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Visiting Seoul for the first time

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I visited Seoul for the first time in the spring of 2010. The elaborate gate above is at Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), a sprawling palace belonging to Korea’s former monarchy.

The pagoda above is at the base of N-Seoul Tower. What the CN tower is to Toronto, so N-Seoul tower is to Seoul.

The ‘Flying Man’ wire sculpture hangs at the base of N-Seoul tower.

Cheonggyecheon (청계천), seen above, is a river running through the middle of Seoul. It used to be covered with freeways, but they have been removed to create a charming public space.

Being a big, bustling city you’re bound to run into a few colourful characters in Seoul.

A view from the top of N Seoul tower at twilight.

The shopping district of Myeongdong lights up at night.

Korean food in the Jeonju Hanok Village

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The city of Jeonju (전주시) in the north Jeolla province of South Korea is considered one of the best places to go for traditional Korean cuisine.

Korean food in the Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea in 2011.

Jeonju is just an hour and half south of Seoul and can easily be visited on a day-trip from the capital.

A view of the Hanok village in Jeonju, Korea.

The Korean War destroyed large sections of many Korean towns and cities, so a preserved and well maintained area like the Hanok village is quite special.

The Hanok village is a well-preserved example of traditional Korean architecture and culture.

When I visited the city in 2011 there was a gourmet Korean food festival happening, with lots of interesting Korean meals on display.

Korean food in the Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea in 2011.

While I didn’t get to try most of them, they looked like ‘fine-dining’ versions of many popular Korean dishes.

Korean food in the Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea in 2011.

There also appeared to be some type of combination of kimchi and chocolate but I can’t be 100% sure!

Judges examining Korean food while being filmed.

Judges were there to test out some of the fancy food.

Korean food in the Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea in 2011.
Korean food in the Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea in 2011.

Also on display was traditional Korean rice-cake desserts.

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Jeonju Bimbimbap.

Jeonju is famous for it’s bibimbap the local variety is known for having many extra ingredients. 

The Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea in 2011.

Exploring Busan in 2010

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Busan is South Korea’s second city, and I was fortunate enough to get a chance to visit the city for the first time in 2010.

A brightly lit street in Busan, South Korea.

Located on the far south-eastern part of the Korean peninsula, Busan has a salty charm of its own.

A boat in the ocean next to Busan.

Busan is squeezed in between several mountains next to the sea, and one of only a few major Korean cities located so directly on the ocean.

King Kong, Spiderman and Cat-Woman outside a bar in Busan, South Korea.
An aerial view of Busan, South Korea.

Hiking Mudeung Mountain in Gwangju

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Hiking Mudeung mountain is a great activity to do in Gwangju. Mudeung mountain (known as Mudeungsan in Korean) is a tall mountain close to the city of Gwangju.

Assuming you’re visiting Gwangju, it’s likely you’ll need to use public transport to get to Mudeungsan. U-Square, the city’s main bus terminal, is the hub for most city buses and you can take a bus from there to the base of the mountain.

Hiking Mudeung Mountain in  Gwangju
A Buddhist temple on top of Mudeungsan, Gwangju South Korea
A dog at a temple on top of Mudeungsan, Gwangju South Korea
A temple on top of Mudeungsan, Gwangju South Korea
Rock formations on top of Mudeungsan, Gwangju South Korea
A view from the summit of Mudeungsan, Gwangju South Korea
Korean writing on a rock on top of Mudeungsan, Gwangju South Korea