Bongwonsa Temple


While up in Seoul, we had the great idea to hike up Mt. Ansan at 5 am or so. This meant getting up at about 4 am and catching a taxi to the mountain to meet up with Simon Bond and the legendary Robert Koehler. Robert knows pretty much everything there is to know about Korea and especially Seoul. He was kind enough to take us up to the top despite the early rise and the lack lustre sunrise that morning.

I had such a great time at the Ansan Valley Rock Festival


I had such a great time at the Ansan Valley Rock Festival. It was in a new location this year. While things were a bit disorganized, I liked the venue. Mild rain and mosquitoes were an annoyance, but overall, I had a lot of fun.

My friends and I stayed in a pension, which I think is the way to go, because I can’t imagine camping in the rain.

Great line up, including Polyphonic Spree, Vampire Weekend, Cat Power, The Cure, The XX, My Bloody Valentine, Steve Vai, Coheed & Cambria, Foals, Nell, Stereophonics, Priscila Ahn, Skrillex, Yellowcard, fun., Nine Inch Nails, and a bunch of Korean bands I should take some time to listen to.

It’s not on the same scale as Sasquatch Music Festival, but I still think the Korean organizers did a good job. There were definitely moments were I was thinking, “Wow, this is such a Korean experience and would never happen back home." Such as getting my hair styled and foot massages while drinking free booze.

Also, there is no exchange of money at the festival. Instead, you charge and use your T-money card, which can also be used on subways and buses in all (or maybe just major?) cities. It’s a bit dangerous because I wasn’t keeping track of how much money I was spending, but it was really convenient.

My mosquito bites are heinous, but I had a great time, and I would go again!

The Cure was amazing last night. I wasn’t the biggest fan...

The Cure was amazing last night. I wasn’t the biggest fan before, but now… I was just blown away by their three hour set. Two more days of Ansan Valley Rock Festival. Here we go…

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