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A dragon float during the 2010 Lotus Lantern Parade in Seoul, South Korea.

The 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul

During my two years in South Korea, one of my favorite events was the annual Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul. Held every May on the weekend closest to Buddha’s Birthday, the festival takes over downtown Seoul, with many a...
by Jim Cheney
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Joint Security Area Dividing the North Korean and South Korean DMZ

Is South Korea Safe to Visit?

Lately, the Korean peninsula has been in the news a lot. With threats of war from North Korean and joint military exercises between South Korea and the Americans, I’ve been asked a few times recently if it’s safe to...
by Jim Cheney
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A fishing boat waits for high tide on Seonudo Island in South Korea.

5 Must-See Korean Destinations Outside of Seoul

Seoul, South Korea is one of my favorite cities in the world. With ultra-modern architecture, historic homes and fortresses, trendy night clubs, and spacious parks, the city has something for everyone. However, if you only visi...
by Jim Cheney
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The view of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon from the top of Victoria Peak.

9 Great Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is near the top of many traveler’s must-see lists and with good reason. From colonial architecture to towering skyscrapers and fantastic food, Hong Kong is where the east truly meets the west. In 2011, there wer...
by Jim Cheney
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Hugo Chavez now has something in common with Mao, Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, and Kim Il-Sung.

Macabre Tourism: How to Visit a Dead Dictator

On March 5, 2013, Hugo Chavez, the leader of Venezuela, died after a battle with cancer. After his death, it was quickly announced that his body would be embalmed and put on permanent display in the Venezuelan capital of Caraca...
by Jim Cheney
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Downtown Seoul, South Korea at Gwanghwamun Plaza

Reader Mailbag: What to do with 5 Days in Seoul, South Korea

One of the reasons that I started Tripologist.com was because I love helping others plan their travels. Recently, I was asked the following question on Twitter: “Hi! Can you suggest a five day itinerary in Seoul? Thanks.&...
by Jim Cheney
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