Destination: the abandoned Songdo Bible Park (Incheon)

Let’s call this one NSFC – Not Safe For Christians. And now, for something completely different – the abandoned site someone could actually stumble across without even trying. Presenting what’s left of the Songdo Bible Park in the Songdo Central Park. A little history is in order here, especially for the sake of posterity. According

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Destination: a full day of Jeju (Jeju-do) – part 3 of 3

Meet Oedolgae, Jusangjeolli, Cheonjaeyeon, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Sanbanggulsa, and Loveland – all in the same day.

The nice part of going on a guided tour is the ability to meet with like-minded travelers, visit a bunch of places, and (perhaps nicest of all), not have to think about how you’re going from A to B. As a (usually) independent traveler, that last point is nice to take a break from every now and then. The schedule on many a guided tour is tighter than I’d personally like, but that’s the tradeoff at play. In any case, it was a beautiful day at some of Jeju’s most beautiful places.

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Destination: U-do / Biyang-do (Jeju-do) – part 2 of 3

Day trips don’t get any better – but there’s a catch. 

Welcome to Cow Island – yes, Udo does sort of resemble a sitting cow. Thus, the name fits, if such a thing matters much. While Jeju features enough places to keep most travelers busy for a week, the tiny 5.9 sq. km. Island requires a half-day. Good thing, too – despite the minbak (family-run hotel) and pensions around, it’s easy to tell apart the locals from the tourists.

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Question from a reader: what to tell your parents

A reader writes in:

My parents seemed quite impressed and supportive when I mentioned that teaching in Korea was a possibility for graduates like myself, but now that I’ve actually started the process, they’re, well… less than, shall we say.

Any advice/tips/resources you could recommend to help put them at ease? I’m going to go through with it either way, but it is nice to have them on one’s side..

[D.S.]

D.S.,

“You’re doing WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY?!” The questions are as varied as the people, and the responses aren’t necessarily straightforward.

For twenty-plus years, they’ve been trying to keep you safe, out of trouble, and possibly bailing you out of a tough situation. To most parents, choosing to leave your home country will come as a shock, or at the very least a change of plans. In most cases, however, being a twentysomething means the need to recognize your independence.

Some questions parents commonly ask:

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Destination: Manjanggul Lava Tubes and Crater Mountain Peak (Jeju-do) Part 1

Author’s note: this is the first of three posts on a group tour to Jeju-do during Chuseok. Stay tuned for the other posts!

Jeju-do. Part 1. ‘Nuff said.

While the oft-repeated title of ‘honeymoon island’ is true, there’s far more to see than newlyweds – or anyone else, for that matter – can see in a week. Korea’s largest island manages to cram dozens of museums, interesting attractions, beaches, temples, and ancient geologic formations into one 1,848 sq. km. island. This is almost the same size as Maui of the Hawaii islands, and a fifth the size of the ‘Big Island’.

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