At the National Gallery

A few weekends ago, my sister and I decided to check out the Yayoi Kusama art exhibition at the National Gallery. This was my third or fourth visit to the National Gallery since it opened last year. Tickets to the paid exhibits were sold out when we got there, unfortunately (who knew Singaporeans were such…

Gardens by the Bay

Every time friends or family visit me in Singapore, I always recommend that they go see Gardens by the Bay, and for good reasons, because the gardens and the two conservatories are just gorgeous. Have you been? Photos by Arnold Hozana

Ewha University

Why would a women’s university in Seoul be a tourist attraction, you ask? Well, the university grounds are stunning, and the area around the university is practically a shopping haven for affordable fashion. We did not intend to but actually ended up spending hours here taking photos, having coffee at a nearby cafe, and buying…

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a neighbourhood of traditional Korean houses (“hanok”) that date back to the Joseon dynasty. In the heart of modern Seoul, it provides visitors with an opportunity to experience and immerse themselves in traditional Korean atmosphere, not to mention a great backdrop for photos! Photos by Arnold Hozana

Tosokchon and The Blue House

A highly recommended food people tell you to try in Korea is the ginseng chicken soup, samgyetang in Korean, and we heard that the best place to have it in Seoul is Tosokchon, a restaurant specialising in just the very dish. It is within easy walking distance from the Gyeongbokgung palace, so we decided to…

Gyeongbokgung Palace

I read that if you only had time to visit one royal palace in Seoul, it should be the Gyeongbokgung Palace, arguably the grandest and most beautiful palace from the Joseon dynasty. We did not see the rest of the palaces, so I couldn’t tell you if this was sound advice, but I’d say Gyeongbokgung…

Maze Land

The last attraction we visited in Jeju was Maze Land, a themed park featuring three outdoor mazes, a maze museum, and a nicely landscaped garden with a pond. If you do visit, it is recommended to tackle all three mazes in order of their difficulty. The first and easiest maze is the wind maze, bushy and…

Seongsan Ilchulbong

If I had to pick a highlight of our trip to Jeju, it would have to be a hike up the Sunrise Peak, or Seongsan Ilchulbong as the locals call it. This peak on the eastern end of Jeju rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago, and on its top…

Innisfree House and Osulloc Tea Museum

Right after I published my previous post on Sangumburi, I realised I should have posted this one first because we went to the Innisfree House and Osulloc Tea Museum right after the Seogwipo submarine tour. I suppose that’s what happens when you post about a trip months after the actual trip took place. My bad….

Sangumburi

On our day 2 in Jeju, we visited the Sangumburi crater. It’s a flat crater with a circumference of about 2 km, so if you’re expecting something impressive, you may be disappointed, but the walk around the area was nice and peaceful. We heard the area is beautiful in the autumn with colourful vegetation. Photos by Arnold Hozana

Seogwipo Harbour and Submarine Tour

Here comes the series of posts from our recent family trip to South Korea! First of all, April is a good month to travel to Korea, because the weather during the day is perfect. Our trip was 10 days in total, but minus all the travelling, we spent 4 days in Jeju island and 4 days…

A Weekend in Kuala Lumpur

I had to travel to Kuala Lumpur for work recently, so I decided to make the most of it and spend the weekend there with V. We spent Saturday sight-seeing in Putrajaya, a beautifully albeit artificially landscaped city that is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia, and visited 2 of the most distinctive, beautiful mosques I’ve…