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A typical fishing village on Ulleungdo Island in South Korea.

Ulleungdo: Korea’s Emerald Isle

As the crystal-clear turquoise waters swirled below, I continued to follow the path. Ahead of me, the serpentine trail clung precariously to the mountain side, twisting and turning along the rocky coast. Water droplets strea...
by Jim Cheney
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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
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Two wrestlers battle it out at the 2012 Lunar New Year Ssireum Wrestling Tournament.

Korean Wrestle Mania: The 2012 Seollal Ssireum Tournament

Monday was Lunar New Year, or Seollal as it’s called in Korea. However, instead of sleeping in and enjoying a relaxing day off of work, I woke up before the sun rose and headed off on a four hour trip to the port city of ...
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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Look up through the bamboo at the Juk Nok Won Bamboo Forest in Damyang, South Korea.

Finding Bliss in South Korea’s Damyang Bamboo Forest

Sitting just outside of Gwangju, in South Korea’s southwestern corner, is the small town of Damyang. The town itself would be fairly indistinguishable from the myriad of other small Korean villages except for a small corn...
by Jim Cheney
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