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

48 hours in Jeonju: Korea’s foodie capital

48 hours in Jeonju: Korea’s foodie capital

Jeonju is one of South Korea’s top destinations, though it remains under the radar for international travellers. The largest city in the country’s southwest, Jeonju has a vibrant historic district and a fantastic food scene: ‘eat once in Jeonju and you’ll be spoiled for life’, Koreans say. In 2012 the city was designated a Unesco… Continue Reading 48 hours in Jeonju: Korea’s foodie capital

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

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

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

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 stay

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

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

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

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

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 capita

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