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Naksansa Temple

We visited Naksansa Temple on Friday after our time at Seoraksan. This Buddhist temple is located right by the sea, and boasts a 1300-year history.

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Seoraksan National Park

Last Friday, we signed up for a small-group tour on a small shuttle bus to Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple. It was a very long day – we met up with the bus at Myeongdong Station at 7:30am and … Continue reading

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Family Visit Wrap-up

We had a great holiday week with my parents visiting. Some of the fun things we did: Went to see Star Wars in a “Gold Class” movie theater, where we got incredibly comfortable reclining seats and there were only about 40 … Continue reading

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DMZ Tour

Last weekend, we took a tour of the DMZ with my parents. My mom did a fantastic job of writing up the tour and sharing some of the information we learned, so I’m going to direct you to her post … Continue reading

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Some Gratuitous Food Pictures

My parents arrived on December 23rd, and we’ve had a few good meals so far. First up, a blowout Christmas Eve dinner back at Wang Thai in Itaewon. We ordered 2 different set menus and got satay (chicken, beef, and pork), … Continue reading

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Field Trip to Suwon

On the 22nd, Domingos and I accompanied twenty (give or take) 8th Army Band members to Suwon, where they were helping out the ROK Army 51st Infantry Division band with its holiday concert (members of the 51st had helped out on the … Continue reading

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A Sunny Saturday: Samgyetang and a Shrine

Last Saturday, we decided to take advantage of the cold but sunny weather and headed out to a few of the things on our “want to do” list. First up: the venerable Tosokchon restaurant near Gyeongbokgung station, which serves up … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Up To…

I’ve really been neglecting my blog lately! Mainly, that’s due to our HHG finally arriving the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Most of my time has been spent settling in to our home properly and arranging everything exactly how I want … Continue reading

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Bukchon Hanok Village

Last weekend, we decided to venture out to find good coffee beans for when our HHG finally arrived and Domingos’s Chemex coffeemaker could be put to use. (We love our Nespresso machine, and use it on weekday mornings, but Domingos likes … Continue reading

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A Night Out

Domingos and I were invited to go to the Korean Ministry of National Defense Military Band concert last night. This band is the premier military band of the South Korean military, and it showed in an exceptional, polished, varied performance. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Secret Garden in the Fall

We picked the perfect day for a Secret Garden tour. The foliage was breathtakingly gorgeous, and the garden exploded with fall colors. There’s not much to say about the garden; I think the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. Here … Continue reading

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Changdeokgung Palace

On Veterans’ Day, we headed out to Changdeokgung Palace, hoping we could also get tickets for a Secret Garden tour the same day. The Secret Garden is only accessible by guided tour, and the tours are limited to 100 people … Continue reading

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Afternoon in Dongdaemun

Domingos had two days off work this week for Veterans’ Day, so we took full advantage of the nice weather and headed out for some exploring. Yesterday, we went to the Dongdaemun area. Just outside the subway is the city’s … Continue reading

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Bibap!

We decided to check out the show Bibap on Halloween night. It is billed as a non-verbal performance based on the Korean dish bibimbap. It’s very hard to describe, and it had some very, very weird moments, but basically it’s … Continue reading

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Wandering in Insadong

Yesterday, we headed out to the Insadong area, where you can purchase traditional Korean crafts. It was a cold and sunny day, and we just felt like wandering and window shopping all afternoon before going to a performance that night. … Continue reading

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