Staying in Khao San, Bangkok’s notorious backpacker district, has its ups and downs. The bad news is that taxis and tuktuks in the area refuse to turn their meters on, forcing tourists to pay a flat rate twice the actual fare. I was also attacked by bedbugs, and a drunk tourist banged on my door thinking it was […]Read more "One day in Phra Nakhon"
National War Memorial of Korea Because history is for remembering Not many people know that the Philippines was part of the Korean War. When North Korea attacked the South in 1950, the Philippines was one of the first countries to send soldiers and aid for South Korea. This bit of history is largely unknown […]Read more "[Seoul Travel Diary] Day 4: National War Memorial of Korea"
N Seoul Tower. Everyone’s on a date — except meRead more "[Seoul Travel Diary] DAY 3: The cheesiest place in South Korea"
Bukchon Hanok Village Or, how to get lost in old-school Korea Of Seoul’s cultural hideouts, Bukchon is my favorite. Seeing so many hanok (traditional houses) in one place is a marvel, and since it isn’t as crowded or commercial as the Insadong cultural district, you can take your sweet time and enjoy the scenery.Read more "[Seoul Travel Diary] Day 3: Time traveling at Bukchon Hanok Village"
DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Where tragedy and hope meet Seoul is largely known for its high-tech, modern lifestyle — the usual narratives mention how amazing their progress is considering the devastation of the Korean War in the 1950s. However, an hour’s bus ride from Seoul is a reminder that the story of the Korean War is far […]Read more "[Seoul Travel Diary] Day 2: A day at the DMZ, at the edge of history"
Dining in Myeongdong and Namsandong A welcome break from the shopping crowd Myeongdong may be a shopping mecca, but there’s one downside to it: it’s so crowded! My dad, who doesn’t like shopping even when it’s for himself, spent most of the time outside the shops, eating. Because of the heavy foot traffic in Myeongdong, […]Read more "[Seoul Travel Diary] Dining in Myeongdong and Namsandong"
Insadong Seoul’s cultural district leans towards being a tourist trap, but has charming hideouts worth a visit It was more crowded than I remember it from our visit in 2010. Back then, we passed by Insadong on our way to our hotel at night — I remembered it being a very quiet, clean place, with […]Read more "[Seoul Travel Diary] Day 1: Insadong"