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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Visiting Yeouido Island in Seoul, South Korea


Yeouido Island has been described as the “Manhattan” district of Seoul, home to many of its largest business, finance, and media centers. But it’s not all work and no play — the busy skyscrapers are complemented by beautiful parks stretching throughout the island. The scenery is so diverse that we found Yeouido quite interesting to explore on […]

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Gyeongbukgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbukgung Palace Garden

I’ll get the preliminaries out of the way first… here is how to pronounce “Gyeongbokgung”, only you must say it about 300% faster to sound convincing!) Seoul, South Korea, is dotted with royal palaces that have been built (and rebuilt) throughout the country’s turbulent history. The Joseon Dynasty left five grand palaces near the heart […]

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“Do”s and “Don’t”s: Tips for Visiting South Korea


Social Customs Always be ready to greet people with a cheerful “Annyeonghaseyo” and thank them with “Kamsahamnida“ Bow when greeting people; the more important they are, the deeper you should bow. Any kind of service staff, grocery clerks, restaurant staff, etc. should be acknowledged with at least an intentional nod of the head. Avoid blowing your nose […]

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