Dongdaemun Market 101: Where to Shop & What to Do

If you find yourself in Seoul, make it a point to head over to Dondgdaemun Market when you’re looking for souvenirs to bring back for family and friends. Ranging from luxury goods to secondhand deals, I’ve found that Dongdaemun night market has anything you might need— at well below retail prices.  Furthermore, the Dongdaemun neighborhood … Read more

What is National Kimchi Day? (What to Expect & How to Celebrate)

Koreans are universally known for three things: K-Pop, K-Drama, and Kimchi. While it’s true that the first two are popular amongst the younger crowd, the latter is something everybody of any age can enjoy. Enough people have professed their love for this salty & spicy side dish that three US states and Argentina have declared … Read more

Complete Guide to the 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul

When we think of palaces in the west, we tend to think of the royal palaces of England and Spain, but for many people, Asian countries like South Korea spring to mind. That’s because much like their Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Malay neighbors, Koreans took the initiative to care for the magnificent palaces of Seoul. … Read more

15 Best Neighborhoods in Seoul (Guide From a Local!)

When navigating around Seoul, it’s easy to spot the diversity from one neighborhood to another. While certain neighborhoods in Seoul are quite modern, bright, and full of action, others are more traditional, quiet, and peaceful. Each one is so different, offering anything & everything, from Korean food to shopping and nightlife, though some are better … Read more

First-Time Visitor’s Seoul Itinerary (3-7 Days)

South Korea truly is a land of wonder, and this Seoul itinerary will put you right in the middle of it all. With the city’s futuristic architecture and state-of-the-art technological advancements, people often get culture shock when they see how well these developments are integrated into more traditional lifestyles. Everywhere you go, there’s always an … Read more

17 South Korea Travel Tips (From a Longtime Resident)

When I first came to Korea, I made the mistake of thinking that I could just wing it and survive in a totally different culture without almost any preparation. Within my first week, I’d read every article on South Korea travel tips available on the internet. It was embarrassing coming to Korea without knowing how … Read more

21+ Things to Do in Summer in Korea (Complete Guide)

Summer in Korea can get devastatingly hot, humid, and rainy due to the East Asian monsoon patterns. Most guides would tell you that it’s best to avoid the month of summer in Korea, since the weather is generally temperamental, uncomfortable, and crowded. However I’ll add one point in monsoon season’s favor, as during the summer, … Read more

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide)

Foreigners might find themselves stumped when they realize that conversing in Korean is not as easy as one might think. When it comes to addressing people in Korean, speakers should keep in mind that there’s a hierarchy they need to familiarize themselves with. How you say simple things like “hello” depend upon what kind of … Read more