Why Travel in South Korea? Why Create This Blog?

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When I told people – even Koreans – that I was planning to travel in South Korea for a couple months, the question I almost always heard was ‘Why’? And ‘what is there to do?’ And now that I have left South Korea, people are surprised that, in two months, all I did was travel.

So why did I go there?

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I have been interested in South Korea since I was in college.  I read Korean comics.  I took a taekwondo class.  I got a cookbook with a ‘Korean’ section and starting making kimchi.  Things like that.  Heck, I even read Everlasting Flower, a History of Korea. I had seriously considered moving to South Korea before I decided to move to Taiwan instead, and I considered moving from Taiwan to South Korea. I finally decided that what I really wanted was to travel in South Korea, not to live there.

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My travels in South Korea were heavily influenced by my experiences in Taiwan. I never intended to stay in Taiwan for more than a few years, so I felt I had to take nearly opportunity to explore Taiwan that I could. The result was that, in Taiwan, I ended up spending almost any off-work day with good weather travelling, and over a few years I managed to visit many, many corners of Taiwan. I have not been everywhere in Taiwan (that would take a lifetime), but I have been to every region and to many of the less-known places of scenic, historical, and/or cultural interest.

Thus, I wanted to travel South Korea thoroughly, and try to get as much of a handle on what South Korea is as can be done in just a couple months.

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For all of those people who wonder what there is to see and do and South Korea, this blog will answer that question. I didn’t see or do everything, but I did go to every province, and I covered a lot of ground.

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And of course, I noticed that the initials for South Korea – S.K. – are the same as the initials for my own name – S.K. – which is why I named this blog ‘SK in SK’ (or ‘SKnSK’).

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I am not going to do this in chronological order. First I am going to start with my favorite province, Chungcheongbuk-do, which also happens to be one of the most rural, and then spiral clockwise around South Korea until I end in Seoul, forming a nice spectrum from remote and rural to urban and cosmopolitan.

(Hint: the only two cities in ChungCheongbuk Province are Chungju and Cheongju, and ‘buk’ means ‘north’, so I remembered the name ‘Chungcheong-buk’ by thinking of it as ‘the Northern province of Chungju City and Cheongju City’)

Settle down in your armchair and come to South Korea with me.

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6 Responses to Why Travel in South Korea? Why Create This Blog?

  1. Jeyna Grace says:

    I love S.Korea. Wish I had a longer holiday when I was there.

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  2. Dana says:

    Hi^^ Sarak I am really looking forward to next trip in Korea. Have a nice day~

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