Channel Your Inner Child in Seoul Forest

Channel Your Inner Child in Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest is situated on a promontory of the Han River and is organized into different areas, including the Culture and Art Park, Ecological Forest, Nature Study Field, Wetlands Ecological Zone, and Han River Waterside Park. They are connected by bicycle trails and walking paths and I guarantee there is something for everyone at this park! Pack a picnic, sports shoes, and a camera and go have some fun!

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Delight in Local Street Art in Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul

Delight in Local Street Art in Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul

It's not graffiti, it's Art! An afternoon in Ihwa Mural Village and Naksan Park will lift your spirits and certainly give you a bird's eye view of Seoul and Bukhan Mountain. In 2006, local art professors and students were invited by Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to transform the cold, grey stone of this decaying neighborhood into colorful, lively murals. Enjoy the show!

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Make a Cultural Connection Through the Arts

Make a Cultural Connection Through the Arts

If you want to make an emotional connection with a country, experience their native arts. Attend a performance, view an exhibit, make the most of the learning center.

At the Seoul Arts Center in Seocho-dong, near Nambu station in Seoul, visitors can immerse themselves in Korean art, with interactive and multimedia exhibits for a multi-sensory experience.

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Find Yin, Yang, and and the Life Force

Find Yin, Yang, and and the Life Force

Samcheong Park (삼청공원) is a short walk from Gyeonbokgung Palace in the center of Seoul. Step inside its gates, choose any trail, and prepare to contemplate Yin / Yang and encounter your Chi.

Appreciate Yin as you ascend up well-maintained trails to the city wall. Absorb Yang from your bird's eye perch of the urban landscape. Exit the park with a renewed sense of the life-force within you, your Chi. 

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Learn Something New in Insadong

Learn Something New in Insadong

Although Insadong has become a bit of a tourist trap, I still enjoy going there because you never know what you'll encounter or discover. Art exhibits showcase local talent, performances enrich understanding of cultural traditions, protests give insight into current affairs, and shops show artisans at work on their crafts. It's a fun, inspiring place to spend an afternoon. 

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Have a Day of Solitude on Muui Island

Have a Day of Solitude on Muui Island

Beaches in Korea are often packed in the hot summer months. Go on a chilly day in November, however, and the sun beams for you alone. Muui Island (무의도 "Mu-ee-do") is just across the bay from Incheon airport but immune to Seoul's urban vibe.  This tiny rustic island is a terrific place to escape for a day of rest or exercise, with the most incredible sunset view in all of Korea. 

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Go to the Seoul Lantern Festival (November)

Go to the Seoul Lantern Festival (November)

The Seoul Lantern Festival is just the remedy to boost spirits and remind us that there is warmth wherever people gather to enjoy beauty. This annual festival of lights along the Cheonggyecheon stream near City Hall (Gwanghwamun Station) begins the first Friday of November and runs about two weeks. It is free to the public and draws millions of visitors...

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Run the Seoul Dong-A Marathon

Run the Seoul Dong-A Marathon

If you are looking for a Boston qualifier event, the Seoul Dong-A Marathon is it!  This 40 km 26.2 mile fast, flat, wide-open course is one of the most well-organized events I have ever experienced. The start of the event is at Gwanghwamun Square (광화문) and ends at Jamsil Sports Complex (잠실종합운동장). In between are 40 km of fun! Get ready to have a blast!

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Get Yourself Invited to a Modern Korean Wedding

Get Yourself Invited to a Modern Korean Wedding

Like cultures around the globe, Koreans mix modern with traditional elements in a typical wedding ceremony. The emphasis is on the joining of two people and formalizing a tie between two families. Weddings are similar in format to a western-style wedding, but there are enough differences to warrant a little commentary.

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Discover Oedo Island in Hallyeohaesang National Park

Discover Oedo Island in Hallyeohaesang National Park

Oedo (pronounced way-doe) is a small island in South Korea's 200 mile Hallyeohaesang National Maritime Park. Once just one of many uninhabited, barren islands along the country's craggy southern coastline, an industrious couple had a vision to transform Oedo into a botanical splendor reminiscent of a Grecian isle. 

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Drink Tea at Suyeonsanbang (수연산방) Tea House in Seoul

Drink Tea at Suyeonsanbang (수연산방) Tea House in Seoul

Slip into this quiet tea house in Seoul for an afternoon respite. Suyeonsanbang offers a wide selection of hot and iced teas, perfect for any season! We were there in October, when the trees were dressed in their fall foliage and the air was just turning cooler.

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Explore 63 Building (육삼 빌딩) Top to Bottom

Explore 63 Building (육삼 빌딩) Top to Bottom

In the late afternoon sun, the Hanwa 63 Building radiates a shimmering bright gold. Built in 1986 on Yeouido Island, it once reigned as Seoul's tallest skyscraper. It's claim to fame these days is that it houses the world's highest art gallery. The art gallery displays masterpieces, but more interesting are the eclectic theme-oriented collections. Skulls anyone?

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Stuff Yourself Full of King Crabs (영덕대게) in Ganggoo

Stuff Yourself Full of King Crabs (영덕대게) in Ganggoo

There is a quirky town on the eastern shore of South Korea called Ganggoohang Harbor (강구항) that serves, eats, breathes, catches, sells, and ships only King Crabs (or "yong dae gae" 영대게). If you love eating crab, Gangoohang is a great place to have lunch or dinner after a full day of touring in Andong or Gyeongju.  It's just a short drive east of Andong and north of Gyeongju.

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