Entries by Ali Porter

Busan Temple

Busan Temple: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple From AT Teacher, Alex Mottern: “This is the most beautiful temple I have ever seen. And I can’t wait to go back in Spring via the hike from Haeundae. The beauty of the Haedong Yonggung Temple does not simply come from the massive gold buddha, but from a dragon statue surrounded […]

Seughaksan Busan

Seughaksan Busan An Adventure Teaching teacher, Alex Mottern went hiking Seughaksan in Busan last week and took some beautiful photos: “I went hiking to Seughaksan a second time and finally made it to the top! It has beautiful views of Seo-gu (Hadan, Dongdaesin and the island Eulsukdo). There are some lovely flowers up there as well, and the […]

DMZ

DMZ Korean Demilitarized Zone: Korea is the only divided country in the world, and the DMZ is that area between the two Koreas. After the Korean War (June 25 1950 – July 27 1953), South Korea and North Korea established a border that cut the Korean peninsula roughly in half. Various organizations offer DMZ guided tours. […]

Ulsanbawi

Ulsanbawi The sound of a megaphone pierces the crisp autumn air as masses of people arrive, and stand around the shopkeeper. The man shouts, “Hot kopi! Hot kopi! 2000 won!” in Konglish, because he saw my group of foreign friends approaching. The sound of the megaphone reproduces his voice in a slightly tinny, distorted fashion, […]

Sinsa dong

Sinsa dong Need a little break from Korean culture? Go to Paris! Paris in Korea, that is. Pull out your beret, brush up on your French, and head to Garosu-gil street in Sinsa dong. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself – nobody there speaks French and the bakeries aren’t filled with baguettes, but this lovely […]

Hiking Korea: Mt. Pyeongnae

After a long night of partying in Seoul, I woke up at the crack of dawn (12:30pm) to the sound of incessant ringing. It was Daniel and Phil: turns out, it was a beautiful day, and they wanted to hike. Instead of sitting in bed massaging my throbbing head, I decided to get out of […]

Yongin fountain

Yongin fountain: Cooling off Korea has hot, sometimes unbearable, summers, and since the country is so densely populated, swimming pools are few and far between to cater to all citizens. Something that is very popular and effective though, is the in-ground fountain, such as the Yongin fountain. You rarely notice them until they are switched […]

Namdaemun Market, Seoul

Namdaemun Seoul is full of beautiful markets with a huge range of products sold – shoes, bags, clothes, hats, sunglasses, candy, fruit, vegetables, fish, meat. The list goes on. One of our favorite markets in Namdaemun – it’s a great location (just one stop from Seoul Station or Myeong-dong) and is a great spot for […]

Ganghwa Island

Gangwa Island: An island off the northern west coast Summer has arrived and here’s a little adventure that is truly off the beaten path. A couple of weeks ago, a group of us girls were looking for a little weekend getaway to enjoy some warm weather and green scenery. After a little research, we headed […]

Muui-do

Muuido: : The Island With It All   A little south of Ganghwa-do is an island called Muui-do that should be on everyone’s ‘Korean Summer To-Do’ list. Muui-do, like Ganghwa-do, is an island that can be reached within a couple hours from Seoul. From Incheon airport,  you can take a bus to the ferry, and then […]