• Silver Grass in Pyoenghwa

    Must Visit Fall Parks in Seoul

    World Cup Stadium(월드컵공원) is a well-known location in Seoul due to its large variety of beautiful gardens. Most famously known for Haneul Park, there is a lot more to World Cup Stadium than just Haneul. The area itself is very large, and you can easily spend a whole afternoon or evening there if you want to enjoy all of the gardens different sights and attractions. This week I had the chance to visit another of the five gardens located at World Cup Stadium – Pyeonghwa Park (평화공원). Together with Haneul Park, Nanji Stream Park, Nanji Han River Park, and Sunset Park, these five gardens take up a large area of…

  • Namdaemun Street Stalls in Fall

    Is Namdaemun Market Actually Worth Visiting?

    There are a lot of ‘must-visit’ places in Seoul, but most of them aren’t really all that great. If you are planning on shopping in Seoul, then you already know about Namdaemun. If you have looked at any lists of ‘must visit’ locations in Seoul, then you have also already heard about it. However, there are many tourist hot-spots that really aren’t as great as they are hyped up to be. On the other hand, a few of them really are must visits – places like Namsan for amazing and free views of the city, the Han River, and of course, Namdaemun Market (남대문시장). Even if you aren’t interested in shopping,…

  • Gwangjang market alleys

    Seoul’s Hidden Market

    If you want to experience the markets of Seoul, but you are also someone who likes an adventure, then add Gwangjang Market to your bucket list right now! Gwangjang Market opened in 1905 and has over 5000 shops now, making it one of the biggest markets in Seoul. Not only this, but it is the oldest market remaining market in the city. Gwangjang is great if Namdaemun Market is too touristy for your tastes, or if Dongdaemun Market is too modernized. The market still has an element of the older Seoul. It feels more traditional and unique compared to the aforementioned markets. Gwangjang is famous for its jewelry market. If…

  • Two men in kwangjang market

    Seoul’s Secret Highlights for Tourists

    Namsan Tower, Lotte World, Han River and Gyeongbokgung, these are the places that every visitor to Seoul hears about. But what about Seoul’s secrets? The places that aren’t so close to the normal travelling path. Seoul is so big and houses so many cool, unique, and interesting places within its borders. Most people never get a chance to experience most of these areas though, even the locals. When you have such a large city it’s bound to happen. These places aren’t secret, but they are places that are generally overlooked by many people – especially tourists. These are my favourites of Seoul’s secrets. Kwangjang Market – A market with character.…

  • Ttukseom Resort Sunset

    The Best Sunset in Seoul

    Recently I got the chance to visit Ttukseom Resort Station to watch the sunset. I must say, I wasn’t expecting anything special initially… It is the Han River, it is always picturesque! However, it was more than that. I would go as far as to say that it is the best sunset in Seoul. Ttukseom is a popular Han River location, and as such it has a lot of activities other than just watching the sunset. There are bikes and other rides for hire, food stalls, and often events. The night my girlfriend and I visited there was a Green Peace exhibition happening. This photo was taken from J-Bug (which…

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    What Seoul Means to Me

    My name is Ethan Brooke and I am a New Zealander (Kiwi!) who has lived in Seoul for just under two years now. Before I came to Seoul I liked to take photos, Seoul made me want to become a photographer. Seoul has always amazed me with just how big, fast, lively, and beautiful it is. Inspiration comes differently for everyone. For me, my biggest inspiration was, and still is Seoul. It is this place that has inspired me to take more and better photos. I want to be able to share Seoul and let everyone know about how beautiful it is. This is what Seoul means to me. Seoul –…

  • Dongho Bridge View

    Beautiful Bridges of Seoul

    The Han River is famous for flowing right through the centre of Seoul. Being nearly 1km wide though, that can cause some problems. 28 Bridges currently bridge (get it?) the gap between the north and the south of the river. Some of the bridges are famous for their beauty – bridges like Banpo and Hangang Bridge. While others are just… Bridges and nothing more. These are the bridges of Seoul! However, one thing that nearly all of the bridges of Seoul have in common is that they have some amazing views. Last night I visited Mapo bridge (near Yeouido) with a friend to take some photos. With the Han being…

  • Alleys in Seoul

    Skateboarding the Streets of Seoul!

    Since I moved to Seoul I’ve felt a bit lifeless at times. City life seemed to have gotten to me, and I felt the need to have some active and fun activity that I could do regularly. I thought for a while, and skateboarding seemed like the best balance of fun and function. In the end I decided to get a cruiser for travelling and I must say… I love it! I go out two or three nights a week, and just enjoy life without worries. This is my experience of skateboarding in Seoul! I’ve skated in New Zealand before, but that was always with normal skateboards, a cruiser was…

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    Exploring at 1am!

    Exceptional boredom and a want to always be trying to do something useful drives me to do some interesting things at times. Tonight I had a totally random theory that I wanted to prove. This is one of my many adventures exploring Seoul! I have a ‘secret’ path from my home to university. While it may not really be secret, it is a place known by few, and used by even fewer. People are often scared to explore. I don’t know why, but they find their routine and they never change it. Maybe they think this road will lead to X destination, but they never test it. Especially if you…

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