• On the Road,  South Korea

    Namsan, Seoul Tower

    Namsan, Seoul Tower plays peek-a-boo with both locals and visitors to Seoul, South Korea while residing high above the city. It is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, South Korea. At 236 metres, it marks the second highest point in Seoul, a major tourist landmark. There are multiple ways to ascend to the top, depending upon your fitness level or how you prefer to make it to the top. You can take the Namsan Shuttle Bus or taxi, hike up the entire mountain, take the glass elevator, or walk up the stairs and take the Cable Car, which is what I recommend. My friend…

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    On the Road,  South Korea

    Buddhist Temples

    Azure blue, Kelly green, and bright pink lanterns dangle merrily in the breeze around every Buddhist temple in South Korea. They are lively and welcoming visuals you see before you inhale the jasmine scent of incense in the air and hear the low, steady rhythm of chanting and drum beats. The combination is an inviting and intoxicating blend that washes over the senses as you melt into the lush temple grounds from the normal frenetic city hustle and bustle.    I happened upon the Jogyesa Temple while wandering in downtown Seoul the first time I visited the city. Thus began my enchantment with Buddhist temples and desire to visit as…