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

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

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