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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