Taste the Peninsula’s Best Brews at the Great Korean Beer Festival 2016

Craft beer has been on the rise in the food scene for several years now here in South Korea. These tasty brews, which boast distinct, individual characteristics, are slowly replacing their watery counterparts (cough Hite, cough Cass) that have dominated the beer market over the past few decades.

In the past, one had to go all the way to Itaewon and its surrounding areas to get a taste of craft brews (which may or may not be one of the reasons I moved there), but fortunately, as craft beer has become more mainstream, even general supermarkets keep certain varieties in stock.

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Experience the Real Jeju with YEHA Tour

Defined by its volcanic landscape full of craters and cavelike lava tubes, as well as its gorgeous coastlines and iconic Halla Mountain, Jeju Island is a must-visit destination on any trip to Korea. And, considering the fact it’s a quick one hour plane ride from Seoul, it’s convenient, too.

Unlike Seoul’s subway and bus systems, the island’s public transportation system isn’t very well established. Outside the main city, taxis are fairly hard to come by and buses are infrequent. Renting a car is highly recommended to see the sites, but for those like myself that prefer to sit back and let someone else do the dirty work, YEHA Tour’s private tours are the best bet.

Jewelry Fair Korea 2016 is “RE-BORN” at COEX

It’s no secret that South Korea has an ever-growing taste for the finer things in life. Just pop into any department store, or take a stroll through one of Seoul’s shopping districts to witness first-hand the nation’s obsession with luxury.

Unsurprisingly, the country is also one of the world’s fastest-growing jewelry and watch markets, which is why the Korea International Jewelry and Watch Fair (aka Jewelry Fair Korea) has had much success since its establishment.

Seoul to Replace Cheonggyechon’s Giant Snail with Swirly Poop Monument

Following the wild success of its offbeat attractions such as Insadong’s Ddo-Ong Cafe (a coffee shop dedicated to poop) and Suwon’s Toilet Culture Park, South Korea has decided to make some changes to one of its most iconic art structures.

Located at the western end of the Cheonggyechon, a restored stream that had been buried under concrete slabs for years, “Spring,” a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, has stood tall since it was installed in 2006.

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Seoul’s Paradise Walkerhill—A Unique Casino for Everyone (Guest Post)

South Korea seems to be attracting a lot of Chinese tourists these days, and for good reason. One of its casinos, the Paradise Walkerhill, banked on the fact that the middle class is eager to get its gamble on, too, which is why the casino lowered the betting limits on its table games and slot machines.

Casinos are no longer exclusive to VIPs and high rollers. Thanks to online gaming providers that offer low-cost betting minimums to its games for as low as £1 (about ₩1,650), land-based casinos have adjusted their minimum bets in order to stay competitive.

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Places to Check Out in Paju That Have Nothing to Do With North Korea

Paju is perhaps most associated with its geographical location, as it sits just south of Panmunjeom on the 38th parallel, steps away from North Korea. As the peninsula’s most famous border town, many might assume that Paju is a drab, frightful place, but in actuality, it’s just the opposite.

In fact, there are plenty of great spots (unrelated to the military) to explore, as well as lots of fun things to do in this rather colorful area. Here are some of them.

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Living the Good Life at Lotte City Hotel Jeju

If you’ve been following Seoul Searching for a while, you might have realized that there has been a significant decline in the number of recent posts. I blame this mostly on the fact that I’ve been blogging full-time for a living, which has kept me pretty darn busy over the past year, to say the least.

Because of this consistent preoccupation, I’ve come to really appreciate small vacays from Seoul and corporate life, and have relied on weekend getaways to help me maintain my sanity from one month to the next.

Coffee Expo Seoul 2016 to Serve Up a Fun and Tasty Caffeine Fix

There’s no doubt about it. Koreans love their coffee.

So much so that it’s impossible to walk a single block in this country without crossing a packed coffee shop franchise, posters of celebrities advertising overly sweet mix coffee, or a cleverly designed theme cafe.

As such, it’s no surprise that one of the country’s biggest food-related exhibitions is dedicated to the caffeinated beverage.