Essential Jeju-do: top 10 activities on Korea’s tropical island

Essential Jeju-do: top 10 activities on Korea’s tropical island

With easy to access dormant volcanoes, hearty seaside fare and a panoply of hiking trails that redefine contemporary notions of exploration, Jeju Island has much to offer the modern day adventurer seeking challenge, delight and cause to reflect. There’s an array of choices, thanks to a bounty of natural treasures and a seemingly unstoppable train… Continue Reading Essential Jeju-do: top 10 activities on Korea’s tropical island

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

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