Karl Lagerfeld at the Daelim Museum

I am a big admirer of Karl Lagerfeld, from his work for Chanel to his dry sens of humor, so I was very excited to see his exhibition Work in Progress at the Daelim Museum in Seoul.

No, I’m not a French designer either. I’m from nowhere. I’m a European, old European is all I am.
Karl Lagerfeld

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Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic!

In the Seoul metro, Apgujeong station one of many dozens in that station

When commuting in Seoul you are constantly reminded how having a good face 을짱 is a major concern in Korea. Plastic surgery ads are plastered all over the subway with incredible before & after pictures, telling us there is a price to achieve perfection. Korean women don’t think twice: in 2009 one of every five women in Seoul between the ages of 19 and 49 said they had undergone plastic surgery at least once (Trend Monitor).

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Ansan Mountain – Nature in the Urban Jungle

Mount ansan, ansan, hike seoul, hiking seoulAt the heart of a 10 million inhabitants city like Seoul, who would expect to find a great hiking spot like Ansan mountain? When you need a break from the noise and the crowd climb one of the many slopes for a mini retreat.

Hidden among the trees are several exercise areas, Korean style picnic tables and even a natural spring. Koreans are really fond of hiking, especially ajummas and ajhussis (middle aged Koreans) who sport colorful hiking gear and walk-up with their friends.

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The Pressure of Korean Education


Korean students are known for their academic excellence and spending hours at after school programs. From their youngest age, parents are pushing them to study to the extreme with the dream to reach the SKY (Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University) the top 3 Korean universities. Perfect on paper, the system also has major flaws…

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Korean Buddhism at Bongwon Temple

At the occasion of Chuseok I visited Bongwon 봉원사, the Buddhist temple located near Yonsei University. Many families were gathering for prayer and to commemorate loved ones that have passed.

The site has many beautiful buildings, each decorated with sculptures, paintings and golden Buddhas. Hidden up on on the hill-side of the Anh mountain, part of Yonsei’s campus, the temple has an aura of peace and calm away from the the city raucous. Bongwonsa was founded in 889 as part of the Korean Buddhist order of Taego.

The perfect place to meditate and take your time while visiting Seoul!

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* Celebrating Chuseok! *

With fall comes Chuseok 추석, the Korean harvest festival! Also known as Hangawi 한가위, it is one of the most important holidays in Korea. Following the lunar calendar it falls on the 15th day of the 8th month, close to the Autumn Equinox, and is celebrated over 3 days. This year Chuseok goes from September 11-13, giving a long week-end to families to get together.

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Celebrating Chuseok (The Chosunilbo)

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Hongdae Spirit

It feels good to be back in Seoul and enjoy the summer weather in one of the liveliest neighborhoods… Hongdae, home of Korean indie musicians and artists!

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Vinyl – the smallest bar where drinks are served in plastic bags

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Delicious Korean food and drinks all over Hongdae

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