The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels) is an iconic and holy site for Costa Rican catholicism. Constructed in 1639 in the Byzantine style, the basilica features ornate carvings and delicate stained-glass windows. Every August, Catholics from across Latin America will migrate here in the annual pilgrammage …

Icons of Gyeongju: Bulguksa and Seokguram

Bulguksa Temple 불국사 is Gyeongju’s most iconic temple as well as a lasting symbol of Buddhism in Korea.  Located on the slopes of 토함산 Mount Toham, a sacred place during the Silla Dynasty, it currently serves as a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Seven National treasures are contained in the temple grounds, such as the Cheongun-gyo …

The K-Pop Museum

As a long-time k-pop lover, I was instantly intrigued when I saw a sign indicating the entrance to the K-Pop Museum. It was a perfect place to visit on a cloudy jangma (장마) day, during the rainy season, in Gyeongju (경주). I wasn't sure what to expect, but k-pop has had such a major influence …

Miss Lee’s Café of Romance and Written Dreams

In the shopping district of Insadong, the Miss Lee Café 별다방미스리 offers traditional Korean meals, desserts, like mochi and bingsu, and a tasty variety of drinks. This romantic cafe is covered with handwritten notes, confessions, and messages, and has an area devoted to writing on the wall. It's really fun to contribute your own thought …

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The Story of King Sejong

Directly before the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Gwanghamun Square are monuments honoring two of the most prominent figures in Korean history: King Sejong the Great (세종대왕) and Yi Sun-Shin (이 순신). The King Sejong Story Exhibition Hall (세종이야기) features the major achievements of these historical icons. King Sejong was the fourth king of Joseon dynasty, ruling from …