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Cherry Blossoms at the 2011 Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

The 2016 Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival in Seoul

It’s that time of year again. The cold winter air is starting to thaw, birds are chirping, and flowers are starting to bloom. If you’re in Korea, it’s no doubt that you will soon begin to see the pink and whit...
by Jim Cheney

A lantern depicting a Joseon dynasty drummer on display at the 2011 Seoul Lantern Festival. The 2012 Seoul Lantern Festival is being help from November 2-18.

The 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival: Cold, but Awesome

During my two years living in South Korea, I went to many different kinds of festivals. Some of my favorite, though, featured Korean traditional lanterns. In November of each year, the Cheonggyecheon Stream in the heart of Seou...
by Jim Cheney


Things to do in Busan, South Korea.

5 Great Things to do in Busan, South Korea

Busan, South Korea, is one of Asia’s most underrated cities. The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is more known for its large port than its attractions. However, if you visit the city, you’ll uncover a laid...
by Jim Cheney

Two characters act during the Byeolsingut Talnori Dance at the Andong Mask Festival in South Korea.

The 2013 Andong Mask Festival: Korea’s Must-See Event

Korea is known as a country with many great festivals. From cherry blossoms, to mud, to beautiful lanterns, there are festivals for nearly everything. In my opinion though, one of the best festivals in Korea, and certainly the ...
by Jim Cheney


Performers at the Seoul Drum Festival

The 2013 Seoul Drum Festival: Korea’s Most Rhythmic Festival

When I was a kid, I wrote a published poem that started out “The rhythmic beats of the drums filled the air”, and while I may have visited the Seoul Drum Festival 20 years later, I don’t think a better first s...
by Jim Cheney

Participants getting muddy during the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea.

The Boryeong MudFest: Korea’s Dirtiest Festival

As children, most of us enjoyed playing in the mud. At some point, though, things changed, and it became socially awkward to go splashing about in a pool of brown goo. However, never fear, your childhood passions continue to li...
by Jim Cheney