Gapyeong

September 5-6, 2015I finally made it out to a place in Korea...















September 5-6, 2015


Glamping Under the Stars at Raventree in Gapyeong

Fall has officially arrived in Korea. The season may not be the longest, but it is, without a doubt, the most beautiful. The country's autumn colors, crisp air and cool temperatures beckon its inhabitants to don their sweaters and head outdoors for festivals, mountain hikes and danpoong noryi, excursions to see the fall foliage. Yet there is one autumn activity that has particularly taken off in Korea in recent years that sets itself apart from every other seasonal activity -- glamping.



..and we'll all jump in!

..and we'll all jump in!

Fun in the pool. LanguageCast summer trip 2011 Gapyeong

Garden of the Morning Calm

Garden of the Morning Calm

This was taken in Gapyeong, at the Garden of the Morning Calm.

ROKing Korea: Enjoying the global villages in South Korea

ROKing Korea is a weekly feature column by ROKing Magazine that explores Korean culture and expat life in South Korea. With the growing number of Korean-American expats in Korea, we’ve teamed up with ROKing, a bi-monthly, bi-lingual, Korea-centric magazine, to give you a glimpse of life in South Korea.


An island for lovers

For Eric's last weekend I planned all sorts of "romantic" things to do, Koreans are really into that, couples doing certain things that are considered "couple-y" and I figure when in Korea...


Being a little strapped on cash this month (trying to save for our travels and paying off my eye surgery finally!) we made it a fun weekend on a budget, which included the Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park, lunch in Chuncheon for the famous Dalk Galbi, and ziplining to Nami Island.

Destination: Namiseom / French Village (Gyeonggi-do)

The island of Namiseom is an easy day trip from Seoul, and a chance to escape the mainland and enjoy some natural beauty – well, sort of.

The name Nami comes from General Nami, a brilliant military strategist who was falsely accused of treason during King Sejo’s reign (r. 1455-1468). His grave was never found, but there was a pile of stones where his body was supposed to be buried; taking a stone would supposedly bring misfortune to the thief’s house.

You’ll see only a couple signs of Nami, and no mention of that story – the more interesting story is more recent. After the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944 made this place an island, a gentlemen named Min Byeong-do bought the island and planted thousands of trees. He then turned it into a resort town, which served as the backdrop for films and festivals including ‘Winter Sonata’.


Destination: Jarasum Jazz Festival 2009 (Gapyeong)


Presenting the South Mountain Jazz Orchestra at the Welcome Post.

As mentioned in this month's schedule, the 6th annual Jarasum Jazz Festival was one of the better jazz performances I've seen in person. A few flaws kept it from being an even better show, but it's an event I'll be looking for next year when October rolls around again.

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