Entries by cyn


[box_light]Jinju 진주[/box_light] At the spectacular Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (Oct 1–13), colorful lanterns parade along the Namgang River waterfront across from Jinjuseong Fortress and Chokseongnu Pavilion. Visitors can enjoy a parade of traditional lanterns while floating lanterns downriver and hanging lanterns to make wishes. The festival dates back to the Japanese invasions of Korea […]


[box_dark]Gwangju 광주[/box_dark] The queen of Korea’s southwest, Gwangju is Korea’s sixth largest city and a rising East Asian cultural center. The Gwangju Design Biennale (thru Nov 3) makes the perfect excuse to visit this colorful metropolis, famous for its museums, contemporary history, and great food. Under the theme “Anything, Something,” this year’s biennale will explore […]


[box_dark]Jeonju 전주[/box_dark] A maze of picturesque alleyways lined by handsome old Korean homes, Jeonju Hanok Village is a piece of an older, simpler, and infinitely slower Korea. Every corner, every backstreet yields a new discovery. Hidden away amidst the tile roofs and greenery are charming guesthouses, quiet teahouses, historic Confucian shrines, artisan workshops, and stately […]


[box_dark]Gimje 김제[/box_dark] Situated in the heart of the Honam Plain, Gimje is not only one of Korea’s most important agricultural regions but also one of the few places so flat you can see the actual horizon. It’s with this in mind that the town hosts the annual Gimje Horizon Festival (Oct 2–6). Festival events include […]


[box_dark]Suncheon 순천[/box_dark] Visitors descend upon the exceedingly pleasant southwestern town of Suncheon to appreciate the beauty of Suncheon Bay, one of Korea’s best-loved stretches of wetland. The ecological park is surrounded by mudflats and thickly growing reeds and is home to about 200 types of migrant birds and 120 types of salt plants. The sunset […]


[box_dark]Sancheong 산청[/box_dark] The beautiful town of Sancheong is cradled by the majestic Jirisan Mountains, some of the highest peaks in all Korea. It is also home to a time-honored traditional medicine tradition—it was here that the renowned Joseon Dynasty physicians Ryu Ui-tae and Heo Jun learned their craft. The World Traditional Medicine Fair & Festival […]

Dak, Dak, Dak. The Chicken in Korea

[box_dark]Dak, Dak, Dak 닭 The Chicken in Korea[/box_dark] Written and photographed by Daniel Gray There is a certain dining etiquette when it comes to eating chicken that you should keep in mind in Korea. The legs are the prized part of the chicken, so they should be shared or offered to the most important person […]

Daily Delights-October

Daily Delights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Here are my suggestions for a great food day in Seoul. [box_light]Breakfast[/box_light] Chicken and Ginseng Rice Porridge at Yeonjuk 연죽 Jongno area Getting breakfast in Korea can be incredibly difficult if you don’t want to go to a hangover soup restaurant or a fast food joint. However at Yeonjuk at Jongno 3-ga, their business […]

Quick Bites

[box_light]Quick Bites[/box_light] Scotch Eggs? Try Reilly’s 라일리탭하우스 Itaewon area Reilly’s Taphouse in Itaewon is serving up an awesome selection of ales and beers (both foreign and domestic) and a dizzying array of gastropub fare. Plus they have dishes made from the chicken and the egg. On their brunch menu there are steak and eggs as […]