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Archive for February, 2012

The view of downtown Taipei, Taiwan from Elephant Mountain.

5 Free Things to Do in Taipei, Taiwan

Often referred to as the “Hidden Jewel of Asia”, Taiwan is becoming more and more well-known as a fantastic travel destination. With inexpensive but efficient transportation, and a ton of fantastic natural and man-m...
by Jim Cheney

A Buddhist Temple on Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Gyeongju’s Namsan Mountain: A Magical Hike into South Korea’s Past

Nestled in the central valleys of South Korea is the ancient capital of Gyeongju. Similar to Kyoto, but without the fame or hordes of tourists, Gyeongju stands as a testament to Korea’s past. Scattered throughout the town...
by Jim Cheney


Our rough travel itinerary is marked by the red line.

6 Months of Travel: Tripologist Goes on the Road

I’ve got some exciting news that I’ve been itching to share for a while, and have mentioned several times on Twitter if you have been paying close enough attention: I’m taking the plunge into long-term travel!...
by Jim Cheney

Nighttime on the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea.

Photo of the Week: Nighttime on Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon Stream

Situated in the heart of downtown Seoul, South Korea is one of the city’s most ambitious and successful engineering projects: the Cheonggyecheon Stream. For a 20-year period after the Korean War, the Cheonggyecheon was th...
by Jim Cheney


The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan.

5 Free Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

Any list of the world’s most expensive cities includes Tokyo, Japan. Visiting a city that is so atrociously expensive can be daunting for any traveler on a budget; however, despite the expensive cost of hotels and transpo...
by Jim Cheney

A painting on the wall of Golgulsa Temple in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Golgulsa: The Most Kick-Ass Temple in Korea

When I think about Buddhist temples, two different images come to mind. First, I think of a monk sitting under a tree, with a gray robe and a shaved head, meditating. Second, I think of the monks of Kung-fu movies, meditating b...
by Jim Cheney