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In pictures: Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival

In pictures: Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival
October 6, 2013 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

FROM October 1st ~ 13th hundreds of spirits, soldiers, and denizens from Korea’s past emblazon the night in the small fortified city of Jinju.   The Namgang Lantern Festival (진주 남강 유등 축제) is held every autumn in the small (for Korea) city of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province. The festival not only commemorates the city’s great victory in the Imjin war,…>

Getting your drink on in Korea – a guide

Getting your drink on in Korea – a guide
July 23, 2013 - 2 Comments - Ben Cowles

YOU might not think of Korea as a nation of drinkers but they sure do love their alcohol. Not only does the nation have a lot of different alcohols, but when they’re out on the town, they revel in mixing them together. Honestly, you’ve no idea how far down the warren the rabbit can stumble.…>

Finding fun, sun and serenity in Asia this summer

Finding fun, sun and serenity in Asia this summer
July 11, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

WE’RE edging toward the midpoint of summer, and as is too often the case, those precious months are flying by. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation and joy, though the older you get, the more caught up you become in work obligations and social commitments, meaning those chances for soaking up the…>

10 weird and wonderful hotels in Asia

10 weird and wonderful hotels in Asia
May 29, 2013 - 2 Comments - Jo Lane

IF you’re looking for something with a little character during your next Asian sojourn, take a look at some of these unique hotels. Stay in these tree houses, flush toilets, capsules or boats and you may well find you’re writing about your hotel next time you email home, and not the destination itself. Hang Nga…>

Korean street food: A peninsular culinary adventure

Korean street food: A peninsular culinary adventure
May 28, 2013 - 6 Comments - Ben Cowles

KOREAN cuisine is a cornucopia brimming with hot soups, stringy noodles, barbecued meats, unidentified vegetables and lip melting spices. With every pyeong of Korea’s megalithic cities given over to dining, it’s no wonder so much food has spilt out onto the busy streets. Good thing too, because it’s out there, free from the entrapment of four walls, where the street…>

Mama Hanok: A traditional home stay in Seoul

Mama Hanok: A traditional home stay in Seoul
May 9, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

SEOUL is a city with its sights set on the future. Step out of any standard hotel in the city and take a stroll down one of the main shopping streets and you’re likely to be more taken by the steel-and-concrete construction, flashing lights and trendy nightlife than you are by the city’s cultural heritage…>

Rak Ko Jae: Culture and tradition in Seoul

Rak Ko Jae: Culture and tradition in Seoul
April 23, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

AN oasis of culture and tradition in an intensely modern city, Rak Ko Jae gives its guest an unrivaled look into the aristocratic lifestyle of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty.  And all of this is happens without the least hint of tourism kitsch. If not for the fact that the rest of Seoul is just around the corner, you might actually…>

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