One round on the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon

For a short break from the city life, today we made a half-day-trip in Suwon, which was around 1h driving to the south from Seoul’s center. Our main purpose was to visit the Hwaseong Fortress, an UNESCO World Heritage, that was built at the end of the 18th Century. We started our 5.5km walk on the fortress at the Hwahongmun Gate and finished after 3h.

A perfect location to escape the city and to shoot!

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May 8th – Parents’ day – 어버이날

During the weekend, I’ve seen many small shops and stores selling flowers, especially carnations, even on holidays. I have been wondering for several days and now got the answers from some friends:

Today, May 8th is “Parents’ day” – “어버이날” – in Korea. All children will show their parents love, respect, gratefulness, and also their promise to protect them, like the parents always do for their children. The traditional presents to give are red carnations.

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Get ready for Buddha’s birthday [Seoul]

If you visit Seoul during the upcoming weekend (May 11th until 13th), you will have a great chance to join one of the Korean traditional and most colorful festival there – the Lotus Lantern Festival. This is to celebrate Buddha’s birthday on April 8th by Lunar Calendar (May 22nd 2018).

Since yesterday, visitors can already enjoy the first laterns on Cheonggyecheon stream.

Looking forward so much to the Celebration!

Quick shopping @convenience store

The title may sound strange for you, but if you’re from Europe or especially Germany, you may understand why: all stores there are usually closed on Sunday and public holidays. Only the gas stations are opened, but only until 11pm and you have to somehow get there.

Some days ago, we arrived in Seoul and sudently found out, that we forgot some (important) items, for example toothpaste, hairspray and so on. It was on a public holiday and late. And to be honest, I didn’t want to move any more after a long flight from Germany to Seoul.

Luckily, convenience stores are very popular in Seoul. Checking on the internet, we could find 3 stores, that we can reach within a minute – 7 eleven, CU or GS25. And all were open 24h, even during weekend and on holidays! So cool! Let’s go for a super quick shopping!

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