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 …

Gyeongbokgung Palace

I love the vibrant atmosphere of Seoul, the melding of tradition and innovation. An area I feel that exemplifies this most is Gyeongbokgung Palace. Located in the thriving city, this palace preserves Korean history in a beautiful way. Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁 is an elaborate palace from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), built under King Taejo. It is …