삼광사~ Buddha’s Birthday

May 12th was Buddha’s Birthday in South Korea (부처님 오신 날) and we made the journey to 삼광사 temple, where thousands of paper lanterns (연등) are adorned all over the temples grounds with messages wishing for things such as long life and congratulating Buddha. The atmosphere was nothing short of magical. Although it was quite busy as you walk higher up through the temple’s grounds you can usually find some places that are quiet and serene.

The temple’s architecture on it’s own was gorgeous, but coming here during May is definitely the best time to visit. There was also a small market where you could buy some street food and snacks.

We got here easily by taking the number 15 village bus from Seomyeon (서면) and rode it till the last stop. The temple’s open for 24 hours but the buses tend to stop running around midnight. If you call a taxi the fare to get to Seomyeon is only around 5 000원!

See you next time~ 🙂

Coffee Museum~ 부산 커피 박물관

Within Jeonpo’s coffee street (점포 카페 거리) is, without a surprise, a coffee museum! It’s free to enter and you can get there from Jeonpo Station (전포역). If you go out of exit 7 it’ll be less than a block away!

It’s a small museum with only two rooms, but it’s packed full of antiques that all have their own story. The information is sometimes translated into English, but for the most part it’s in Korean. Even if you’re not fluent in Korean you can still appreciate the intricacy of the different machines and how the techniques they used in the past influenced how coffee was made and tastes. The owner is really friendly and as far as I know he collected all of these machines himself. His passion for coffee really shows when you walk inside!

Also, there’s a really lovely rooftop patio one floor above that you can go onto when the weather’s nice 🙂

I definitely recommend coming here even if it’s just for a short time! Then afterward you can appreciate a real cup of coffee next door at Landmark 9 or among the dozens of other cafes nearby.

Until next time~

나중에 봐요 🙂

Wearing Hanboks in Gyeongbokgung~ 경복궁 한복 입는 경험

My Canadian friends and I went to Seoul during my winter break and one of the things we decided to do was to rent hanboks (한복) and walk around Gyeongbok palace. We had went there once before in 2017 but never had the chance to wear hanboks before, and it honestly made the experience way more special. The history of the palace is incredibly interesting and it felt like you’re walking back in time the deeper into the palace you get. The palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty in the year 1395 and has undergone a lot of changes from how it was originally, and it’s interesting to see how the buildings were built and what they were intended for.

Some buildings are dedicated just for royalty and you can notice the difference because some will have intricately painted walls with vivid colours in comparison to others which are unpainted and undecorated. Some buildings were dedicated only for specific purposes, for instance there’s one building that’s set by a gorgeous pond which was made just for the Queen to relax by herself when she needed to. Also, I thought it was so ingenious that the buildings are built with interlocking wooden beams instead of using nails. Every part of each building was pieced together like an intricate puzzle and the measurements had to be so precise for it to be built stabley.

Warning: hanboks are a little difficult to wear if you’re plus size. Our had to be pinned down to accommodate for our curviness. There may be a hanbok rental shop with different sizes, but the one we used was free size. However on the plus side they did our hair for free, so we only had to pay around 15 000원 for 3 hours and the entrance fee to the palace was free! It wasn’t much to pay for a great experience.

Here’s a link to some history of 경복궁!

http://koreatourinformation.com/blog/2013/12/08/gyeongbokgung-palace경복궁-景福宮/

Till next time~

나중에 봐요~ 🙂

Seokbulsa Temple~ 석불사

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It took over a month in order for me to find this temple- part of it was because I was so busy with school and another part was because my friend and I didn’t prepare to find this temple properly. We thought Google maps would help us, but it sent us to the wrong mountain and up a backroads path leading to nowhere.

A couple weeks later, my friend and I decided to try to find 석불사 once again. This time, I looked up some blogs and figured out how to get there much more easily. This was the blog we used and it was really useful.

This quickly became one of my favourite days here so far. The whole experience was magical. We decided to take the cable car in 금강공원 and hike the rest of the way up. Along the path you pass by 금정산성 남문, a fortress built during the Silla dynasty and a small village called 남맘마을. It’s a bit of a hike to get to this temple even with the cable car, so it’s not riddled with tourists like some of the other temples in Busan. Because of this, you can experience the temple for how it really was intended.

I felt an air of peace as soon as I entered the temple grounds, and the only sounds you could hear were the rustling of the leaves and a monk reciting hymns inside one of the buildings. I could have stayed there all day. Looking from the temple down onto the busy city below really sets your daily worries into perspective. Life is a lot more simple and peaceful than our minds make it out to be sometimes, and you occasionally need moments to step back to just experience the present moment around you~