Category Archives: South Korea

Incheon’s Wolmido Wharf and beyond

Wolmido Wharf was a relaxing stroll along a wide boardwalk where the busy port was visible in the distance. It was packed with locals deciding on which of the many restaurants to eat at or which amusement ride they’d try. Continue reading Incheon’s Wolmido Wharf and beyond

Incheon’s Japanese past

On my way back from Australia, I stayed in Incheon rather than Seoul. It was closer to the airport and turned out to be a good move. The town was a walkable size with a lush park and history connected to the Japanese and Chinese. Continue reading Incheon’s Japanese past

The last palace – Changdeokgung Palace

I was close to done with palaces but the final one was worth the visit.

Changdeokgung Palace secreted one surprise after another. As I turned corners, artistic building crystalized. Even the walls surrounding palace structures were impressive. Unlike Deoksugung Palace, I accompanied a guide. Continue reading The last palace – Changdeokgung Palace

Mt Inwangsan’s Zen Rocks’ power

I climbed Mt Inwangsan to the Zen Rocks where a woman gestured before the boulders in prayer. This was where women came who couldn’t conceive in the hope the Zen Rocks would answer their need. Continue reading Mt Inwangsan’s Zen Rocks’ power

Seoul’s Bongeunsa Temple

While people prayed before a Buddha statue in Bongeunsa Temple, I tiptoed around until I came across lanterns. I’m guessing devotees pinned a prayer to the bottom of the lanterns that swayed in the breeze; perhaps for a loved one long gone or a plea for a child. Continue reading Seoul’s Bongeunsa Temple

How did Deoksugung Palace and Cartier Jewellery come together?

Deoksugung Palace was like a city within a city. After passing through the entrance, the main hall was where the emperor once met visitors. Stone plaques marked where officials stood to wait for a meeting. Behind were more beautiful buildings spread around immaculate grounds. I forgot the noisy traffic outside as I went from one building to the next. Continue reading How did Deoksugung Palace and Cartier Jewellery come together?