It only takes one quick look to see that Seoul is one giant shopping mall. Outside its grand palaces and hanok villages and in between cafes (and mind you, there are countless of them), fashion shops tempt passersby with its endless barrage of apparel, accessories, and souvenirs. While you can
Korean drama series Winter Sonata can take credit for much of the boom in Namiseom Island’s tourism. The series filmed many of its iconic scenes in this half-moon-shaped island. Before the series, tourists were mostly domestic and Japanese. But since 2002, when the romantic drama became a huge it across
Getting tricked is probably the last thing you want to happen to you when traveling. But not in Hongdae. Smack in the middle of this youthful Seoul district is a museum. Here, visitors come for the tricks.
Despite all the unrelenting developments in Macau, the A-ma Temple remains almost untouched. The oldest temple in Macau, the A-Ma Temple was built in 1488 under the Ming Dynasty in honor of A-Ma (also called Mazu or Matsu), the goddess of the sea. It is believed that she helped fishermen
Even before six o’clock, I was already at the foot of the giant spinning wheel to catch the sunset. But I forgot one thing: I was in Japan. And in Japan, the summer sun sets much later, at around seven. When it finally dawned on me, I painted a smile
Daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi did not want a castle. No, he did not want just a castle. He wanted a castle modeled after his predecessor Oda Nobunaga’s headquarters but grander in every aspect. He wanted the grandest castle in Japan. He knew what he wanted. And he had it done.
It was supposed to be a short walk. But it was impossible to not take the time. My senses were overloaded upon crossing Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. Distinct and impressive facades delighted my eyes. The clanking of the shoes on the mosaic ground was music to my ears. And the
Published: August 2013 If there were a contest among night markets in Asia and the main criteria were diversity and artfulness, Chiang Mai would have it in the bag. While Taipei’s Shilin boasts a smorgasbord of Taiwanese street food and Malacca’s Jonker Street teems with cute souvenir trinkets, Chiang Mai’s
Stone foxes stand guard at key points throughout the busy shrine as tourists come flooding in. These statues, although inanimate, appear as though they have been watching over the site. But more than sentinels, they are messengers, if Shintoism is to be believed. Foxes are often associated with Inari, a
Ask any first-timer in Osaka and he will tell you it’s true: The hardest part of being in Dotonbori is deciding where to eat. It was true the first time I was here. And it was true the second time around. Six months after my Dotonbori debut, I found myself