Korea

This section is all about South Korea. Whichever aspect of South Korea appeals to you it is probably covered here. From the streets of Seoul to the beaches on the East Coast, I cover every location I visit.

  • The Best Fine Dust Masks

    Fine Dust Masks – What You Need to Know

    The wrong fine dust mask, or one worn incorrectly, is only a waste of money. I recently published an article discussing the air quality in Korea and how to deal with it. After sharing the post on Facebook, a lot of people disagreed about the usage period of disposable masks. Many people said that they use them for a few days in a row, and that they are still effective for a few days of heavy pollution. I realize there is a lot of confusion out there as to how specifically the masks work, and I want to discuss which masks are the best, how long they last, and more, in…

  • Seoul Air pollution

    Seoul Air Pollution – Everything You Need to Know

    Today Korea’s AQI reached over 250, an amount considered very unhealthy by the American Environmental Protection Agency. ‘Everyone may experience more serious health effects’ to the effect of smoking over ten cigarettes. Even a normal day has an equivalent health toll as smoking 3 cigarettes.¹ This is everything you need to know about Seoul air pollution. However, rarely does anyone talk about the air. Sure, it is covered by the media at times, but the seriousness of the issue is often avoided. In fact, until recently, coal power plants were still being built. Coal and oil power plants are set to shut down partially when pollution reaches PM2.5 50 µg/m3,…

  • Udo Island in South Korea

    An Afternoon on Udo

    All of Korea isn’t Seoul. It’s something you will hear time and time again. Seoul isn’t all there is to Korea. This is something that few visitors realise until they get the chance to leave the city – me included. But once you leave the cities, there is a whole new dimension to the country. People with amazing stories, beautiful nature, and fascinating wildlife. If you come to Korea, make sure that you don’t only stay in the cities. The are amazing, but Korea offers so much more! This is where Udo comes in… Udo isn’t exactly a ‘country’ location. On the contrary, it’s really quite popular. However, it isn’t…

  • Seoul Cheongryangri

    First Things to Do After Landing in Seoul

    Moving to another country is no easy task! However, with planning, this process can be made painless. This in-depth guide is created to help make your transition as easy, and as smooth as possible. These are the first things to do after landing in Seoul! The Ultimate Guide to Moving to South KoreaCost of Living in SeoulGuide to Housing in KoreaThings to Know Before Coming to SeoulIs Seoul the City for You? Things to do on Arrival (this post) This guide today is aimed at people who have already moved to Seoul or who are planning on being in Seoul soon. It will cover the important aspects of settling down…

  • Korean Cafes

    The Unique and Surprising Cafe Culture of Seoul

    There are many countries that are famous for coffee cultures – Italy, Brazil, and Ethiopia to name but a few. These countries are infamous for coffee. Who doesn’t have fantasies of sitting under the Italian morning sun and enjoying the atmosphere of a bustling street corner (albeit while standing)? Cafe Culture of Seoul As with everything though, there are also some overshadowed experiences that are barely ever discussed, despite arguably being as great. Korea, and more specifically, Seoul, has a coffee culture that is one of these. Not as established, not as traditional, and definitely not as famous, but worth experiencing. In this post I want to look at the…

  • Myeongdong Street Food

    The Best Street Food in Seoul!

    With the massive crowds and expensive shopping, why exactly does everyone like Myeongdong? Myeongdong is famous as it is one of the most built-up areas of Seoul. With one of the most stunning skylines in Seoul, it is also one of the most popular areas to visit. Myeongdong is also one of the most widely covered (in terms of blogs and articles) areas in Seoul due to its insane popularity. Nearly every tourist to the city has Myeongdong on their bucket list. I was not planning on covering the area as it is simply too common already. However, when visiting the other day there were a lot of cool street…

  • Nanji Han River Park Views!

    Best Han River Views

    With a river as large as the Han it can be pretty hard to find the perfect photo location. With that being said, I want to share with you some of my top photo locations – and a few that I don’t think you would have heard of before! The river has some fantastic locations to take photos. From more standard locations such as Nanji Hangang park to Ttukseom Resort to the Han River bridges, I will cover all of the best locations in this post! Most of these locations offer picnic locations and public facilities which make them perfect to enjoy an evening near the Han. With that being…

  • The Heart of Seoul

    Is Seoul the City for You?

    If you want to live somewhere peaceful and quiet, then Seoul is probably not the place for you. It’s a loud, fast, and stressful city. However, for many people it is also the perfect place to live. Is living in Seoul for you? Seoul is becoming more popular among foreigners every day, with Korea’s emigration exponentially increasing. For many reasons, but probably mostly due to Hallyu, Korea has suddenly appeared on many people’s radars. I’ve seen a lot of people say that Seoul is their dream city without ever having actually experienced the city. However, how is it to actually live in Seoul? What are the ups and downs, the…

  • 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…

  • One of the central buildings at Gyeongbukgung

    Why You Shouldn’t Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Gyeongbokgung is the most famous palace in Korea and the most visited by visitors to Korea. However, this is exactly why you it might not be the best palace for you. Before I begin I want to say that I am by no means against visiting Gyeongbokgung. In fact, I think that everyone coming to Korea should visit at least one palace while they are here. In saying that though, I don’t believe that Gyeongbokgung is always the best choice of palace to visit. There are many palaces in Seoul (and Korea), and mostly they are completely overlooked by visitors. In this article I only talk about Changdeokgung, but there are also many…

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