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Geunjeongjeon, the trone room of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul, South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung: Where Korean History Comes Alive

Of all the places that I visited in South Korea, there was nowhere that I returned to more than Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace. As the city’s only “must see” tourist destination, I returned five times, tak...
by Jim Cheney
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Getting ready to go bare-handed fishing at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival.

A Wonder of Winter: The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

Note: Most of the information regarding pricing and festival events relates to my experience at the 2012 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival. However, information about festival dates have been changed for 2014.  Use this post as...
by Jim Cheney
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Daibutsu, the giant Amida Buddha statue of Kamakura Japan, located inside Kotoku-in Temple.

Daibutsu: The Giant Buddha of Kamakura

Despite Japan’s well-deserved reputation as being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, it also has the reputation for a calm serenity not often found in the hustle and bustle of the countryR...
by Jim Cheney
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Statue of South Korean soldiers outside the Korean War Memorial.

Visiting the Korean War Memorial: A Place of Learning and Remembrance

If you delve into the history of the Korean Peninsula, you’ll discover that there were very few years of peace. From invasions by the Mongols, Chinese, and Japanese in the distant past to the most recent Korean War, there...
by Jim Cheney
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Seodaemun Prisoners

Uncovering the Horrors of Seodaemun Prison

If you are anything like I was before I came to live in South Korea, you probably know very little about this wonderful country. That’s not to say you know nothing. After all, you likely know a bit about the Korean War an...
by Jim Cheney
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Taking a Bosporus River Cruise for 90% off in Istanbul, Turkey.

How to Save 90% on a Bosphorus River Cruise in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the world’s most amazing cities and more and more tourists are discovering its charms every year. Many visitors start with some of the must-see places like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, both...
by Jim Cheney
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