Where ancient history and modernity meet

Over the last six decades, South Korea has transformed from a war-torn agricultural country into one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. Its ultramodern megacities capture the imagination like a science-fiction movie, with some of the most awe-inspiring architecture I’ve seen. At the same time, the country has preserved many historical sites and relics that take you back into the long and often troubled history of the Korean peninsula.

It’s really a shame that South Korea often makes headlines through its tension-ridden relationship with its northern neighbour. Maybe this explains why South Korea is not on everyone’s list of destinations to visit. Although there’s no denying that there is always a risk of military escalation in the region, South Korea has so much to offer that I would at least consider including it in your travel plans. I found the people to be really hospitable and helpful, the food will titillate your taste buds, and there’s certainly no lack of photographic opportunities.

I have just returned from a trip to Seoul and Busan (the country’s two largest cities) and will be adding several destination guides and stories over the next few weeks.

The painting in the mountains

"First I saw the mountains in the painting. Then I saw the painting in the mountains." This Chinese proverb crossed my mind when I was standing at the top of Mt. Beacon in South Korea.