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Photo Of The Day: The Old And The New In Seoul, South Korea

Photo Of The Day: The Old And The New In Seoul, South Korea Mar 26th, 2013 at 6:30PM: As we've seen in Jonathan Kramer's "The Kimchi-ite" series, South Korea is a country that embraces both its past and its future. That notion is captured perfectly in this Photo of the Day from Flickr user and photographer Ohad Ben-Yoseph, which depicts a colorful old temple set against a sparkling new skyscraper in perfect juxtaposition. Ben-Yoseph's Flickr photo stream is filled with...

Traveling Couple Hits 20 Countries In 312 Days On 3 Minutes Of Video

Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: In a quest to tackle 30 must-have travel experiences before they turn 30, career breakers Gerard & Kieu of GQ trippin traveled 108,371 kilometers (67,338 miles) in 312 days through 20 countries for one adventure of a lifetime. Shooting 1,266 videos along the way, the traveling couple ended up with 11 hours of video but has reduced it and their entire year of travel to just three...

The Kimchi-ite: A 1000-Year-Old Temple In The Middle Of Seoul

The Kimchi-ite: A 1000-Year-Old Temple In The Middle Of Seoul Feb 5th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Exiting Sadang Station in Seoul, you can immediately tell it is one of the busiest stations in South Korea; throngs of people are everywhere, pushing and shoving their way in and out. Outside the station are dozens of alleys with neon lights going up four stories, advertising barbecue restaurants, bars and karaoke rooms. Lines crisscross the sidewalk for buses that will take people home to...

Photo Of The Day: Snow On A Beach In South Korea

Photo Of The Day: Snow On A Beach In South Korea Jan 29th, 2013 at 6:00PM: A fresh coating of snow can't stop this child from enjoying a day on the beach in Gangneung, South Korea. Flickr user BaboMike describes the very surreal setting in which he captured today's Photo of the Day: Not the usual day at the beach. Fresh snow coupled with a beautiful day [makes for] a very unusual day out. No swimming or bikinis here. This kid was just throwing snow at his...

The Kimchi-ite: 8 Delicious Street Food Dishes Of South Korea

The Kimchi-ite: 8 Delicious Street Food Dishes Of South Korea Jan 4th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Any trip to Korea is absolutely incomplete without dipping under a steamy street-side tent to eat some mystery food, preferably late at night. Street food is extremely popular in Korea. Not in the same way as Twitter-enabled, grilled-cheese food-trucks that are growing with momentum in the U.S., but instead in a much more homey, down-to-earth way. Some foods have their gimmicks, but most of...

The Kimchi-ite: 10 Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World

The Kimchi-ite: 10 Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World Dec 21st, 2012 at 11:00AM: There are countless differences between South Korea and the rest of the world. Even the casual traveler bouncing around Asia will notice how everyday culture differs. In many ways Korean culture is somewhere in between that of Japan and China, but in so many more ways it is unique to itself. Here are some of the more interesting and unique differences I have noticed. 1. KOREANS AGE...

The Kimchi-ite: The Culture Shock Of South Korea

The Kimchi-ite: The Culture Shock Of South Korea Dec 13th, 2012 at 9:00AM: When I moved to South Korea, it was my first time in the country and I had no idea what to expect. Going from the airport to my new apartment, differences from my prior life slowly came into focus. Signs were now written in lines and circles I didn't understand, brand new glass skyscrapers were poised next to traditional tile-roofed houses and all the cars were made by Hyundai. As I walked...

Inside South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival

Inside South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival Jul 25th, 2012 at 10:00AM: A 6-hour bus ride with 40 intoxicated English teachers and a blowup dinosaur named Stanley is not where I wanted to be two days into my trip to South Korea. I was still jetlagged, and sleep was impossible with the back of the bus belting out 90s songs and discussing their favorite sex positions. I imagine no Koreans' journey to the Boryeong Mud Festival, where I would soon willingly cover...

Photo of the Day - Daejeon National Cemetery

Photo of the Day - Daejeon National Cemetery May 25th, 2012 at 5:30PM: National cemeteries are symbolically loaded places, and Daejeon National Cemetery in Daejeon, South Korea is no exception. Completed in 1985, the cemetery was designed, in the words of the official cemetery website, "to worship patriots, patriotic martyrs, and the souls of all the fallen heroes and the war dead." This image was taken by LadyExpat, a prolific Flickr user. Its subject is...

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America Apr 27th, 2012 at 12:00PM: With the possible exception of Argentina, most people don't associate Central or South America with cheese. Like all of Latin America, these countries are a mix of indigenous cultures, colonizing forces, immigrant influences, and varied terroir, climatic extremes, and levels of industrialization. They possess some of the most biologically and geographically diverse habitats on earth. As a result,...

10 St. Patrick's Day alternatives to Dublin, Ireland

10 St. Patrick's Day alternatives to Dublin, Ireland Feb 26th, 2012 at 9:00AM: While travelers often think of Dublin, Ireland, as the must-visit place for St. Patrick's Day, there are many other excellent destinations all over the world to celebrate the festivities. To help you decide where to spend March 17 this year, check out this list of ten excellent St. Patrick's Day destinations. New York I've attended St. Patrick's Day in New York many times and can honestly...

Mies Container restaurant in South Korea is the new Hooters for women

Mies Container restaurant in South Korea is the new Hooters for women Jan 3rd, 2012 at 1:30PM: While men have always had Hooters to satisfy their craving for good food and scantily clad women, it seemed that the ladies were left with nothing to ogle but their hot wings. Thankfully, the people of Seoul, South Korea, felt the same and decided to open Mies Container, a new factory-themed restaurant that employs only masculine men. One step inside the uniquely-themed eatery and you'll...

Love dogs? Check out Bau Haus dog cafe in Seoul, South Korea

Dec 29th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When I say Bau Haus is a dog cafe, I don't mean that there are cute dog photos on the walls or that it's a meeting place for dog owners (although both of these are part of it) . The eatery is, literally, a cafe for dogs and dog-lovers to eat and hangout at. It is located in Hongdae in Seoul, South Korea, and canines roam around the eatery as visitors feed and play with them. You can...

Architectural firm called "Al Qaeda lovers" over new project's resemblance to New York City's Twin Towers under attack

Architectural firm called Dec 13th, 2011 at 3:00PM: MVRDV, an architectural firm located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, has recently become the target of an outraged public. The company's new luxury highrise project in Seoul, South Korea, called "The Cloud", is being said to resemble New York City's Twin Towers during the tragic 9/11 attacks. Not only have many of the media outlets and public turned against the company, but they are receiving...

Photo of the day - Seoul Lantern Festival

Photo of the day - Seoul Lantern Festival Nov 18th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Through November 20th, the Seoul Lantern Festival will continue to light up spirits in the South Korean capital. Of the many images of the festival posted by Flickr user LadyExpat (Back in Daejeon) at the Gadling Group Pool on Flickr, it was this one that really stood out: a simple game of swan lanterns, luminous against an inky pool. Got a photo you'd like to share with the world? Upload...

Seoul food: an eating and drinking tour of Korea's capital

Seoul food: an eating and drinking tour of Korea's capital Nov 4th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Visiting Seoul during a mid-winter freeze isn't something I'd recommend to anyone unless, like me, you go there to eat. The few trees are leafless, the local's faces are sullen with a determination to keep warm and trips to the local sights, such as the beautifully stark outdoor royal palace, only make you want to retreat to a heated room. Luckily, Daniel Gray is there to save us all with his...

Video: Eating live octopus in Korea (Warning: Graphic)

Sep 27th, 2011 at 1:00PM: ••• The team here at Gadling has seen our fair share of shocking internet videos, and some of us have worked up the courage to eat some pretty questionable fare during our travels, but this clip from Fuel TV's Strangers in Danger might just be the most revolting thing we've ever seen. Eating live octopus, or san nachi is widely practiced in South Korea, but the octopi being...

Video: do you know South Korea?

Aug 31st, 2011 at 4:00PM: Do You Know South Korea? from David Dutton on Vimeo. Guilty as self-charged: I did not realize how utterly gorgeous South Korea is until watching this video. And since the creator's intent was to share the essence and beauty of South Korea with viewers, I have to say: job well done. I have friends who are from South Korea, friends who have lived there, worked there, and played there, but I...

Tourists behaving badly: Lost in translation in South Korea (video)

Aug 29th, 2011 at 2:00PM: This terribly embarrassing video making the rounds shows how learning just a little bit of the local language can help prevent a massive misunderstanding. Robert J. Koehler of The Marmot's Hole informs us that the incident occurred between a 24-year-old African-American English teacher and a 61-year-old man on a crowded bus in South Korea. According to Koehler, "The elderly man...

Photo of the day - I break for tanks

Photo of the day - I break for tanks Aug 4th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Road signs are designed to be universal so that anywhere in the world drivers can be aware of local driving rules and potential hazards. Yet this sign in South Korea isn't something you'll see on most roads, setting the speed limit for trucks as well as tanks at 20 kilometers per hour. Flickr user BaboMike guesses it's a remnant from the war, as tank traffic isn't so common these days. Seen...

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