Circumnavigating Seoul: Hiking the ancient city wall

Circumnavigating Seoul: Hiking the ancient city wall

In the 600-plus years that Seoul has been Korea’s capital, the city has changed in many respects, save one: it’s kept its original city wall. An architectural treasure and contender for Unesco World Heritage status, Seoul City Wall snakes in an 18.6km ring over the peaks of Bukaksan (342m), Naksan (125m), Namsan (262m) and Inwangsan… Continue Reading Circumnavigating Seoul: Hiking the ancient city wall

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

A guide to South Korea’s most charming mural villages

A guide to South Korea’s most charming mural villages

The term ‘street art’ can often conjure up an image of hooded graffiti-artists stenciling edgy pieces down seedy city laneways in the dark of the night. But in South Korea, there’s a different kind of street art scene going on – formerly underserved neighbourhoods are getting makeovers in the form of vibrant murals and art… Continue Reading A guide to South Korea’s most charming mural villages

Carving Korea: a guide to skiing and snowboarding in South Korea

Carving Korea: a guide to skiing and snowboarding in South Korea

Though South Korea may not spring immediately to mind as a winter sports destination, its well-developed resorts and abundance of snow make it a worthwhile choice for keen skiers and snowboarders. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can hit the slopes by day and party in a major metropolis… Continue Reading Carving Korea: a guide to skiing and snowboarding in South Korea

A hungry traveller’s guide to Korean street food

A hungry traveller’s guide to Korean street food

In South Korea you are never far from delicious street eats to satisfy a kimchi craving. Skewers of tangy chargrilled chicken, seafood pancakes with kimchi pizzazz, and golden fish-shaped waffles with a sweet surprise filling can even make for a full meal. Eat Korean style, not walking but rubbing shoulders with locals around stalls or… Continue Reading A hungry traveller’s guide to Korean street food

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

Makgeolli to microbreweries: how to drink well in Seoul

Makgeolli to microbreweries: how to drink well in Seoul

In a city where alcohol is cheap and free-flowing, sampling a bottle of soju (a vodka-like spirit), makgeolli (milky rice wine) or local beer is a quintessential aspect of a night out in Seoul. A large portion of the spirits on offer are still mass produced brands whose quality and taste are about as appealing… Continue Reading Makgeolli to microbreweries: how to drink well in Seoul

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

Behind closed doors: 10 of Seoul’s most glamorous speakeasies

Behind closed doors: 10 of Seoul’s most glamorous speakeasies

Prohibition might not have happened in South Korea but US-inspired speakeasies are no relic of the past in Seoul. As mixology and single-malt whisky began trending in the last five years, a few industry experts stepped up to the plate by opening hidden-away bars. Sometimes a needle in a haystack (unknown to many locals even)… Continue Reading Behind closed doors: 10 of Seoul’s most glamorous speakeasies