Korea

Seoul’s Poop Cafe

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Poop Cafe

This week we’re heading to Seoul’s Poop Cafe (also known as Ddo-dong Cafe). Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, Seoul is not the only city with a poop themed cafe. Canada’s largest city, Toronto, also boasts this dubious distinction. However, the Seoul Poop Cafe, which opened in 2015 is the original. Welcome to week 338 (7/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The cafe is located on the top floor of  Insadong’s Ssamzie-Gil Building, which is about a three-minute walk from the Anguk Subway Station. Come out exit 6, head straight and you’ll see the Information Center. Hang a left and you are on Insadong’s main drag. Walk 1-minute and you’ll see the SSamzie-Gil Building on the left. The mall is full of cute shops, so it may take you a while to get to the Poop Cafe, should you decide to browse along the way. You can build up a thirst along the way!

Seoul's Poop Cafe

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Six Travel Photos – 113,855 Views

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

This week I am showcasing the top six travel photos from my Flickr account with a total of 113,855 views. Welcome to week 335 (7/6/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy the pictures as I struggle to pack up 16.5 years of living in Korea to return to Canada and Nova Scotia.

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#1 Maya Beach, Thailand

With 20,761 views this is my number 1 photo on Flickr.

I took this shot on my first trip to Krabi, Thailand, and I think Maya Beach is much better known now than it was back then. Maya is the beach where Leonardo DeCaprio’s “The Beach” was filmed. I fell in love with this wee piece of pristine paradise. When I had the opportunity to return a couple of years later, I jumped at the chance. Of course, things are never the same the second time around. The area had become very popular with the tour boat operators, and in fact, someone (no idea who) was charging a 100 baht fee if you wanted to walk, sit on the sand, or swim directly off the beach. Disappointing, to say the least, but the beauty of the beach was still intact, and I imagine that it still is today.

 

Maya-Beach, Southern Thailand

#2 Hualien County, Taiwan

Taiwan Mist takes number 2 spot with 20,662 votes. I don’t know the name of the mountain we were on or remember the name of the resort, but what I do remember is the torrential rain lasting for a good two hours. When the rain ended, we were treated to this dreamy mist, the perfect backdrop to the towering coconut trees and the lush vegetation.

 

Taiwan Mist

#3 Namhansanseong Park and Fortress

I captured this colorful and ornate temple roof line at Namhansanseong in Seoul. and this shot has been viewed a total of 20,177 times. Namhansanseong was a temporary capital during the Joesan dynasty and now a World UNESCO property. If you’re visiting Seoul, it’s an interesting and picturesque destination worthy of a morning or afternoon wander and is easily accessible by subway and bus.

Address and How to Get There: 

경기도 광주시 중부면 산성리

Sanseong-ri Joongbu-myeon Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Directions:

Subway: Get off at Sanseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit No. 2. Take City Bus No. 9, and get off at Namhansanseong bus stop. (Travel Time: 20 Min., Buses depart every 20 Min.)

Bus: Take bus 13-2  from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gangbeun Station. Transfer to bus 15-1 at the entrance of Namhansanseong, and exit at the last stop.

Open year round and the free admission makes it easy on everyone’s’ budget.

 

Namhansansung, Seoul

 

#4 Gunung Kawi, Bali

With 19,952 views, Bali’s lush and colorful Gunung Kawi holds number 4 spot in the most viewed. At the bottom of these many many stairs is a major Hindu temple, with 10 rock-cut candi (shrines). It’s one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments (according to Lonely Planet).
The day I was there it rained (HARD). That’s why the sky in this photo looks so washed out. (This was just before the downpour.)I think the lushness of the trees and rice paddy on the right makes up for the colorless sky! Private drivers are plentiful on Bali and happy to take you to Gunung Kawi.

 

Gunung Kawi, Bali

 

#5 Seoul Forest, Seoul

Seoul Forest is holding number 5 spot with 16,559 views. As you can see the park is home to some awesome Fall colors. Anytime you need a break from Seoul’s concrete jungle grab the subway and head to the forest. Picturesque any time of the year, you won’t be disappointed.

The park is open 24 hours a day, and free to enter. Take Subway line 2 to Ttukseon Station and leave through Exit 8.

 

Seoul Forest

 

 Rural Korea Springtime

Number 6 spot, 15,744 views, is also a photo captured here in Korea. Spring is one of my favorite seasons here, and I take every chance I get to get out of the city and watch Mother Nature as she wakes. Many farms have a traditional pagoda, where workers take their noonday break, lunch usually followed by a short nap time.

 

Rural Korea Springtime

 

Which is your favorite shot of the six? Let us know in the comments.

 

Please welcome our co-hosts this week: Jan from Budget Travel TalRuth from Tanama Tales Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations

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Favorite Seoul Street Art

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Seoul Street Art

Seoul Street Art is dominated by whimsical sculpture throughout the city. Welcome to week 334 (6/29/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Today I want to introduce you to some of my favorite Seoul Street Art. Enjoy the tour.

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I travel through Hangangjin Station (Line 6) every work day, and I often get off at this subway station to do a bit of shopping on my way home and to admire some of the Seoul street art. If you are ever in Seoul and want to see these pieces yourself, walk out of the station and head up the road towards Itaewon. It doesn’t matter which side of the street you’re on. Art will be peeking out at you on almost every block.

 

First, there’s Red Bird, who, well, glows red. I love both simplicity and the color. He’s also the perfect complement to the glass building.

 

Seoul Street Art

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Korea DMZ: North – South Divide in Photos

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Korea DMZ

This week we are roaming around the Korea DMZ, that swath of land that separates North Korea from South Korea and came into being when the Korean War Armistice was signed way back in 1953. Welcome to Week 332 (6/8/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me on a tour of the North – South divide in photos.

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I initially took this tour back in 2001 or 2002. I know it was before digital cameras (or just before they came to market). I did take photos that day, and I had them developed, but they’ve disappeared during one of my moves over the years. I was anxious to see what was still the same and what had changed, and if I can still brag about having a good memory!

I am always surprised that the DMZ is only an hour outside of Seoul. This is why we foreigners get a little antsy when the big guy up North starts his saber rattling. Our first stop of the day was the Imjingak Unification Park,  in the city of  Paju on the banks of the Imjin River.

 

Korea DMZ: North South Divide

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National Museum of Korea: A Photo Essay

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 11 comments

National Museum of Korea

We’re wandering through the National Museum of Korea this week and specifically the special exhibition Roads of Arabia-the Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia containing 486 archeological artifacts and objects. Welcome to week 330 (6/1/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The museum is very easy to get to, and I recommend you take the subway. Take Line 4 (blue line) to Ichon Station and follow the signs “National Museum of Korea.” You’ll walk down this long hallway with the moving sidewalk with holographs of the museum’s holdings and them up the escalator to a large pedestrian area. It’s not particularly colorful, but the fluffy white clouds and the greenery do make the scene more attractive. In the second photo here you can see the museum off the distance.

National Museum of Korea

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Korea: Boseong Green Tea Festival

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 9 comments

Boseong Green Tea Festival

April and May ushers in the tea season here in Korea and Korean traditional tea is celebrated at the Boseong Green Tea Festival in May. Welcome to week 329 (5/25/2107) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy this photo essay of everything the festival has to offer.

We arrived in a gentle rain and climbed the hill past the lush terraced tea fields to our first stop, the tea leaf drying shed.  We were supposed to pick the leaves before arriving at the drying shed, but the inclement weather resulted in a quick change of plans.

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Boeseong Green Tea Festival

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