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Archive for January, 2012
 

 
The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan.

5 Tips for Managing Your Budget While Traveling in Japan

There really isn’t any way to sugarcoat it: Japan is an expensive destination. From $40 hostel dorm beds, to insanely expensive taxi rides, it’s hard to find a good deal in Japan. However, having just visited Tokyo,...
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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The stone guards at Seolleung Tomb in Seoul.

Photo of the Week: The Menacing Stone Guards of Seolleung

Tucked away in the heart of bustling downtown Seoul is Seonjeongneung, a collection of three royal tombs, belonging to King Seongjong, his wife Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong, all of whom died in the 15th or 16th centur...
by Jim Cheney
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Bongeunsa Temple's giant Mireukdaebul statue in Seoul.

Photo of the Week: Bongeunsa Temple’s Neck-Wrenching Mireukdaebul

Sitting just outside of Coex Mall, Asia’s largest underground mall and the Korean World Trade Center, site of the 2010 G20 Summit, is Bongeunsa Temple. Despite occupying land in one of the busiest and most commercial part...
by Jim Cheney
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The view from my hotel room on St. Thomas, USVI.

Photo of the Week: The Beaches of St. Thomas, USVI

Unless you are in the southern hemisphere or one of the lucky ones experiencing the heat wave in the U.S. right now, you’re most likely cold. When I’m cold, I love thinking about the warm places that I have been, an...
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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