Seoul International Fireworks Festival

A few weeks ago some friends and I ventured out of Tongjin and headed towards Seoul to see the International Fireworks Festival. The original plan was to go to the park where the fireworks would be launched. After some research and seeing the hordes of people comparable to the Seoul Lantern Festival. Waiting an hour…

Climbing Etiquette? Not here…

Climbing in Korea is something else. You have a lot of really good rock and some interesting routes. The hikes in are great (when it is not a queue line) and the views from the top are usually scenic. But alas, despite the positives, climbing here can be the most irritating experience ever. In any…

Seodaemun Prison

On one of the many trips to Seoul Sara and I have taken we chose a cold, overcast day with light drizzle to visit Seodaemun Prison. I would list this as one of the top places to see if you are living in or visiting Seoul. There is a lot of information in English, and…

Climbing Insubong

Climbing Insubong! Quite the first multipitch adventure. I met Lian and some other Korean climbers in our party at the bottom of Insubong where we started our hour long hike up most of the mountain. The hike was absoulutey stunning with the leaves all changing color and the perfectly smog free day overlooking Seoul. We…

Namdaemun Market and Our New Pet

We decided to go explore Namdaemun market  on a rainy Saturday after hearing it was one of the largest markets in Korea containing over 10,000 different stalls. The market is spread over several city blocks and is composed of outdoor streets lined with stalls, as well as multilevel buildings which we did not explore… Yet.…

Hongdae Art Market

My co-teacher used to live in the Hongdae area which is located around Hongik University Station and is considered a trendy area for people in their 20’s and 30’s. We decided to make a trip here to experience the free market that is held in the park on Saturdays and Sundays. At the free market…