The Old-fashioned but never out of Style Gukje market

Living in an industrialized world where  innovations are made everyday, most of us have dived into the idea of new trends, following what’s latest and hip. Most of us enjoy our leisure time through shopping, from buying everyday commodities to shopping for clothes, and personal stuffs. But have you ever heard about the old-fashioned shopping…

The Bamboo Garden of Juknokwon

When we hear the word garden, we probably foresee a beautiful landscape that is filled with varied kinds of flowering plants and pretty fountains. Damyang’s Juknokwon is a garden that you should see: minus the pretty and fascinating flowers. Juknokwon’s bamboo forest and garden is beautiful just the way it is! Perfect for well lit…

A humble fisherman’s food

The mulhoe or the raw seafood soup is another summer favorite where the ocean’s bounty is best served in its freshest form. In Korean cuisine, hoe (회) is food-speak for raw food dishes and under this category is the cold noodle soup that perfectly complements the hot weather where the mul (물) for the first…

Gyeongbokgung, a Splendor that rises in the North

Among the Five Grand Palaces of Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung or commonly addressed as the Northern Palace is the one you shouldn’t miss, as it is undeniably the most gorgeous, and the largest compared to its 4 sister palaces. It is the main royal residence of the Joseon sovereigns and was an abode to the mighty…

Cheongdokgung: The Prospering Virtue Palace

Considered as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO and one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of Joseon Dynasty, exploring the Changdeokgung palace will surely make you feel like a Joseon royalty. The beauty of this royal villa is very promising during autumn season, when the trees are close to…

I see red – it’s jjamppong!

Jjamppong has a reputation for being extra-spicy and its deep and striking red color helps you gauge the level of spice that you must prepare yourself for. Translated to spicy seafood noodle soup, jjamppong is another Korean dish derived from a Chinese-style meal. Where the Chinese version is white, the addition of hot pepper flakes…

Samgyetang, a quintessential summer dish

Summer in Korea is never complete without a steaming bowl of samgyetang – ironically most popular during the three hottest days of summer. It is believed that samgyetang helps re-energize a person on account of losing stamina over the course of the summer.   Samgyetang is translated as ginseng chicken soup, drawing from three Korean…

The Leader of Agricultural Markets: Jeongseon Arirang Market

With over 120, 000 visitors per year, the Jeongseon Arirang Market, known as the mother of agricultural markets, is a livestock to many farmers who directly sell their harvests to the market. Despite being faced by technological advancements, and industrialization which lead to the declining number of farmers, Jeongseon Arirang Market still remains successful and…

Starting the day with kimchi-bokkeumbap

The kimchi-bokkeumbap (김치볶음밥) or the kimchi fried rice is arguably the easiest to make from the roster of Korean dishes. On a more cultural note, this dish puts together the staples of a Korean diet: rice and kimchi, easily a favorite across the country.   The simplest version can be just putting together kimchi and…

Sundubu-jjigae, a soft and spicy filling treat

Sundubu-jjigae is a Korean tofu stew known for its spiciness that makes use of soft tofu called sundubu, hence the name. The origins of this well-loved Korean dish are unknown but it is believed that its earliest version was first served during the Joseon dynasty. Sundubu-jjigae’s soup base consists of anchovy and kelp, considered as…