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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Eat Agujjim (아구찜): Monkfish & Sea Squirt Delight!

Eat Agujjim (아구찜): Monkfish & Sea Squirt Delight!

Have you ever tried Agu jjim?  Agu jjim is a specialty of Masan, South Korea in Gyeongsangnam Province (경상남도), just outside of Busan. The most interesting aspect of this dish is that such ugly sea creatures (monkfish 아구 and sea squirts ) can be SOOOO delicious!

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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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