ITAEWON: IP Boutique Hotel & Flying Pan Korean Brunch Experience @KTOManila

ITAEWON is a shopping district for local and global brands, with cool bars at night. It’s a melting pot of diverse cultures and the hip place to go for food and restaurants offering international cuisines. We spent our last night in Korea here and how I wish we had more time to explore. Check out … Continue reading ITAEWON: IP Boutique Hotel & Flying Pan Korean Brunch Experience @KTOManila

INSA-DONG: Korea’s Traditional Food & Artist Culture Street @KTOManila

INSA-DONG is the culture & art capital of Seoul where artists, painters, craftsmen, and art lovers converge. This is a street where tourists can get a taste of traditional Korean food, culture, and arts.  Here’s a look at what you can experience in Insa-dong….

DONG-LIM KNOT WORKSHOP: Learning the Art of Traditional Korean Maedeup (Knots) @KTOManila

  DONG-LIM KNOT MUSEUM is a showcase of traditional Korean Maedeup (Knots) Art. Here, you can also learn first-hand how to make various ornamental knots the traditional way through do-it-yourself workshops. It was established in April 2004 by traditional knot technique master, Sim Yeong-Mi. She learned the technique from her Father-in-Law, who learned it from her … Continue reading DONG-LIM KNOT WORKSHOP: Learning the Art of Traditional Korean Maedeup (Knots) @KTOManila

MYEONG-DONG & NOO NA HOL DAK: Korean Fried Chicken Dinner @KTOManila

When in Korea, you’ve got to taste the authentic Korean Fried Chicken, so we visited NOO NA HOL DAK Chicken while shopping in MYEONGDONG — The 9th Most Expensive Shopping Street in the World. Here’s a photo essay of our experience…

CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE & JONGMYO SHRINE: Pilgrimage to Korea’s World Heritage Sites @KTOManila

There are 9 cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and 3 of them are located in Seoul. These sites are: Jongmyo Shrine (1995), Chandeokgung Palace (1997), and Seonjeoungneung Royal Tombs (2009).  We visited the first two to kick off our Pilgrimage to Korea’s World Heritage Sites… 

SEOUL TOWER: First Timer’s Guide to Namsan Seoul Tower Experience @KTOManila

The N Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower and the highest point in Seoul, located on top of Namsan Mountain. It is one of Korea’s iconic tourist spots and a must-visit for that bird’s eye view of Seoul, and to best understand the “teddy bear” and loving culture of Koreans.  Here’s a photo-essay … Continue reading SEOUL TOWER: First Timer’s Guide to Namsan Seoul Tower Experience @KTOManila

NAMSANGOL: Traditional Hanok Village + Seoul Millennium Time Capsule @KTOManila

Namsangol Hanok Village is a free cultural garden park where 5 traditional hanok houses are relocated to preserve the Korean traditions and share them with tourists visiting Korea. It is located at the foot of Namsan Mountain and was chosen as the site of the Seoul Millennium Time Capsule. Here’s a photo essay of our … Continue reading NAMSANGOL: Traditional Hanok Village + Seoul Millennium Time Capsule @KTOManila

SAMGYEOPSAL: Lovin’ the Korean Grilled Pork Belly BBQ Experience…Yum! @KTOManila

Samgyeopsal, one of the most popular Korean dishes, refers to pork belly meat slices grilled on your table. It’s name literally means: three (sam; 삼) layered (gyeop; 겹) flesh (sal; 살) referring to the layering of fat and meat. In fact, there’s a Samgyeopsal Day celebrated every 3rd of March (sam 삼-sam; 삼) where all people should eat Samgyeopsal. 🙂 We … Continue reading SAMGYEOPSAL: Lovin’ the Korean Grilled Pork Belly BBQ Experience…Yum! @KTOManila

JINSADAEK: 14-Course Traditional Korean Food Experience! @KTOManila

JINSADAEK is a traditional Korean restaurant where you order course-menu style, set in a Hanok-inspired environment. This authentic Korean dining experience is by the same owner of RakKoJae. If you’re looking for a truly traditional Korean meal, check out Jinsadaek at Myeong-dong…

RAKKOJAE Secret Hanok Escape: An Authentic Immersion in Korean Culture (Seoul, South Korea) @KTOManila

Being my first time in Korea, my search for an authentic immersion in Korean culture was satisfied when I stayed in RakKoJae. RakKoJae is a Hanok, a traditional Korean guest house that offers 6-star service in a secluded location in Seoul. Its name means “a place where one can enjoy the traditions of times past and … Continue reading RAKKOJAE Secret Hanok Escape: An Authentic Immersion in Korean Culture (Seoul, South Korea) @KTOManila