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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
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The JR Beetle Ferry that runs from Fukuoka, Japan to Busan, South Korea.

Taking the Ferry Between South Korea and Japan: An Instruction Manual

South Korea and Japan are two fantastic countries to visit, and if you are visiting one, it makes a lot of sense to take the short hop across the East Sea/Sea of Japan to visit the other. Unfortunately, the cost of flights betw...
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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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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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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