A Taste of Life in a Temple – Beopjusa Templestay

Beopjusa Temple

Templestay is a cultural program that gives you a chance to experience the traditions and culture of Korean Buddhism. It is a unique opportunity to stay for two or three days in an ancient temple and emulate a Buddhist practitioner’s life. It is open to everyone despite their religious background who wants a taste of temple-life. Korean temples are infused …

Jeju Loveland Sculpture Park (제주러브랜드)

Jeju Loveland

South Korea is a highly conservative country; however, a visit to Jeju’s sex-themed park, “Loveland,” will change how you perceive this country. Sitting on approximately 39,000 square meters, the park features 140 sex-themed installations, two museums, a cafe, and an art shop. The structures depict different sexual subjects from cultural, to older women to animals.  Background During the 1970 and …

Day Trip to Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail in Daejeon (계족산 황톳길)

GYEJOKSAN RED CLAY TRAIL (계족산 황톳길)

Walking barefoot might be something you only do in the comfort of your home but not the 1,500 hikers who visit the Gyejoksan Red Clay trail every year. Located in the outskirts of Daejeon, the 14.5 km foot trail around Gyejoksan mountain is a popular attraction not only to the locals but also tourists. This eco-healing trail (Hwantotgil) was established …

Hiking Hallasan – South Korea’s Tallest Mountain

A bird at the summit of Hallasan

Located in Jeju island, Hallasan (Halla)  Mountain is one of the “top three” mountains in South Korea situated at 1,950 meters above sea level. It was designated Korea’s National monument in 1966 and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. The mountain has over 360 volcanic cones (Oreums) scattered around it with a crater lake at the summit that is …

Talking to Strangers: What we should know about the people we don’t know – Malcolm Gladwell

This book provides a detailed analysis of the different aspects of our interactions with strangers by using real-life events from the news that occurred at various points in time. Examples include the Cuban spy that spent so many years undetected at one of the USA’s most secure agencies – the pentagon; the man who brought down a hedge-fund giant at …