Category Archives: Forest

Huwon: The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung

More than half of the grounds of Changdeokgung Palace are in the Huwon, the ‘Secret Garden’, which is the supreme example of a traditional Korean garden. It was established for the exclusive use of the Joseon kings, and only people … Continue reading

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Photos of a Mystery Place in Seoul

There is one place where I took more photos than any other single place in Seoul. Before I officially introduce and describe this place, I am going to publish this gallery of photos, to let the visually oriented imagine what … Continue reading

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Bukhansan, the Roof of Seoul

Of course, I had to visit Bukhansan National Park, which straddles Seoul City and Goyang City in Gyeoggi Province. It is the iconic set of mountains just north of Seoul city center. In Joseon times, Seoul was considered an auspicious … Continue reading

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The Remains of the Original Ancient Baekje Capital ‘Hanseong’

For the past week or so, I’ve been focusing on the ruins of the ancient Baekje Kingdom, which one ruled the southwestern part of the Korean peninsula. I went to the three capitals of ancient Baekje in reverse order. I … Continue reading

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Hallasan Part 2: Descent via the Gwaneum-sa Trail

I had been a bit disappointed with the scenery on the Seongpanak Trail, but I remembered that the Gwaneum-sa Trail is the most beautiful. Indeed, the Gwaneum-sa trail did not disappoint. I chose to go up by Seongpanak because a) … Continue reading

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Hallasan Part 1: Ascent via the Seongpanak Trail

In this blog, I’ve gone in a clockwise circle around Jeju Island, starting at Seongsan Ilchulbong in the east, and I’ve made many references to Hallasan, the shield volcano which created Jeju Island. It is a World Heritage Site. Hallasan, … Continue reading

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Gamsan Village and the Museum of Sex & Health

THE RAVINE In Gamsan Village, west of Jungmun, is a little ravine with little caves. Archeological evidence indicates that these caves were the homes of Jeju islands earliest human inhabitants. These caves offered shelter, were right next to the freshwater … Continue reading

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