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Travel Review & Tips: Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival 2016

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IMG_1205Hello, readers! Greetings from a member of Trazy crew!

Recently, I went to Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival 2016, where you can visit by signing up on from our website, For more details and directions, click here.

To briefly explain, this festival is well known as one of the 7 Winter Wonders of the World (according CNN). This year, it says that the festival will run until Jan 31st, so I hope you guys spare one day and visit this place during your trip in South Korea. :)

Here, I’ve written itinerary and put together the photos that I took at the festival on the day.trazy.JPGFirst, let’s take a look at the itinerary below:

7:40am – Meet up at Gwanghwamun station Exit 6
8:00am – Depart for Hwacheon
11:00am – Arrive at the festival
~13:00pm – Ice fishing
13:00pm – Lunch (at a Korean local restaurant at the venue)
14:00pm ~ 15:40pm – Free Time
16:00pm – Depart for Seoul
19:00pm – Arrive in Gwanghwamun, Seoul

According to the itinerary, I had to wake up really early to get prepared for the journey, but I had almost 3 hours on the bus to take a sleep, so it was fine. Plus, you don’t need to worry about going to toilet because after an hour and half, the bus will stop at the expressway rest area. ;)

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At 7:40 am, I arrived at Gwanghwamun Station Exit 6 and the guide was already waiting for all the passengers.IMG_1180She kindly checked my name, and when everyone has arrived, she led us to the shuttle bus. Here’s how the station and the exit looks like!

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And this is how the bus looks like! The bus was clean and cozy, so I was able to enjoy the ride very pleasantly. :)

On the way, there was another tour guide who gave us brief explanation about the festival and the schedule of the trip, as well as her contact number (for emergency). The package does not include fee for the fishing rod (only 5,000 won per person) and so, she collected the money in advance. So, don’t forget to bring some cash!IMG_1287After 3 hour ride, I finally arrived at the festival, and it was already packed with people enjoying ice fishing (Wow)! IMG_1340SAMSUNG CSCThere’s an ice fishing area for foreigners only, which was less crowded. So, I guess I had less competition haha.


Anyways, the ice fishing area permits certain number of participants at a time, so we had to wait for 20~30 min. While waiting for the entrance, the guide took us to snow sledding (or tubing I guess) zone and we spent our time there.IMG_1216Sit on this red tube, and just sled down the hill!! YEAHH!!SAMSUNG CSCIMG_1210After enjoying the tube ride for minutes, the guide took us back to this spot (this was a meeting point) right in front of the fishing area.

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IMG_1197The staff handed out this sticker ticket and they will help you how to put it on your clothing, so no need to worry. :)IMG_1200IMG_1199Here, I received my fishing rod and a special gift as well. A necklace with a fish pendant!IMG_1220You will also receive this cute plastic bag where you put the fish (hope you catch one because it’s not as easy as it looks!).

Once you enter the fishing zone, there are numbers of fishing holes, so just choose any! IMG_1222If you need any help, you can ask one of the English speaking staffs nearby. They are wearing the orange uniform (see the guy wearing it on the right?), so you will be able to spot them easily. ;)

Tip on How to Fish:

IMG_12191. Use this particular rod to fish


2. Put the float inside the water and unwind the fishing lines until it reaches the bottom. When you think the float is at the bottom, rewind the rod three or four times, and it’s done!IMG_12343. Keep pulling the rod consistently up and down (snap your wrist strongly and make a float make big movements).

4. When you feel the rod is heavy, wait for like 3 sec and quickly pull the rod and the fishing line!

Trust me. If you follow these steps well, you’ll be able to catch them! And look what I’ve caught (so proud)!!!IMG_1247OMG… This was like the biggest fish of all, compared to what other fishers caught around me! I was sooo excited that I was actually screaming! :D The staff came and helped me take out the float (it’s sharp, so don’t try to take it out with your hands!)

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After two hours of enjoying ice fishing, it was time for lunch! YES!! Guess what the menu was. Yes. The grilled fish that we’ve caught! There’s a particular booth with tables for the meal. After submitting the plastic bag of fish, the staff distributed the grilled fish and chopsticks. Don’t worry if you’re not fond of the meal, you will also receive tasty ‘Kimchijeon (a Korean style pancake)’.

IMG_1254IMG_1272Oh, and don’t forget to wear thick clothes. It’s 100% satisfaction guaranteed! On the day I visited, it snowed A LOT (like I couldn’t even open my eyes properly).
IMG_1278IMG_1276IMG_1208After lunch, free time was provided. So, maybe you can try other programs like ice hockey and sleighing or just take a walk around.

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I recommend you to walk across the bridge, where you can look down at the entire festival!IMG_1265


Overall, this tour package was decent. To be honest, I would give 4.0 out of 5.0! :) I saw lots of family, friends and couples and even solo travelers enjoying this festival. So, I guess both kids and adults can spend a fabulous time all together. Also, the activities and programs themselves were very enjoyable. I took away points because it was too cold and there were too many people that I almost got lost (so always be aware of where the guide and your group is). To sum up, I would say that this is a festival worth visiting once in your lifetime, especially if you’ve never experienced ice fishing, you definitely should! For details of the tour package, click here.

If you’re interested to sign up for a shuttle bus to Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, it’s available hereallowto_freedownload_landscape_1473Plus, for those of you who haven’t read my first travel review for Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Bike and the Garden of Morning Calm previously, you can read it here. ;)button3
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Mullae Art Village

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Street artworks and mural villages are common in Korea. I could name a couple of sites where I’ve been to last year: Ihwa Mural Village (이화 벽화마을) and Gangpul Cartoon Alley (강풀만화거리). Aside from those, my sister and I explored a peaceful industrial neighborhood in Mullae. Few meters from Mullae station exit 7, across the park, is the Mullae Art Village (문래동 예술촌). An information booth, a map made of bolts and a huge welding mask could be seen right away.


A wall painting could be spotted on each narrow alley around the area. There are also artworks on most of the stores’ steel gates, but since we visited during working hours, we only saw a part of it.


We roamed around without any guide and every time we caught sight of an art, our hearts skipped a beat. Here are my shots:


Don’t forget to look up.


안녕 친구! (Hi friend!)


On our way back to the subway station, we found a map on top of the information booth of where we could locate the artworks. Tsk!


That’s all for now. Which artwork did you like best? Mine’s the featured image. It’s a good reminder to stay happy and carefree. One more thing, how many bicycles did you find in this album? :)


Address: Gyeongin-ro, Yeongdongpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Direction: Mullae Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 7.

7 English-friendly Korean Clothing Sites

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***Hello everyone! If you are new to buying Korean clothing, please read my personal notice.***

Bongja (#4)
Twin Look: $20.27USD

Hotping (#5)
Just One (#1)

* Korean clothes are usually small for non-Asians. Remember that measurement is key and the measurement in Korea is different from anywhere else, especially shoes. Of course measurements vary so remember clothing is in the imperial system. Free size clothing may not work in America but, in Korea free size does work because women body shapes are generally similar. If you have big hips, be aware of them while shopping for pants. Accessories like rings may be too small for many ladies so look out for the ring sizes as well. Please find your shoe size on this website.

Shopping tips in review:

  • Measurements vary so consider them greatly
  • Shoe sizes are different from the imperial and American system
  • Free size also varies greatly
  • Accessory sizes can also vary as well
* I don't have Gmarket on this list because I don't like shopping in Gmarket because it's pretty expensive compared to other personal fashion businesses. Locally there are cheaper sites like Tmon or 11st, so Gmarket doesn't make sense to shop online for locals. I know Gmarket can be a good site for foreigners so do try surfing there too.

* However, the sites below are more domestic. Supporting more local businesses really help further independent fashion businesses in Korea so please do take these websites into good consideration. Please do comment or send emails if you want more recommendations as these are a few that I thought were English friendly. If you want me to do a similar blog on Korean cosmetics or Korean fashion magazines, please dont be afraid to comment or email me! As a further a do, here are seven English-friendly Korean clothing sites! ^_^


Cade Polar Knit: 29,800won
Alia Frillneck One Piece: 57,900won

1/ JustOne

* This website has a ton of knit clothing. A lot of them are sweaters with some turtlenecks and there are nice knit dresses. The colors are all neutral and pastel to bring a simple and chic tone. The dresses are formal and vintage which does reflect on the vintage theme Koreans like nowadays.

* I find the clothes soft and great for fall, winter and spring. Their pants are also nice for autumn and spring. The prices are fair as sweaters are around 20,000 won and coats are around 60,000 won. Also, their membership comes with a free three dollar coupon to their clothing. Remember to click the American or Chinese flag on the header on the left!


Cutout Front Flare Dress: $49.00USD
Floral Crochet Shift Dress: $49.00USD
Tie-Neck Long Sleeve Dress: $33.USD
Sleeveless Mermaid Dress: $63.00USD
Flare-Sleve Black Mini Dress: $84.00USD

2/ Dahong

* This website has more designers that make the website feel more active. The clothes range from vintage, conservative, edgy and casual. This website is great for looking at makeup and swimwear as well. I don't know about their bags but their accessories are simple and cute. I personally love their skirts, they have very unique skirts each different and beautiful. This website is majorly English and Chinese friendly. They have a few articles for foreigners on Korean pop and fashion. If you want to see their own fashion styles, Dahong also has their own styles you can have fun viewing too. They also make celebrity picks pages where you can look through famous Korean celebrities and their fashion choices.

* Keep in mind that some clothes might seem pricy but the reason why online shoppers love this site is because of the great quality. Try investing in a nice dress or cute tops to wear for a longer time than cheaper clothes.

Dahong has it's measurements page so do look at this page!
Also, this website has it's own shipping page that will come very handy when you're checking out.

I urge you to check this website out!



Marsha Knit: $42.39USD
Melody MTM Tree: $50.39USD
Noff Turtleneck Long Knit: $28.79USD
November V Knit: $63.99USD

3/ Kooding

Hurry they are having a 20% winter sale right now!

* Chinese friendly as well, Kooding is a website with a collection of small personal fashion businesses. On the right bar you can scroll to see a handful of small businesses. They all have their own styles so check them out. The layout of this website is similar to other popular wholesale websites like Gmarket but this website is more friendly for domestic businesses to sell internationally. The shipping is free and the returning is free as well so don't hesitate on coats or shoes. Personally, I love Envystyle because of the pants they have. The quality and the lining feels great to wear and amazingly comfortable.

* There are also cosmetics that aren't personal businesses. I know Face Shop is very popular for being a Korean makeup brand. If you haven't tried the store's cosmetics, I urge you to try them. I do like their lipsticks and eyeliners! Although if you already have Face Shop cosmetics, try the other three brands that the website offers. Korean makeup is majorly different for different stores so, getting experimental with their makeup is fun as well!

Kooding also has measurement charts for all their clothing categories, so use them to your advantage!

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Plaid Dress: $49.05USD

4/ Bongja

* Also Chinese friendly, Bongja sells bright and cut clothes. They range from cute and formal dresses to casual bright clothes. The skirts and pants are all layers nicely with great material. Some dresses are free size, which you should check to see on the bottom if they fit. The designers for this shop makes fancy Asian dolly outfits that I really love. All the shoes and bags are alluring; I especially love how classy the shoes look. Overall, the clothes on this site look fun while maintaining a charming style to each clothing.


* They also sell their own cosmetics called DD'iell. I haven't used their products before but my friend uses the Intense Moisture Skin Lotion and her skin is flawless.

Buddy One Piece: $34.72USD
Vita One Piece: $34.72USD
My Muse Knit: $41.72USD
Optimus One Piece: $33.72USD
Desian Pants: $43.62USD
Melody Corset Underwear: $19.32 USD
Sexy Top Corset: $13.72USD
Dark Knight Corset Panties: $15.32USD
Highlight Girdle: $15.12USD

5/ Hotping

* This site is one of my favorites. Also Chinese friendly, Hotping makes the most comfortable pants and leggings. The designers try to make their pants as stretchy as possible to make the most comfort. I would invest in a good pair of leggings and long socks from this shop.
* Their clothing range from light hiphop, beautifully fancy, classy doll and casual chill wears. You can explore and make your own outfits on this website without worrying about comfort.

* My unnis really love the corset underwear on this site. Their hips look astounding over clothing and when you plainly look at the lacing, the corsets are beautiful as well as cheap! The second corset shown above would also be great for newly weds.

If you want to look chill on one day and the next damn sexy, this is the site to get all that!

Neoprene Pants Cut Banding (4th Stock): $33.37USD
Brushed Cameo Hooded Zipper Pocket (18th Restocking): $39.16USD
Washington Brushed Slim Skinny Jeans (4th Stock): $33.37USD
Doug Frayed Brushed Hoodie: $38.00USD
Line Color Pattern Cardigan: $73.20USD
Flare Mini Knit Dress: $57.81USD
Bust Pocket Denim Southern: $34.64USD
Two Pockets Long Tweed Dress: $46.23USD

Wool Slip-on Point: $57.12USD
Round Nose Rabbit Sneakers: $46.23USD

/7 Gaenso

* With over 2000 members, Gaenso is fabulously chic and casual at the same time. I think that the lining and patterns on this site are unique and worth checking out.
* The coats are cheaper than some other shops listed on this post. The coats have nice lining as well as warmth when it comes to the autumn and winter seasons.
* The hooded sweatshirts are casual and popular amongst locals in Seoul. I think the ripped pants are nice and placed thoughtfully around the legs. The accessories are classy and chic especially, the rings and bracelets. For those who love simple rings and bracelet sets, this site is for you! The shoes are unique but perfect to dress casual to simply hangout with your friends or running into the grocery store.
For those who do not fit the free sizes, there is an option on this site to buy 77-88 sizes.
If you want more information on their shop, click on this shopping guide.
* So that's it! I hope these websites are useful and get you the right clothes to have you feel beautiful. I love showing new Korean bits and pieces to foreigners so, if you want more websites or more things fine in Korean fashion, please do not hesitate to comment or email me!
* Enjoy exploring and have a great day! ( \^-^)/ *

The Korea File: Korea's Osaka Diaspora: Origins of the Zainichi

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On this episode of The Korea File podcast, a conversation with UCLA PhD candidate in Asian Languages and Cultures Tommy Tran about his research on Japan’s Korean diaspora, including: 

1) the colonial-era origins of Jeju migration to Osaka, 
2) the role of terror and violence in migration trends during the Korean Civil War and Jeju’s 4.3 Massacre and
3) the Osaka diaspora’s sense of identity as pre-division Koreans. 

This is the first of a two-part episode.

Music on this episode: Hwan Keum-sim's 'Cholibdong'

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Jaeseoksa Temple – 제석사 (Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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Inside the Wonhyo shrine hall at Jaeseoksa Temple in Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

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Located just east of the Gyeongsan city centre, in Gyeongsangbuk-do, is Jaeseoksa Temple. This urban temple is also located in the famed Wonhyo-daesa’s hometown (more on that later).

You first approach the temple down a few narrow side-streets, until you stumble upon Jaeseoksa Temple almost by chance. The entrance gate that awaits you is beautifully painted with various images like Sanshin Dosa and a pair of intense Vajra Warriors adorning the temple doors.

Stepping inside the temple courtyard, you’ll first notice the temple buildings that line the exterior walls to the temple confines. These are the nuns’ living quarters, the visitors centre, as well as the temple kitchen. Straight ahead lies the temple’s main hall. This hall is beautifully decorated both inside and out. Around the exterior walls, there are the traditional Palsang-do set that depict the life of the Buddha. The front latticework consists of the Four Heavenly Kings. And there are some extremely descriptive Nathwi (Monster Mask) reliefs at the base of the latticework. As for inside the main hall, and resting on the main altar, there’s a triad of statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha), who is joined on either side by Yaksayore-bul (The Medicine Buddha) and Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). The rest of the hall is filled with beautiful murals like the Dragon Ship of Wisdom and the guardian mural.

To the left of the main hall, and slightly elevated, is the smaller sized Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. The exterior walls are adorned with the three most popular shaman deities in the Korean pantheon as is the interior. Resting in the centre of the main altar inside the Samseong-gak is an older, elaborate mural dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars). This painting is joined to the left by an older, longer ear lobed mural dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), who is joined by a leopard-looking tiger at his side. Rounding out the three is a more modern painting of Dokseong (The Lonely Saint).

The final hall that visitors can explore is one of the most original halls I’ve seen at a Korean temple. This hall is dedicated to the hometown monk, Wonhyo-daesa. The exterior walls are adorned with various murals from his life like the fish pointing scene from Oeosa Temple in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do or his friendship with Uisang-daesa. As for the interior, there’s the highly original Palsang-do set of eight paintings. But instead of depicting the Buddha’s life from birth to death, they depict the life of Wonhyo-daesa. And resting on the main altar is a golden statue of Wonhyo-daesa.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Gyeongsan Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to walk about 300 metres, or five minutes, to get to the Gyeongsan Shijang (market) bus stop. From there, you’ll need to take Bus #990. After twenty stops, or twenty-two minutes, you’ll need to get off at the Jainmyeon Sahmuso (office).From there, walk about 450 metres, or seven minutes, to get to Jaeseoksa Temple.

You can take a bus, or you can simply take a taxi from the Gyeongsan Intercity Bus Terminal. If you do decide to take a taxi from there, it’ll last about 17 minutes and cost 11,000 won.

OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10. This is a difficult temple to rate. While smaller in size, Jaeseoksa Temple has quite a few highly original features like the stunning set of eight Palsang-do murals dedicated to Wonhyo-daesa. Also, the Four Heavenly Kings adorning the main hall’s front latticework, as well as the beautiful shaman murals, make this temple a must see if you’re in the Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do hometown of the famed Wonhyo-daesa.


The entry gate at Jaeseoksa Temple.


What appears to be a Sanshin Dosa painted on the entry gate.


One of the fierce Vajra warriors adorning the entry door at the temple.


A look towards the main hall and an arching tree that obscures the view.


One of the faces of the Four Heavenly Kings that adorns the lattices of the main hall.


One of the Nathwi adorning the main hall.


A giant ornamental dragon on the exterior of the main hall.


The main altar inside the main hall.


The guardian mural inside the main hall.


The Dragon Ship of Wisdom mural inside the main hall, as well.


The Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall at Jaeseoksa Temple.


The older looking, and elaborate, Chilseong mural inside the Samseong-gak.


As well as this amazing older looking mural dedicated to Sanshin.


The highly unique Wonhyo shrine hall at Jaeseoksa Temple.


The exterior painting on the Wonhyo shrine hall that commemorates the friendship between Wonhyo-daesa and Uisang-daesa.


An up close of Wonhyo-daesa’s birth from the Wonhyo-daesa Palsang-do set.


And a mural from the Wonhyo Palsang-do set that illustrates Wonhyo’s enlightenment.

2 Popular Weekend Getaways Near Seoul To Visit Right Now

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winter_04“Take vacations. Go as many as places as you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.”

Every season is a fabulous time for adventure when it comes to 2 popular travel destinations near Seoul, Nami Island and Petite France. So, with your beloved ones go on an excursion to these wonderful places during weekend! Takes around an hour and half by drive, FYI. ;)

1. Nami Island

남이섬 (76)Situated 63 km from Seoul in the middle of the North Han River, appears the Nami Island, or Namisum, which resembles a half-moon in shape. For more details and directions, click here.남이섬 (3)Best known as a filming location of the popular K-drama ‘Winter Sonata,’ you can understand why this island was chosen for the setting, right? :)남이섬(1)See how beautiful the island is in winter. It’s truly a winter wonderland!

But not just the winter, but every season offers a reason to visit to Nami Island.

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Along with its beautiful natural scenery that changes in colors by season, Nami Island also provides various cultural facilities and leisure activities that anybody can enjoy.남이섬 (73)So, when you’re in Nami Island, either rent a bicycle or a cart. They are the best way to enjoy the nature of the island to the fullest! ;)

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allowto_freedownload_landscape_1470Near Nami Island, there are various attractions and activities like you may want to check out as well, such as Gangchon Rail Bike, the Garden of Morning Calm, Elysian Ski Resort, and  a strawberry-picking experience at a local farm.

2. Petite France

쁘띠프랑스 (15)Near Seoul, in Gapyeong, there’s a charming little French theme cultural village called Petite France, where you can spend a great time taking photos, watch marionette and puppet performances, and many more!

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This place is also well known as the filming location of popular Korean dramas: ‘Beethoven Virus (2008)’, ‘Secret Garden (2011)’ and ‘My Love from the Stars (2014)’. Plus, a popular Korean entertainment show called ‘Running Man’ was also filmed here. For directions, click here. :)

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From Orgel House, European Doll House, Marionette Museum, Antiques Museum, to Traditional French House, there are plenty of exhibitions halls and facilities where you can feel and explore about the culture of France!

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At Petite France, you may want to step inside the ‘Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall’. This is where you can appreciate the works of Saint Exubery, the French writer of “Petite Prince” and “Night Flight”.

쁘띠프랑스 (8)Boasting beautiful scenes all year round, every season is a fabulous time for a visit!
쁘띠프랑스 (14)In winter season, you will be able to see the starry lights all around the place! So, take your lover to Petite France this weekend, it’ll be absolutely romantic! ;)marionette_4.jpgFYI, here are what you can enjoy at Petite France: Guignol Puppet Performance, Marionette Performance, Orgel Demonstration & Explanation, Supernatural Power Time of Do Minjun, and Street Musician.photo_1And various cultural experience programs as well! Ex. Plaster Art & Powder Painting, Stamp Event, Petite Photo Zone, Traditional French Games, Caricature, Petite Cloche, and Instant Digital Oil Painting. For details, click here.

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Now, here’s the easiest way for travelers to go on an excursion to Nami Island and Petite France in one day. There’s a shuttle bus package that takes you to these two places all in one day. For more details, click here. Without having to worry about transportation you can enjoy both of the most popular suburbs destinations in South Korea!


OinK - Only In Korea Podcast: Konglish, Showry & Korean Winter Habits

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OinK - Only in Korea members chose this week's topics & one brave soul left a voice message. On today's episode, Travis & Chance discuss the wonderful world of Konglish, the Korean YouTube sensation Showry, & finish by going through the interesting & often a bit odd winter habits you encounter here in South Korea.

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A First-Time Traveler’s Guide To Seoul

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“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

First time traveling in Seoul? If you have no ideas where to go or what to do in Seoul, South Korea, here we are to help you plan your itinerary and make your trip the best!allowto_freedownload_snap_1037Here, we’ve picked 4 not-to-be-missed sightseeing spots in Seoul, and you can visit all of them in one day! :D

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, of all, is a must visit palace for first time Seoul visitors. It’s probably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces remaining in Seoul.

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Built in 1395, this palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). seoul-364118_1920FYI, Gwanghwamun is the Southern main gate of the Gyeongbokgung Palace’s 4 gates!

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You can also find this amazing pavilion built on pond! It’s called Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion, where the king used to have joyous occasions and feasts. See more pics below. ;)

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The palace holds various events and ceremonies, so check out their website, here.

  • Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000KRW / Group (over 10): 2,400KRW
  • Children (ages 7-18): 1,500KRW / Group (over 10): 1,200KRW

*Tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace are also valid at the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.

2. Changdeokgung Palace

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The second spot we highly recommend for the first time travelers is a royal palace called Changdeokgung Palace, which is recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s reputed as a well-preserved palace, so you will be able to learn a lot about Korean palace architecture here. For details and directions, click here.

  • Regular Tour : Adults(3,000KRW) / Children(1,500KRW)
  • Tours for the Secret Garden : Adults(5,000KRW) / Children(2,500KRW)

3. National Folk Museum

IMG_1968As we’ve mentioned before, the National Folk Museum is located on the compound of Gyeongbokgung Palace. And this museum has 3 permanent exhibition halls with over 98,000 artifacts!! WOW! at the exterior of the building. Isn’t it beautiful?baekje-815067_1920In this museum, the retrospective of the traditional Korean lifestyle is exhibited, so try a visit and take a look!

namdaemun-326138_1280For those who wants to feel like a local in Seoul, here’s Namdaemun Market. It is the largest street market in Seoul, especially popular for shoppers looking for bargains! ;) This historical marketplace is well-reputed for its cheap price and wide variety of products!

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Try the delicious local street foods as well. The dumplings and steamed buns taste great! :) For directions, click here.

If you are looking for an easy, convenient way to look at all these spots and more, there’s a guided tour with 3 different options to make your day trip in Seoul better. The tour is available here!

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  • Full Day Tour (09:00~17:30)

    Hotel→Blue House (pass by)→Changing of the Guard ceremony→Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays)→National Folk Museum (History Museum on Tuesdays)→Jogyesa Buddhist Temple→Ginseng Center→Lunch→Changdeokgung Palace (Hanok Village on Mondays)→Insadong Antique Shop Alley→Amethyst Factory→Namdaemun Market→Hotel

See Mastering Seoul in 1 Day.seoul-410264_1920Of course, there are plenty of landmarks and attractions for travelers to visit in Seoul. So, check out Seoul Palace Tour or Top 10 Things To Do in Seoul to find out what kind of things you can do and make your trip the best!button3

Slice Of Life: Pizza

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Spice, comfort and flavour.

I had been hearing a lot, and I mean a LOT, of buzz about Slice of Life Pizza, so I decided it was high time I paid it a visit. Opened in late 2015 by Kim Chanu, a native Korean who had been living in New York. The aim of the restaurant is to serve authentic, NY style pizza, paired with a craft beer menu. Being a big fan of pizza, and craft beer, I was looking forward to this one.

The first thing that struck me as I approached the shop front was how chic and cool the place looked. It’s situated in a fairly narrow, dark street and the place manages to blend in and stand out at the same time. Sleek, black metal and clean white tiles make it look welcoming and professional. I also think their logo is awesome, check it out in the pictures.

When I went inside I was greeted and given time to peruse the small menu by the door. SOL currently offers six types of pizza: New York cheese, pepperoni, the Bronx, spicy garlic, white pie and margherita. You can get your fix either by the slice, a half pie, or a whole 18 incher! When I visited they also had some seasonal specials on offer, including an Artichoke and Spinach Calzone.

As I was visiting alone I decided to opt for some slices, as I wanted to try as much of the menu as possible.

I believe that all pizzerias should be judged by their margherita, so I opted for this first. This is the classic slice, and should be simple, elegant and bursting with flavor due to the quality of the ingredients. This slice didn’t disappoint. The first thing that hit me was the crust. It was hot, crisp, and chewy, with a slight crunch on the outside. The tomato sauce and the mozzarella cheese were also excellent, one rich and creamy, one sharp and tangy, making for an amazing combination. Part of the joy of eating pizza is in the mechanics of it, and again here the slice excelled. I started at the front, all cheese-y and sauce-y, and then four bites in folded the crust and started munching the outside, getting crust and the fresh basil they sprinkle on there. Pure, pizza joy.

Second up I went for the white Pie. This has no tomato sauce, and ricotta cheese on there. Now this is pizza, done as comfort food. I ate a lot of white pie in Rome, and it really is defined by the quality of the cheese on the slice. This hit it, rich, warming and gooey, with the ricotta forming that wonderful crust it does on pizza, hiding it’s fluffy centre. The cheese was extra generous on this slice, making it a real filling classic. Visiting on a chilly Wednesday afternoon it was just what I needed.

I had to have just one more slice. I always like to give a place a chance to push their best, so I asked the staff for a recommendation. The spicy garlic was suggested. This has Italian sausage, garlic, and jalapenos. Boy, did it have a LOT of jalapenos! If you like your pizza spicy, then this ones for you. The savory, meaty sausage was offset by the sharp, lip tingling smack of the jalapenos, making this a firm favorite, the staff assured me. It was perhaps a little hot for my taste, with the spice slightly masking the wonderful flavor combination the sausage and cheese were providing. I’m sure many people would dig it though!

The slices I had were priced at 4,300 each. Which is a little steep, but considering the size and quality of the pie it’s hard to argue. To wash it all down I went for a glass of the Booth x Mikeller. It was delicious, and complimented the pizza perfectly. However it was served in a plastic glass, which I thought was a bit of a shame, especially at 6,300. Good beer just tastes so much better with the clink of glass against your mouth.

All-in-all its hard to fault what SOL are doing over in KSU. The pizza was some of the best I’ve had in Korea, and the décor and staff were excellent. I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit with the KSU faithful. I’ll be returning for a slice for sure!

Visit their Facebook page here.


Slice of Life is located just out of the north gate of Kyungsung University. To get there come out of Gyeongsong station, then take your first left and follow it down until you can see the university campus. SOL is located in one of the small, narrow streets just out the north gate. If your driving your best bet would be to park in the university campus.

Address: 43-55 Daeyon-dong, nam-gu, Busan/ 남구대연동 43-55, 부산.


Filed under: Food Tagged: busan, craft beer, Food, italian, pizza, restaurant

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