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  • Weird and Wonderful Korea (1 Good)Springtime in South Korea is a perfect time to visit. It is sunny, but not too hot and the summer rain hasn't started yet which brings clouds of ferocious Korean mosquitos (their reputation precedes them). The other plus Posted by edandsuet in 2 Good, 2 Bad | May 21, 2017
  • On spring breakAn arrival time of 5:55 in the morning is never really pleasant. That is even more true when you have not really slept on the plane and when flying east. In other words: it felt rather like 3am in the Posted by dreiumdiewelt in Our travel stories from around the world | May 15, 2017
  • Just marriedDeoksugung is the scene. First day of spring, an old palace, cherry blossoms. Just like in Jeju the perfect recipe to attract producers of wedding albums. As we finished our visit and had a coffee at the museum cafeteria we Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 6, 2017
  • flashback to Jeju: DolhareubangAs we walked away from our cherrytunnel we arrived at Dolhareubang. I have to confess: completely by accident. It is a shrine built on the place where 3 demigods came out of the hole in the earth and created Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 6, 2017
  • DeoksugungAs much as the cherry blossoms, both clean and polluted, marked our last day on Jeju, our visit to Deoksugung Palace was the highlight of our last day in Korea. I will not share the pictures of our shopping spree Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 6, 2017
  • streets of SeoulA reality check. All along I have written about targeted topics and the pictures were very specific to the subject. Here I don’t have much to write, I just present you a potpourri of more or less interesting streetviews, by Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 6, 2017
  • HangeulAn educational moment. The written Korean is an artificial language, invented in the 15th century by scholars during a 3 year retreat at the order of the king, who wanted to give access to written language to the people who Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 6, 2017
  • the cherry blossoms have arrived3 April was our last day in Jeju and we had to return the car in the morning. We tried to catch whatever was in our action radius. In the end we walked 15 km. The first stop was at a Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 4, 2017
  • Sam TaegeukBefore we leave Korea, a small word about the best known Korean symbol: the three-part grand ultimate symbol. It was widely used in Korean Shamanism, neo Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism for many centuries and it should not surprise you that Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 4, 2017
  • Seongsan IlchulbongWe should have been there by 6:30 AM to see the sunset, but that was against our biorhythm and former religions, we had a late morning trip instead Seongsan is probably the most famous image from Jeju, and it features on Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 4, 2017
  • Walking the OlleSo far we followed parts of three Olle tracks. Tracks 7 and 8 are very well marked and they brought us to spectacular cliffs. When the volcano magma flows into the sea it can crystallise into large hexagonal basalt Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 2, 2017
  • OlleTowards the end of the 20th century a Korean got the idea to duplicate the concept of the Compostella pilgrimage trail and introduced it to Jeju. It is now possible to follow the entire coastline on foot, in short sections Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 2, 2017
  • CheonjiyeonJust passing by, looking for a toilet, a convenience store with instant noodles and a tourist informationbooth, on our way to greater things, we invested 2 dollars in the viewing of a waterfall that cannot be compared to many Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 2, 2017
  • HallaThe whole island of Jeju is in fact an extinct volcano that started his life about 2 million years ago and had its last convulsions 5,000 years ago. For thousands of years it was celebrated as the goddess of the Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 2, 2017
  • about trashI have hardly seen any dustbins in public places since I arrived in Korea, 10 days ago. I knew that Koreans have very strict rules to sort their trash in multiple categories, more stringent than in Belgium at least. Still need Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 2, 2017
  • JejuJeju is an island, south of mainland Korea, oval shaped, roughly 70 by 30 km. It is supposed to be subtropical although I haven’t noticed this personally. It is traditionally renowned for its 3 abundances: rocks, winds and women. The Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Apr 1, 2017
  • Gugi DongBy the end of 2018 we will move to Seoul, more precisely the area of Gugi Dong. It is much more affordable than the posh downtown of GangNam and still close to the city centre –about 6 km to Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 31, 2017
  • roofsLast episode of my royalty soap. Whatever city in the world I visit, I try to get views on roofs. The grey roofs of Paris, the red roofs of Prague, the thatched roofs of the Turkana in Kenya, as long Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 31, 2017
  • secret garden In Western fantasies, a secret garden is a powerful allegory of a romantic relationship that remains hidden to the external world. For the Joseon kings and their family who lived in the Chang Deok Dong palace, the Secret Garden Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 30, 2017
  • SongdoSongdo is a special area of Incheon, and Incheon is a city between Seoul and the sea, known mostly because it hosts the international airport of Seoul. Songdo was wasteland 10 years ago, and Incheon got the bright idea to Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 30, 2017
  • NamSanShin’s cousin is a pharmacist. When she started 15 years ago she bought an existing pharmacy that asked little goodwill. The price of a pharmacy depended on the annual sales, and this in turn depended on the number and type Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 29, 2017
  • some politicsThere are always demonstrations going on in front of Seoul city hall. There’s a lot of space there. Unions. A religious group condemns the mayor’s statement that homosexuals should get equal rights. And there is a big camp set up Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 28, 2017
  • Chang Deok Dong palacePalaces in East Asia are not just "A" building. They are cities, and 3000 people lived in Chang Deok Dong - of which 2000 military. The forbidden city in Beijing is obviously the most famous palace. Korea for centuries was Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 28, 2017
  • senior citizenLoss of stamina, difficulty to memorise, difficulties to fake a six-pack. I’m yet to discover the advantages of ageing, but at least I reaped my first financial benefit: free admission to the royal palace, price reduction for the access Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 28, 2017
  • NoryangjinThe wholesale auction starts at 5 am. I didn’t go there. Once the available fish and shellfish, dead and alive, has been distributed over the hundreds of stalls, the retail sale starts. Clients come and go, but most of the turnover Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 27, 2017
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