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Reliving Korea’s Tumultuous History at the Korean War Memorial

There are many museums to see in Korea. In fact, sometimes I feel like it would be an impossible dream to be able to see them all. All kinds of historical museums, art museums, memorials, etc. are found throughout the big cities in Korea as well as the smaller, historical regions like Gyungju, for example.


(Ulsan) An Afternoon in the Bamboo Forest

Exploring the Bamboo Forest is one of the must-dos in Ulsan City. I've been in Ulsan for almost a month and in my opinion, Ulsan is nothing but mountains & lakes.

Today, I spent the whole afternoon with Kimchi boy in the Bamboo Forest. Bad choice because it was scorching hot (~33degrees) today. I would have enjoyed this place much better if the weather was cooler.
 


"We have to pretend to be a couple.": Weekend Adventure Part 2

So let's see...where did I leave off? Ah yes. Bubble tea. Myeongdong. I had plans to meet Yun around 2, so I settled down on a rock...bench...thing in front of the art museum to wait, splitting my time between people watching and reading. The only problem with the choice to read a book is that when he showed up, he was able to scare the living daylights out of me. I now only possess dead daylights. It's a modern tragedy.


Waygook Confessions! 외국인 고백 입니다!

About Waygook Confessions

Waygook Confessions is an idea that Rachel had years ago, but it didn’t get made until Summer 2014! Here’s the concept: There are tons of cultural differences between Koreans and the foreigners who live in Korea. That’s the case with foreigners living in any country, right? Those differences make life as an expat interesting! Sometimes, an expat foreigner (or 외국 – waygook in Korean) adopts the cultural customs of their host country. Other times.. they don’t! It can be embarrassing when you don’t “do as the Roman’s do” – so sometimes we keep it a secret that we aren’t adhering to the social norms of our host country. Rachel wanted to make a video with people confessing those secrets! And here it is: Waygook Confessions – things that foreigners in Korea want to confess to Koreans!


Busan Citizens Park

A Walk in the Park: Former U.S. Army Base in South Korea Gets "Green" Makeover.

Camp Hialeah, a strategic army base during the Korean war was officially turned over to Busan City in 2006 and recently opened to the public as Busan Citizens Park.

It includes miles of walking paths, bridges, wooded areas, a performance center and several childen's play areas.

Blending the old with the new, the officer's quarters is now a museum retelling the history of the base and the sergeant's housing was converted into an art village.

The park is conveniently located within a short walking distance of metro Bujeon Station 20, Line 1.


The Update You've Been Waiting For...

This is going to be LONG. It just has to be that way. I hate reading long blog entries, so I will try to break it up with pictures…

 I have received so many emails and Facebook messages about what has been going on in my life since my surprising last 3 posts. (Read these before continuing FIRST POST, SECOND POST, THIRD POST)

L2W: Xi in SK before NK, DMZ Tragedy, & Illegal Subtitles

1. National
1) Chine leader Xi Jinping in Seoul, prior to Pyongyang
Xi Jinping visited Korea on July 3, the first time ever a Chinese leader made his first visit to South Korea, before its ‘blood ally’ North Korea. Xi and Korean president Park Gun-hye jointly announced nuclear free Korean peninsula and expedited FTA by the end of this year as well as other announcements that can put the U.S. and Japan in difficult position. Xi also met with Korean business leaders including Hyundai Chairman Chung Mongkoo who appealed for Chinese government approval for its new auto plant in Chongqing.

Seoul Folk Flea Market

 

 

Seoul Folk Flea Market
Beautiful pieces of furniture on display throughout the market

 

Seoul’s  Folk Flea Market

 The Folk Flea Market is an immense flea market located in the heart of Seoul close to the Cheonggyecheon stream. This market’s aim is to “preserve the culture of the traditional Korean marketplace and draw in visitors with a range of folk items that embody the unique charm of Korea.”


Busan’s Dongnae Computer Market

Busan has several electronics and computer markets, but I think that the one in Dongnae is the best! It’s huge, fairly clean and tidy, and has everything you could possibly want. The Korean name for the building is 부산 컴푸터 상가. Busan Computer Wholesale Market! The website for the market is http://www.boocom.co.kr/!

Curious what the place looks like on the inside or on the outside? Check out the video we made!


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea: Art of the Morning Calm

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is arguably the hottest martial art right now, with it’s growth outpacing all others. This is for good reason; it’s popular in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, is a highly effective self-defense system, and dynamic sport.

As expected, Korea has taken to the sport and it continues it’s upward trend of growth to this day.

Here in Busan it’s no exception. With the likes of Kim Dong-Hyun leading the MMA charge in the UFC, the sport is exploding.

I’ve trained in BJJ at American Top Team, Gracie Barra, and of course Busan Team MAD! As with judo (and any martial art for that matter) the camaraderie is awesome and I’ve made new, life-long friends in BJJ.

I decided paying homage to the sport here in Korea was only fitting since it’s right here at my fingertips.

I hope you enjoy this montage. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re in Busan, or plan on visiting, and want to work out with one of the teams in my video, their websites are listed below:

East Heaven White Mountain BJJ
BJJ Lab
Busan Team MAD

The post Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea: Art of the Morning Calm appeared first on The Red Dragon Diaries.


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