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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

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


Visiting the Korean DMZ and standing in North Korea is impossible without taking a group tour. The Pros and Cons of taking a group tour.

5 Countries That Are Ridiculously Hard for Americans to Visit

If there is one thing that infuriates the traveler in me more than anything, it’s countries that require visas for tourism. There is really no good reason to require a visa from someone wanting to come into your country t...
by Jim Cheney

Anapji Pond in Gyeongju, South Korea is a great place to visit during your travels.

Gyeongju: Korea’s Fantastic Ancient Capital

Japan may have Kyoto, and China may have Xi’an, but South Korea has Gyeongju. Nestled in the western mountains of the country, Gyeongju is the ancient capital of Korea. A small, unassuming town, Gyeongju doesn’t att...
by Jim Cheney


Gwanghwamun Gate in downtown Seoul, South Korea is the outer gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Photo of the Week: Seoul’s Gwanghwamun at Nighttime

Seoul is a beautiful city. From flowing streams, to mountainous hiking trails, to open plazas, Seoul had something to offer anyone who can find beauty amid urban chaos. When I first arrived nearly three years ago, the city cent...
by Jim Cheney

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