When you think of staying in an international city like Seoul, there are few hotels you think you’ll get for under $100/night and if you do, people might caution you to it being a love motel. So when my sister found a deal on Orbitz and booked my family into a hotel which didn’t have a website, for $83/night, I had all the reason to be a little reluctant. The good news is this– remarkable gems in cities like Seoul, doesn’t always have to come with remarkably high price tags and you don’t have to be a king in order to stay in a palace!
This is a late post but here it goes… Every March, the small village of Cheongdo (30 min from Daegu) awakens to host the Annual Cheongdo Bull Fighting Festival. No, this is not like a Spanish bullfight with a matador and lots bloodsport. This is bull vs. bull (and seldom will one die in the ring).
I take back what i said in my first Daegu Costco blog about it being “eh”. I’m glad I’m a Costco (pronounced: Co-su-tu-co for your cabbie) member! Why? Their stock of imported foods didn’t expand, new “tech toys” didn’t hit the shelves. As far as I’m concerned, Daegu Costco hasn’t changed since the last time I visited it. So what did?
Updates: Summer, Korea’s World Cup fans and the Accidental Tourist and the EPIK Farm Tour
Last Thursday was the Sex and the City 2 premiere and what better excuse for us, expats to have a girl’s night out? It wasn’t only the opportunity to indulge in some fun sex-forward fluff, but the freedom to do it in the middle of Korea, where the subject of sex whispers of “taboo”. So what’s up with Sex and the Korean?
Here we go on updates…If you’re an EFL teacher in Korea, you know who 2PM and 2AM are (both are favorite K-Pop boy bands that have the kids here swooning), but have you heard of 2MB?
So I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been away from my post (pun) for a bit and in that time, I’ve been to Seoul four times. I was right– I don’t hate Korea, just banal suburban existence and a bad start. Why do I know this? Because I love Seoul! Call me a big city snob, there are some parts of the cosmopolitan girl that can’t be snuffed no matter how broad- minded I aspire to be.
For the month of March, Buddha’s Birthday was being celebrated all across Asia in countries such as Nepal, India, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, etc… For some countries this is a month long celebration; for others it’s less. In Korea, the auspicious day landed on a Friday (May 27) which meant three-day weekend for most of us. Preparations at Buddhist temples usually begin anywhere from a week or few in advance with paper lantern decorations [More...] and displays. Making a pilgrimmage out to a Buddhist temple is where you want to be if you want to see colorfully lit lanterns and special events performances.
There’s only one word for my first visit to Seoul: Romance! Passion and devotion come in various forms; the best ones are those which lift us high, touching us with the sentiment of friendship and love. Perched atop Namsan Seoul Tower is an observation deck overlooking a breathtaking view of Seoul.