Mysterious Gateway of the Eastern Shore

“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien

Sokcho, two days ferry ride from Vladivostok, an hour to the DMZ, a home for North Korean refugees in the 50s, entrance to the highest mountain in South Korea, a place between the sea and the mountains. Here is Sokcho. Welcome to the gateway of the Eastern shore. Continue reading “Mysterious Gateway of the Eastern Shore”

Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 2)

“I’m a big fan of the misunderstood, the vilified, the underdog, the breaking of myths.”- Dominic Monaghan, actor.

Continuing into our journey of breaking the myth of Busan being the land of gangsters and the uncultured, my journey into the southern city was more than surprising, it was enlightening. Shall we? Continue reading “Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 2)”

Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 1)

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Busan, your accent has been the benchmark of any feared gangsters, your people mistaken as unsophisticated countryside peasants and your cuisine is supposed to consist only of seafood. Do not worry, being misunderstood is just a path to greatness. And you are a great city, Busan. Shall we explore and untangle these misunderstandings?

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Fishes, Turtles and a Certain Admiral in Tongyeong.

It is now near wintry weather in Buyeo, with harsh cold winds and icy morning starts. Being a sun worshipper, Miss Hoggy is half-wishing that it’s Chuseok again. the perfect early September autumn weather: cool morning followed by warm afternoons, receded into a coldlish night . What made this year’s Chuseok perfect was, I woke up to the sound of the waves at the coastal city of Tongyeong.  Continue reading “Fishes, Turtles and a Certain Admiral in Tongyeong.”

The Seoul of the Future: Yongsan-gu

“Whatever happens today will change future events. Create its own time line, its own reality. The future pivots around you, here, now” – The Doctor, Doctor Who (2005).

Anything regarding the future, listen to the best in the time travelling business. Yeap, The Doctor. Wait, this is supposed to be about Seoul and her future prospects, why am I quoting the Doctor? Well, there was one thing he knows best about one’s future: it happens today. Then, why Yongsan-gu? Why are we not using Songdo of the ambitious Korean Future City project? If not, what about the iconic Gangnam-gu, the historical economy turning point for this country? Why Yongsan-gu?

Well because Itaewon, the most un-Korean part of the nation is here.

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