tables and even a natural spring. Koreans are really fond of hiking, especially ajummas and ajhussis (middle aged Koreans) who sport colorful hiking gear and walk-up with their friends.


Interview: David Mason about Teaching & Working in Korea

 

 
 


Hongdae Spirit

It feels good to be back in Seoul and enjoy the summer weather in one of the liveliest neighborhoods… Hongdae, home of Korean indie musicians and artists!

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Vinyl - the smallest bar where drinks are served in plastic bags

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Delicious Korean food and drinks all over Hongdae


Interview: David Mason & the Korean Mountain Spirit

Korean culture, shamanism, mountain spirit, david masonMeet David Mason, a resident of Korea for the last 27 years with a fascination for Korean mountain spirits. Local culture and history hold no secrets for the native of Michigan, who will gladly share his passion with you and tell us about living and working in the constantly evolving Republic of South Korea.


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