Tag Archives: Buddha

Soyosan Mountain – Wonhyo Falls (원효폭포) and Jajaeam Temple (자재암): A Buddhist Retreat on One of Korea’s Most Sacred Mountains

The journey to Soyosan Mountain is a long one. The last stop on the Number 1 Line, ends at the outskirts of Dongducheon City, just outside of Seoul. Although it is a long journey, seeing open spaces with *gasps* farms and crops, and small buildings is a refreshing sight compared to the endless dominos of apartment […]

The Cheonggyecheon – A Day and Night Pictorial

Day Photos by: Derek  Night Photos: Randall Riojas  In the heart of the city, the Cheonggyecheon is a cool breath of fresh air in the dense heat of the city. If you visit in May or November, lanterns line the stream in a sea of fire. Any other time of the year though, the stream is […]

Dobongsan in Bukhansan National Park – Jaunbong Peak Trail and Cheonchuksa Temple

It’s May in the ROK and that means hiking season is in full swing. This weekend, Ryan N and I decided to hit up an old favourite: Dobongsan in Bukhansan National Park. Jaunbong Peak 자운봉 (740m) was our goal today, but unfortunately, I severely underestimated the time and the intensity of this trail. That said, it […]

Seoraksan National Park – Ulsanbawi (Ulsan rock), Heundeulbawi (Heundeul rock), Sinheungsa and Gyejoam

Seoraksan National Park. If you don’t visit here during your stay here in Korea, you are robbing yourself of an amazing experience. The park is located in Gangwon-do, in the northeastern region of Korea, near the North Korean border. The park itself is huge! Even the most enthusiastic hiker will need at least a week to […]