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Fall Festivals 2014

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in | Comments Off on Fall Festivals 2014

Fall is a great time to get out and explore Korea, as the temperatures during the daytime are reasonable, and you don’t feel like you’ll melt into a puddle whenever you move. The skies tend to be bright and clear, giving a pleasant backdrop for photos, and lots of communities all over the country are having various festivals. There is something going on somewhere to celebrate something pretty much every weekend, but certain events do stand out from the...

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Time Travel is Possible – Exploring Gyeongju

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in | Comments Off on Time Travel is Possible – Exploring Gyeongju

Words and Photos by Steven Moore Time travel is possible! And, it costs less than 5000 won. That’s the price of transportation from the present day back into another era, and just an hour from Ulsan by bus;  why not trade Co2 emissions for Silla Dynasty traditions and explore ‘Beautiful Gyeongju.’ The Korean tourist board’s city slogans can often be misleading, ‘Colorful Daegu’ for instance does not reflect the reality of that gray city, but at least it has...

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Tongyeong and Somaemuldo

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Tongyeong and Somaemuldo

By Scott Rotzoll Got any plans for the big vacation period this summer? No?? Well, there’s still plenty to see and do around here if you didn’t get yourself booked for a much needed escape. As you probably know, Ulsan is pretty well situated between one of Korea’s most well-known historic sites, Gyeongju, and one of its largest and most eclectic cities, Busan. Either of which – or both – will definitely fill your days, if you’ve not been...

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Hwanseongul – Korea’s Largest Limestone Cave

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in | Comments Off on Hwanseongul – Korea’s Largest Limestone Cave

By Deirdre Madden I’ve been to several caves in Korea now, including the lava tubes on Jeju Island. I’ve also spelunked (or potholed if you prefer) in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, as well as back home in Canada. Nothing serious, just touristy tours of interesting and impressive cave formations. But nothing I’ve yet seen has compared to the vastness of the Hwanseongul (환선굴) in Gangwondo. Located near the town of Samcheok (삼척시), the Hwanseon Cave has been designated as...

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Ganjeolgot Cape – Ulsan’s Sunrise Hotspot

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Ganjeolgot Cape – Ulsan’s Sunrise Hotspot

Words and photos by Jason Teale Most people know of Ganjeolgot for the giant mailbox and being the place that pretty much everyone in the area goes to on New Year’s Day to catch the first rays of sunlight to hit this side of Korea. However, there is much more to the area than that. Ganjeolgot Cape has seen a bit of improvement over the years taking it from your basic 90’s era tourist trap to a place that...

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Suncheon Bay – Korea’s Ecological Playground

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in | Comments Off on Suncheon Bay – Korea’s Ecological Playground

By Deirdre Madden Last Chuseok, while on a road trip, my partner and I stumbled upon the Suncheon Ecological Park. We were attempting to go to the Suncheon Bay Garden Expo, but due to misread road signs while trying to find a parking lot, we ended up at the Ecological Park instead. It turned out to be a happy mistake, as the Eco Park is a very interesting, preserved wetland area, filled with a large variety of birds, many...

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Traveling in Korea With Your Four Legged Friends

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in | Comments Off on Traveling in Korea With Your Four Legged Friends

Traveling with a pooch that doesn’t fit into your purse is not always easy in Korea. We have a 75 pound Labrador and just finding a first floor apartment that would accept him was a big enough challenge.  Finding hotels is yet again…a challenge.  Of the places we’ve stayed, some are nicer than others but all were friendly and had nice owners or owners who completely ignored that fact that we had a dog with us. Clearly…Clark is a...

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Cherry Blossom Festivals 2014

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in | Comments Off on Cherry Blossom Festivals 2014

Hwa-gae Cherry Blossom Festival takes place March 29th, 30th. “One of the most popular attractions of the festival is ‘The 10ri Cherry Blossom Road’ (ri is the traditional Korean measurement unit, and 10ri equals approximately 4km). It is also known as ‘marriage road’, as it is said that if lovers walk down this road while holding hands, they will get married and stay happily together forever.” – More info at Korea Tourism Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon is taking place this year on April...

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Ulsan Cycling Guide

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in | Comments Off on Ulsan Cycling Guide

A guide to cycling in Ulsan By Luke Cape: On first impression, Ulsan may not seem to be the most bike-friendly city. But on closer inspection, the city and the surrounding areas have so much to offer. There are near 100kms of traffic-free bike paths criss-crossing the city. There are numerous single track downhill mountain biking trails hidden in the suburban mountains of Dong-gu, Jung-gu and Ulju-gun. And the quiet, backroad cycling in the countryside is not far away....

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A guide to climbing Jirisan

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on A guide to climbing Jirisan

 Jirisan 지리산 By Luke Cape: Jirisan is mainland South Korea’s highest mountain (1915m), located inside its largest national park (471km2). It’s one of the few national parks where you’re likely to encounter wildlife other than birds and squirrels. The park is home to deer, foxes, hares, elk, wildcats and even the endangered Asiatic black bear (also known as the ‘Moon Bear’ or 반달곰) . It’s also one of Korea’s most sacred mountains, and numerous major temples and smaller retreats...

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