Mountains, rocks, garlic, river fish, and adventure sports. That’s Danyang in North Chungcheong province. And if I had to choose one word to describe it, that word be GREEN as it has to be the greenest place I have ever visited in Korea. It’s a mountain town where trees not only cover the nearby mountains but also line the streets. There are flowers planted everywhere too. Often towns in the countryside of Korea are not the most picturesque. But Danyang is adorable. And the riverside is lit up in the evening with different coloured lights and artwork.
There’s plenty to do if you are into hiking, cycling, or even bungee jumping or paragliding. Our itinerary on this overnight trip included taking in a few of the ‘8 Scenic Views of Danyang’ which involved a river cruise to look at rock formations, and a bit of a hike up a mountain. And of course no trip is complete without FOOD. I had some raw trout (for the first time) and a set garlic course, and a bowl of marsh snail stew for breakfast! Delicious. Continue reading “Danyang in North Chungcheong Province” »
This month we visited Namwon in North Jeolla province. Namwon’s claim to fame is that it is the hometown of Chunhyang, the heroine in the The Story of Chunhyang, a Korean literary classic. It is supposedly based on a true story which occurred during the reign of King Sukjong (r.1674-1720) Continue reading “The Story of Chunhyang – Korean literary classic” »
SBS My Love from the Star
I’ve been meaning to watch the very popular SBS drama My Love from the Star 별에서 온 그대 for a while. Then when all the Chinese fans of the drama arrived last month to visit the filming locations (and eat chicken and beer) I decided that now really was the time to watch it… And I loved it. It’s such a FUN fantasy romance. Continue reading “Korean drama review: My Love from the Star (SBS 2014)” »
When the cherry blossom is out and the weather is warming up after the long winter, the Han River park is bustling with young couples strolling around or having picnics. We also went out for a stroll hoping to savour the fragrance of the blooms. But all I could smell was chicken. Fried chicken. Continue reading “Which is the best 치맥 Chimaek Chicken and Beer Chain in Seoul?” »
The civil servants exam takes place in Seoul every year. It was just held in March but this year a young man was arrested for trying to cheat on the exams. And he had a pretty BOLD way of cheating too… he broke into the government building and accessed computers to change his score! Continue reading “2016 Korean Civil Service Exam Cheat” »
Here’s a poster for a promotion taken from the CGV cinema chain’s website. It explains that if you want to get a discount at the CGV cinema today – April 1st – then dress up in an army uniform and pay only 6,000 won, dress up as a ‘hero’ (perhaps just a cape is enough?) and pay 7,000 won, or wear a school uniform and pay only 7,000 won for your ticket. I think there’s a discount on the popcorn too. Yes, it’s April Fools’ Day today, but this promotion is no joke. (I don’t think so, anyway!) Personally, I think wearing a hero outfit would take the most guts and therefore should get the biggest discount though! Continue reading “April Fools’ Day in Korea” »
A while back I reviewed the popular Korean novel Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyung Sook. This time I read the English translation of her next novel The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness. This book was published in English last year but was actually written before Please Look After Mom.
The protagonist is now a successful writer in her 30s, but she reflects back to the time when she was a poor teenager working in a factory in Seoul. She lived with other family members in cramped conditions where everyone struggled to make ends meet. Continue reading “Korean Book Review: The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness” »