Make art not war in South Korea artists’ village

Make art not war in South Korea artists’ village

Only 6km from the border with the world’s most secretive nation lies another secret destination – but one you are more likely to want to visit. The dedicated art village of Heyri in South Korea is about an hour’s drive north of Seoul and just throwing distance (though not recommended) from the mysterious totalitarian state… Continue Reading Make art not war in South Korea artists’ village

10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list

10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list

Jeonju ranks among South Korea’s most popular destinations for Korean travellers. With its historic architecture and buzzing food scene – the city was named a Unesco City of Gastronomy in 2012 – it’s easy to see why. For foreign travellers it’s still flying under the radar, but as word spreads, that’s likely to change. Here’s… Continue Reading 10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list

Escape the concrete jungle: pockets of the past in modern Seoul

Escape the concrete jungle: pockets of the past in modern Seoul

Concrete. Glass. Steel. That’s the common perception of Seoul. And when you consider the damage done to the city during the Korean War, followed by its rapid industrialisation, it’s not surprising that the first thing you notice about the South Korean capital is its modernity. Quiet alley in Seoul’s historic Bukchon district. Image by travel… Continue Reading Escape the concrete jungle: pockets of the past in modern Seoul

Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital

Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital

Often referred to as Korea’s ‘museum without walls’ Gyeongju is an archaeological and architectural wonderland, comprising more marvels from the Middle Ages than any other place in the country. Overwritten with an epic history that saw Gyeongju as the capital of the ancient Shilla kingdom from the 1st to the 10th centuries, it is worth… Continue Reading Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital

Essential Busan: 10 highlights of South Korea’s second city

Essential Busan: 10 highlights of South Korea’s second city

Busan is one of the great unheralded cities in Asia. Brimming with cobalt oceans, verdant mountains and delectable fare, it’s a city full of surprises and a laid-back vibe that makes it the perfect base from which to explore farther afield in South Korea. With so many choices in this beachy urban paradise, deciding where… Continue Reading Essential Busan: 10 highlights of South Korea’s second city

Seoul’s dynamic cityscape: an architectural tour through the South Korean capital

Seoul’s dynamic cityscape: an architectural tour through the South Korean capital

In the heart of Seoul a redundant overpass is getting a makeover. Other cities might have demolished the 1970 structure, but urban planners in South Korea’s capital have more ambitious and, crucially, greener plans. In the spirit of New York’s High Line elevated garden promenade, Seoul will launch its Skygarden in 2017. It is the… Continue Reading Seoul’s dynamic cityscape: an architectural tour through the South Korean capital

Zen retreat: a beginner’s guide to Korean temple stays

Zen retreat: a beginner’s guide to Korean temple stays

3am. Stars hover over a misty mountain temple. A gong sounds, rousing you from sleep on a thin floormat. Your feet crunch in the dark, making their way up to the daeungjeon, the main hall. Shoes come off at the door, and, sock-footed, you choose a pillow, clasping your hands together and kneeling, then bowing… Continue Reading Zen retreat: a beginner’s guide to Korean temple stays

Taking it to the streets: Seoul’s surprising contemporary art scene

Taking it to the streets: Seoul’s surprising contemporary art scene

Ever since Seoul-born artist Nam June Paik caused a sensation with his pioneering video installation and performance art in the 1960s, there has been international interest in the unique creations of Korean contemporary artists. It was also at the tail end of the 1960s that South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art premiered… Continue Reading Taking it to the streets: Seoul’s surprising contemporary art scene

Weird and wonderful Korea: unique sights for the temple-fatigued

Weird and wonderful Korea: unique sights for the temple-fatigued

South Korea knows how to let loose and get wonderfully bonkers. Of course, the country’s wealth of captivating temples and museums are well worth visiting. But beyond the zen of temples and earnestness of history museums, a visit to some of Korea’s lesser-known sights offers fascinating insight into the quirkier side of its culture and… Continue Reading Weird and wonderful Korea: unique sights for the temple-fatigued

Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital

Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital

Often referred to as Korea’s ‘museum without walls’ Gyeongju is an archaeological and architectural wonderland, comprising more marvels from the Middle Ages than any other place in the country. Overwritten with an epic history that saw Gyeongju as the capital of the ancient Shilla kingdom from the 1st to the 10th centuries, it is worth… Continue Reading Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital