South Korea

Seoul: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA)

This is a post that's a little out of its chronological order - as you can tell from the pictures, I visited the Modern Art Museum in winter (actually in December 2013) but I've never written about it. So I figured that the next time I do a series of posts about Seoul (i.e. now),… Continue reading Seoul: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA)

South Korea

Seoul: Myeongdong Cathedral

Enough about food and market posts... let's explore a little bit more of Seoul! Walking through the busy shopping streets, we were looking for a quieter area to sit down and relax. That's how we came to discover the Myeongdong Cathedral, which is the very first Roman Catholic parish church in Korea. It is also… Continue reading Seoul: Myeongdong Cathedral

South Korea

Seoul: Gwangjang Market (Part 3)

My final post about this fascinating market in the heart of Seoul (after writing about the textiles and fresh produce sold there) has to be about the food, specifically the street food the market is FAMOUS for. That's the main reason for going to this place. There is a big cross section with lots of… Continue reading Seoul: Gwangjang Market (Part 3)

South Korea

Seoul: Gwangjang Market (Part 2)

After walking through the area with textiles a the Gwangjang Market, we entered the part where fresh fruit, vegetables and produce were sold. It was a Friday afternoon, so it was not very busy at the market - most vendors were just sitting there and peeling beans or chatting to the vendor next door. Some… Continue reading Seoul: Gwangjang Market (Part 2)

South Korea

Seoul: Biwon Secret Garden in the Changdeokgung Palace

One of the most amazing places to visit in Seoul is the Changdeokgung Palace - and not just the main palace, but actually the secret garden, which used to be for the royal family only. It is a huge garden complex in the centre of the city and what is so amazing about it, is… Continue reading Seoul: Biwon Secret Garden in the Changdeokgung Palace

South Korea

Seoul: Samcheong-dong

Samcheong-dong is an unique place surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Cheong Wa Dae and Insa-dong. It combines old Korea with coffee shops and modern artsy galleries. 'Sam' means three and 'cheong' refers to clean or good - so that could mean the quarter is named for three things that it has plenty of: clean… Continue reading Seoul: Samcheong-dong

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Seoul: Insa-dong revisited

We had been to Insa-dong before, but this quirky neighbourhood was so close to our hotel that we decided to visit it again. It is great for people watching, visiting art galleries, discovering little shops that sell artwork, handmade crafts and antiques - and to try lots of different street snacks and tea. Insadong is… Continue reading Seoul: Insa-dong revisited

Hong Kong

Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul

In order to gain a glimpse into the lives of traditional Korean, five houses were moved here or rebuilt to create Namsangol Hanok Village. The houses represent houses from different social classes, ranking from peasants to the king. The houses display various types of furniture and household goods that would have been found in the… Continue reading Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul