is a Wonderland of Surprises
While it is easy
to recommend the usual temple tours,
shopping malls, etc
- we can offer you some insight by people
who have actually lived in Korea for years.
Get out of
the cities and see beautiful Korea
Get away from
the crowds, rent or borrow a car and head
out to the area around Chungju ( Choong-ju
or even Choongjoo these days) and drive the
roads and back roads around the big lake and
river (see Google Earth) - SE of Seoul about
90 minutes - a very easy drive. The
major highways are marked in Korean and
English, no need to get lost.
There are some
very subtle things that Korea has to offer
that are not at first obvious. The back
country roads can be astoundingly beautiful
and up most big canyons will be lovely
temples you never even hear about. (Just as
lovely or even more so than the famous
ones). The roads are unusually good and you
will meet a different kind of Korea out
there - nice simple cordial warm country
people - mostly rice farmers.
There are many
other similar places and they are just about
The east coast
of Korea, particularly around and north of
Busan is also amazingly beautiful.
the Lantern Festival, this spectacular
festival of color and light is celebrated in
every temple though out the land. Even
a modest neighborhood temple will surprise
you with the time and effort expended and
the wonderful result.
Korea Singing Room (No Rae Bang)
are afraid of singing in public, but the
Korean singing rooms
are more like singing in the shower -
with friends! These are small
rooms, usually dressed out like boutique
hotel rooms - in the extreme! There is
only room for a few people in most rooms and
you can have a ball! The sound
systems are super and you can order drinks
and snacks and just sit back and enjoy.
It's just you and a few friends and you'll
soon be hooked.
Every major city
will have one huge market if not many.
You can often find high quality shoes or
clothing - seconds with usually only minor
flaws - for a tiny fraction of the price you
would pay "back home". Always
interesting and always with an incredible
variety of products. Food items in
particular will shock those not familiar
with the more common edible bugs and other
items . . .
tasty, unusual - Koreans are extremely proud
of their cuisine. All you have to do
Great information about the
cuisine, including photos can be found at