Sounds of Seoul is a series for Curly In Korea where I’ll be making short soundscapes of locations around the capital. First up is Bongeunsa Temple, a Buddhist temple in the heart of Gangnam; a surprising oasis of calm. Please feel free to listen to the soundscape as you read.
So something magical happened: I went to my first KPOP concert here in Korea. It was loud, bright, full of flashing lights, screaming fangirls, and one very charming and goofy singer with a killer voice and the ability to out dance all his back-up dancers. Yeah, I went and saw XIA aka Kim Junsu (김준수).
I have been in South Korea for a grand total of five days thus far. So far I have broken every blood vessel in my shoulders hauling my luggage around, combated jet lag, had a health check where I got a bunch of suction cups put on my boobs, and taught my first theater classes […]
It’s officially less than a week until I move to South Korea. I haven’t even begun packing, and despite genuinely being excited for this new chapter in my life, I wonder why it is I’ve put off actually preparing for it. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and I’ve really thought hard about this decision? […]
From kimchi to Gangnam Style, Seoul has made its mark on the world as a fiercely modern city that still keeps its traditional charm. I write for iExplore [my articles!] sometimes and my latest is a 48 hour guide to exploring Seoul! We’ll be moving on to our Japan blogs later this week, so here’s a […]
We’ve mentioned it here a few times now, but just in case you missed the memo, Kristina (aka your humble narrator) is moving to South Korea! I wrote this big post about my reasons on my personal blog, but then realized I hadn’t really gone into any detail here. Which is a little silly as […]
Continued from Part 1, 2, & 3… I had been to Seoul once before many years ago, and I was pleased to see that it was more or less the same. Not quite as neon and eccentric as Tokyo, but still a bustling and bright metropolis brimming with absurd modernity at every corner. We left Busan […]
Continued from Part 1 & 2… We had food. We had beds. We had a far too large television filled with KPOP music shows, beauty infomercials, and dramas. Now it was time for some culture. Buddhism is still the spiritual king in Asia, even though Korea’s Christian population has steadily been on the rise the […]
Continued from Part 1… When we woke up after our rather exhausting two day journey from Russia, we were hungry. Really hungry. We’d been craving and thinking about Korean food for weeks, and now finally we were here, ready to stuff ourselves like crazy. We went days without eating in Mongolia and both of us […]