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Drinking Tea in Insadong, Seoul, South Korea

Whenever I read about what to do in Insadong…
…drinking tea always comes up! Perfect! This is very fitting for me, since I love drinking tea.

Where to get some good green tea in Insadong
I had green tea in a bustling part of Insadong. Get off the Seoul Subway orange line (line 3), Anguk Station, exit 6 and walk straight past a tourist information booth. On your left you will find Insadong; it’s a courtyard-style street. Walk for a few minutes, and look to your left for the signs in these pictures Jermil took for you:
You’ll soon see a 5 or 6 story building and Between Pages tea room is on the top floor.

Our recommendations for Between Pages
I had the “freshly picked” green tea leaves in a lovely tea service. The tea was delightful! I also enjoyed a mint hot chocolate. I found the atmosphere of the tea house to be chic, warm and cozy and they have carefully chosen beverage selections that dazzle the taste buds.

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Skydiving in South Korea

People have been emailing me to ask if I know of anywhere they can go skydiving in South Korea.

Sadly, I don’t. But there has to be a place to do that.

I was able to fly a plane in South Korea so I figure there’s probably a place where you can jump out of one.

If anyone reading knows of a place, let us know in the comments and we’ll share it with everyone!

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Lantern Festival for Buddha’s Birthday in Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea

These pictures are from the 2009 Lantern Festival around Dongdaemun in Seoul. I took these back in April of 2009, my third month living in South Korea.

The Lantern Festival is a celebration for Buddha’s Birthday, which is a really big deal in a lot of Asian countries. Buddha’s Birthday falls on May 21st and, according to wikipedia, many temples offer free food and tea to all visitors on this day.

This year (2010), the parade will be held on May 16th from 7pm-9:30pm. Get more information here: http://www.llf.or.kr/eng/03introduce/introduce.asp

To get to the festival, I took the Seoul Subway to the Jongno-3 Station and followed the huge crowds. The parade was by the shopping district in Dongdaemun.

If you go to the Lantern Festival, let us know what you thought about it in the comments!!!

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Drinking Green Tea in Gyeongju, South Korea

I love tea. I grew up having tea parties with the ladies in my family, and whether at home, in the backyard, or at high teas at hotels, I love the experience. Of course, tea is an integral part of Korean culture, so I was eager to try the “Traditional Korean Tea Experience” when I visited Expo Park in Gyeongju.

How much was the tea?
5 000 won per person.

What was the Korean Traditional Tea Service like?
The tea room was on the upper floor of the Culture Centre. While it is very open and has a rather cold-contemporary-gallery-feel to it, I quite enjoyed the table settings and the traditional Korean house backdrop, as well as the display of all the teas/pots/dishes. The girl behind the cashier served the tea. She was wearing a sweatshirt. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from a “traditional” tea experience, but a young girl serving tea in sweats didn’t seem to match. But, I did enjoy the green tea nonetheless, and it was a lovely part of my trip to Gyeongju.

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Lotte World: The Disneyland of Seoul, South Korea

How to get to Lotte World
Jermil and I love skating in the winter, and Seoul Travel and Culture magazine mentioned Lotte World Amusement Park houses, in addition to all of the typical thrill rides, a skating rink as well. Although it’s a bit of a trek to Jamsil from where I live (the North Western part of Seoul), we hopped on the Seoul Subway Line 2 and braved the 40 minute subway ride.

Buy the “Special Pass”!
Lotte World was worth the journey, we ended up not skating at all, but instead, we purchased the “Special Pass” and got some sort of foreigner discount that ended up costing each of us about 31 000 won.

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Lotte World Amusement Park was an idyllic getaway from humdrum Seoul living. The music, the smells, and the happiness in the air had Jermil and I smiling the whole time we were there. We rode roller coasters, dropped from the sky on the “Gyro Drop”, and got a little wet on the log flume ride. We were just steps away from performers in sporadic parades that happened throughout the day (see the parade pictures below), and we watched several shows that included acrobatics, dance, and live music.

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Is Lotte World really like Disneyland??
Lotte World cannot really be compared to Disneyland in terms of size and impressiveness, but it really was lovely, and we had a great day. Both of us remarked that we had forgotten we were even in Korea. We were also really surprised that the park was open in the winter, but a large portion is indoors, so that worked out for us, since it was -12 degrees celcius the day we were there.

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We’ve heard Everland is also a fun amusement park, but we haven’t been yet, have you? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!

Enjoy our pictures from the parade at Lotte World Amusement Park.
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