Not everyone is as blessed as I am. I truly have some of the best friends in the world. Last week I had the great pleasure of hosting some of my favorite friends from college in Korea. I had a wonderful time blending old friends with new and really giving my USA buddies a good taste of Korea. I had a number of Korean friends help me plan the visit for my friends and we ended up having a ball. Over the week my USA…Continue Reading “The kids do Korea!”


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Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (진주 남강유등축제)

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I shot this video last October but just now found the clips to put it together. Anyway, better late than never! The Jinju Lantern Festival takes place every fall in Korea and is a must see for anyone who can get over to it. See a little bit more information on the festival below: Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops…Continue Reading “Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (진주 남강유등축제)”

Had a great time visiting Hwaeomsa the other day with a family that I have become very close with. Their little girl is ridiculously adorable. Hwaeomsa (Sino-Korean: hwa-eom-sa 華嚴寺, literally “Flower Garland Temple”) is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is located on the slopes of Jiri-san, in Masan-myeon, Gurye County, in the province of Jeollanam-do, South Korea. It was constructed under the Silla dynasty in 544, burned down during the Seven Year War in the 1590s, and rebuilt thereafter.


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비진도 (Bijin Island Trip)

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I took a trip over to 비진도 (Bijin Island) this past weekend with a group of great people from an English study group that I participate in every Friday night and we had a great time. I highly recommend this island for anyone looking to escape some of the bigger crowds on the beaches in Korea. 비진도 (Bijin Island) is truly a unique and wonderful experience.

Took a trip over to Busan last weekend with one of my best buddies from Masan and had the opportunity to meet up with one of my friends from the states who currently lives in Seoul.  We spent some time at Haeundae Beach and then made it over to another nearby hangout place called, Gwangalli.  Had a great time experiencing a little bit of summer culture in Busan.


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장어 Jang-uh (grilled eel)

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I didn’t set out to be a crazy food eating dude before I came to Korea, but I have certainly become one.  While I follow a pretty normal dietary routine when I am eating alone, eating out with friends is a whole different story.  This past weekend I had the opportunity to grub down on some grilled eel.  Typically, 장어 “Jang-uh” is thought of as a stamina food and is primarily eaten by Korean men (some ladies too).  Don’t forget to order at least a…Continue Reading “장어 Jang-uh (grilled eel)”


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Tongyeong 통영

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Took a little trip to neighboring city, Tongyeong (통영) the other day. Had a really great time with my big brother around these parts, Kim Kang. We took a gondola trip that allowed us to catch a good view of Hallyeo Marine National Park and then headed over to Dongpirang Village, which is a village in Tongyeong full of awesome wall art.


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Nakji 낙지!!!!

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I’ve heard a lot about a popular dish in Korea called nakji from my friends here, but until yesterday I had yet to try it!  Basically, nakji is a small octopus and it’s served in many different ways (including live).  See below for a video of what was served up in front of me for lunch yesterday afternoon.  Luckily, this thing was actually thrown into a seafood stew and boiled before we ate…..delissshhhh!!!!!