Travel & Adventure

My travel experiences in and outside of Korea

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 with the spirit and history of thousands of years. There is an absolute uniqueness and beauty that can be found only in the ancient monasteries. Participating in a temple stay allows this beautiful experience and connects with this history, culture, …

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 1980s, Jeju was a popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds in Korea due to its friendly climate and travel restrictions that existed at that time. Since most marriages were arranged, the hotel staff would create different erotic games for the newlyweds …

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 in 2006 to provide a place where locals and tourists can enjoy nature. One day during his usual hiking, President Cho Wung Rae saw a lady doddering in high heels. He took off his shoes and gave them to her …

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 said to be active even though it has not erupted in more than 5000 years. Mt. Halla is a big part of Jeju island and its culture and can almost be seen standing tall from any part of the island. …

5 Stunningly Beautiful Cafes you must visit in Jeju

Cafe overlooking the ocean

During my short summer trip to Jeju, it so happened to be rainy and gloomy for most of the days, so I decided to explore some beautiful beachfront cafes. Coffee and cafes are a huge part of Korean culture. Their love for coffee and tasty beverages has led to so many cafes springing that they strive to differentiate themselves in experiences, taste, and design. Each cafe has its charm and ambiance. Here are some of the beautiful cafes I visited and would recommend you visit to take a break from your adventures and travels while in Jeju. One and Only …

A visual Experience on Hong Kong’s Iconic Tram – Ding Ding

Tram

There is no doubt the best way to experience Hong Kong Island is to hope on a Tram locally known as the “Ding Ding” for its bell-like sound. Hong Kong is a colorful city, and this is evident on the buses too painted with various colors, decorations, and advertisements of major brands. It was interesting to see the artwork on each bus; it reminded me of the Nairobi Matatus (Mimi van taxis). The Hong Kong Tram has been in existence running from East to West of the Island for over 100 years since 1904 and has been evolving since then. …

#chasingwaterfalls – Dao, Inambakan and Kabungotan falls, Cebu Philipines

A few weeks ago, I shared about my visit to Kawasan and Caimbais waterfalls. If you missed it, you can access it here. I visited five waterfalls within easy reach from Moalboal during my 4-day stay Cebu. We visited these waterfalls in one day starting from the furthest Dao falls to Inambakan, and finally, Kabungotan falls as we headed back to the Moalboal town. Add these waterfalls to your must-visit places in addition to the famous Kawasan falls. Dao falls, Samboan To get to this beautiful falls, you have to trek for about 30 minutes through waters bordered by the …

#chasingwaterfalls – Kawasan and Cambais Falls, Cebu Philipines

There are over a 1000 waterfalls on the beautiful island of Cebu and waterfall hopping is one of the things I wanted to do during my 4-day stay in Moalbaol, Cebu. I was able to visit five of these waterfalls in one and a half days. I am glad I started my hopping with the two waterfalls mentioned below.  I will share the rest of the falls in a subsequent post. Kawasan Falls, Badian Kawasan falls is a must visit if you are in Cebu and I recommend that you take up the full experience of Canyoneering bit you are …