Hiking: Jirisan National Park

HIKING: JIRISAN NATIONAL PARK DECEMBER 2015 Jirisan is South Korea’s largest national park. It covers 3 provinces, Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollanam-do and Jeollabuk-do, and is a hiker’s paradise! The second tallest mountain in South Korea, Mount Jirisan can be found standing here at 1915m above sea level – the tallest being Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island (1950m). […]

Banking in Korea with KEB & NH

BANKING IN KOREA WITH KEB & NH Expat banking in South Korea can be extremely stressful… Language barriers, onerous security requirements and the lack of expat-friendly products/services are just the start. Withdrawing and transferring money locally was easy, it was the process of getting online access to my accounts and overseas remittance that offered the biggest headaches. The thought […]

Ship your belongings

LEAVING KOREA ? SHIP YOUR BELONGINGS It’s time to leave Korea. Despite efforts to be a minimalist, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of stuff over the year… I sent all my belongings home as ‘surface mail’ (by sea) using Korea Post. It’s way cheaper than engaging the services of companies like ‘World Baggage‘ or to send as airmail. The first […]

Hongdo Island

SOUTH JEOLLA PROVINCE, SOUTH KOREA 28 September 2015 The rock formations that surround Hongdo Island are absolutely breathtaking! If you’re not going to take a boat tour (22,000 won, 2 hours) to see them, I’d give Hongdo a miss. Few things about the tour: The boat tour runs twice a day but during Chuseok, there was only […]

Goseong Bus Schedule

GOSEONG BUS TERMINAL: BUS SCHEDULE Updated as at January 2016 Below is the bus schedule as displayed at Goseong Bus Terminal, with the destinations translated to English. The bus schedule for local and intercity buses is available on the official website of Goseong County in Gyeongsangnam-do but it hasn’t been updated for a while. I would only […]

Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND DECEMBER 2012 Pathumwan Princess Hotel Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)   Wat Traimit. The Buddha statue below is 3 metres tall and made of approx. 4989kg of solid gold! Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) A King’s treasures were discovered hidden in these pagodas. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour, my fave! Mangosteen, mango, banana fritters, […]